Name: Mace Long
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].''