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Kelsey Williams of Holy Redeemer Diving.Don Carey Times Leader Photo
Kelsey Williams of Holy Redeemer Diving.Don Carey Times Leader Photo
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Kelsey Williams

Holy Redeemer

Sr. - Diving

The Times Leader Girls Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year exceeded expectations to have one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory. Williams followed a district championship in Class 2A diving with a silver medal at the state championships with a 399.35 score. She set the stage with a victory over 3A competition at the Ray Wills Invitational in January.

Julie Ann Mahle

Holy Redeemer

Sr. - Back/Medley

Mahle followed her 2012 The Times Leader Girls Swimmer of the Year award with another tremendous effort in her final season. After finishing second four times at last year’s districts, she found her way to the top of the podium in the Class 2A 100 back (54.91 seconds), 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. She placed 20th in the 200 IM at states.

Rachel Finnegan

Holy Redeemer

Jr. - Freestyle

Finnegan rounded up her second career individual District 2 Class 2A championship with a victory in the 100 free at a time of 54.91 seconds. Facing a 6.7-second deficit in the 200 free, she shaved her time considerably to trail the leader by 1.2 seconds, securing a PIAA berth where she placed 20th. Finnegan was part of two district-winning relays in the 200 free and 200 medley.

Bethany Chmil

Holy Redeemer

Sr. - Medley/Breast

The vocal leader of the Royals in their fourth-straight Class 2A district championship run, Chmil swam to a second-place showing in the 100 breast at 1:10.21. She churned a third-place finish behind Class 2A’s top two swimmers in the 200 IM. Chmil engineered two gold medal relay performances in the 200 medley and free relays. She took 22nd in the 100 breast at states.

Karina Zabresky

Wyoming Valley West

Sr. - Diving

Zabresky redeemed a narrow defeat in the 2012 Class 3A regionals with a diving championship in her senior season. She set a district diving record with a 448.95 score that put her well ahead of the competition. Zabresky broke Abington Heights’ Alexa Dziak’s 2010 record by an outstanding 49.65 points. In her first trip to states, Zabresky placed 32nd with a 123.45 through preliminaries.

Morgan Hanadel

Wyoming Valley West

Sr. - Sprints/Butterfly

The Wyoming Valley West senior completed the most outstanding local girls swimming performance at districts. She signed her name into the record books by snapping a 32-year mark, set by Bishop Hoban’s A’lisa Woicicki, in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.86 seconds. Hanadel also claimed the 100 free (54.18 seconds). She was part of a regional-winning 200 free relay team, and she anchored a come-from-behind gold in the 400 free relay. For her career, Hanadel finishes with nine overall regional golds in three championships. She placed 30th in the 100 butterfly at PIAAs.

Desiree Holena

Wyoming Valley West

Sr. - Distance

Holena picked up two fifth-place finishes in the 200 free (2:05.97) and 500 free (5:39.3) swims in the Class 3A regional championships. She swam the first leg of the championship-winning 200 free and 400 free relays. Her 400 free relay team cut its seed time by 9.23 seconds for a 3:44.89 outing. Both relays placed 24th at states.

Alex Podlesny

Hazleton Area

Jr. - Distance

In the most jaw-dropping performance of this year’s regionals, Podlesny overcame a 14.76-second deficit in seed times to win the Class 3A 500 free. Her 5:22.13 finish was a remarkable 18.74 seconds faster than her top time entering the meet. Podlesny sat a half-second behind in the 200 free to finish second at 2:01.56. She placed 31st at states.

Shelby Sanko

Hazleton Area

So. - Freestyle/Medley

Sanko penned two second-place finishes at the Class 3A championships to help Hazleton Area win a District 2-4 regional title. She placed second in the 100 free (56.04) and 200 IM (2:19.65). Her 200 medley relay team earned a regional gold at 1:53.45, and went on to claim 23rd at states.

Hailey Kendall

Hazleton Area

Sr. - Sprints/Backstroke

The most spirited member of the Class 3A regional championship team, Kendall flashed her way to her first individual district championship, winning the 50 free in 25.29 seconds. She touched the wall in third in the 100 back at 1:05.25. She was the first leg on the Cougars’ only relay gold in the 200 medley. She placed 32nd at the PIAA championships.

Felicia Grego

Hazleton Area

So. - Butterfly/Breast

Grego notched two second-place swims in the 100 butterfly and 100 breast. After coming up short in the 100 butterfly at 59.84 seconds, the Cougar sophomore stood 18 hundredths of a second shy of a 100 breast gold, chiming in at 1:09.92. Her teams finished second in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Morgan Manglaviti


Fr. - Sprints

Manglaviti rose to the rank of one of the conference’s brightest young swimmers with a PIAA berth in the 100 free. The Tunkhannock freshman took second at Class 2A districts in 56.11 seconds after having the top regular season time. She improved upon her seed time at states, finishing in 29th at 55.73 seconds. Manglaviti placed fourth at districts in the 50 free.

Carly Ray


So. - Sprints

Ray also cemented herself as breakout young sprinter with a third-place performance (25.7 seconds) in the 50 free at Class 2A districts. The Coughlin sophomore found her stride early in the season with a 25.66-second time in the event. She also tied for fifth with Valley View’s Claire Sebastianelli in the 100 free at 57.12 seconds.

Mia Nardone

Pittston Area

So. - Butterfly

The Patriot sophomore helped her team win its third straight WVC Division 3 title with a win in the 200 free — an event she never competed in before — against one of the top distance swimmers in the league. Nardone took second in the 100 butterfly (1:01.26) and fourth in the 200 IM at Class 2A districts. She stopped the watch at 1:00.52 to earn 20th at PIAAs. Earlier in the year, she won the 200 IM at the Ray William Invitational against mostly 3A competition.

Eilish Hoban


Sr. - Distance

Hoban capped her career with an improbable swim in the 200 free at Class 2A districts. The Mohawk senior came out of the second heat to finish fourth overall, clocking in at a 2:05.68 — a 4.69-second time differential from her seed time. Hoban garnered seventh in the 500 free at 5:48.33. She led her Mohawks team to second in the Division 3.

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