Geibel sophomore Emily Zimcosky wins another gold in record-setting time
Entering Friday's WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Emily Zimcosky was not resting on her laurels.
After setting a WPIAL record in the 50-yard freestyle one day earlier, the Geibel sophomore again etched her name into the league record books by winning the 100 freestyle in 50.75 seconds at Pitt's Trees Pool.
Zimcosky, who won the 50 in 23.13 seconds, said growing up watching her older sister compete in the pool is what spurred her on from an early age.
“It's just always been one of my goals,” she said. “I watched my older sibling Kelsey swim. So we've been swimming our whole lives ever since I was 4. Placing tops at WPIALs was always one of my goals.”
Emily's other older sibling, John Paul, also performed well. The Geibel senior was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.76 after duplicating his sister's success and winning the 50 freestyle (21.60) on Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant junior Fallon Nelson finished third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:23.56.
Nelson cited pre-race preparation in being crucial to her success.
“I had a good taper,” she said. “I worked hard throughout the season, and it was really my attitude. I was nervous, but I started thinking positive so that made a big difference.”
Nelson, along with seniors Kyra Lasko and Olivia Darr and freshman Anna Billey, teamed up for the Vikings' 10th-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:50.98). Individually, Lasko finished 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.56).
On the boys side for Mt. Pleasant, freshman Cole Dombrosky finished 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:05.63), and senior Dylan Ringer clocked in at 58.48 to finish 11th in the 100 backstroke.
In Class AAA, Connellsville was led by sophomore Alyson Urie in the girls 500 free (5:26.72) and Bayle Shreve in the 100 backstroke (1:03.57).
For Laurel Highlands, junior Emily Yarish (1:07.91) and freshman Kristen Bane (1:09.70) finished 14th and 18th, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.
The Mustangs' 400-freestyle relay team of Yarish, Mackenzie Robatin, Brooke Mansberry and Lexi Kostelnik finished 11th with a time of 3:47.12.
The top three finishers in each event from Class AAA advance to the PIAA meet March 12-15 at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
In Class AA, the top four girls and the top five boys advance.
The early session featured plenty of North Allegheny dominance. The boys held off Upper St. Clair, 373 1⁄2-364, while the girls cruised with 471 points. In Class AA, Mars claimed the boys crown with 233 points, and West Allegheny won the girls title.
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.