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Mt. Pleasant well-represented at WPIAL swim meet

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 12:26 a.m.
Jason Black | Daily Courier
Members of the Mt. Pleasant swim team who will be competing in the WPIAL Class AA Championships are (front row, from left) Anna Billey, Lindsey Mathews, Kaylie Martinowski, Kyra Lasko, Fallon Nelson, Madie Kromer and Olivia Darr; top row, Cole Dombrosky, Gavin Swartz, Adam Patula, Dylan Ringer, Jake Hostetler and Zach Remaley. Missing from photo is Noah Chovanec.

Fans attending the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships will find a slew of Mt. Pleasant athletes.

Fourteen Mt. Pleasant swimmers will take part in the event, which will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt's Trees Pool. The Class AA finals begin at 3 p.m. each day. There will be seven boys and seven girls representing the Vikings in a total of 16 races. .

On the girls side, seniors Kyra Lasko and Olivia Darr, as well as junior Fallon Nelson and freshman Anna Billey, will swim in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.80, 12th seed) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:56.09, eighth seed). Lasko, Darr and Billey will be joined by sophomore Kaylie Martinowski in the 200 medley relay (2:00.43, 11th seed).

“I'm excited about it,” Lasko said. “Hopefully we can get a relay through to states.”

Lasko will be busy with the relays, but she's also looking forward to competing as an individual. She'll swim the 100 backstroke (1:05.41) and is the 14th seed. Lasko noted that she was seeded 10th in the event last year but did not reach the medal podium with a top-eight finish.

“Mentally and physically, you have to be prepared for anything,” Lasko said.

Junior Fallon Nelson is seeded fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:23.56) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (2:03.77). Nelson qualified for the PIAA championships and finished 15th in each event as a sophomore.

In addition to three relays, Billey will compete as an individual in her first appearance at WPIALs, swimming the 50 freestyle (26.07) as the 10th seed. Sophomore Madie Kromer will join Lasko in the 100 backstroke (1:08.20) as the 30th seed.

The Mt. Pleasant boys will be busy, particularly in relays. Senior Dylan Ringer, juniors Adam Patula and Zach Remaley and freshman Cole Dombrosky will swim the 200 medley relay (1:51.39, 14th seed). Patula, Ringer and Dombrosky will join sophomore Gavin Swartz in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.48, 15th seed). Swartz and Patula will team with junior Jake Hostetler and senior Noah Chovanec in the 400 freestyle relay (3:52.28, 22nd seed).

Dombrosky and Ringer will swim in two individual competitions. Dombrosky is the 10th seed in the 500 freestyle (5:12.78) and the 11th seed in the 200 freestyle (1:55.65). Ringer is seeded 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:00.17) and 19th in the 200 individual medley (2:15.16).

“For me, I'm looking forward to doing something good in the backstroke,” Ringer said.

Chovanec will also have the opportunity to compete in an individual race. He will join Ringer in the 100 backstroke (1:03.97) as the 22nd seed.

Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com.

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