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Geibel siblings claim WPIAL titles in 50 free

| Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 8:42 p.m.

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 12-point lead over Upper St. Clair in the boys team standings, 206-204 12, 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 ghorvath@tribweb.com.

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