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Central Mountain swimmers sweep Mt. Carmel

Central Mountain 66, Mt. Carmel (boys)35

Central Mountain  100, Mt. Carmel (girls) 36

By Kenny Varner

LOCK HAVEN – Going out in style.

The Central Mountain swim teams gave their seniors a win in their last high school team meet.

In the girls division, the Wildcats topped the Tornadoes 100-36 while the boys also finished strong coming out the victors in a 66-35 contest Tuesday at Lock Haven University.

“I’m very proud. They work so hard and team moral and the comradery has been great. They help each other. They push each other. said Central Mountain Coach Jim Merinar. “They’ve been a great team to work with and to have a win for our seniors to send them off is a really nice thing.”

On the girls side, Central Mountain picked up a first and third finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team consisting of Autumn Garman, McKenna Fox, Madison Bair and Morgan Brian finishes with a top time of 2:11.31.

The third place team ofChristina Smith, Caitlyn Dale, Kylie Garman and Lena Le Touze posted a 2:23.54.

Evie Rembold led the Wildcats to win over teammate Kylie Garman in 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:14.19 and 2:27.68, respectively.

Hannah Brian finished in the top spot in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:34.69.

Brian also took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1:01.39.

Madison Bair finished with a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.32 just missing a first place by .22.

McKenna Fox finished third in the event with a time of 29.61.

Things continued to roll for the Central Mountain girls as Mikayla Rich finished with a first place time of 1:06.73.

Rich also topped teammate Evie Rembold in the 500-yard freestyle as she posted a 6:02.43 and Rembold finished with a 6:07.36.

In the girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay, Central Mountain again finished on top. The group consisting of Rich, McKenna Fox, Hannah Brian and Rembold topped off with a time of 1:54.04.

Kylie Garman continued the Wildcats winning ways as she got the first place nod in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:15.06.

Blair Madison and Fox finished 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:16.37 and 1:17.44, respectively.

In their final event of the night, the Wildcats got a win in the 400-yard freestyle. The team consisted of Madison Bair, Hannah Brian, Rembold and Rich with a top time of  4:14.96.

The boys got off on a positive note as well as the 200-Medley team consisting of Parker Orndorf, Leisher Derek Hughes and Damon Germello finished with a time of 1:58.27.

Orndorf finished in first in the 200-freestyle with a time of 2:11.74.

Gugino kept the winning going as he finished in first in the 200-IM with a top time of 2:14.70.

In a rare second place finish, the Wildcats Nathan Laubscher battled but had to settle for a second place nod with a time of 29.80.

Teammate Germello finished in third with a time of 31.40.

In the 100-Butterfly, Hughes added another first place finish as he posted a top time of 1:01.41.

In the grueling 500- Freestyle, Orndorf captured another first place with a time of 5:36.89.

The Wildcats also took the 200- relay with a top finish of 1:47.36. The team consisted of Laubscher, Hughes, Gugino and Orndorf.

Hughes again finished at the top spot, this time he placed first in the 100-backstroke notching put a time of 1:02.31.

Gugino and Germello rounded out the night with a 1-2 finish in the 100-breaststroke, with times of 1:08.25 and 1:31.29, respectively.

With the win, Central Mountain’s regular season ended but it will now prepare for the District 6 swim meet at Penn State, February 28-29.

At press time, the Wildcats will be taking 13 swimmers to the meet.

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