Plattsburgh High poised for another strong season

Plattsburgh High’s Alexis Kelley (from left), Brooke Kelley, Toni LaValley and Kelly Davey return for the Hornets as they prepare to hold defend their CVAC title from 2013.

Plattsburgh High School was perfect in the 2013 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ swimming season, winning every meet, and with a core of talented returning athletes, the Hornets believe they’re poised for another strong season.

Peru, which has a new coach and a large group of swimmers with varsity experience, hopes to be a contender as well.

AuSable Valley

Senior Emily Wood and sophomore Emily McCormick are the focal points of the AuSable Valley team. They’ll be expected to provide both points and leadership. Lydia Brown, a returning sophomore, will also likely be one of the Patriots’ top scorers.

Seniors Jasmaine Hall, Megan Zmijewski and Nicole SantaMaria will also be key swimmers.

Athletes lost

Tonie Cross, Taylor Lincoln, Julianna Manning, Haley Sprague, Leigh-Ann Wenzel.

Athletes returning

Lydia Brown, Erin Butler, Brianna Drake, Jasmaine Hall, Emily McCormick, Nicole SantaMaria, Emily Wood, Megan Zmijewski.

Newcomers

Madison Bedard, Danielle Dubay, Lillian Wilson.

Moriah

The Vikings lost four swimmers and have a relatively small team this year with 11 swimmers. Although 10 of those athletes have varsity experience, the group is still young overall.

“They have worked hard on perfecting their strokes, and I think this will help them a lot this year,” coach Angie Childs said.

Athletes lost

Brooke Dever, Emily Simard, Harmony Lafountaine, Lauren Evens.

Athletes returning

Celena Madill, Carolyn Simard, Brooke Feith, Natasha Shepard, Kahley Alteri, Ashley Shores, Christina Lashway, Nia Perkins, Sarah Drake, Kayla Joy.

Newcomers

Samantha Virmila.

Peru

The Indians finished second in the CVAC last season, and with 14 returning swimmers, they’re geared up for a strong showing in 2014. The roster includes two seniors, Michaela Butler and Alyssa Szczypien, and two juniors. Newcomers Cydney Bond, Erica Hayley, Kylei Pena and Miriam Weinkauf are all expected to make an impact.

“This team has great potential for success this swim season,” first-year coach Lindsay Oertel said. “I have high hopes for them. They share strong work ethic as well as positive attitudes.”

Athletes returning

Kyleigh Bell, Amelia Busha, Michaela Butler, Mikayla Fountain, Mya Harbin-Bowlby, Alexis Hutchins, Maddison McBride, Searah Merritt, Alyssa Szczypien, Sara Szczypien.

Newcomers

Cydney Bond, Erica Hayley, Kylei Pena, Miriam Weinkauf.

Plattsburgh

The Hornets won the 2013 conference title with a 6-0 record, and they have a strong group of returning swimmers. They did lose seven seniors from last year’s squad, and with eight newcomers they’ll have to overcome some inexperience.

But Plattsburgh still has its sights set on repeating as the top team in the CVAC.

Athletes lost

Marina Caramia, Alice-Elizabeth LaDue, Sabrina Lacomy, Amanda Leonard, Kelsey Primard, Corinne Wells, Taylor Whitesell.

Athletes returning

Jenna Burdo, Kelly Davey, Alison Golden, Emily Jefferson, Alexis Kelley, Brooke Kelley, Antonia LaValley, Barrett Miller, Tina Mitsolglou, Marikate Parmeter, Risha Sheni, Emily Wehrenberg, Nicole Williams.

Newcomers

Ella Archer, Mia Biondolillo, Katherine Carron, Meghan Davey, Ayanna Dunn, Diana Hunter, Julia Mitsoglou, Kennedy Randall-Williams.

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