Luecke a fast starter for Washington College swimming
Alexa Luecke is just a freshman but she is already the top performer on the Washington College women’s swim team.
Luecke, from Pottstown and an Owen J. Roberts graduate, had another big performance as the Shorewomen dropped a 150-95 meet against York on Dec. 8 in York. She won the 200 IM in 2:16.72 and finished second in the 1,000 freestyle in 11:21.97. She was third in the 500 free in 5:31.58 but was awarded first because York’s swimmers swam exhibition races at the distance.
In a 165-95 victory over Bryn Mawr in a home meet in Chestertown, Md. on Nov. 17, Luecke took the 100 free in 56.73, the 500 free in 5:32.79 and the 1,000 free in 11:17.10.
“Alexa has really embraced college swimming and the practice schedule in a few short months,” coach Matt Harris said. “Our season started officially in late September, but she was very active before that both in the water and in the gym.”
The coach calls Luecke “a competitor through and through” and she’s proved that by swimming some tough events for the team.
“Alexa has brought in big points in meets that we needed,” Harris said. “She is a great teammate and inspires confidence as a natural-born leader. The sky really is the limit for her the next three and a half years.” ABBY KAPP (BOYERTOWN) >> It was bombs away for the 6-0 sophomore guard when the 7-2 Bucknell women’s basketball team went 3-0 at the Brown Turkey TipOff on Nov. 23-25 in Providence, R.I. Kapp was named to the All-Tournament team after she hit on 18 of 37 shots from the field including 12 of 24 from the 3-point line. She had a season-high 19 points in a 77-58 victory over Massachusetts the first night and 17 points in a 9178 triumph over Brown on the final night. On the season, Kapp is averaging 10.9 points a game and has connected on 27 of 56 from outside the arc (48.2 percent). She also has 25 rebounds and 14 steals.
KELLY GROTH (METHACTON) >> Lehigh held its annual Fast Times Before Finals meet on Dec. 7-8 in Bethlehem and the Kutztown junior did more than her part. She finished first in the 60 meter dash with a personal best time of 7.73 and finished first in the 200 meter dash in 26.07. It appears that Groth is out to better her performance in the PSAC Indoor Track Championships. She finished 10th in the 60 and 14th in the 200. Her best time in the 200 is 25.87 which she recorded in the prelims of the league indoor meet her freshman season. She finished 11th.
AUSTIN D’ANGELO (METHACTON) >> The junior helped the Monmouth men’s swim team finish second out of 11 teams at the ECAC Championships Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in East Meadow, N.Y. De’Angelo swam a leg on the 200 medley relay which finished first in 1:34.02 and the winning 400 medley relay which was clocked in 3:26.39. Both times are Monmouth records. He also finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 58.57 and picked up points for finishing 17th in the 200 IM in 2:03.07.
MIAZZIAH ROSE (POTTSGROVE) >> The freshman made her debut with the Morgan State women’s indoor track team at the Navy Winter Invitational on Dec.1 in Annapolis and came up with a solid performance. Rose finished tied for third in the high jump with a 5-foot-4 ½ inch effort and finished fifth in the triple jump when she cleared 37 feet, 11½ inches. It was the only meet the first semester for the Lady Bears who return to action at the Historically Black Colleges and University’s Battle and College Expo on Jan. 11 in Manhattan, N.Y.
TENEISHA MYERS (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The sophomore sprinter kicked off her season with the Youngstown indoor track team at the Youngstown Icebreaker on Dec. 7 in Youngstown, OH. Myers finished sixth in the 200 meter dash (25.21) and seventh in the 400 meter dash (58.27). As a freshman, she finished third in the 200 (25.49) and fourth in the 400 (58.27) in the same meet. She finished second in the 400 (56.83) and fourth in the 200 (25.19) at the Horizon League Indoor Championships as a freshman.
TERESA DRAVES (BOYERTOWN) >> The freshman is already a key performer for the Washington College women’s swim team. In a 150-95 loss to York on Dec. 8 in York, she finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.63) and fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:20.11). She was the first finisher for the Shorewomen in both events. In a 165-95 victory over Bryn Mawr Nov. 17 in a home meet in Chestertown, Md., she won the 200 backstroke (2:18.28) and the 200 IM (2:20.19) and was second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.94).
JOSHUA MANISCALCO (PERKIOMENVILLE) >> The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman is a key performer with the Arizona State men’s hockey team, the Sun Devils 12-6 after beating Princeton 4-0 on Dec. 7 and 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 8 in Princeton, N.J. The graduate of Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn.) had an assist in both games including the helper on the overtime goal. On the season, Maniscalco has a goal and eight assists for nine points and has helped the defense pick up four shutouts. JUSTIN BAILEY (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The 6-foot-5 frosh forward is coming off the bench for the Sarah Lawrence men’s basketball team and he had his best game of the season as the Gryphons wrapped up the first semester with an 84-73 nonleague home game on Dec. 8 in Bronxville, N.Y. Bailey played 13 minutes and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal. He’s averaging 3.1 points with 13 rebounds on the season. The team is 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Skyline Conference.