Several swimmers earn berths in PIAA finals

Hollidaysburg senior Mace Long qualified for two more events for the PIAA Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg in two weeks.

Long had already qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 freestyle relay by virtue of his first-place finishes in the those events at the District 6 meet this past weekend. He found out Sunday that his times in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay were also good enough to qualify for states.

Long is seeded 16th out of 32 swimmers in the Class AAA backstroke, and he has the 28th fastest time in the 100 butterfly. He will compete with his brother, Colter Long, Greg Dinges and Max Gehringer in the 200 medley relay, which has the 15th top time out of 24 entries, and he will compete with Colter Long, Dinges and Alex Gehringer in the 200 free relay, which has the 23rd fastest district time.

In addition, Colter Long will compete in the 100 breaststroke, where he won districts and is seeded 21st.

Altoona junior Katerina Parowski was a double winner in the District 6 Class AAA girls meet and is seeded 29th in both events, the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

In Class AA, District 6 champions Taylor Flaugh of Central (200 freestyle, 31st; 500 freestyle, 30th) and Gabby Gironda of Central Cambria (100 butterfly, 30th) are also scheduled to compete at states.

The AAA meet will be held March 12-13, and the AA events will be staged on March 14-15.

Curve events set

More than one third of Altoona Curve home games in 2014 will be followed by a fantastic fireworks show, the team announced recently.

The team will have fireworks to start the season on opening night, to celebrate the Fourth of July and on their last regular-season game of the season on Aug. 28. The fan-favorite of Sunday Night fireworks will return in mid-May on May 18 when the Curve take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Coinciding with some of the fireworks dates in 2014 will be two of the three scheduled jersey auctions. The first will take place on June 29 as the Curve partner up with Reliable Towing Tire & Auto Center for a fourth jersey auction to don 1992 Pirates-styled Curve jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The other two jersey auctions will come on back-to-back nights when the Curve sport artist-inspired jerseys on Day of the Arts Day (Aug. 24) before wearing a hockey-styled jersey to celebrate the arrival of Pittsburgh Penguins’ center Craig Adams on Aug. 25.

“The jersey auctions we have lined up this season will be really special and raise funds for great causes,” Curve general manager Rob Egan said. “We can’t wait to see how the jerseys will look on the players during those games and then how much fans with the winning bids will enjoy receiving them in the post-game ceremonies.”