Lauren Barber Claims Two State Records at Pennsylvania Division AA State Championships

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LEWISBURG–Lauren Barber of Wilmington Area succeeded in setting two state records at Pennsylvania’s Division AA State Championships.

Over the course of two days Villa Maria Academy swept the competition on the women’s side winning with a whopping 267 points. Gwynedd Mercy Academy finished second with 155, while York Suburban claimed third with 131.

The 200 medley relay team of Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro and Julie Dobson from Villa Maria Academy set the tone with a new Pennsylvania state record of 1:45.52. That replaces Villa Maria Academy’s 2013 record of 1:45.81. Gwynedd Mercy Academy (1:49.18) and Fairview (1:49.51) took second and third respectively.

The 200 free was full of competition with the top three finishers touching within .15 seconds of each other. York Suburban’s Carson Gross won out with a 1:51.71. She was followed to the wall by Pottsgrove’s Emily Glinecke (1:51.81) and Bethlehem Catholic’s Sydnee Karam (1:51.86).

Momentum continued into the 200 IM with both Lauren Barber of Wilmington Area and Allie Szekeley of Gwynedd Mercy breaking the Pennsylvania state record of 1:59.51 set in 2014 by Szekeley. While Szekeley was able to lower her record to a 1:59.46 it was not enough to catch Barber who dashed to a 1:57.76 to claim the new state record.

Alexa Fabri of Villa Joseph Maria and Hannah Blaser of Gwynedd Mercy raced to a quick finish in the 100 free but it was Fabri who won out touching the wall with a 50.64. Blaser finished with a 50.91 to claim second. Sophomore Taylor Petrak of Ellwood City grabbed third with a 51.23.

Sophomores Bailey Bonnett of Highlands and Hannah Schlegel of Twin Valley swam ahead of the competition and dashed to the gold in the 500 free with Bonnett claiming the title. Bonnett touched with a 4:52.89 while Schlegel finished with a 4:54.29.

Szekeley claimed first in the 100 back with a time of 54.02. Emily Cornell of Villa Maria Academy finished second with 55.94 while Lewisburg’s Caitlin Foley was third with a 57.55.

Lauren Barber’s success continued into the 100 breaststroke where she succeeded in setting another Pennsylvania state record. The senior first broke the record in prelims when she swam a 1:02.10 to replace Mallory Dietrich’s 2006 record of 1:02.55. In finals Barber succeeded in lowering the record to a swift 1:01.09. Glinecke took second with a 1:03.04 while Knoch’s Brooke Zukowski claimed third with a 1:05.01.

2015 Pennsylvania Girls High School Division AA State Championships – Results

Quaker Valley claimed the state title for the men with 174 points. Bloomsbury finished second with 140 and Trinity took third with 122 points.

Grove City’s 200 medley relay team of Austin Wilson, Thomas Somora, Rockwell Pokrant and Devin Reynolds claimed a narrow victory with a 1:36.77. Quaker Valley finished second with a 1:36.82. Bloomsbury was third with a 1:37.85.

It was a close finish between sophomore Mahlon Reihman of Salisbury and senior Jarod Kehl of West Allegheny in the 200 free. Reihman managed to out-touch Kehl by .01 to claim victory with a 1:40.92. Lower Moreland’s Connor Killion rounded out the top three with a 1:41.64.

Trinity’s Bradley Buchter swept the competition in diving finishing with a score of 642.50 to set a new state record. Salisbury’s Denny Bonner finished second with 463.30 points and Matthew Edkins of Lake Lehman took third with 449.45 points.

Brent Benedict of Corry Area won the 100 fly with a swift 48.01. The senior’s time replaces Kevin Marstellar’s 2009 record of 48.56. York Suburban’s Matt Spinello finished second with a 51.37, while Bellefonte’s Colton Schnar took third with 51.38.

Francis Folz of Mars and Salisbury’s Reihman swam to a quick finish in the 100 free. Folz out-touched Reihman with a 47.03. Reihman took second with a 47.09, while Cornell’s Cole Tipper claimed third with a 47.37.

Bloomsburg’s Noah Crawford took first in the 100 breaststroke with a swift 57.28. Springfield’s Tyler Chamberlin finished right behind him with a 57.63. Somora rounded out the top three with a 58.88.

2015 Pennsylvania Boys High School Division AA State Championships – Results

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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