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Swim team prepares for Altoona

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley High School swim team member Hanna Patrick swims at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool. Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo This photo was taken by Bill Pribisco on 1/5/2013 at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool in Ligonier.

The Ligonier Valley High School swim teams competed against the Richland Rams Jan. 9 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown swimming pool and suffered a loss, girls 71-98 and the boys 55-94.

The Ligonier first-place swimmers were Becky Heitzer, Shelbi Shearer, Taylor McCracken and Michaela Long in the 200 medley relay. Shearer also took first in the 200-IM and 100 breaststroke and Heitzer in the 100 backstroke. Katie DeMayo finished first in the 100 butterfly. For the boys, Matt Ryan, Phillip Cornell, Jake Nemeth and Sam Maust tagged first in the 400 freestyle relay and Maust also had a first in the 200-IM.

Second place went to the 200 medley team consisting of Cornell, Quade Jackman, Josh Meharey and Nemeth. Jackman and Nemeth also finished second in the 200 free relay with teammates Ryan and Maust. Ryan also tagged second in the 200 and 500 free and Maust in the 100 backstroke. For the girls, Katie DeMayo, Long, Heitzer and Allison Fox took second in the 400 free relay. Heitzer also finished second in the 200 free and teammates Long in the 50 and 500 free and Madison Lillicoth earned second in the 100 free.

The only third place for the girls team went to Fox in the 200-IM and 500 free. Jackman took third in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke for the boys with teammate Nemeth finishing third in the 100 free.

Head coach Linda Lenz said “the most improved swims go to Nicole Wissinger in the 500 free -27.13 time drop and Matt Ryan in the 500 free -7.14 time drop, also Sam Maust qualified for districts with a personal best time in the 200-IM.”

The Rams team traveled to Somerset Jan. 7 and the final score was Rams girls team 64-104 Golden Eagles and the boys team 51-101.

The first-place scorers were Shearer in the 200 freestyle. Teammate DeMayo also earned a first place in the 500 freestyle. For the boys team, Maust came in first in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

Second place went to the 200 medley relay teams for the girls Long, Heitzer, Fox and DeMayo and the boys Cornell, Jackman, Nemeth and Meharey. Heitzer also tagged second in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and as part of the 200 free relay. Fox took second in the 100 butterfly and teammate Shearer in the 100 free, as part of the 400 free relay and as part of the 200 free relay. Long and DeMayo were the other two swimmers in the 200 relay. Long also finished second in the 100 backstroke and Fox logged a second in the 100 butterfly and as part of the 400 free relay. The rest of the relay team consisted of Lillicoth and Wissinger. The boys team Maust, Nemeth, Cornell and Ryan tagged second in the 400 relay. Ryan also placed second in the 500 free and as part of the 200 free relay. The rest of the relay team, were Jackman, Kuhn and Maust. Cornell also had a second in the 100 backstroke.

The third-place finishers were Skyler Piper, Lillicoth, McCracken and Hannah Patrick in the 200 medley relay. McCracken, Piper and Patrick also logged in a second as part of the 200 free relay. Teammate Wissinger completed the relay team. Finishing out the scoring for the girls team, Long earned a third in the 50 free and Fox in the 100 back; for the boys, Cornell took a third in the 100 fly, Ryan in the 100 free and Jackman in the 100 breaststroke.

Head coach Lenz said “Ryan qualified to compete in the 500 free at the district meet and the most improved swims go to Wissinger -8.11 seconds in the 200 free, and Kuhn -22.24 seconds in the 100 free,”

The Rams team competed Jan. 16 against Huntingdon and will travel Monday to face the Lions 6 p.m. in Altoona.

Sharon L. Davis is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at echo@tribweb.com.

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