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Here are the final approved qualifiers for swimming and diving for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years; they were adopted at the PIAA Board of Directors’ meeting in May.

You'd shout, too, if you set a national record like Hershey's David Nolan did in last season's PIAA Championships. P.S. - He's back this year. (Photo credit: Chris Knight, The Patriot-News)

The “qualifiers” files show the math the PIAA uses to determine the number of qualifiers from each district to the PIAA championship in that sport; the process is known as proportional representation. The brackets show the pairings for PIAA team and individual championships in each sport where applicable.

Here are the reports for swimming and diving:

CLASS AA DIVING QUALIFIERS
CLASS AAA DIVING QUALIFIERS
CLASS AA SWIMMING QUALIFIERS
CLASS AAA SWIMMING QUALIFIERS

PIAA POST-SEASON CALENDAR
PIAA Championships: Wednesday-Saturday, March 16-19, at Kinney Natatorium, Bucknell University, Lewisburg

 

We’re posting the details of the PIAA’s Swimming and Diving steering committee.

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Proposal out on the floor now to move the diving championships to a separate day than the swimming championships. Interesting discussion.

Wilson swimming coach Roy Snyder points out that 35 percent of the performance and warmup time at states is devoted to diving even though diving is just 10 percent (less, actually) of the events.  In addition, 6 percent of the competitors at states are divers.

Also, swimmers, especially the girls, have to get up very early to get into the warm-up pool for preliminaries because diving is between the swimming prelims and finals.  Snyder’s suggestion is to run the state diving championships the weekend before state swimming championships.

PIAA executive director Brad Cashman speaks strongly in favor of keeping diving with the swimming finals.

Oh, ho.  PIAA asst exec Melissa Mertz just said that when she meets with Bucknell officials next week, PIAA will ask Bucknell if can look at hosting the championships on two weekends, one for each class.  Interesting.

No motion or official action taken, but the issue is out there.  The two-weekend concept is very interesting.

Sorry, have to run off to the wrestling meeting.  Begins in a few minutes in a separate room.

 

Blogging for the first night of PIAA swimming has concluded.  We’ll be back on Thursday for the remaining Class AAA finals.  Thanks for choosing rodfrisco.com. many, many thanks to Mike Gobrecht at paswimming.com for setting upa Twitter feed to his superb site. Now if I’d only remember to tweet :).

Live  results are available from paswimming.com here or piaa.org here.

We will update after the completion of each event. The swimmer/team in parentheses had the fastest time in this morning’s preliminaries.

BOYS AAA

200 medley relay: (Emmaus 1:32.07) .. Emmaus beats Wilson in a good race.  Emmaus posts a 1:32.34, exactly a half-second faster than Wilson.  … Romain DeCrop, Evan Paules, Greg Fischer and Ryan Stahley team up for the gold medal, the 30th boys’ gold in school history. … It is Emmaus’ 6th 200 medley relay championship, breaking a logjam between the Green Hornets, Bethel Park, Moon and North penn for the most 200 MR wins in PIAA history …  It was Emmaus’ 10th relay championship

200 free: (Jonathan Buerger, North Allegheny, 1:39.03)  Buerger wins handily 1:38.08 to 1:39.81 by second-place Shane Austin of Unionville.  But Austin led the first two legs, finishing the firrst 100 in 47.31 to Buerger’s 48 flat.  But Buerger, third last year in the event, made up the time on the third leg, edging out to a lead of 1:13.08 to 1:13.12.  He cruised home to win comfortably … He is NA’s first swimming gold medalist since 1994 (Connor Kuremsky won AAA diving titles the last two years) and raises the Tigers’ gold medal count to 8.

200 IM: (Nathaniel Savoy, West Lawn Wilson, 1:49.36) Savoy has no trouble in the IM, beating North Allegheny’s Matthew Buerger by 1.7 seconds, tapping the wall at 1:48.93. Buerger is the younger brother of 200 free champion Jon Buerger. … Savoy was the leadoff of the 200 medley relay team for WIlson, giving him a sliver and a gold for the day. … Savoy wins Wilson’s first individual boys’ gold medal since 2003 (Aaron Burns, 100 AAA breaststroke) …. Savoy is Wilson’s 15th PIAA gold medalist in swimming.

