Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Breaks 400 Free Relay Pennsylvania High School State Record

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By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern

The AA Pennsylvania High School State Championships concluded this evening. The men’s and women’s 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast and 400 free relay were swam. The women’s 400 free relay PIAA record was broken. Grove City won the meet for the men and

Men’s Meet

In the 100 freestyle, Salisbury’s Mahlon Reihman won the event with a 45.58. Touching the wall in a 46.03 for the silver was Allentown’s Gabe Castano and in third place was Matthew Kwalick from Quaker Valley with a 47.16.

Manheim Central’s Matthew Daniel went a 4:32.57 for the gold in the 500 freestyle. Kevin Basch of Pottsgrove was second with a 4:34.79 and in third place with a 4:37.82 was Lower Moreland’s Connor Killion.

Austin Wilson won the 100 backstroke with a 49.18 for Grove City. Wyomissing’s Nathan Elzer took the silver with a 51.65 and for the bronze Owen Robinson of Calvary Christian went a 51.76.

In the 100 breaststroke, Jonah Crawford went a 58.16 for first place on the podium. In a close second place was Quaker Valley’s Kyle Hrabovsky with a 58.19 and the bronze medal went to Jarod Anderson with a 58.58 for Big Spring.

Grove City won the 400 free relay with a 3:10.08 and their team of Marcus Swartfager (47.30), Ben McKnight (48.69), Devin Reynolds (48.96) and Wilson (45.13). Trinity took silver (3:11.85) with Zack Gallagher (50.09), Andy Snyder (47.78), Lucas Haywood (47.57) and Jordan Wyant (46.41). Quaker Valley finished third in the time of 3:14.87 and the squad of Kwalick (47.15), Hrabovsky (49.56), Evan Ragoowansi (51.02) and Harry Harkins (47.14).

Top 10 Men’s Team Scores

1 GROVE CITY 212
2 TRINITY 151
3 QUAKER VALLEY 143
4 BIG SPRING 110
5 BOILING SPRINGS 104
6 WYOMISSING 85
7 LOWER MORELAND 83
8 YORK SUBURBAN 73
8 SALISBURY 73
10 CLEARFIELD 70

Women’s Meet

Geibel Catholic’s Emily Zimcosky won the women’s 100 freestyle with a 49.96. In second place was Hannah Blaser Gwynedd Mercy Academy with a 50.60 and with a 50.70 was Taylor Petrak of Ellwood City for bronze.

In the 500 free Bailey Bonnett of Highlands took gold with a 4:52.00. Gwynedd Mercy Academy Stephanie Szekely went a 4:56.05 for the silver and in a close third place was Hannah Schlegel of Twin Valley with a 4:56.12.

Allie Szekely of Gwynedd Mercy Academy won the women’s 100 backstroke in the time of 53.93. Emily Cornell of Villa Maria Academy came in second place with a 55.27 and in third with the time of 57.60 was St. Joseph’s Sabrina Bowman.

In the 100 breastroke Abby German of Fairview clocked in at a 1:02.48 for first place on the podium. Emily Glinecke of Pottsgrove was right behind with a 1:02.55 for silver and finishing third was Brooke Zukowski of Knoch (1:03.13).

Gwynedd Mercy Academy won the women’s 400 freestyle relay with their team of Hannah Blaser (51.42), Annie O’Dare (53.05), S. Szekely (52.39) and A. Szekely (50.83). They finished in a 3:27.69, taking gold and breaking the previous PIAA record of 3:28.90. Shady Side Academy came in second (3:33.01) with Ashley Azzarello (53.56), Caroline Colville (54.23), Meredith Cummings (53.29) and Lindsay Grune (51.93). Villa Maria Academy was third (3:35.86) with Nina Smith (54.25), Grace Carey (54.28), Sammy Murphy (53.58) and Kaitlyn Agger (53.75).

Top 10 Women’s Team Scores

1 VILLA MARIA 314.5
2 GWYNEDD-MERCY ACADEMY 214
3 SHADY SIDE ACADEMY 116
4 TWIN VALLEY 96
4 FAIRVIEW 96
6 YORK SUBURBAN 90
7 CLEARFIELD 85
8 NORTHERN YORK 80
9 SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 78
10 TRINITY 75

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Author: Delaney Lanker

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Delaney Lanker is a junior at Northeastern University studying journalism. She is a butterflier and captain of their NCAA Division I team. Before college, she swam for the Colorado Stars.

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