Highlands freshman nets PIAA bronze in 200 IM
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.