50 free: (Dain Bomberger, Warwick, 20.62) … Emmaus’ Ryan Stahley bounces back to win the final with a time of 20.44, .3 of a second faster than his prelim swim. As usual with the 50, a great start and turn propelled Stahley to the victory over Bomberger, who finished second in a time of 20.60 … STahley’s victory was Emmaus’ eighth in the 50 free; that’s best in state history in the event for any boys’ school

100 butterfly: (Kyle Dudzinski, Upper St. Clair, 49.71) Dudzinski is pushed in the first 50, but breaks free to cruise to the wall in 49.04, outgunning Andrew Kosic of West Chester Henderson (49.41).  Dudzinski, who will seek his third straight 100 backstroke title on Thursday night, now has three golds and wins Upper St. Clair’s 8th boys gold medal.

200 free relay: (Emmaus 1:24.01) North Allegheny comes from behind to upset favored Emmaus, getting to the wall in 1:24.21, .19 of second ahead of favored Emmaus.  The North Allgheny victory ruins a chance for Stahley to pick up three golds in one evening. Stahley anchored the winning 200 MR, won the 50 free and led of the Green Hornets’ second-place 200 FR. … North Allegheny’s team was comprised of Jonathan Buerger, who won his second gold of the night, Sean battle, Jonathan Du and Kostya Borisov.

GIRLS AAA

200 medley relay: (Hershey 1:45.86) … Hershey wins it in 1:44.65.  Wilson 2nd at 1:45.18, North Allegheny third at 1;45.18 … race close first two legs, but a nice finish by Carolyn McCarty on the breaststroke and strong leg on the butterfly  by Samantha Surfus, a freshmen, enabled freestyler Katelyn Miller to hold firm on her 50 . Yurie Nakano was the leadoff  on the  backstroke.  … It was Hershey’s 7th 200 MR state title, tying North Allegheny for most in girls state history … Missed Emmaus’ 2009 state record by .38

200 free: (Dianne Siverling, Downingtown East, 1:49.24) … Well, look at this: A state record without a super suit. Siverling wins the 200 free in 1:47.49, breaking the former state record of  1:48.18 set in 2008 by Parkland’s Jaime Malandra. … Siverling steady pulls away from the field after being pushed in first leg by Wilson’s Caitlyn Carr … Siverling becomes Downingtown East’s third PIAA champion, the first since Sam Palser won the AAA 50 free in 2007.

200 IM: (Emily Cameron, Warwick, 2:01.04) … Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.  Cameron becomes the first female in state history to beak two minutes in the 200 IM, hitting the wall at 1:59 flat.  Cameron broke the record of 2:00.83 set last year by Emmaus’ Mikelle Masciantonio, who finished second in 2:03.53. … She admitted being slightlly rattled by her touch pad coming loose and was flipping her hands back and forth trying to get the judges attentention … But she settled down immediately and swam a perfect race. … She is Warwick’s first PIAA swimming champion.

50 free: (Katelyn Miller, Hershey, and Melanie Busch, William Tennent, 23.66) … Miller gets emotional after claiming her second gold medal of the meet, finishing in 23.51, .04 of a second ahead of Melanie Busch of William Tennent.  Miller swam the free anchor leg on the winning 200 medley relay team … With the relkay, she boosts Hershey’s PIAA gold medal total to 23; Hershey has won at least one girls gold each of the last six seasons.

100 butterfly: (Zina Grogg, Moon, 55.63) … Grogg holds up here prelim swim by hitting the pad at 55.63, holding off Hershey’s Yurie Nakano at 55.68 … Good race that appeared to be in doubt until the last few strokes …Grogg become Moon’s first PIAA girls swimming champion since 1997 when Kristen Olsen won the AA 50 freestyle.  Olsen was Moon’s only individual champion until Grogg’s strong swim .

200 free relay: (West Lawn Wilson 1:35.83) … Wilson comes from a yard or two behind after Camilla Czulada of Wilson battles Mikelle Masciantonio on the first leg, but Samantha Wierzbicki, Taylor Straub and anchor Caitlyn Carr all do their part for the win in 1:35.24. Emmaus is second in 1;36.05 . … the victory is Wilson’s second 200 FR triumph in three years and boosts teh Bulldogs’ all-time gold medal total to 12.

1-meter diving: Samantha Pickens of Franklin Regional wins her fourth straight diving title with a solid score of 503.10.  But there were questions about the judging in her pursuit of the AAA record of 517.20, set in 1999 by Jen O’Brien of Penn Hills. At least one judge scored Pickens consistently lower than his fellow judges.  But there’s nothing wrong with a 503.

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