Hershey High School’s 200 medley relay team of David Nolan, Kyle Ruddle Sean Grier and Jeffrey Young established the national record for the 200 medley relay while winning the PIAA Class AA title Friday nightat Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

The Trojans swam an astounding 1:30.27, kick-started by PIAA champion david Nolan’s unbelievable 21.82 on the opening backstroke.

Ruddle followed with a 26.58 in the breaststroke, Grier did an exception 21.40 in the fly, and Young finished with a 20.47 in the free.

Unbelievable performance. The crowd at Kinney was so loud that it was impossible to hear.

The blog continues below.

Getting ready to start the Class AA boys finals from Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.

Follow the live results at piaa.org here and paswimming.com here.

The swimmer or team in parentheses beside the event swam the fastest time in preliminaries).

Huge news in the morning prelims when Hershey’s 200 medley relay team of David Nolan, Mitchell Veith, Sean Grier, Jeffrey Young going an incredible 1:31.87.  That’s just .65 off the 2000 national record by St. Xavier, Ohio.  They’ll go for the record tonight in the first event.

In fact, Hershey swam the fastest prelim times in five of the six events, and Young was second to Muhlenberg’s Zach Chow in the 50 free.  For the record, the most events a boys team has won in a PIAA championship is five (Hershey did it last year; Bethel Park 1996-AAA, North Penn 1991, and Baldwin 1967 are the others).


200 medley relay: (Hershey, PIAA record 1:31.87) … National record 1:30.27 … details above

200 free: (Benjamin Bauchwitz, Hershey, 1:41.69)

200 IM: (David Nolan, Hershey, 1:50.41)

50 free: (Zach Chow, Muhlenberg, 21.02)

100 butterfly: (Sean Grier, Hershey, 49.24)

200 free relay: (Hershey 1:26.80)


200 medley relay: (Mercyhurst Prep 1:49.00)  Mercyhurst Prep won a thriller, touching out Boiling Springs by 1:47.78 to 1:47.83.  Mercyhurst anchor Rylee Klomp and Boiling Springs Carrie Whisel engaged in a great battle over the last 50, Klomp reaching just enough at the finish for the victory.  The victory was Mercyhurst’s second PIAA swimming title all-time and its first relay, but it’s second in as many years.  And last year’s 100 back champ, Marie Georger, is the top seed in tonight’s 200 IM.

200 free: (Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 1:50.10. Smith is a freshman. PIAA champ Lindsay Vroom of Ambridge swam 1:50.13) Whoa. Lindsay Vrooman, clearly unhappy about her loss to Smith in the WPIAL finals a couple of weeks back, stokes it, blasting through the pool to a 1:47.67, just .3 off of Stef Williams’ record time of 1:47.37 back in 1998.  Vrooman shot off the block and was never in danger during an impressive, powerful swim.  Smith was seconds at 1:49.12.  The victory is Vrooman’s third in the event, the fifth swimmer to do so, and her fifth overall.  She’ll shoot for her third 500 freestyle title Saturday night.   She becomes the 15th female swimmer to win five PIAA open golds.

200 IM: (Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep, 2:02.49)  Outstanding race, and it’s freshman Rachel Zilinkas of Indiana to knocks off Georger in the final 25 yards, winning in 2:01.38.  Georger finishes in 2:01.64. Zilinkas’ triumph gives Indiana its first PIAA girls swimming gold medal.

50 free: (Mary Moser, Wyomissing, 23.43)  Moser has no problems defending her title in the 50, crusing past freshmen Rylee Klomp of Mercyhurst prep and Katie Saloky of Central Columbia to win in 23.18.  he Title is Moser’s third and Wyomissing’s sixth.

100 butterfly: (Victoria Gillespie, Nazareth Academy, 56.04)  What do you know?  Gillespie and freshman Margaret Gruber of Mars hit the pad in a dead heat and will be co-champions.  Both finish in 55.47; the PIAA does not go deeper than hundredths. And that’s not all.  Not only did Gillespie and Gruber finish at the same time, they knocked off two-time butterfly champion Andrea Marko of Greensburg Central Catholic, who was a fingertip behind at 55.51. What a great race. Gillespie and Gruber both earn their respective schools’ first PIAA female swimming gold medals.

200 free relay: (Scranton Prep 1:39.84) Scranton Prep erases more than two seconds from its prelim time to win handily in 1:37.79. Muhlenberg was second in 1:38.84. Rebekah Camp, Emma Blake, Maria Telincho and Megan Jones comprised the winning Prep team, which won the school’s second PIAA girls swimming gold. The other was also a 200 free relay title in 2002.

Oakland Catholic leads the team scoring after the first day, leading Scranton Prep 104-90.

1-meter diving: Catherine Rose of Allentown Central Catholic wins her third straight AA diving title with a total of 449.45, the highest of her championship totals. But she received a tough test from Camp Hill Trinity’s Ashley Buchter. Buchter finished second at 434.15, but was just a point behind Rose going into the final dive.

The girls have completed for the first day.  Back at 8 with the boys finals.

  One Response to “PIAA Swimming: Blog”

  1. Great job. The scores are very nice here. Catherine Rose with a total of 449.45 in 1M diving is very good. Especially for AA. I bet it is very competitive. Good work on this meet and good luck in the future.

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