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Bellefonte/Jersey Shore spilt swim meet

By Kenny Varner


UNIVERSITY PARK – Two teams with long histories of success poolside met up Thursday night at the Penn State University McCoy Natatorium both looking to add wins to their column.

Jersey Shore made the trip to Happy Valley to square off against a tough Bellefonte Red Raiders team.

In the end, the Red Raider boys and the Jersey Shore girls came out victorious with scores of 101-55 and 114-41, respectively.

With a more experienced girls team and a strong effort, Thursday, coach Colt Kauffman was very pleased on his girls performance.

“The girls did really well. They have been working really hard. We had a lot of freshman step up on the team. Fortunately we have a lot of top girls. We had some girls that were on the fence and they really committed and have been working hard and its been definitely paid off,” Kauffman said. “Everyone’s Stepping up right now as a whole team.”

Rachel Duda led the way for the Bulldogs as she finished in the top spot in two individual events (100-yard freestyle and 200-yard free style) and she helped take top honors in two relay events (200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay).

In the 100-yard freestyle, she finished with the fastest time of 1:02.23 and also finished with a time of 2:24.01 in the 200.

Teamed up with Gabbie Moore, Kendra White and Emma Butzler, the group finished with a 2:05.03 effort.

In the 400 relay, Duda, Moore , White and Butzler finished the evening with a 4:07.99.

White finished in the top spot herself, as she proved her endurance finishing with 5:55.38 in the 500-yard freestyle. Her finish was more than a minute faster than any of her competitors.

Butzler kicked it up a notch in the 100-yard butterfly, taking first with a time of 1:00.80.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Jersey Shore took the top two spots when Briar Lehman and Kinlea Westlin finished with top times of 30.61 and 32.01, respectively.

Butzler and Lehman came in one-two in the 100-yard breastroke. Butzler tallied a time of 1:15.12 and Lehman ended her night with a 1:27.85.

Rounding out the winners for the Bulldogs was the girls 200-yard freestyle relay. Lehman teamed up with Paige Weston, Amy Shadle and Ariana Paulhamus and finished with a finals time of 2:08.08.

Bellefonte’s Miranda Fedor was the lone winner for the Red Raiders finishing first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:34.07.

Bellefonte 101, Jersey Shore 55

Colton Shnars led the depth heavy Red Raiders to its victory over the Bulldogs, finishing with two individual wins and two relay wins.

“I am very proud of everyone of them,” Bellefonte coach Sierra Pfaff. “We mixed things up tonight. We moved things around from their events to I am proud of the results we got. Everything seemed very successful in what we tried.”

In the 200-yard medley relay, Schars along with teammates with Chance Foster, Patrick Scordato and Grey Rockey cruised to a 1:46.91 first-place finish.

He also looked sharp as a member of the boys 400-yard freestyle relay. Along with Scordato, Finn Nixdorf and Grey the team sailed to a convincing victory with a time of 3:36.69.

Schnars was strong and steady in the 200-yard IM and finished with the top spot of 2:06.31.

Rounding out his night, Scnars won by more than four seconds, finishing at the top with a time of 50.24.

Nixdorf finished with a top finish himself, topping out with a time of 23.62 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Luke Engel was the big winner for Jersey Shore finishing in first place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:45.09) and in the 100-yard butterfly (58.880).

Also winning first place finishes for Bellefonte was Scordato (100-yard backstroke), Foster Chance (100-yard backstroke) and Rockey (200-yard freestyle).

Engel was also on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team. Teaming up with Keagan Wagner, Michael Panczszyn and Jonathon Creveling. The group had what it took to take top honors with a time of 1:45.03.

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