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Mifflin County Swimmers collect PRs in Last Ditch tournament


By Kenny Varner

STATE COLLEGE – Friday night, the MIfflin County swim team competed in the Last Ditch swimming tournament hosted by State College high school.

“We are super proud of them. Most of them are new to swimming altogether, “ said Mifflin County coach Jessica Hardin. “They have come a very long way this year in technique and they have been posting PRs almost every meet.”

Other teams participating in the event were Bellefonte, State College and the Penns Valley Rams.

It would be a night of strong performances and PRs for the Huskies.

Pacing the young Huskies’ squad was Jacob Kratzer as he finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.62 and a second in the 100-yard freestyle posting a mark of 55.60.

Opening up the event was the girls 200-yards medley Relay. The team consisting of Addie Parson, Cameron Shuey, Aubrey Evans and Amilia Coffey. The team finished fourth on the evening posting a time of 2:40.66.

The action continued in the girls 200-yard freestyle, three Lady Huskies battled tough.

Coffey finished fifth with a time of 2:50.89 while teammate Alexis Anderson wasn’t too far behind finishing with a mark of 3:11.50.

Rounding out the Huskies in the event was Parson with a 3.14.27.

Kelsey Marks posted a seventh place nod with a finishing time of 34.65.

Besides Kratzer’s fourth place finish in 50-yards freestyle, teammate Dmitrii Tlekhas finished ninth with his time finishing at 33.53.

In the 100-yard butterfly, the Huskies were led by Aubrey Evans third place nod with a time of 1.29.97.

The Lady Huskies posted a fifth and sixth finish in the girls 100-yards freestyle. Shuey placed fifth and Marks finished sixth with times of 1:22.42 and 1:24.44, respectively.

With a Kratzer second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle teammate Tlekhas followed with a 1:23.41.

Mifflin County had three swimmers compete in the marathon 500-yards freestyle.

Evans finished sixth with a tally of 7:01.91, Coffey was right behind with a time of 7:47.44.

Rounding out the Huskies was Anderson, who finished eight with an 8:52.93.

In the girls 200-yards freestyle relay, the MIfflin County group of Marks,Shuey, Evans and Coffey placed third, finishing strong with a mark of 2:22.90.

Parson was back in action in the girls  100-yards backstroke with a ninth-place time of 1:38.26.

Rounding out the night for MIfflin County was Shuey’s performance in the 100-yards backstroke. Her time of 1:35.11 was good enough for a sixth place nod.

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