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Despite loss, MC swimmers show strong effort in loss to Eagles

By Kenny Varner

BURNHAM – Despite lower numbers than in the past, the MIfflin County swimming team continues to keep battling the competition.

Tuesday, the Huskies went up against Cumberland Valley and had some good strong finishes.

“We are working on depth. I’m work at the YMCA trying to build up swimming in MIfflin County overall. But I’m still throwing around girls seeing where our strengths are and looking to move to stronger places once we get to teams that are more competitive,” said MIfflin County coach Aaron Shepherd.

In the end, the Eagles were too much for the Huskies as MIfflin County fell 121-46 on the girls’ side and 65-12 on boys’ action.

Ethan Andrews was a double winner on the night for MIfflin County winning both the 200-yard IM and in the 100-yard backstroke.

He finished with times of 2:16.42 and 100.75, respectively.

In the 200-yard IM, the race was neck-and-neck as he went up against the Eagles’ Ethan Cunningham. But after the second lap, Andrews started to pull away and continued to build on his lead all the way to the finish line.

Opening up the meet, the MIfflin County girls 200-yard Medley team finished 3rd and 4th.

The team consisting of Maddie Baisey, Hannah Bonson, Ella Stuck and Rachel King finished third with a time of 2:12.19 while the other Huskies team consisting of Becca Montgomery, Gracee Tate, Grace Kauffman and Isabella Ziegler posted a 2:39.00.

Bonson had a strong outing in the 200-yard freestyle posting a qualifying time of 2:06.58.

She also dominated the 500-yard  5:43.63.

“She is very pleased. She has been practicing real hard and is very close to her time in districts,” said Shepherd. “She’s very open to listening about how to drop her times in season before her to the big meets.”

The veteran swimmer took the early lead en route to dominating her opponents in the grueling race.

In the end, she almost lapped her closest competitor.

Stuck finished a close second in the 200-yard IM finishing with a time of 2:33.70.

She also placed a second place nod in the 100-yard butterfly with a finishing time of 1:09.44, good enough to earn her a trip to districts.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Ziegler finished with a very competitive time of 29.96.

While swimming in the 100-yard freestyle, Ziegler also got a fourth with a time of 1:10.80.

The girls also finished second in the 200-yard relay with a time of 1:58.59. They were Baisey, Grace Kauffman, Ziegler and Bonson.

Baisey also finished in the top three, posting a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:19.84.

Kauffman finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Huskies with a time of 1:28.48.

Rounding out the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Rachel King, Tate, Montgomery and Stuck finishes in second with a time of 5:14.68.

The Huskies will be back in action Thursday at home against Hershey.

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