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Huntingdon boys win third in a row

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Huntingdon boys swim team made it three in a row on Saturday, capturing the 2A title again at the District 6 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Penn State Natitorium.

“I figured it was going to be harder to do this year than the last two years because of how good Tyrone is,” Huntingdon coach Melanie Varner said of winning back-to-back-to-back titles. “I figured it was going to be more of a challenge. This is not me. This is the boys putting in the effort to do what they did.”

Nick Buckley won the 100 freestyle in 47.32 while teammate Andrew Edwards took third (52.79). The boys 400 freestyle relay team of Edwards, Buckley, Ben Atherton and Marshall Lowe won in 3:23.63. Atherton also took third in the 500 freestyle (5:07.86).

The state tournament for 2A is March 13-14 at Bucknell University.

The Huntingdon girls were represented by Haley Goldstone, who won the 100 freestyle in 54.61. Mallory Woodward took third in the 100 backstroke (1:02.42). The girls 400 freestyle relay team of Goldstone, Woodward, Jaelyn Mitchell and Sydney Houck finished second in 3:52.59.

Goldstone and Buckley both won on Friday in the 50 freestyle, meaning they will go to states to compete in those events as well.

The Tyrone boys and girls each finished second in the team standings. On the boys side, the 400 freestyle relay team of Parker Bayard, Matt Lenze, Songmian Wang and Jacob Decker took second, while Lenze finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.07). He also took third in the 100 backstroke (57.79).

For the girls, Maddie Coleman took second in the 100 freestyle (55.95) while Fiona McConnell took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.86).

Central, which does not field a team in swimming, does have two exceptional swimmers in Christopher Bush and Jackson Jeffries, who both made noise on Saturday.

Bush won the 200 IM with a new school record of 2:04.25. He placed second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.20. He will go to states in the 200 IM.

Jeffries took second in the 50 freestyle in 22.54, a new school record. He also took second in the 100 freestyle in 49.16, which also broke a school record.

Cambria Heights’ best showing was turned in by Sarah Petry, Maddi Dzurko, Morgan Watt and McKenzie Watt, who took thirc in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.67.

In Class 3A action, Hollidaysburg had three top two finishes. The boys 400 freestyle relay team of Nick Helsel, Tyler Gnegy, James Roberts and Conor McKeirnan placed second in 3:26.76. The girls 400 freestyle relay team of Taylor Hileman, Allison Black, Katie Tinker and Megan Dinges took third in 3:50.73.

On her own, Black placed third in 1:03.43 in the 100 backstroke.

On Friday, McKeirnan qualified for states in two events, winning the 200 free and the 100 fly.

Others include:

Girls

HUNTINGDON

100 freestyle: Mitchell, 10th, 1:00.77; Zauzig, 13th, 1:01.31

500 freestyle: Kazmarski, 12th, 6:20.72

100 backstroke: Langenbach, 16th, 1:17.21

100 breaststroke: Houck, 6th, 1:14.12

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS

100 backstroke: Petry, 6th, 1:04.36.

HOLLIDAYSBURG

100 freestyle: Hileman, 4th, 57.01; Dinges, 6th, 57.92

500 freestyle : Tinker, 8th, 5:53.75

100 breaststroke: Dinges, 5th, 1:12.58; Imler, 7th, 1:18.00

400 freestyle relay: Hileman, Black, Tinker, Dinges), 3rd, 3:50.73

Boys

HUNTINGDON

100 breaststroke: Tanner, 9th, 1:13.62; J. Edwards, 6th, 1:12.66

100 backstroke: Lowe, 5th, 59.72

500 freestyle: Tanner, 9th, 5:43.55; Grubb, 7th, 5:40.42

HOLLIDAYSBURG

100 freestyle: Helsel, 5th 52.14; Bryan, 8th, 59.00

500 freestyle :Gnegy, 6th, 5:32.21

100 backstroke: Burns, 7th, 1:03.76; Bouchard, 8th, 1:05.42; Grabill, 9th, 1:11.34

100 breaststroke : Paul, 5th, 1:07.80; Trumpbour, 7th, 1:13.64; Grabill, 8th, 1:14.23; Soisson, 9th 1:14.97

400 freestyle relay: (Helsel, Gnegy, Roberts, McKeirnan), 2nd, 3:26.76

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