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MC girls swimmers win one, tie one in Dual Meet action

By Kenny Varner


BURNHAM – It was a very productive night for the Mifflin County girls swimming team on Saturday went they went head-to-head with not just one but two tough opponents in Bellefonte and Central Mountain.

Due to a snow cancellation during the week, the Huskies match against the Red Raiders was added to the Saturday contest with the Wildcats at the Juniata Valley YMCA.

The Husky girls finished with a victory and a tie against the two teams from the North.

Mifflin County defeated Bellefonte in grand fashion 68-24 while both the Huskies and the Wildcats finished with a rare tie score of 47.

On the boys side, Mifflin County swim strong but could not pick up a victory against either team, falling 45-38 against Central Mountain and 56-31 against the Red Raiders.

However, on both sides, some of the Huskies got PIAA qualifying times to advance their season even further.

“I think the whole team did awesome. We had personal best times throughout the entire meet. Across the board we had a great performance,” Mifflin County coach Gretchen Miller said.

Rachel Kohler got her team off and running with the first first place of the day coming in the 200-yard freestyle with a PIAA qualifying time of 2:18.89.

Teammate Zack Bonson finished top on the boys side in the 200 freestyle, finishing with qualifying time of 1:55.17.

In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Kohler also provided another first place finish, tallying a winning time of 1:14.41.

Bonson was a forced to be rekoned with in the marathon event of the 500-yard freestyle as he eased his way to a first place time of 5:08.79. His time was almost 20 seconds faster than the second place finisher, Bellefonte’s Patrick Scordato.

Evan Becker collected the groups third top finish, this time in the 200-yard IM. His time of 2:09.81 was PIAA qualifying time.

Becker also took top spot in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a finishing time of 52.15.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Mifflin County took first and second place and both finished with qualifying times.

Allison Besch and Ali McCurdy finished one-and-two in the event with times of 27.96 and 28.27, respectively.

Mifflin County came out strong in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay when the combination of Allsion Besch, Jackelyn Fultz, McCurdy and Kohler topped out with a finishing time of 4:20.74.

“I extremely excited about how they did tonight despite all the cancellations due to the weather and also our late start,” Miller said.

Mifflin County will be back in action next Tuesday as it travels to Chambersburg.

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