High School Sports

High school swimming: State College captures District 6 titles

State College put on a dominant performance in the District 6 Swimming and Diving Championships, winning both boys’ and girls’ titles setting eight meet records in the process.

The girls’ team won their 33rd consecutive title with 533 team points. Hollidaysburg finished second with 236.

Anna Farnsworth swam to a pair of meet records for the girls’ team. Farnsworth’s 57.82-second 100-yard butterfly time was good for a district championship along with her 57.22-second performance in the 100-yard backstroke. Juliet Garrigan turned in a record-setting performance in the 500-yard freestyle, swimming it in 5:08.61. The team of Farnsworth, Garrigan, Liz Browne and Alisha Forrest completed the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:35.27, another District 6 record.

During Saturday’s final events, Forrest won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.09 while Kirsten Hillsley added an individual title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hillsley qualified for PIAAs with a time of 1:08.7.

On Friday during the first session, the Lady Little Lions got off to a quick start winning the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Farnsworth, Hillsley, Katie Cooper and Fiona Vashaw rotated for a time of 1:50.57. Liz Browne continued State College’s momentum with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.64). Vashaw won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.24 while Sarah Koberna added a win in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:14.58.

Also on Day 1, Samantha Washell cruised in the diving final with a score of 326.70.

In the boys’ event, Alex Hillsley swam to a pair of meet records. Hillsley took the 200 individual medley in 1:56.37 and the 100 backstroke in 52.13.

Carter Hardy topped the meet mark in the 100 breaststroke (59.04) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Ian Schock, Hillsley, Trevor Beahm and Jan Lazny won in 3:11.06.

The Little Lions crushed their opponents in continuing their string of winning every District 6 title, pushing that number to 35 straight. State College had 495 points, easily outdistancing second-place Central Mountain (174).

In Saturday’s final day of action, Lazny (47.23 in the 100 freestyle), Bradley Gibble (4:49.94 in the 500 freestyle), Hillsley (backstroke), Hardy (breaststroke) and the 400 freestyle relay took titles.

In Friday’s action, Beahm (1:46.99 in the 200 freestyle), Hillsley (individual medley), and Lazny (21.51 in th e 50 freestyle) took individual wins. The Little Lions also got two relay victories. Gibble, Sam Eaton, Sian Piatt amd Hardy won the 200 medley relay, while Hillsley, Hardy, Beahm and Lazny took the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.83.

The District 6 winners advance to PIAA competition at Bucknell University. The PIAA Class AAA meet will be held March 15 and 16.