Huntingdon’s swim team brought the curtain down on its 2018-19 schedule with a sweep of visiting Northern Cambria inside Juniata College’s Binder Natatorium.
The Bearcat boys (9-3-1) had three swimmers finish as double individual winners and the 200 medley relay team set a school record en route to a dominating 104-45 victory. Huntingdon’s girls (10-4) had a pair of individual winners, while also sweeping all three relays to pick up a 90-68 win.
“Northern Cambria has a small boys team and only brought 12 girls, which was good since we were down to just seven girls tonight,” commented Huntingdon coach Melanie Varner. “The boys dominated and had most of the best times tonight, which was surprising since most of the races weren’t that close. Jaymen Edwards had a close race in the 100 breaststroke, which was good to push him and he qualified for districts. I think the 200 medley relay team setting the school record really got us going.”
The Bearcats will now use the rest of the month to prepare for the upcoming District Six Meet on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 inside Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium.
Ben Atherton was one of the Bearcat boys’ trio to earn a pair of individual wins on the evening. Atherton had first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:16.50) and 100 backstroke (1:01.62). Nick Buckley swept the sprints with wins in the 50 freestyle (21.93) and 100 freestyle (50.50) and Jake Tanner had first-place touches in both the 200 freestyle (2:13.80) and 500 freestyle (5:54.99).
Atherton and Buckley also teamed with Marshall Lowe and Andrew Edwards for a win in the 200 medley relay while setting a new school record in the event with a 1:47.36. The old mark of 1:51.48 was set just last year by Atherton, Julian Groenendaal, Matias Berger and A. Edwards.
Atherton and Lowe joined Conner Clark and John Lender for a win in the 400 freestyle relay (4:24.65).
Lowe also had a win in the 100 butterfly (1:02.81) and Jaymen Edwards was a winner in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.59) to go along with a third in the 50 freestyle. J. Edwards teamed with Ethan Varner, Clark and Colby Grubb for a first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:55.22).
A. Edwards and Camden Knode were runners-up in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, respectively, while Grubb was second in the 200 IM to go along with a third in the 100 breaststroke. Clark had a pair of thirds in the 200 and 500 freestyles and Varner was third in the 100 freestyle.
The team of Varner, J. Edwards, Grubb and Lender was third in the 200 medley relay as was the quartet of Knode, Tanner, Bradley Maidens and Lowe in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of A. Edwards, Knode, Tanner and Maidens was runner-up in the 400 freestyle relay.
Mallory Woodward was a double winner in the 50 free (27.67) and 100 butterfly (1:12.10), while Sydney Houck won both the 200 IM (2:33.05) and 500 free (6:12.15). Both teamed with Kelly Ardrey and Maddie Langenbach for a win in the 200 medley relay (2:16.75). Woodward joined Allison Goldstone, Julia Zauzig and Ardrey for a first in the 200 free relay (2:04.03). Houck was part of the winning 400 free relay quartet (4:34.71) with Zauzig, Greta Staley and Langenbach.
Goldstone had a first-place finish in the 200 free (2:30.38) to go along with a second in the 100 free. Langenbach won the 100 backstroke (1:17.69) and placed third in the 100 butterfly, while Zauzig had a win in the 100 free (1:04.92) and a second in the 200 IM. Langenbach’s time in the 100 butterfly qualified her for the district meet.
Ardrey was a runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 500 free, while Staley had a pair of thirds in the 50 free and 100 back.