Huskies rise to top with relay victory
Girls win meet in final event; boys falter
BURNHAM — The Mifflin County High School girls swim team has had phenomenal performances in relays all season long, a trend that continued in Tuesday night’s Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup against Chambersburg at the Juniata Valley YMCA.
When their meet came down to the the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay — the Mifflin County girls had a sensational performance, edging Chambersburg by nearly 33 seconds in the relay to win the meet, 88-82.
The Huskies also grabbed third place in the event to seal the win.
“The girls just performed well today,” Mifflin County coach Gretchen Seyler said. “They took each event in stride and pulled through by touching the wall first. It was phenomenal. The last relay was the confirmation. We got first and third and I am so proud of them.”
The Husky boys earned second-place in their 400-yard freestyle relay by just three one-hundredths of a second, but their meet had been decided, a 99-71 loss to Chambersburg.
“They always make me so nervous and that’s not the first time that has happened with that relay team,” Seyler said, eluding to the extremely close finish. “They performed really well. Braden (Kibe) had a phenomenal swim. Their mentality was perfect for the meet and everyone performed well.”
It was a strong night for the Huskies’ Hannah Bonson, Morgan Robinette and Macy Becker, who contributed to all of Mifflin County’s eight first-place finishes. Bonson finished first in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and competed in the 200-yard medley relay, while anchoring the winning 400-yard relay team.
Robinette dominated the 500-yard freestyle, finishing with a district-qualifying time of 6:12.80, while the second-place finisher, Chambersburg’s Cayris Wright, finished with a time of 6:43.26. Robinette claimed first place in the 50-yard freestyle to qualify for districts and participated in the Huskies’ 400-yard freestyle relay.
Becker set a new season best in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.11, which was good enough for first place. Becker also won the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:11.29 — a district-qualifying time.
“All three of them were really on fire tonight,” Seyler said. “That group always performs well.”
The Mifflin County girls team also registered second-place finishes by Sophia Aurand in the 50-yard freestyle, Madeline Baisey in the 100-yard freestyle and earned second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Aurand and Baisey’s performances were both season bests.
The boys team earned two first-place finishes and were led by Isaac Iron Cloud, who finished first in the 200-yard IM, while participating in the Huskies’ second-place 200-yard IM relay team. Ethan Andrews won the other event for Mifflin County, the 100-yard backstroke.
The Huskies had six new district qualifiers on the night, as Robinette claimed two and Iron Cloud and Ella Stuck each claimed one in the 200-yard IM. Alex Larson qualified in the 50-yard freestyle while Becker qualified in the 100-yard backstroke.
Seyler prides her team on its versatility and expects her swimmers to compete in every event at least once per season and that move paid off on Tuesday, as three Huskies won events that they did had swam previously this season.
“We played with the lineup and moved people around,” Seyler said. “They were thrown in some events they hadn’t swam yet, but they performed excellently. I always tell them that just because they are good at certain events, doesn’t mean they can’t be good in others.”
Seyler also expressed excitement for the upcoming schedule as the team continues to jell, but overall, the she hopes the team continues to improve for a strong finish at districts.
“Ultimately, the end goal is districts and how well we will perform there,” Seyler said. “I think that this meet was a very good meet to have in the middle of the season to get them ready. It gets them in the mentality that I want them to be in.”
The Mifflin County swim teams will return to action at Cumberland Valley on Jan. 16.