Plum grads fare well at PSAC swimming championships
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.