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Ligonier Valley swimmers prepare for end of season

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier's Quade Jackman plows through the water at a recent swim meet. This photo was taken by Bill Pribisco on 2/6/2013 at the YMCA pool Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo

The Ligonier Valley High School swim team traveled Feb. 4 to Northern Cambria for a meet against the Colts. The Rams girls final score was 79-88 and the boys, 62-82.

The swimmers who touched first were Katie DeMayo, Allison Fox, Becky Heitzer and Michaela Long in the 400 free relay. DeMayo also took first in the 200 freestyle and Long snagged first in the 500 free. Shelbi Shearer and Madison Lillicoth finished first in the 100 butterfly and 100 free consecutively. For the boys team, Matt Ryan earned a first place in the 100 and 200 free, plus he qualified for the district meet in both events. Quade Jackman logged in first in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free-relay squad consisting of Ryan, Phillip Cornell, Dylon Kuhn and Josh Meharey also scored a first.

Second place went to the 200 medley-relay teams, Long, Skylar Piper, Shearer and Lillicoth and the boys, Cornell, Jackman, Sam Maust and Jake Nemeth. Heitzer took second in the 200 free and 100 back and teammates Long and Lillicoth earned second in the 200-IM and 50 free consecutively. Fox snagged a second in the 500 free and Shearer in the 100 breaststroke. Jackman finished second in the 200-IM, Maust in the 50 free and Cornell in the 100 backstroke. The 200 free-relay squads, DeMayo, Lillicoth, Taylor McCracken and Shearer plus the boys, Ryan, Nemeth, Jackman and Maust both touched second.

“The most improved swims were Skylar Piper -48.16 in the 500 free and Josh Meharey -35.64 also in the 500 free,” said Linda Lenz head coach.

On Feb. 1, the Ligonier team played host to Central Martinsburg, a rescheduled meet. The first-place swimmers were the 200 free-relay teams, DeMayo, Fox, Piper and Shearer and the boys, Deemer, Jackman, Ryan and Meharey. Shearer also took first in the 200-IM and the 100 breaststroke and Long snagged first in the 100 backstroke. For the boys, Ryan finished first in the 100 and 200 free and teammate Nemeth logged in first in the 100 butterfly. Maust earned first in the 200-IM and 100 backstroke. The 200 medley relay, Cornell, Maust, Ryan and Nemeth also touched first.

“The most improved swims went to Hannah Patrick -63.11 and Phillip Cornell -39.07 both in the 500 free,” Lenz said.

The Ligonier Valley Rams diver Bethanie Meharey competed Feb. 1 at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving competition. She placed sixth and earned a medal with a score of 141.80.

The swim competition was Feb. 2 with the final team-score placement, girls finished 11th and the boys, 15th.

The Rams team recognized its seniors Feb. 6 when they played host to Bishop McCort. They traveled Feb. 9 to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the IUP Invitational and the last scheduled meet of the season.

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

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