Geibel siblings claim WPIAL titles in 50 free
Geibel Catholic senior John Paul Zimcosky watched in amazement from the side of Pitt's Trees Pool as his younger sister, sophomore Emily Zimcosky, set a WPIAL record in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday.
He immediately followed her with a win in the same event.
Emily Zimcosky's time of 23.13 seconds edged the mark of 23.56 that had stood since 2000.
“Usually when I see her swim, I'm in line with all the guys,” John Paul Zimcosky said. “All of a sudden, I see her 23.13 up on the wall, and the guys are going, ‘I cant even go that time.' ”
Luckily, Zimcosky can go faster, as he finished in 21.60.
“I have her in the sprint events,” the older brother said with a laugh, “but that's about it.”
Multiple Connellsville swimmers were in action Thursday.
Alyson Urie finished 23rd in the 200 IM (2:16.26), Colin Mastowski was 27th in the 100 fly (56.44) and the girls 200 free relay finished 26th (1:47.34).
The top three finishers from all Class AAA events advance to the PIAA meet March 12-15 at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
Class AA swimmers get four girls and five boys entrants to states.
Six WPIAL records fell in the early session: North Allegheny in the girls 200 medley relay and Upper St. Clair in the boys portion of the event; North Allegheny's Zach Buerger in the 200 IM; Mt. Lebanon's Katie Ford in the 50 free; Upper St. Clair's Ryan Dudzinski in the 100 fly; and Upper St. Clair in the boys 200 free relay.
North Allegheny held a 1 1⁄2-point lead over Upper St. Clair in the boys team standings, 206-204 1⁄2, and the Tigers girls raced to a big lead with 271 points.
The West Allegheny girls led Class AA with 149 points, and the Mars boys were tops with 116.
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.