Saucon Swimmers, Diver Are Off to States

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Four Saucon Valley Panther swimmers and a diver have qualified for the 2019 PIAA State Tournament.

Saucon Valley Panther swimmers Dan Keats, Kyle Kerr, Ryan Kerr, Milo Whitley and diver, Noah Mauro, are off to compete in the 2019 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Mauro, who is a two-time District XI champion, will compete in diving while his four teammates will participate in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Ryan Kerr will also compete in the 200 Individual Medley. Keats, the Kerr brothers and Mauro are juniors; Whitley is a sophomore. The tournament, which takes place at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, starts on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday.

Milo Whitley, Kyle Kerr, Dan Keats and Ryan Kerr take a little break during a grueling work out before heading to the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Tournament.

Saucon’s Freestyle relay team qualified by finishing in 3rd-Place at the District XI championships with a personal record time of 3:26.03. Blue Mountain won the gold with a 3:19:06. The Saucon boys agreed that they’d likely have to swim in the neighborhood of 3:16 to find the podium at Bucknell. Ryan Kerr feels as though a 1:58 would give him a reasonable shot in the 200 IM.

Ryan Kerr (Jr.)

  • What events will you be competing in at States? 400 Freestyle Relay & 200 IM
  •  What are your PR’s? 400 Freestyle Relay (3:26.03, 49.3 split), 200 IM (2:03.24)
  • What is your favorite event(s)? 200 IM because it encompasses all of the strokes and I consider myself an all-around swimmer.”
  • How many years have you been swimming competitively? I’ve been swimming for around 8 years. I started swimming at the Saucon Valley Country Club Summer Team.
  • What is your favorite subject? Math
  • Is college on your radar? I am considering Duke, Villanova and Northeastern and looking to major in Business Administration.

Swimming practice is no day at the beach!

Kyle Kerr (Jr.)

  • What events will you be competing in at States? 400 Freestyle Relay
  • What is your PR? 400 Freestyle Relay (3:26.03)
  • What is your favorite event? 50 Freestyle, I missed qualifying for states by only a couple of tenths of a seconds.
  • How many years have you been swimming competitively? I started back when I was nine years old. I believe for the Saucon Valley Country Club Swim Team. After that I soon transitioned into more competitive teams like the Bethlehem YMCA and PAAC.
  • What is your favorite subject? History
  • Is college on your radar? My goal is to be accepted into Duke University and study for a degree in accounting.

These boys obviously are not afraid to work hard.

Dan Keats (Jr.)

  • What events will you be competing in at States? 400 Freestyle Relay
  • What is your PR? 400 Freestyle Relay (3:26.03)
  • What is your favorite event? 100 Breaststroke
  • How many years have you been swimming competitively? 6 years. I started swimming at the Bethlehem Township Community Center Swim Club (BTCC).
  • What is your favorite subject? AP Music Theory
  • Is college on your radar? I am looking into Temple, but not sure what I will major in yet.

Coach giving the boys a much-needed break.

Milo Whitley (So.)

  • What events will you be competing in at States? 400 Freestyle Relay
  • What is your PR? 400 Freestyle Relay (3:26.03)
  • What is your favorite event? 200 Freestyle
  • How many years have you been swimming competitively? 8 years.
  • What is your favorite subject? History
  • Is college on your radar? I would like to go to Lehigh.

Hard work and determination led this group of boys the where they are today.”

Assistant swim coach, Ed Kolosky

Contributed photo

Diver Noah Mauro showing off one of his District XI gold medals!

Some familiar names of SV’s past and present.

Let’s do it again. From one end of the pool…..

….to the other.

Panther coach Ahmed Ahmin motivating his swimmers to invest in themselves.

Hardly, the old Nestea plunge.

Good luck Boys, the Source is with you!

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