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Highlands freshman nets PIAA bronze in 200 IM

| Friday, March 14, 2014, 10:51 p.m.

LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett's debut was a successful one.

The Highlands freshman took third Friday in the 200-yard individual medley to medal at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.

Bonnett, the WPIAL champion in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, finished with a time of 2 minutes, 4.59 seconds.

“I'm pretty excited,” Bonnett said. “Being a freshman and getting a medal, I was pretty excited about that. I also was really excited because I got a personal-best time.”

The IM includes butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Bonnett's splits were as follows: 27.42, 31.87, 36.09 and 29.21.

“I really had to take it out fast in the fly,” Bonnett said. “Backstroke I just had to hang on because that's my weakest stroke. Breaststroke is my best stroke, so I had to swim that as fast as I could. Freestyle I had to stay with it and bring it home.”

Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph clocked a 56.55 to take second place in the 100 fly.

“I thought it was good,” Bowman said. “I tried my best. My turns weren't great, but I'm happy with it.”

Bowman said she started her turn a little early.

“I was a little far away from the wall,” she said.

No WPIAL girl won a Class AA title — same for Class AAA swimmers; Chartiers Valley diver Maria Lohman is the only female to win gold so far — but Emily Zimcosky of Geibel took second in the 50 freestyle Friday.

Two WPIAL swimmers won PIAA titles during the boys portion of the event.

Jarod Kehl of West Allegheny won the 200 free in 1:40.0. Mars' Christopher Georgiadis took first in the 200 IM in 1:54.22.

Trinity Camp Hill leads the boys team standings with 105 points. Villa Maria Academy leads the girls meet with 131. South Fayette is the closest WPIAL team; the Lions are 12th with 31.

Other notable, local finishers included Freeport's Bria Otwell, who was seventh in the 200 IM in 2:09.75, as well as Knoch's Brooke Zukowski, who finished one spot behind Otwell in 2:11.91.

The two-day event concludes Saturday with six events: 100 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay, as well as girls diving.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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