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.

Rod

 

Hershey’s David Nolan won his third gold medal of the PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships with a time 43.27 in the 100 freestyle.

He broke the PIAA record for the second time today. He swam 44.89 in the prelims to break the 1999 mark of 45.03 by Eugene Botes of Garnet Valley.

Nolan, a junior who has won eight total gold medals with a shot a ninth in the 400 free relay, missed the National Federation mark of 45.03 by Jimmy Feigen of Winston Churchill High School on San Antonio, Tex. set on Feb. 23, 2008.

Nolan’s 50 split was 20.74.

 

Hershey’s David Nolan wins four gold medals at the PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships with a time 43.27 in the 100 freestyle and an incredible  42.84 split on the anchor of the 400 free relay for Hershey’s win in a state record 3:03.98.  Believe it or not, runner-up Shady Side Academy had the lead after the first two legs, but Sean Grier and Nolan were exceptional..

He broke the PIAA record for the second time – and possibly third -today. He swam 44.89 in the prelims to break the 1999 mark of 45.03 by Eugene Botes of Garnet Valley, then 43.27 in the final, then 42.87 split in the relay.

Nolan, a junior who has won nine total gold medals, missed the National Federation mark in the 100 free of 45.03 by Jimmy Feigen of Winston Churchill High School on San Antonio, Tex. set on Feb. 23, 2008.

Nolan’s 50 split was 20.74.

Lindsay Vrooman of Ambridge grabs her sixth career individual gold medal in the 500 free and sets a new PIAA record (4:43.93).

Follow the live results from piaa.org here or paswimming.com here.

The swimmer or team in parentheses swam the fastest prelim time.

Boys AA

100 freestyle: (David Nolan, Hershey, 44.89, PIAA record. Breaks 1999 marks of 45.03 by Eugene Botes of Garnet Valley.)  As you can see above, the Rollin’ Nolan does it again, breaking his PIAA record from the prelims with that sharp 43.27.  He did a 20.74 split and made a clean final turn, but just didn’t quite have the speed in the final 10 yards to get the national record.  But once again, what a swim!

500 freestyle: (John Hauser, St. Pius X, 4:33.83, more than three seconds faster than second-best time of 4:40.96 by David Paulk of Shady Side Academy) Hauser has no problems in the finals, going 4:26.95 to win it over Paulk (4:33.19). He defends his title, giving the school its’ second boys’ PIAA swimming gold.

100 backstroke: (Sean Grier, Hershey, 50.83) Grier wins decisively in 49.73 over teammate Benjamin Hagen (51.53) and sets a new state record in the process.  No, not his time.  Grier’s triumph is Hershey’s sixth of the meet, the first time a boys’ team has won six events in a meet.  The Trojans can get a seventh coming up in the 400 free relay. Only one other school, the Upper Dublin girls in 1993, have won six events in a meet.

100 breaststroke: (Zach Stephens, Bloomsburg, 56.43, PIAA record, beats old mark of 57.03 set by Jon Szakelhidi of Ellwood City Riverside last year. Actually, he beat the state record set 3 minutes earlier by Patrick Augustine of Lansdale Catholic, who swam 56.86 in the previous prelim.  Augustine lowered his seeded time by an astounding 3.90 seconds).

400 free relay: (Hershey 3:10.40)

1-meter diving: Philipsburg-Osceola’s Jordan Harris repeats as diving champion with a score of 462.70, but is unable to break his own PIAA mark of 488.70.

GIRLS AA

100 freestyle: (Mary Moser, Wyomissing, 50.98) … It’s all Moser, who wins her second 100 free title, her second of the meet (50 free) and her fourth open gold of her career.  She’s not done yet, either.  Moser is the anchor leg for Wyomissing’s 400 free relay, which claimed the top time in the morning preliminaries.

500 freestyle: (Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 4:49.98) … Lindsay Vrooman of Ambridge closes out a great career with one of the best performances of her career, knocking down a tremendous 4:43.93 to set a new PIAA Class AA record in the 500.  She breaks the record of 4:44.07 set in 2008 by East Pennsboro’s Leah Gingrich, now at the University of Texas. She beats Indiana freshman rachel Zilinskas (4:45.17) in the process.

The gold medal is Vrooman’s sixth and moves her into literally fast company with eight other female swimmers who have won six PIAA individual gold medals: Gingrich, Mallory Dietrich of Oakland Catholic, Tiffany Houser of parkland, Lynn Kohl of Tulpehocken, Melanie Morgan of Gateway, Kaitlyn Orstein of Mount Lebanon, Amy Roth of Fairfield and Jan Ujevich of Center.

Only four other swimmers have won more: Michelle Chow of gateway and Stef Williams of Bloomsburg won the miximum eight while Darci Bodner or Norwin and Katie Nolan of Hershey won seven each.  Fantastic effort by Vrooman, who’s headed for Indiana University.  Uh, the one in Indiana state.

100 backstroke: (Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep, 54.87) Georger defends her 100 backstroke title by tapping the wall at 54.61.  That’s her second gold of the meet, having won with Prep’s 200 medley relay on Friday. She beats Steph Kinsey of Boiling Springs (55.68) by slightly more than a second.

100 breaststroke: (Jaime Kane, St. Pius X, 1:06.32) Kane wins with a time of 1:06.32, finishing strong to beat Apollo-Ridge’s Mackenzie Wargo; they were seeded 1-2 in the event.

400 free relay: (Wyomissing 3:34.18)  Wyomissing breaks the state record with a time of 3:32.04, topping the 202 mark of 3:32.42 by Oakland Catholic. It’s Wyomissing’s first 400 free relay title.  Mary Moser swims a 49.97 leg to close out the relay and earn her third gold medal of the meet.  She’s joined by Brianna Bentz, Hailey Doyle and Katie Duggan on the relay.

But it’s not enough to surpass Vrooman as the meet’s oustanding swimmer.  And it’s not enough to keep Oakland Catholic from beating Wyomissing for the team title, 187-157. It’s Oakland Catholic’s fourth straight team title and its ninth overall, extending its PIAA record.  It’s also the fourth straight year the Eagles have won the team titles without an event champion.

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