Huskies close out with a splash
BURNHAM – Though the scores did not show in Mifflin County’s favor against Hollidaysburg, the Husky boys and girls swim team went down fighting to the very end.
The Tigers took the girls meet by a final score of 110-59 and the boys 116-49 in front of a full house at the Juniata Valley YMCA in their final home meet of the season.
“I thought they did great. This was the very last home meet of the season so I am really, really pleased on how the team has progressed throughout the season at all levels,” Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. “We have everyone from our seasoned swimmers to our new swimmers that improved through the season.”
Leading the way for the Huskies on the night was their lone first-place winner, Ali McCurdy. McCurdy led the way in the girls 200-yard freestyle with a top time of 2:20.82. But she wasn’t finished there – she also placed third in the girls 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:14.75.
In team swimming, McCurdy finished third as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Teamed with Jenna Kile, Claire Mulkey and Allison Besch the foursome finished with a time of 2:03.38.
McCurdy also was part of the successful third-place 400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 4:34.64. She was teamed with Besch, Mulkey and Daviana Seguine.
Rounding out the place winners Monday was the girls 200-yard medley relay team of Kile, Seguine, Rachael Spotts and Kaitlyn Eckley that finished with a time of 2:20.50.
In the girls 200-yard individual medley Spotts battled her way to a third place finish with a time of 2:59.03.
Besch also finished third, in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.27 – good enough for a PIAA qualifying performance.
Two Huskies placed in the 100-yard butterfly as Kile and Spotts finished with times of 1:20.51 and 1:24.32, good enough for a second and third places, respectively.
Besch continued her streak of top three finishes by placing third in the 100-yard freestyle with a finishing time of 1:06.50.
Mulkey finished as runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:50.80.
Seguine and Kristen Neavling rounded out the scoring for the Huskies as they placed second and third in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:25.42 and 1:32.23, respectively.
The boys squad opened its night with a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The group consisting of Zack Bonson, Drew Kline, Evan Becker and Brenden Durst posted a 2:01.91.
Kline continued to help put up the points for Mifflin County as he posted a second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:13.11. The finish was good enough to qualify for districts.
Kline also had a PIAA qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 1:09.55.
Bonson also had a night to remember placing in the 200 individual medley. His third-place time of 2:18.80 was district qualifying. His time of 56.04 in the 100-yard freestyle for second also was a PIAA qualifying mark.
Teammates Evan Becker and Norris Hunter placed second and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Becker finished with a district time of 24.59 while Norris finished third with a time of 29.07.
Becker wasn’t finished there as he came up strong in the 500-yard freestyle with another qualifying time of 5:28.92 – good enough for second.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the combination of Durst, Jovan Bacon, Luke Felton and Hunter finished third with a time of 2:08.21.
Felton had his time to shine in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with a third place time of 1:38.25.
Durst rounded out the night for the Huskies with a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time of 1:16.64 also was a PIAA qualifying time.
Those who qualified will take part in the District 6 Class AAA meet, to be held Feb. 28 and March 1 at Penn State.