Huntingdon returned to competition for the second half of the season Monday evening against visiting Central Cambria inside Juniata College’s Binder Natatorium.
Depth became a problem for the Bearcat boys (4-1-1) as the Red Devils rallied back from a 10-point deficit midway through the meet to finish with an 85-85 tie.
The Bearcat girls (5-2) won 10 of the 11 events, including double individual victories from Haley Goldstone, Jaelyn Mitchell and Sydney Houck to pull away from Central Cambria for a 99-71 victory.
“There wasn’t really any sings of the holiday break and we actually had a lot of personal-best times in every event,” noted Huntingdon coach Melanie Varner. “We also had a lot of close races that we were able to pull out the win, including at least three with less than a tenth of a second difference. We worked a lot on technique and endurance during the break, which helped tonight along with our turns and finishes, which were a little better than our opponents.”
Huntingdon is back in action Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. start at Ligonier Valley.
Ben Atherton and Nick Buckley paced the boys with a pair of individual wins as well as being members of winning relay teams. Atherton captured victories in both the 50 free (24.29) and 100 butterfly (1:06.22), while Buckley was a winner in the 200 individual medley (2:27.21) and 100 backstroke (1:03.02). Buckley was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team (1:56.17), along with Marshall Lowe, Jake Tanner and Camden Knode. Atherton joined Colby Grubb, Jaymen Edwards and Tanner for a first in the 200 free relay (1:43.23). He was also part of the winning 400 free relay team (3:47.91) along with Knode, Grubb and Lowe.
Grubb also added a win in the 100 free (56.81) and a second in the 200 IM, while Tanner touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.65) and was runner-up in the 200 free. Lowe was also a winner in the 200 free (2:08.02). Knode placed second in the 100 butterfly.
Goldstone was the winner in the 50 free (25.74) and 100 backstroke (1:05.95) as well as being part of the winning 200 medley relay team (2:07.23) with Mallory Woodward, Sydney Houck and Julia Zauzig. Goldstone also joined Mitchell, Woodward and Zauzig for a first in the 400 free relay (4:10.99).
Mitchell was a winner in both the 200 free (2:19.14) and 100 free (1:02.83) as well as swinging the final leg of the first-place 200 free relay team (1:59.52) along with Houck, Savannah Swartz and Zane Kazmarski. Houck captured individual wins in the 200 IM (2:28.46) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.46).
Woodward had a first-place finish in the 500 free (6:11.69) as well as a second in the 200 IM.
Kazmarski was runner-up in the 500 free, while Zauzig was second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 50 free. Swartz placed third in the 100 butterfly and Maddie Langenbach was third in the 100 backstroke.
The team of Greta Staley. Kelly Ardrey, Langenbach and Kazmarski was third in the 200 medley relay, while the quartet of Swartz, Kazmarski, Staley and Langenbach was third in the 400free relay.