OK, I slept in.  You would, too, after spending four straight days in Lewisburg covering state swimming.  Emphasis on days; I didn’t stay over in such haunts as the Red Roof Inn in Danville, which seemed to serve as the unofficial media hotel of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. I drove every day from my home in Enola. Why would I be tired?

Anyhow, that was an incredible performance by Hershey’s David Nolan (photo courtesy of pennlive.com and his Hershey teammates. Nolan set four PIAA Class AA records in his four events: the 200 medley relay (1:30.27), the 200 IM (1:43.43), the 100 free (43.27) and the 400 free relay (3:03.98). The 200 IM time has been certified as a national record. I’ll have a commentary on Nolan later today in my new section, The Daily Rant. That’s where I will post daily commentary beginning later today (have to go pick up the kiddies first).

Nolan is simply on a level of his own. But because of Nolanmania, it was very easy to overlook an incredible meet by his teammate, Sean Grier, who also won four golds — 200 MR, 100 butterfly (48.62), 100 backstroke (49.73) and 400 FR — at the PIAA Meet.

Grier’s two legs on the relays were first-rate. In the MR, he did 21.40 in the fly. In the FR, with Hershey trailing Shady Side Academy by a second, he did a 45.89, making up five seconds on Shady Side. Nolan finished off the FR with his amazing 42.84 split. Will that split be posted as a new PIAA state meet record in the 100 free? Not sure. The point is, Grier had a tremendous state meet, right up there with some of the best performances in meet history.

If you want to review all of the results, you can get them here at piaa.org. Also, a HUGE thanks to Mike Gobrecht at paswimming.com for his Twitter link to his site. Thanks a bunch, even if this old dinosaur is still trying to figure out all of the sociakl networking stuff.

On to hoops. It’s serious now: The PIAA Basketball Championships are down to the semifinals.

So, first, the bracket updates. You can find them here at piaa.org.

I’ve been buried with wrestling and swimming the last two weeks, so I have a lot of self-education to do on hoops. But we’ll be ready to do some serious blogging at the PIAA Basketball Championships Friday and Saturday at Penn State, especially since I’m a free agent (I was working for The patriot-News and the Associated Press the last two championships. Not so for hoops.)

Check in throughout the week. This is Breakout Week at rodfrisco.com; I’ll be posting more frequently with different and better stuff. You know, once I get my kids to school.


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