Luecke a fast starter for Washington Col­lege swim­ming

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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.

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