Tthe PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships AAA championships have ended.

Big news of the day was the PIAA record set in the 100 backstroke by Haverford’s Shane Ryan.  Ryan hit the wall in 48.79 in his prelim, breaking the 2005 mark of 48.96 by Owen J. Roberts’ Pat Schirk. He then broke it again in finals with a swim of 48.67.  Also, North Allegheny’s Connor Kuremsky won his third straight AAA diving title and set a new state record (details below).

Live results from here and here.

The swimmer in parentheses swam the fastest preliminary time this morning.


100 freestyle: (Shane Austin, Unionville, 45.41)  Austin holds off a challenge from Oxford’s James Wilson. Austin taps the wall at 45.26, a nice time but well short of his 2009 record 44.55. Austin is the first swimmer to repeat in the 100 freestyle since Penn Manor’s Cameron Hollinger won three straight from 2001-2003.  Austin’s title is Unionville’s fourth.

500 freestyle: (John Nappi, Mount Lebanon, 4:32.66)  North Allegheny’s Jonathan Buerger wins his second gold of the meet, easily handling the field by winning in 4:25.35.  Nappi is second in 4:29.37.

100 backstroke: (Shane Ryan, Haverford, 48.79,  PIAA record. Old: 48.96, Pat Schirk, Owen J. Roberts, 2005)  In the most anticipated race of the night, Ryan re-set his state record in 48.67, knocking off two-time champion Kyle Dudzinski of Upper St. Clair, who finished third in 49.32.  Wilson’s Nathaniel Savoy, the 200 IM champion, finished second in 49.13.  Dudzinski got a great start, out quicker than Ryan, but he stayed under too long after the first turn, allowing Ryan to pass him and hold the lead.

100 breaststroke: (Robert Power, Chichester, 57.07)  Power holds off Wilson’s Robert Crigler to win Chichester’s first state swimming gold. Power finishes in 56.81, Crigler in 57.36. The two were almost dead even after 50 yards, but Power’s strong 30.14 finish closed out the event.

400 freestyle relay: (West Lawn Wilson 3:05.59)  The 400 free relay must be Wilson’s event. After the Wilson girls win the event earlier, the Wilson boys do them one better, not only winning the FR, but setting the PIAA record in 3:03.58. That’s a half-secon better than last year’s 3:04.09 by Emmaus. Along with Nathaniel Savoy’s 200 IM title on Wednesday, it boosts Wilson’s gold-medal total to 16, tied for 11th all-time.

North Allegheny was right behind at 3:03.61, which was also under Emmaus’ previous state record.  North Allegheny closed out the team race for the second straight year with 227.5 points; Wilson was second at 192.  The team title is the fourth for NA.

No surprise, Jonathan Buerger, with three golds and a silver, was the meet’s outstanding wrestler.

1-meter diving: One of the most outstanding performances in PIAA history as evidenced by his state record, North Allegheny’s Connor Kuremsky wowed the Kinney Natatorium crowd at the diving well by compiling 543.85 points.  That breaks the PIAA record of 541.60 set in 1998 by North Penn’s Steve Bohner.  Kuremsky just never missed on his dives, and the crowd cheered loudly after he connected on his final attempt. Kuremsky missed Bohner’s record last year by one-tenth of a point.  He used a forward one-and-a-half with two twists and a DD of 2.6 to nail the record.


100 freestyle: (Danielle Siverling, Downingtown East, 50.49) … It’s a breeze for Siverling, who wins her second gold medal of the meet.  She finishes in 50.29 and was never challenged by runner-up Patricia Leeson (51.21) of Liberty and Caitlyn Karr (51.23) of West Lawn Wilson … Siverling becomes Downingtown East’s first multiple gold-medal winner, although Downingtown’s Kathy Koerber won two golds (the 100 breaststroke in 1988 and 1989) before Downingtown split into two schools.

500 freestyle: ( Taylor Sostarecz, Easton, 4:56.47) … Cedar Crest freshman Maddie Hoch gets out to an early and steadily pulls away from Sostarecz to win in 4:51.03 … Hoch’s victory is the first PIAA gold medal for Cedar Crest female swimmer …

100 backstroke: (Melanie Busch, William Tennent, 55.77) Fantastic race. Hershey’s Yurie Nakano leads the first 50, but a tremendous comeback by West Chester East freshman Christina Leander gives her the win in 55.23.  Leander’s second 50 with 28.22, which is plenty fast, but it honestly seemed faster.  Busch finished third; she appeared to have false-started in the prelims, but the judges couldn’t decide on fault and allowed Busch to continue. … Leander is East’s 8th PIAA gold medalist and its first in the backstroke.

100 breaststroke: (Emily Cameron, Warwick, 1:02.79) Cameron has firmly established herself as the state’s new star female swimmer.  She was unchallenged in an easy win with a time of 1:02.31. Runner-up Kelly Carroll of Great Valley was well back at 1:03.74.  The only question was whether Cameron, who shattered the 200 IM record on Wednesday, would snare a second state record.  She didn’t — Wilson’s Kristen Woodring retains the mark at 1:01.55 in 1999 — but it is the second-fastest time a championship final.  There’s no question she’s the dominant swimmer in this meet.  Now comes the question of whether she will continue swimming PIAA meets.   Update: Cameron told that she will definitely swim PIAAs next year and probably her senior year, but is uncertain about her junior year because of the Olympic Trials in 2012.

400 freestyle relay: (West Lawn Wilson, 3:29.18) Wilson is unchallenged in the relay, getting a 3:27.90 from Camilla Czulada, Paige Impink, Taylor Brew and Caitlyn Karr. Hershey is second at 3:29.65 and Emmaus third at 3:29.77.  The victory secures the team title for Wilson with 231.5 points to Hershey’s 205.5.   The relay triumph gives Wilson its 12th PIAA gold medal, its second in the event and its second team title (previous came in 1994).

That’s it for girls. We’ll be back around 8 p.m. for the Class AAA boys finals.

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