Cocalico trio set for State Meet
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Three Cocalico High School girls’ swimmers have earned the opportunity to compete in the final meet of the season, and their expectations could not be higher.
Senior Olivia Evans will make her fourth-and-final appearance this weekend at the State Meet held at Bucknell University, and she will be joined by sophomores Samantha Marino and Sidney Evans, her sister.
Marino, who earned a pair of District bronze medals, returns to States for a second straight year while Sidney Evans is making her initial appearance.
All three will compete in two events each, and, according to their coach, are ready to let it all hang out in the Kinney Natatorium Friday and Saturday.
"The girls expectations are high, just like they always are," Cocalico Coach Matt Woods said Tuesday. "They enjoy competing, and this meet is going to be extremely competitive. Swimming at night is the goal. If you are swimming in the finals, then you are swimming very well. I think all three of them have the opportunity to make finals in both of their events, and hopefully one of the girls can get into that A final and medal. We haven’t had a state medal since 2008, so that would be something really special."
Olivia Evans brings tons of experience to her final State meet. She is seeded 16th (57.92) and right behind Marino (15th) in the 100 back, and is 23rd (58.26) going into the 100 fly.
Woods said he hopes his senior, who is bound for Towson University in the fall, can lean on her experience in her final two high school swims.
"Experience helps you in any sport," he said. "She knows the routine, she knows what to expect, and she knows that it takes a great swim in the morning to get to swim in finals, and a perfect swim in the morning to get into that top 8. The fact that she has been here before will keep those strokes long, and keep her from spinning her wheels. I’m just happy I get the opportunity to coach and watch her swim from the deck one more time."
Marino is coming off her outstanding District Tournament looking for more. She got a taste of States a year ago and seems primed to step it up in the biggest meet of the year.
In addition to her 15th seed (57.78) in the 100 back, Marino is 10th (1:52.57) going into the 200 free.
"She is a big meet swimmer," Woods said. "The bigger the meet the better she performs. She’s seeded top 16 in both her events which is fantastic. If she keeps hitting those big turns, the sky is the limit."
While Sidney Evans lacks experience of the State Meet, she certainly is capable of doing some big things said Woods. She enters her first Sate Meet as the 18th seed (2:09.61) in the 200 I.M. and is seeded 25th (5:08.82) in the 500 free.
"(I want her to) just get the experience and have some best times," Woods said of his expectations of the sophomore. "Really that’s all you can do, swim well and see what happens. She’s a fantastic swimmer so if she puts together some best times, she could very easily find herself in that top 16."
The girls AAA meet begins with preliminaries Friday from 8-9:30 a.m., with consolations and finals on tap from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturdays prelims are again from 8-9:30 a.m. with finals set for 5:45-7:15 p.m.
The top eight swimmers in each event will earn medals. More STATES, page B-2