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Houtz earns second spot at States; Bonson finished with two third place finishes

By Kenny Varner

UNIVERSITY PARK – Two-for-two!

For the second time in as many days Juniata swimmer Sydney Houtz qualifies for states.

Mifflin County’s Hannah Bonson also scores her second third-place finish in two days of swimming action.

Bonson finished with a third place nod in the 100-yard breast stroke with a season-best time of 1:10.42.

“Everyone has season bests at this meet. Some weren’t career best but we were really happy to see that the training that they did matched their effort,” said Mifflin County coach Aaron Shepherd. “They put in the work and it was time for them to get their rewards and they got them. So it was very exciting to see it come to fruition and the smiles and excitement afterwards.”

Saturday, Houtz not only earned her way to states in the 100-yard backstroke, she also topped another District 6 Class AA record that she set last year.

By Kenny Varner

UNIVERSITY PARK – Two-for-two!

For the second time in as many days Juniata swimmer Sydney Houtz qualifies for states.

Mifflin County’s Hannah Bonson also scores her second third-place finish in two days of swimming action.

Bonson finished with a third place nod in the 100-yard breast stroke with a season-best time of 1:10.42.

“Everyone has season bests at this meet. Some weren’t career best but we were really happy to see that the training that they did matched their effort,” said Mifflin County coach Aaron Shepherd. “They put in the work and it was time for them to get their rewards and they got them. So it was very exciting to see it come to fruition and the smiles and excitement afterwards.”

Saturday, Houtz not only earned her way to states in the 100-yard backstroke, she also topped another District 6 Class AA record that she set last year.

Her time of 57.30 topped her previous record of 57.51 as she dominated from beginning to end.

“It’s nice to see a little peak here but we are really hoping to peak in a couple of weeks. It’s a slow build and that’s what our coaches are doing right now,” said Juniata coach Amy Houtz. “She has been taking that to practice and has been tapering them and slowly doing that so because they have so meets here in the next couple of weeks that trying slowly chip that down is nice.”

Her sister Emily Houtz picked up a season best time of 5:32.02 in the 500-yard freestyle good enough for a fourth place finish.

“She was thrilled with that. The time on paper is her best this year but not her best time of all,” said Houtz. “That time was a 5:41. She actually came down nine seconds for that she was thrilled.”

Mifflin County’s Ella Stuck took home a season- best 1:07.09 in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Huskies’ Maddie Baisey finished with a season best time of 1:02.18 in the 100-yard freestyle.

On the boys side, Ethan Andrews finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best 58.90.

Rounding out the day and the season for Mifflin County was a fifth place time of 4:03.20 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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