He’s at it again.  After setting a national high school record in the 200 IM at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, Hershey’s David Nolan set another PIAA record in the Class AA 100 freestyle with a 44.89 in Saturday morning’s preliminaries.

That broke an 11-year-record by Garnet Valley’s Eugene Botes of 45.03.  Nolan, a junior, has already won seven PIAA gold medals – four individual events, three relays – and tonight he’ll shoot for two more in the 100 free and the 400 free relay.  Should that happen, he will likely be the most-decoratedgold-medal male swimmer in PIAA history.

rodfrisco.com will be blogging Nolan’s events as well as all of the other finals on the fourth and final night of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell.

The live PIAA results are here.

Also, the PIAA basketball semifinals are set in one-half of the brackets; the remaining quarterfinal games will be played today and tonight.

You can see the bracket updates here and follow the up-to-the-minute game scores here at piaa.org.

Speaking of basketball, rodfrisco.com will have an entirely different style of blogging for all eight PIAA basketball championship games next Friday and Saturday at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.

The updates at wrestling and basketball were very simple, nuts-and-bolts affairs, just the raw information with limited commentary. There’s a reason for that. At both events, I was working for other entities other than myself.

At wrestling, I was still working on a part-time contract for The Patriot-News, and that agreement prevented me from using blog items that would appear in my stories for The Patriot-News. Thus, I limited my wrestling updates to just basic information.

At swimming, I am in the employ of The Associated Press, doing the AP’s results that run statewide and a nightly story. While I am not limited in what I can say in the blog via my AP agreement, the AP requires a very heavy volume of work, so I literally do no not have the time to do commentary.

But for basketball … I’m a free agent. No stories for other newspapers, no results for the AP. So the basketball updates will not be a continuous drone of “Wilson hits jumper from 12, St. Frisco up 22-12, 6:43 2nd.” There will be score and situation updates (lots of score updates), of course, but basketball will have much more ongoing commentary than wrestling and swimming.

In addition, I’ll be starting a daily rant (well, sometimes it will be a rant) once the winter championships have completed). That could cover any PIAA sports subject under the finally appearing sun. The point is, there will be something new and fresh on rodfrisco.com every day.

And I’ll finally get around to filling in The Record Book section on all PIAA sports. Yes, even gymnastics. That will take the entire month of April. But i think PIAA sports fans (and my very good friends in the media) will enjoy having a library of PIAA championship records at their fingertips

Most of all, I want to thank the folks who have checked out rodfrisco.com. In less than 40 days, the site has had more than 116,000 page views, not bad considering it’s been a bare-bones blog with little advertising. I have a lot of features planned for the future; we want this to be the most informative and comprehensive Pa. high school sports site on the Internet.

Thanks to you, we’re off to a rolling start.

Thanks.

 

FLASH:

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).

BOYS AA

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)


GIRLS AA

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.



 

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 piaa.org here and paswimming.com here.

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

BOYS AAA

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.

GIRLS AAA

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 rodfrisco.com 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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