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Strong day for Centre County Class AA swimmers

By Kenny Varner

UNIVERSITY PARK – It was a very lucrative day for the Centre County Class AA Friday in the opening day of the District 6 Swimming competition.

Bellefonte’s Kate Rarrick finishes second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 158.66. It would be a season best time.

Teammate Finley Musser sealed herself a trip to state competition with a first I place finIsh in the 200-yard IM. Red Raider Natasha Hoffman placed second with a time of 2:21.24.

Rounding out things in fourth place was Penns Valley’s Margaret Delaney with a fourth place nod of 2:22.37.

On the boys’ side, St. Joseph’s Academy swimmer Reece Bloom took the race with a top time of 2:01.74.

In the opening event, the girls 200-yard medley relay, the Bellefonte Red Raiders team consisting of Rianna Morris, Elizabeth Haak, Emmalin Pringle and Abagail Kellog-Long finishes 6th with a time of 2:23.42.

In Heat 2, Penns Valley finished in the top spot with a mark of 1:52.00.

The team consisted of Anna Butler, Margret Delaney, Audrey Duck and Abigail Gerhart.

On the boys’ side, the Rams got a third place finish in Heat 1 posting a mark 2:20.42. The team consisted of Harrison Reish, Colton Sands, Thaddaues Smith and Simon Smith.

Later in the competition, Penns Valley’s Anna Butler took top honors in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.17 while Bald Eagle’s Alaina Cane finishes third overall with a time of 25.22.

In the days most exciting event, Penns Valley’s Sophia Gerhart went up against friendly foe Juniata’s Sydney Houtz.

Going into the race Gerhart was the higher seed with a top season mark of 59.22 while Houtz’s time was a mark of 1:00.13 in the 100-Yard butterfly.

When the buzzer sounded to start the race, both were just inches of each other, both taking quick turns

With the lead as they finished the first lap and flip over to turn into the second lap, Houtz held a half body length advantage. She continued to hold that lead going into the final two laps.

With both having crisp turns into the third and fourth laps.

On the final length of the race, the crowd watching the race were cheering for the two who were on record pace.

When Houtz finished she touched first, giving her the win and the new District 6 record in which she topped her old District 6 record of 57.10. She topped it with a 56.14 while Gerhart was right behind with a 56.76.

Harrison Horner medaled in the boys portion of the event. Horner came into the meet with a 56.44 seed time.

Rounding out the day was a first place finish in their heat by the Penns Valley girls 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Members of the team were Anna Butler, Delaney, Duck and Abigail Gerhart.

The Bellefonte relay team also had a strong finish, finishing strong in their race and coming out with a medal. Members of the team were Natasha Hoffman, Avah Colm, Finley Musser and Kate Rarrick.

Action will resume Saturday back at the Natatorium at 11.

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