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MC Swimmers do battle in opening day of D6 championships

By Kenny Varner

 

UNIVERSITY PARK – In a year that saw a huge delay in the start of its swimming season, the Huskies held their own in day one of the District 6 Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the McCoy Natatorium on the Penn State University Campus on Friday afternoon.

With a good mixture of veterans and underclassman, Mifflin County finished the day with numerous personal bests and strong performances but no top finishes on the afternoon.

“They did exactly what I wanted them to do. They brought down their times. They trained hard for the last meet, did exactly the training I wanted them to do. They did well today,” Mifflin County coach Gretchen Miller. “I’m speechless. I can’t express how happy I am with how they finished based on the first day The fact that they are coming someone taking fourth and others finishing with a personal best that’s pretty fantastic.”

In the opening even, the girls 200-yard medley relay, the combination of Ali McCurdy, Kristen Neavling, Allison Besch and Rachel Kohler finished with a fourth place finish time of 2:09.96. McCurdy got off to a third place start with a time of 33.20, Neavling finished her laps with a time of 37.85. Allison Besch helped her team secure the fourth spot with a 31.29 while achorman Kohler led the groups time with a 27.62.

McCurdy finished in the top 10 in the 200-yard freestyle, posting a finishing time of 2:18.78. The time was good enough to capture an 8th place finish.

Mifflin County captured a 10th and 11th place in the girls freestyle event. Kohler, who is just a freshman, finished with a time of 27.59. Her teammate Besch followed right behind her with a 11th place 27.62.

Rounding out the girls events was the group consisting of Neavling, Jackelyn Fultz, Davianna Seguine and Kaitlyn Eckley competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The team finished with a combined time of 2:00.29 good enough for a top five finish.

On the boys’ side, Mifflin County finished with a fourth place finish of its own in the 200-yard medley relay. Leading the way was senior Evan Becker, who posted a time of 29.06 to lead off the race. Alex Larson was next finishing with a 34.89. Zack Bonson and Trystan Snyder rounded out the final two spots with times of 27.00 and 27.84, respectively.

Bonson finished with a fourth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, posting a time of 1:50.61.

Mifflin County will be back in action today as it will participate in day 2 of the District 6 Class AAA Swimming and Diving competition, starting a 2 p.m.

 

 

 

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