Long’s swim resume continues to grow

Name: Mace Long

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Swimming

Athlete of the week achievement: Long won the 100-yard butterfly in district-record time and the 200 freestyle relay in the D6 championships. He also earned silver medals and qualified for states in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay.

Season update: Long swam his best times in the backstroke and butterfly at districts. He holds school records in the 200 free, 500 free, butterfly, backstroke and medley relay.

Coach Deb Solomon’s quote: “Mace is one of the best male athletes that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching for four years. He’s worked very hard to put himself in competitive positions in individual events and being a member of two state-qualifying relay teams.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Sheehan

Favorite subject: Band and AP Government and Politics

Favorite movie: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Outside interests: Playing the trumpet and cello, French Club, YMCA and USA swim teams

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: PSU

Pro athlete most admired: Ryan Lochte

Best athlete I ever competed with: My brother, Colter

Best athlete I ever competed against: State College’s Bradley Gibble

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom, my dad and coach Solomon

Proudest athletic achievement: “Swimming the anchor leg of the gold medal 200 free relay and backstroke on the silver medal 200 medley relay [at districts].”

How I got my start in swimming: Hollidaysburg YMCA water babies class.

Future goal: I want to qualify for the NCAA Division II nationals [at IUP].”