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YATESVILLE – Pittston Area had plenty of work to be done prior to the season if it wanted to reclaim its conference title. The Patriots lost 24 seniors from last year's team and needed to start from scratch with the majority of their roster.

Starting in the offseason, Pittston Area fermented the talent to all but assure itself of a third straight Wyoming Valley Conference girls swimming Division 3 championship with a 112-74 victory Wednesday over Meyers.

We started in early September with open swims, Pittston Area coach Amy Hazlet said. I had 20-25 kids, and a lot of them didn't know how to swim. I have 11 that never swam before. Every day we increased the yardage and tried to get better.

I have some kids that were really average last year and dedicated themselves to the program. Without that dedication and hard work, we wouldn't have won today.

The victory over the second-place Mohawks didn't come with bold tinkering with the lineups. Mia Nardone – fresh off a first-place in the 200 IM – was switched to the 200 freestyle, a move that pitted herself against Meyers' top swimmer, Eilish Hoban.

Swimming the event for the just the second time in her career, Nardone skated to a 2:09.82 first-place showing over Hoban that gave the Patriots an early boost in the scoring. Nardone also took first in the 100 fly at 1:04.28.

I did something crazy today, Hazlet said. Mia usually swims the 200 IM and won the event at the Ray Wills Invitational at Wyoming Valley West. And I put her up against (Hoban) in the 200 free. She only swam that race one other time before.

Pittston Area (7-0) benefited largely from the diving event, taking the top three points that yielded a 10-point scoring advantage. Theresa Domarosky placed first with a 190.05. Sierra Williams and Ashley Beers rounded out the top three.

Their degree of difficulty was extremely low last year, Hazlet said. They were average. This year, they have increased their degree of difficulty. That's what it came down to today in the diving.

The Patriots took all but two events against the Mohawks (6-2). Kassity Roche took over for Nardone in the 200 IM for a first-place finish. Shannen Brady took first in the 100 back at a time of 1:12.09.

Senior Tiffany Smith secured wins in both the 50 and 100 free. She clocked in at 1:04.38 in the 100 free for the victory.

One of Meyers' wins came from Hoban, who recorded a 6:05.89 time in the 500 free. The Mohawks' Emily Cook and the Patriots' Roche jostled for second place for the majority of the 500 yards.

Cook came from fourth place to a second-place position before Roche took over on the final turn to narrowly claim second.

Kelly Mahalak picked up the Mohawks other win, a taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.25.

Above all, I am extremely proud of both my girls and boys teams today, Hoban said. Everyone gave their all and never gave up. We had some seriously great swims and dives today, and I couldn't be any happier with the team. I'm so proud.

Patriot boys take over late

Pittston Area pulled away late for a 65-55 victory over Meyers in boys swimming.

The Patriots trailed throughout the first half of the meet and leapfrogged the Mohawks after a 200 free relay victory by Kris Littleton, Zach Hoffman, Mike Barney, and Brandon Winters.

Winters (100 back), Hoffman (100 breast) and the 400 free relay team recorded late victories to punch the Patriots' win.

Barney won the diving with a 186.2, and Hoffman also earned a win in the 200 IM.

Meyers' Robbie Robertson swam to first in the 200 free. Connor Gallagher was the top finisher in the 50 free.

Girls Pittston Area 112, Meyers 74

200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. PA, 2:05.59; 2. MEY; 3. PA; 200 FREE – 1. PA Mia Nardone, 2:09.82; 2. MEY Eilish Hoban; 3. MEY Emily Cook; 200 IM – 1. PA Kassity Roche, 2:42.14; 2. MEY Kelly Mahalak; 3. MEY Julia Kerr; 50 FREE – 1. PA Tiffany Smith; 2. MEY Kristen Cease; 3. PA Liz Scialpi; DIVING – 1. PA Theresa Domarosky; 190.05; 2. PA Sierra Williams; 3. PA Ashley Beers; 100 FLY – 1. PA Nardone, 1:04.28; 2. MEY Kerr; 3. MEY Leslie Huertero; 100 FREE – 1. PA Smith, 1:04.38; 2. MEY Cyndia Menges; 3. PA Shannen Brady; 500 FREE – 1. MEY Hoban, 6:05.89; 2. PA Roche; 3. MEY Cook; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. PA (Smith, Scialpi, Roche, Nardone), 1:54.75; 2. MEY; 3. PA; 100 BACK – 1. PA Brady, 1:12.09; 2. PA Katie Musto; 3. MEY Sydney Rentsch; 100 BREAST – 1. MEY Mahalak, 1:17.25; 2. PA Antoinette Antonacci; 3. PA Adison Hazlet; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. PA (Kallie Miller, Roche, Scialpi, Brady), 4:36.36; 2. MEY; 3. PA

Boys Pittston Area 65, Meyers 55

200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. MEY (Connor Gallagher, Matt Snyder, Alex Mundy, Robbie Robertson), 2:05.55; 2. PA; 200 FREE – 1. MEY Robertson, 2:32.75; 200 IM – 1. PA Zach Hoffman, 2:55.48; 50 FREE – 1. MEY Gallagher; 2 PA Kris Littleton; 3. MEY Mundy; DIVING – 1. PA Mike Barney, 186.2; 2. MEY Mike Kozub; 100 FLY – No 100 Fly; 100 FREE – 1. PA Brandon Winters, 55.06; 2. MEY Robertson; 3. PA Littleton; 500 FREE – No 500 Free; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. PA (Littleton, Hoffman, Barney, Winters); 2. MEY; 3. PA; 100 BACK – 1. PA Winters, 1:04.46; 2. MEY Gallagher; 3. MEY Tim Snyder; 100 BREAST – 1. PA Hoffman; 2. MEY Mundy; 3. MEY MSnyder; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. PA (Scott Snyder, TJ Luger, Demetri Shea, Barney); 2. MEY

Coughlin 114, Dunmore 64

Coughlin won all but three events, dispatching Dunmore at home.

For Coughlin, Carly Ray won the 50 and 500 free, and teamed with Katherine Lanning, Julia Miller and Kylee McGrane to win the 200 medley relay.

Lanning added wins in the 200 IM and 100 breast, while McGrane captured the 100 fly.

200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. COU (Carly Ray, Katherine Lanning, Julia Miller, Kylee McGrane) 2:14.39, 2. DUN, 3. DUN; 200 FREE – 1. DUN Dani Bistran 2:43.18, 2. COU Kassi Cebula, 3. COU Maggie Jones; 200 IM – 1. COU Lanning 2:56.86, 2. COU Destiny Lane, 3. DUN Abby O'Neill; 50 FREE – 1. COU Ray 26.06, 2. DUN Tess Maher, 3. DUN Bistran; DIVING – 1. COU Lauren Castellana 166.90, 2. COU Julia Miller; 100 FLY – 1. COU McGrane 1:10.84, 2. DUN Dane James, 3. DUN Emily Mayer; 100 FREE – 1. DUN O'Neill 1:10.65, 2. DUN Maher, 3. COU Baylee Bukeavich; 500 FREE – 1. COU Ray 6:40.55, 2. COU Emily Motsko, 3. COU Cebula; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. COU (McGrane, Lanning, Ray, Lane) 2:03.18, 2. DUN, 3. COU; 100 BACK – 1. COU McGrane 1:17.82, 2. COU Bukavich, 3. COU Aubrey Wynn; 100 BREAST – 1. COU Lanning 1:28.74, 2. COU Kelsey Gabrielle, 3. DUN Christina Phillips; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. DUN (Bistran, O'Neill, James, Mayer)5:26.72, 2. COU, 3. COU.

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