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Plum grads fare well at PSAC swimming championships

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

Several Plum graduates took part in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference swimming championships from Feb. 14 to 18 at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Kayla Joy, a senior at Edinboro University, qualified for the PSAC championships in four individual events and one relay.

She made the finals of the 500 free and finished 16th with a time of 5:16.83.

Joy also was a part of the Fighting Scots' 800 free relay team that finished with an NCAA ‘B' mark (7:42.44).

The finish was good for sixth place overall.

The time set a new school record and was four seconds faster than the relay posted at the 2012 PSAC championships.

Joy, a captain of the Fighting Scots women's team this season, finished her career as a four-year PSAC qualifier.

California University of Pennsylvania senior Caitlyn Sirkoch helped the Vulcans women's 200 free relay take fifth (1:36.43) and earn an NCAA B time.

She was on the 800 free relay that took 11th (8:06.96).

Sirkoch also competed at PSACs in the 200 IM, the 200 free and the 200 breaststroke. She took 20th in the 200 IM (2:14.59).

She is in the Cal U women's swimming record books with the 200 free relay. She helped set the school record in the event last year at the NCAA Division II championships with a top time of 1:34.03.

Sirkoch also holds Cal U top-five all-time swims in the 200 breast and the 200 IM.

The Cal U women's team finished eighth in the PSAC championship standings.

Tom McElhaney, a senior at Edinboro, swam in three events, and he qualified for the consolation finals in the 200 fly.

He swam to a time of 2:00.62 in the fly preliminaries and took 16th.

McElhaney came back for the consolation finals and swam to a 2:00.59, good for 15th in the final standings.

He also swam the 100 backstroke and just missed the consolation finals. He placed 17th in a time of 55.65.

McElhaney was 19th in the 100 fly (54.08).

Another Plum graduate, Brian Wilson, represented Edinboro at the PSAC championships, and the Fighting Scots junior swam to top-20 finishes in the 200 breaststroke (18th, 2:28.52) and the 100 breaststroke (19th, 1:01.85).

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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