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Swimmers prepare for home meet

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley High School swimmer Issac Deemer comes up for a breath. Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo This photo was taken by Bill Pribisco on 1/5/2013 at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool.

The Ligonier Valley High School swim team traveled Jan. 16 to Juniata College for a meet against the Huntingdon Bearcats. The final score was Rams girls team 67 - 95 and the boys team 53 - 98.

“The most improved swimmers are Shelbi Shearer with a -12.64 time drop in the 500 free and Matt Ryan with a -19.57 time drop in his 500 free,” said Linda Lenz head coach.

The Rams swimmers who tagged first were Shearer in the 50 and 500 freestyle for the girls team and Sam Maust in the 50 and 100 freestyle for the boys team. The 400 freestyle relay team, consisting of Michaela Long, Rebekah Heitzer, Katie DeMayo and Shearer, also finished first.

The second-place finishers were DeMayo in the 200 freestyle and as part of the 200 free relay. Her teammates in the relay were Taylor McCracken, Hannah Patrick and Madison Lillicoth. Lillicoth also took second in the 100 free with teammates Allison Fox placing second in the 100 butterfly and Heitzer finished second in the 100 backstroke. Fox and Heitzer also earned a second place as part of the 200 medley relay. Their teammates in the event were Shearer and Long. Second place for the boys team went to Josh Meharey in the 100 butterfly and as part of the 400 free relay. The additional swimmers in the relay were Phillip Cornell, Dylon Kuhn and Issac Deemer. Quade Jackman, Ryan and Maust placed second as part of the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams. Their teammates were Cornell in the medley relay and Deemer in the free relay.

The 400 free relay team consisting of Fox, Nicole Wissinger, McCracken and Patrick touched third. McCracken also finished third in the 100 breaststroke. Teammate DeMayo tagged third in the 100 free, Long came in third in the 100 backstroke and Lillicoth bagged third in the 200 free. Third place for the boys team went to Ryan in the 200 and 500 free. Deemer took third in the 200-IM and teammates Kuhn, Jackman and Cornell touched third in the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke consecutively.

Lenz said the swimmers with personal best swim times were Lillicoth, 200 free; Wissinger, 200-IM; Maust and Jackman, 500 free; Bethanie Meharey, 100 fly; Lillicoth, 100 free; Shearer and Ryan, 500 free; and Cornell, 100 back.

The Ligonier swim team played host Jan. 23 to Central Cambria and will compete against Central Martinsburg 4:15 p.m. Monday at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool. The team will play host again to Marion Center at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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