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Greensburg C.C. junior takes fifth in 100 butterfly at PIAA meet

| Friday, March 14, 2014, 10:09 p.m.

LEWISBURG — First, West Mifflin's Brad Kolesar noticed it.

Then, Greensburg Central Catholic's Brian Uhrin turned his head and saw the same thing.

Early in the boys 100-yard butterfly race at Friday's PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, Kolesar and Uhrin spotted Corry Area's Brent Benedict way ahead of the pack.

“I took a quick glance and said, ‘Oh, gotta go faster.' ” Uhrin said.

Neither went as fast as Benedict, who won the race at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium in 48.57 seconds, but that mattered little to the GCC junior.

Uhrin, who was fifth in 52.10, was overwhelmed while standing on the medal stand and looking out into the crowd, his hard work finally having paid off.

“You kind of look out there and see all the people staring out at you and think, ‘Wow, I actually did it,' ” Uhrin said.

Uhrin was happy with his race, though he said he “needed work on my walls and speed up my stroke.”

Uhrin actually is close friends with Kolesar, who finished second in 50.66, through club swimming.

Kolesar, who also swims the backstroke, is more of a 100-yard guy, Uhrin said. Uhrin's more comfortable with 200-yard distances.

“I kind of look up to him as a big brother kind of figure,” Uhrin said. “We go back and forth with advice.”

Unfortunately for Uhrin, who was third in the 100 fly at WPIALs, there's no 200 fly.

“If they did I think I might have a better chance,” Uhrin joked.

Two WPIAL swimmers won PIAA titles in the boys portion.

Jarod Kehl of West Allegheny clocked a 1:40.00 in the 200 freestyle to finish .05 seconds ahead of Chartiers Valley's Drew Damich, the WPIAL champion. 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 race with 131. South Fayette is the closest WPIAL team; the Lions are 12th with 31.

The girls events of Friday's meet didn't feature an individual champion, but Geibel's Emily Zimcosky and Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph captured silver medals.

Zimcosky finished with a time of 23.21, giving first-place Adriana Grabski (23.10) a serious challenge in the 50 freestyle.

“I wanted to have a good start, really break out and have a better turn than I did in prelims,” Zimcosky said.

Bowman clocked a 56.55 in the 100 fly.

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.

Other notable local finishes included Indiana's 15th-place girls 200 medley relay team of Sarah Henderson, Anna Paccapaniccia, Anna and Sophie Manges. That group swam 1:53.51.

Indiana took 16th in the girls 200 freestyle relay. Paccapaniccia, Gabby Bobak, Eliza O'Neal and Sophie Manges touched in 1:43.77.

Derry's 200 freestyle relay team of Taylor Byers, Chelsea Dominick, Danielle Jellison and Allison Brownlee was 11th in 1:41.60.

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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