Four more swimmers take home gold

UNIVERSITY PARK – The final day of the District 6 Swimming and Diving Championships proved to be a fruitful one for several area high school swimmers.

Central’s Taylor Flaugh, Altoona’s Katerina Parowski and Hollidaysburg’s Colter Long won their second gold medals of the weekend, while Central Cambria’s Abby Gironda won her first gold medal at Penn State University.

In the Class AA field, Flaugh, a sophomore, won the 500-yard freestyle with a school record, and personal best, time of 5:22.40.

“I really felt that I could win as long as I gave my best effort,” said Flaugh, who won gold in the 200 freestyle on Friday. “Hopefully at states, I will be able to swim a lot faster.”

Flaugh finished seven seconds ahead of Gironda in the event.

“I knew she was going to drop a lot of time in this event so I knew I had to give it my best,” Flaugh said.

Besides her silver medal, Gironda won gold in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time, and personal best, of 1:01.07.

In Class AAA action, Parowski, who won the 200 freestyle on Friday, won gold in the 100 freestyle in 53.60, a personal-best time.

“She dropped 3 seconds from the time she swam it during the season,” Altoona coach Andy Smearman said.

Parowski was seeded third behind two State College swimmers.

“She did it in commanding fashion, too,” Smearman said. “It was a real battle between all three girls. It came down to the last 10 yards.”

Colter Long won gold in the 100 breaststroke with a school-record, and personal best, time of 59.24. He is already going to states as part of Friday’s gold-medal winning relay team.

“He swam a really strong race,” Hollidaysburg coach Deb Solomon said of Long. “He certainly was able to hold off the competition. He had a great finish, which is what allowed him to pull out the win. He was mentally prepared and ready to go.”

Mace Long took home a silver in the 100 backstroke with a school-record, and personal best, time of 52.29.

Now, Mace Long, along with the 200 medley relay team of his brother, Colter, Max Gehringer and Brian Dinges, will have to wait until today to find out if they qualify for states. All gold medal finishers go to states. After that has been determined across the state, the best times of second-place finishes will also move on.

The boys 400 freestyle relay team of Brian Flynn, Dinges, along with Max and Alex Gehringer took home silver in 3:28. On his own, Alex Gehringer took sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.79). Flynn was fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:07.91) wile Alex Gehringer was eighth in the 100 freestyle (52.98).

On the girls side, the Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay team of Maise Supp, McKenzie Roberts, Jessie Nagle and Courtney Noal took third (4:02.52) while Brown was third (1:13.76) in the 100 breaststroke. Casey Holliday was sixth (1:15.71).

Maddie Clapper placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (56.35).

Nagle placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.72) whjile Maddie McKeirnan was sixth (1:09.83). In the 500 freestyle, Supp took fifth (5:50.04) while Noal was sixth (5:57.49).

For Altoona, the girls 400 freestyle relay team of Parowski, Addison Cummings, Brianna Geist and Alex Reade took silver in 3:58.84. It was 9 seconds better than their best time during the season.

On the boys side, the Lions’ 400 freestyle team of Kyle Heasley, Seth Marasco, Aaron Cummings and Steve Betar took third (3:32.75), 12 seconds better than their regular-season time.

On his own, Cummings took sixth in the 100 freestyle (52.24).