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Ligonier swimmers suffer home loss

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier's Shelbi Shearer swims for a first-place finish. Taken 1/23/13 at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool

The Ligonier Valley High School swim team played host Jan. 23 to Central Cambria, the first home meet since Dec. 10. The final score for the Rams girls team 78-90 and the boys team 53-93.

The swimmers who tagged first were the 200 medley-relay team consisting of Michaela Long, Becky Heitzer, Shelbi Shearer and Katie DeMayo. Long also took first in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and as part of the 400 freestyle relay. Heitzer, Shearer and Allison Fox completed the 400 free squad. Shearer also logged in first in the 500 freestyle.

On the boys side, Matt Ryan earned a first-place win in the 100 breaststroke and teammate Phillip Cornell touched first in the 100 backstroke and as part of the 400 free relay. Additional members of the relay were Sam Maust, Issac Deemer and Jake Nemeth. Maust also finished first in the 500 freestyle.

Second place went to DeMayo, Fox, Skylar Piper and Madison Lillicoth in the 200 free relay. DeMayo also logged in second in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Teammates Shearer and Heitzer touched second in the 200-IM and 100 backstroke consecutively. For the boys, Maust, Quade Jackman, Ryan and Nemeth snagged second in the 200 medley relay. Maust also earned second in the 500 freestyle and teammate Jackman finished second in the 100 breaststroke.

“Shelbi Shearer had the most improved swim with a -7.73 drop in her 200-IM, She also had her personal best swim time in the 500 free,” said head coach Linda Lenz. “Sam Maust had a -13.74 drop in his 500 free most improved swim and personal best time,” said Lenz.

The team traveled Jan. 21 to Altoona with a final score for the Rams girls team 55.5-108.5 and the boys 32-128.

The first-place finishers were Shearer in the 100 free, 100 breast and as part of the 400 free relay. The rest of the squad included DeMayo, Lillicoth and Long, who also earned first in the 100 back.

The swimmers who touched second were Long, Shearer, McCracken and DeMayo in the 200 medley relay. DeMayo also took second in the 500 free with teammates Long and McCracken snagging second in the 50 free and 100 butterfly respectively. Maust was the lone second-place scorer for the boys team in the 200-IM and 100 free.

“Shelbi Shearer swam her personal best times in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, also Michaela Long in the 100 backstroke,” said Lenz.

The team played host Jan. 28 to Central Martinsburg and then again Jan. 30 to Marion Center, both at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool. The Ligonier Rams team will participate Friday and Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving and swimming competition. They will travel Monday to Northern Cambria for a meet against the Colts and they will compete 4:15 p.m. Wednesday with the Bishop McCort Crushers at the Ligonier Valley YMCA pool and celebrate senior night.

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

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