Ligonier Valley swimmers beat Marion Center
The Ligonier Valley High School Rams swim team played host Jan. 30 to Marion Center. The boys and girls Ligonier teams tagged a win with a final score 93-68 for the girls and 78-48 boys.
The first-place finishers were the 400-free relay squad consisting of Katie DeMayo, Michaela Long, Allison Fox and Shelbi Shearer. Shearer also took first in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke with teammates Long and DeMayo logging first in the 50 free and 500 free consecutively. On the boys team the 200 medley relay squad of Phillip Cornell, Quade Jackman, Matt Ryan and Jake Nemeth earned first. Ryan also grabbed first in the 200-IM, 100 free and as part of the 200 free relay. Nemeth also touched first in the 50 free, 500 free and as part of the 200 free relay. Jackman and Issac Deemer completed the relay team and Jackman also had a first in the 100 breaststroke with Deemer tagging first in the 100 butterfly. Cornell also completed the backstroke first.
Second place went to the 200 medley relay swimmers Madison Lillicoth, Skylar Piper, Becky Heitzer and Long. Heitzer also received second in the 200-IM and as part of the 200 free relay. Shearer, Lillicoth and Piper completed the relay squad. Fox logged in second in the 100 butterfly with teammates Long, Lillicoth and Piper tagging second in the 100 free, 100 back and 100 breaststroke consecutively. Josh Meharey achieved second in the 100 butterfly for the boys team. Dylon Kuhn nabbed second in the 100 back and teammate Deemer tagged second in the 100 breaststroke.
Nicole Wissinger, Taylor McCracken, DeMayo and Hannah Patrick finished third in the 200 medley relay. Fox took third in the 200 free, Wissinger, 200 IM; DeMayo, 50 free; McCracken, 100 fly; Lillicoth, 100 free, Wissinger, 500 free; Heitzer, 100 breaststroke; and the 200 free relay squad of Fox, McCracken, Patrick and Wissinger. Cornell was the lone boys swimmer to nab third in the 200 free.
Head coach Linda Lenz said “this is the first win for both the boys and girls teams.” Long had District qualifying times in the 50 and 100 free and Shearer in the 100 back, noted Lenz. “The most improved swims, Nemeth with -31.17 time drop in the 500 free and Patrick with -14.11 drop in the 100 free,” said Lenz.
The team made up a postponed meet Feb. 1 against Central Martinsburg, participated Feb. 2 in the Westmoreland County coaches Association meet traveled Feb. 4 to Northern Cambria and played host to Bishop McCort Feb. 6. They will travel to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Saturday for the IUP Invitational.
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