MC swimmers conclude debut Mid-Penn season on strong note

UNIVERSITY PARK – The season came quietly to an end for the Mifflin County swim team Saturday as the Huskies, despite numerous swimmers topping their seed times, weren’t able to get anyone through the District 6 Regional Meet held at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium.

Leading the way for the Huskies was the girls 400 freestyle relay team, which finished in second place with a time of 4:09.54. The team consisted of Sarah Bonson, Allison Besch, Jenna Kile and Megan Becker.

For Becker and Bonson, it was the end of two successful swimming careers in the brief history of Mifflin County’s swimming program.

“I’m very proud of our swimmers’ performances today and yesterday. It was great to see Megan Becker and Evan Becker be rewarded for their hard work through their placings and visits to the podium today,” Mifflin County coach Connie Welch said. “Most of our swimmers had personal bests today. It was a great accomplishment for Zack Bonson and Jenna Kile to drop so much time from their seed times in their 500 freestyle races. Zack came very close to going to the podium. Drew Kline swam personal bests in his 100 breaststroke and in the 100 length of the lead-off leg in 400 freestyle relay.

“In fact, all of the swimmers in the boys 400 freestyle relay swam personal best 100 freestyle splits (Shane Sennett, Anthony Elliott, and Shane Whalen).”

When day two concluded, Mifflin County ended its first season in Mid-Penn competition, learning and growing as a team.

The team’s motto is, “When you are behind, never give up. When your behind, never let up.” And as the group battled and gave it its best effort the entire day, it followed its motto to the very end.

On the girls’ end, Becker finished fifth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.52 just shy of her seed time of 57.48.

In the marathon event of swimming, Kile bested her seed time in the 500 freestyle by seven seconds, finishing with a time of 6:21.18, good enough for earning a 10th place finish.

On the boys side, Becker surpassed his seed time on the 100 freestyle, finishing in sixth place with a time of 53.52. Going into the event, Becker’s seed time was 54.20.

In the 500 freestyle, Bonson also topped his seed time finishing seventh with a time of 5:25.68.

Two Mifflin County swimmers swam together in the 100 breaststroke. Kline finished third in his heat and 11th overall with a time of 1:14.32. Teammate Whalen finished his event with a time of 1:15.60.

Finally, in the last event of the afternoon for Mifflin County, the boys 400 freestyle relay team finished with a time of 4:14.73. The team consisted of Kline, Elliott, Sennett and Whalen.

“I’m sad to see the season come to an end,” Welch concluded.