will update the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a close-to-live blog from Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.

Unfortunately, the physical setup at Bucknell does not enable me to do the live chat format that I use for other sports like football, wrestling and basketball. That’s because I cannot take my laptop onto the pool deck and, no, I don’t have a Blackberry or iPhone or any of those other whiz-bang, hand-held gizmos.

I’m an old man. What can I say?

But it is just a few steps from the pool to the media room, so updates of the finals will occur rapidly with notes and commentary.

For live results, go to here or here.

Here are the finals for Wednesday, March 16 (refresh frequently for updates:

1-meter diving:  Ashley Buchter
of Camp Hill Trinity became the first person not named Sarah Haupt to win a PIAA swimming and diving title when she outlasted Upper Moreland’s Natalee Szopo, scoring a 448.70 to Szopo’s 442.35.  Buchter’s score of 448.70 is the third-best in AA girls since Lisa Silvestri of Lower Moreland posted her state-record 480.65.

200 medley relay: Central Columbia wins its first PIAA swimming relay with a 1:47.71 in the 200 medley relay.  The Blue Jays are all underclassmen: freshman Kelsey Chyko, junior Dani Blass, freshman Beth Grazio and sophomore Katie Saloky.  The title is Central Columbia’s 8th PIAA swimming title.

200 freestyle: Kutztown freshman Gillian Ryan came into the finals with the second-best time behind Camp Hill Trinity’s Caroline Finkbeiner, but puts down a strong 1:47.80 to beat Finkbeiner and win Kutztown’s first PIAA swimming championship; Kutrztown does not have a formal swim team.  Ryan’s time is just .43 off the PIAA record of 1:47.37 set by Bloomsburg great Stef Williams in 1998.

200 individual medley: Madison Burns of Northwestern Lehigh beats Mercyhurst Prep’s ouitstanding Marie Georger to win the 200 IM in 2:00.48.  That breaks  the PIAA Class AA mark of 2:00.51 set in 2009 by Breanna Folk of Schuylkill Valley.  Burns is Northwestern Lehigh’s first PIAA swimming champion.

50 freestyle: Saloky picks up her second gold medal of the meet, beating Mifflkinburg freshman Adrianna Grabski to the wall in 23.45; Grabski finished in 23.59.

100 butterfly: Margaret Gruber doesn’t have to share her gold medal this year. Gruber swam a 54.98 to claim the 2011 100 fly outright after finishing in a dead heat last year with Victoria Gillespie of Nazareth Academy.  Gruber’s title is the second for Mars.

200 free relay: Villa Maria Academy of District 1 keeps Central Columbia from a first-day relay sweep, going 1:37,24 to Central Columbia’s 11:37.90.  Sarah Hitchens, kaitlin Alvanos, Julia Murphy and Julia Wisler comprised the Villa team, which won its first PIAA swimming championship.

200 medley relay: Shady Side Academy
, gunning for the AA team title, gets off to a god start by claiming the medley relay in 1:36.83.  David Paulk, Grant Zentgraf, Broderick Kelley, and Chris Leech beat Franklin (1:37.28)

200 freestyle: Paulk does his Iron Man thing, coming right back from the relay to crush the field in the 200 free.  The Princeton-bound Paulk finishes in 1:38.53, more than three full seconds ahead of runner-up Jared Haley of Northern York (1:41.56).

200 individual medley: Bloomsburg’s Zach Stephens swims his personal best, a 1:51.12 to claim his second PIAA swimming gold; Stephens won last year’s Class AA 100 breaststroke. Stephens grinned slightly when asked if he saw that Hershey and national record holder in 200 IM, David Nolan, went to AAA.  But he said, “You want to be in the pool with a guy like that.  I will only make you better.”  Bravo.

50 freestyle: New state record for Daniel Gosek of Holy Ghost Prep who shaves. 12 off the old mark of 20.69 by touching the wall ina speedy 20.57.  That broke the mark set in 2009 by York Suburban’s Kevin Marsteller.  That’s a pretty auspicious way for Holy Ghost to claim its first PIAA swimming medal.

100 butterfly:Broderick Kelley of Shady Side Academy joins Paulk in the double-gold club, going 49.93 to win the fly.  He easily wins the event; West Allegheny’s Tim mangis was second at 51.98.

200 free relay:Springfield Township out of District 1 beats Fairview to the line.  Chris McTear, Bill Riley, Ryan McWilliams and Jake Oeschger win the school’s third 200 FR since 2007.

  One Response to “PIAA Swimming and Diving: Wednesday”

  1. Rod:

    This has nothing to do with swimming and diving, but I thoughht you’d like to know that Berks Catholic has just chosen its colors and mascot: Black & Gold Saints. BORING & UNINSPIRING, if you ask me!

    I’m really disappointed that after sending both principals and other officials some terrific and unique color combinations and mascot names that this is the best they could do. Oh well, it’s their choice to make.

    I read that Mifflin County had chosen “Huskies” as its mascot. What was chosen for the school colors?

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