BRADFORD - The St. Marys Area swim and dive team proved that they can rise to the occasion on Friday night when the Dutchmen captured the District 9 Swim & Dive Championship crown at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Duke Aquatic Center. The Lady Dutch finished third in the field of five teams.
As was the case throughout the entire season, the Dutchmen were led by their powerful relays, sweeping all three events on Friday on the way to the title. Those points combined with the diving points from Thursday gave the squad a big advantage. The final tally resulted in St. Marys earning 356 points, followed by Clearfield with 303, DuBois with 222, Bradford with 150 and Brookville with 122.
Andrew Cotter turned in a record-breaking performance in the 100-yard breaststroke to help ensure the Dutchmen’s victory. Cotter captured first in the race with a time of 1:00.81, breaking the pool record of 1:00.82 held by UPB’s Fernando Petrilli set in 2011. Petrilli is a current member of the Pitt Bradford swim team and was the 2010-11 AMCC Swimmer of the Year.
Cotter was a quadruple winner as he anchored the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and swam the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay.
The 200 freestyle relay of Alex Renwick, Ryan Struble, Matt Hoffman and Cotter scored a season-best time to go along with their win. The 400-yard freestyle relay included Corey Koss, Hoffman, Jeffrey Moore and Cotter, while the 200-yard medley relay was Corey Koss, Cotter, Renwick and Moore.
Moore also touched first in the 500-yard freestyle, while Corey Koss won the 100-yard backstroke and Jake Burns won the 1M diving event.
Other top six performances were recorded by Moore (second – 200 free), Hoffman (fifth – 100 and 200 free), Corey Koss (third – 200 IM), Renwick (second – 100 fly, third -- 200 IM), Ryan Struble (fourth – 50 free), Tim Mosebarger (second – diving, sixth 50 free), Kyle Pistner (third – diving) Nathan Koss (fourth – 500 free), Wes Challingsworth (sixth – 100 back) and Scott Barber (third – 100 breast).
“We were confident the boys could bring home the D9 trophy but at one point we were a little unsure how close Clearfield was in points, so we encouraged the boys to step it up. It was at about that point that the individual wins started rolling in,” said St. Marys head coach Mark DeMuro.
“The diving points from Thursday gave us a nice lead heading into tonight. The win also makes the boys undefeated in District 9 for the second time in three years,” DeMuro added.
The Lady Dutch came within a mere five points of a earning a team trophy, but ended in third place. The Clearfield girls, who are also enjoying an undefeated season, won the D9 crown with 405 points, followed by DuBois with 263, St. Marys with 259, Bradford with 185 and Brookville with 61.
Emma Daghir earned the only first-place medals for the Lady Dutch for her performances in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. It was a very close race in the breaststroke with less than ½ second separating Daghir from Clearfield’s Juliana Mellgard and Lady Dutch teammate Kylee Proudfit, who came in second and third, respectively.
Other top six performances were by Proudfit (third – 200 IM), Lauren McAnany (third – 500 free, fourth – 200 free), Steph Buerk (sixth – 200 and 500 free), Aubrey Weisner (sixth – 50 free), Michaela Rupprecht (fourth - 100 fly, fifth – 100 back), Maranda Leidwinger (fourth – diving) and Alette Kraknes (fifth – diving).
The 200-yard medley relay of Melinda Stebich, Daghir, Rupprecht and Proudfit and the 200-yard freestyle relay of Daghir, Rupprecht, McAnany and Proudfit also placed third.
“The girls knew they had a little bit of a battle going into this meet, but they did perform very well,” said DeMuro. “Almost every single girl had a season-best time tonight. That is a big accomplishment since they aren’t even rested yet.”
The team will now prepare for the PIAA District VI/IX Swim Championships that will be held on March 2-3 at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium. The top three finishers in each event of the regional meet will advance to the PIAA AA State Championships, held at Bucknell University on March 16-17.
Girls' Final Standings: Clearfield (405), DuBois (263), St. Marys (259), Bradford (185), Brookville (61)
Lady Dutch results
200 medley relay – third (Stebich, Daghir, Rupprecht, Proudfit).
200 freestyle – fourth McAnany, sixth Buerk, 12th Cassie Wonderling.
200 IM – third Proudfit, seventh Stebich.
50 freestyle – first Daghir, sixth Weisner, 13th Lena Hanes, 18th Shannon Bridges.
100 butterfly – fourth Rupprecht, tenth Maura Keyes.
200 freestyle relay – third (Daghir, Rupprecht, McAnany, Proudfit).
100 freestyle – tenth Saige Leidwinger, 13th Megan Bridges, 14th Rebekah Caretti.
500 freestyle – third McAnany, sixth Buerk, ninth Wonderling, 13th Caretti.
100 backstroke – fifth Rupprecht, seventh Stebich, eighth Maranda Leidwinger, 11th Keyes.
100 breaststroke – first Daghir, third Proudfit, ninth Lexi Hanes.
400 freestyle relay – fourth (McAnany, Maranda Leindwinger, Stebich, Buerk).
1M diving – fourth Maranda Leidwinger, fifth Alette Kraknes, sixth Lexi Hanes.
Boys' Final Standing: St. Marys (356), Clearfield (303), DuBois (222), Bradford (150), Brookville (124)
200 medley relay – first (Corey Koss, Cotter, Renwick, Moore).
200 freestyle – second Moore, fifth Hoffman.
200 IM – third Corey Koss, ninth Joey Ferragine, 11th Barber.
50 freestyle – third Renwick, fourth Ryan Struble, sixth Tim Mosebarger, tenth Max Struble.
100 butterfly – second Renwick, seventh Ferragine.
200 freestyle relay – first (Renwick, Ryan Struble, Hoffman, Cotter).
100 freestyle – fifth Hoffman, seventh Ryan Struble, eighth Wes Challingsworth, 14th Alec Foster.
500 freestyle – first Moore, fourth Nathan Koss.
100 backstroke – first Corey Koss, sixth Wes Challingsworth, eighth Alec Foster, 11th Josh Reed.
100 breaststroke – first Cotter, third Barber, tenth Max Struble, 11th Jake Burns.
400 freestyle relay – first (Corey Koss, Moore, Hoffman, Cotter).
1M diving – first Jake Burns, second Mosebarger, third Kyle Pistner, sixth Reed.