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Personal bests for MC swimmers

UNIVERSITY PARK – It was a very exciting opening day for the Mifflin County swim team Friday in the opening day of competition of the District 6 Championships at the Nautorium on the campus of Penn State University.
New kid on the block Juniata also had one of its two swimmers finish on the podium.
Mifflin County had two that finished in the top 10 and received a visit as well to the podium for a medal.
Numerous personal bests were broke and there was a school record broken in the process as well.
Macy Becker led the way for the Huskies as she finished in third overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal best 1:04.48.
Juniata also picked up a third place nod when Sydney Houtz made history with the team’s first top three D6 finish with a time of 59.43. Houtz will also be swimming today as well as teammate Sean Fitzgerald.
“She almost took a full second off her previous personal best,” said Juniata coach Amy Houtz. “She will be back tomorrow to compete in the 100 back while Sean Fitzgerald will swim the 100 breaststroke tomorrow as well.”
The other Mifflin County swimmer to place was Hannah Bonson she finished sixth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:24.85. The time was also a personal best.
The girls 200-yard medley relay broke a school record with a finishing time of 2:02.78. The team smashed its personal best finish of the year which was previously 2:08.53. The team consisted of the talents of Morgan Robinette, Hannah Bonson, Macy Becker and Rachel Kohler.
“Everything got off to a great start tonight. Robinette in the 200 free dropped five seconds from 2:17 to a 2:12. We are so happy about that,” Mifflin County coach Gretchen Seyler said. “It was a really Good Friday.”
After the record breaking performance in the girls 200 medley relay, it was the boys turn, they finished fourth in their heat with a personal best time of 1:57.58.
Robinette looked sharp in the girls 200-yard freestyle with a personal best 2:12.87 and first place in her heat.
In boys 200 freestyle, Kevin Neavling finished with a personal best 1:58.18 while teammate Braden Kibe went for 2:01.12.
Mifflin County again posted another personal best, this time it was in the boys 200-yard IM when Ethan Andrews dropped over three seconds on his previous best to finish with a 2:20.14.
Rachel Kohler finished a personal best 27.10 in the 50-yard freestyle.
On the boys’ side of the 50 freestyle Cade Pollock finished with a best finish of 25.60 while teammate Tyler Mitchell finished with a best of 25.57.
Alex Larson and Trystan Snyder both finished with personal bests with times of 1:05.40 and 1:13.07, respectively.
In the final relays of the night, the team of Sophia Aurand, Kaegan Matthews, Jackelyn Fultz and Jordyn Kile notched a best time of 2:05.63.
Rounding out the competition on the day was the boys 200 freestyle relay. The combination of Ethan Andrews, Bennett Andrews, Snyder and Tyler Mitchell finished with an impressive 1:46.55 also a personal best record.
Both Juniata and Mifflin County will be back in action on day two today starting at 2pm.

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