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Mifflin County swimmers end season

By Kenny Varner


UNIVERSITY PARK – The Mifflin County swimming team may not have advanced anyone this weekend to the PIAA state competition but they still managed to have many lasting memories of this year’s 2015.

“We had the boys relay and girls relay that performed well tonight. In the girls we went from a 4:19 to a 4:12 and 3:39.61 in the boys. That is really unbelievable,” said Gretchen Miller. “I am looking forward to next year. There were times today I was thinking on what things will be like next year. We had Allison Besch finish with her best time of the season. That was her last official race and we had Evan Becker finishing in fourth place in his individual event.”

The Mifflin County girls led off, competing in the first heat of the 100-yard freestyle. Teammates Allison Besch and Rachel Kohler battled for second and third. In the end, Besch outlasted Kohler to hold on to second in the heat.

Evan Becker placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle besting his time by over a second, finishing with a time of 50.60.

Zack Bonson made a strong showing in the grueling 500-yard freestyle, finishing fourth with a finishing time of 4:59.57.His previous best in the event was a 5:06.31.

Rounding out the boys’ day was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Bonson, Trystan Snyder, Alex Larson and Becker rallied to pull together a team best 3:39.61 good enough for third place. They shed their previous best by almost 12 seconds.

On the girls’ side, Ali McCurdy also finished her season with a personal record-breaking day in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:12.20. Her previous time was a time of 6:14.52.

In its last girls event of the day, the girls 400-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Besch, Jackelyn Fultz, McCurdy and Rachel Kohler saved the best for last posting a fourth place bid with a final time of 4:12.87. Their previously best was 4:19.29.

Notes: Due to an omission by the writer on Friday’s action, Evan Becker was mistakenly overlooked. Becker finished with a fifth place finish in the 200-yard IM sporting a time of 2:08.52.

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