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Central Mtn girls/ Bellefonte boys take swim meet

By Kenny Varner


UNIVERSITY PARK – After swimming an exhibition against each other last Saturday at Mifflin County, the Bellefonte and Central Mountain swim teams met for real in the Red Raiders last home contest Tuesday at the McCoy Swimming complex.

Both teams battled back and forth throughout and when the final tallies were in, both came out victorious and both came out with a loss.

Central Mountain came out with its strong effort on the girls side and picked up its second win of the season, despite being tied at 27 at the intermission.

“They went up on their times a little bit. They are in the same ballpark. I told them to relax and that we have a lot of meets yet and a lot of days. So I had to be the voice of calm. We had some kids do some new events and had them qualify and they did really well. The ladies won which is very exciting. We had one win and one tie,” Central Mountain coach Carol Matheney said. “I think the guys really held their own.”

Leading the way for the Wildcats on the girls’ side was their relay teams. Central Mountain went 2-of-3 from Bellefonte.

Both winning teams consisted of swimmers Olivia McGhee, Kelsie Buckwalter, Rachel Marek and McCartney Register.

The girls were led individually by Marek. Marek finished the day with two individual victories. She took the 100-yard backstroke by storm finishing with a time of 1:15.71. Rounding out her day, she also landed the top spot in the grueling 500-yard freestyle. Her time of 6:05.01 was almost 30 seconds faster than the second place finisher, teammate Buckhalter.

On the boys’ side, the Red Raiders led by Grey Rockey, Colton Schnars, Patrick Scordato and Andrew Kaschalk were too strong for the Wildcats’ swimmers as the picked up the victory.

Bellefonte swept the relays as it picked up victories in the 200-yard medlay relay. The team finished with a time of 1:47.40. Picking up the victory for the Red Raiders were Schnars, Chance Foster, Kaschalk and Rockey.

Kaschalk was also involved with the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay. Teamed with Foster, Brian Feldman and Scordato the team muscled its way to a 1:41.54 finish.

Rounding out the relay winners were the 400-yard freestyle relay team that had Rockey, Scordato, Finn Nixdorf and Schnars (3:40.95).

Schnars also had a strong showing in individual action, placing in the top spot in the 100 yard back stroke with a top time of 56.62. He was just seconds ahead of teammate Scordato, who finished second.

He also picked up a first place nod in the 200-yard IM with a finishing time of 2:01.85.

Rockey was just a explosive, posting two individual wins as well.

His first on the night came in the 200-yard freestyle where he bested the pack with a final performance of 2:00.64.

Win number two came in the 100-yard butterfly where he topped out with a finishing time of 1:01.9, besting his seed time.

Twos were lucky for the Red Raiders on the night as Finn Nixdorf also posted a 2-win evening.

He blew away the competition in the 100-yard freestyle where he finished with a 54.35 time. He also showed his strength in the 50-yard freestyle where it took him just 23.29 seconds to finish in first.

On the girls side for the Red Raiders, Miranda Fedor finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.59) and the girls 200-yard IM (2:26.60).

“The abilities of both teams were very strong and very competitive,” Bellefonte coach Serena Pfaff said. “It makes a nice meet for both us. It’s very enjoyable for us to watch.”

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