State College High School’s Carter Hardy won the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley to lead the District 6 champion Little Lions on the opening day of competition in the PIAA Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University on Friday.
Hardy, who was 10th in the preliminaries, bettered his qualifying time of by 1.34 seconds as he dominated the consolation final to place ninth overall. His time of 1 minute, 52.54 seconds was six-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th-place finisher. Had he been swimming in the championship final, Hardy would have tied for fifth.
Hardy also played a part on the 200 medley relay team that placed 16th. He joined Joseph Liechty, Jordan Hillsley and Matt Morris to swim 1:37.35 in the finals, which was was .61 faster than their qualifying time.
In other boys’ individual events, Filip Turecky was 32nd in the 200 freestyle (1:47.01), Morris took 32nd in the 50 freestyle (22.62) and Jon Cather was 32nd in the 100 butterfly (54.65). The boys’ 200 freestyle relay suffered a disqualification.
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State College is 27th in the boys’ team race with 11 points. La Salle College leads with 163.
In girls’ competition, the 200 medley relay team of Juliet Garrigan, Kirsten Hillsley, Kate Cooper and Fiona Vashaw took 12th with a time of 1:48.00. The quartet improved by 1.24 seconds over their qualifying time.
The top individual finish for the Lady Little Lions came from Cooper who was 16th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.11 seconds. Tally Brown placed 20th in the one-meter diving with a score of 257.35 points. Garrigan placed 23rd in the 200 individual medley (2:10.35) and Vashaw was 26th in the 50 freestyle (24.63).
In other girls’ results, the Lady Little Lions’ 200 freestyle relay team of Harly Stuyvesant, Macy Blake, Hannah Finton and Vashaw placed 19th in 1:41.16.
The State College girls are 36th in the team race with 11 points. Hershey leads with 158.
State College swimmers will be back in action on the final day Saturday.
Hardy will be joined by teammates Brian Nordgren, Mikey Challis and Liechty in the 100 breaststroke.
Also competing for the Little Lions will be Nicholas Brooks (one-meter diving), Will Benner (500 freestyle), Seth Erdley (100 backstroke) and the 400 freestyle relay team (Tobias Van Dyke, Cather, Liechty and Turecky).
In action for the State College girls are Finton (500 freestyle), Garrigan (100 backstroke), Kirsten Hillsley (100 breaststroke), Grace Tothero (100 breaststroke) and the 400 freestyle relay team (Cooper, Blake, Garrigan and Stuyvesant).