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Buckley savors state title

Male Athlete of the Week

Name: Nick Buckley

School: Huntingdon Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Swimming

Athlete of the week achievement: Buckley won the gold medal in the Class 2A 50-yard freestyle event at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 21.22 seconds. He also was ninth in the 100 free, 10th in the 200 free relay and 19th in the 400 free relay.

Season update: Buckley set school records in the 50 free (21.10), 100 free (47.32), 100 butterfly (55.77), 200 medley relay (1:47.36) and 200 free relay (1:30.67).

Coach Melanie Varner’s quote: “Nick is a very hard worker in the pool and deserves all the recognition he gets for that hard work. I am very proud of his accomplishments, and being a state champion in the 50 free is just awesome for him.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Prokop

Favorite subject: U.S. History/Government

Favorite movie: “Top Gun”

Favorite food: Chocolate

Favorite song: “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach

Outside interests: Politics, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Caeleb Dressel

Best athlete I ever competed with: State College’s Matt Brownstead

Most influential person on my athletic career: Mom and Dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning a state title in the 50 freestyle

How I got my start in swimming: “My sister, Madi, encouraged me to start swimming my freshman year.”

Future goal: To swim at one of the military academies

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