Wilmington junior Lauren Barber was the silver medalist to Courtney Harnish’s record-setting performance in the final of the girls’ 200-yard freestyle. Barber returned in 1:47.32, but was more than one second slower than the West York freshman. Harnish, who was seeded first going into Friday morning’s preliminaries, set a new PIAA standard with her time of 1:45.91.
The Franklin boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay, consisting of Douglas Merchbaker, Connor Virgile, Isaac Cooke and anchor Phil Emerson, combined for a second-place time of 1:27.97. District 11 Salisbury knocked off the Knights with a low time of 1:27.56.
Brent Benedict became Corry’s first PIAA swimming champion of any kind in 20 years with his victory in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly. Benedict’s time of 48.57 seconds was .01 off tying the state record set by York Suburban’s Kevin Marsteller in 2009.
Franklin sprinter Phil Emerson repeated as the boys’ 50-yard freestyle gold medalist. The University of Kentucky recruit went down and back in 20.61 seconds, only .04 away from tying the state record set by Daniel Gosek of Holy Ghost Prep in 2011.
Mercyhurst Prep’s Griffin Schaetzle (backstroke), John Mackowski (breaststroke), Joseph Swanson (butterfly) and Ryan Campbell (freestyle) were the silver medalists for the boys’ 200-yard medley relay (1:37.08). District 3 Trinity edged the Lakers with a time of 1:36.99 in the championship final.
Updates of District 10 entrants from Friday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving meet at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. The top eight in each event will receive medals.
Because the media center is not immediately adjacent to Kinney Natatorium, updates will only be provided at the end of each preliminary and championship session. However, posts will be made as soon as possible if a district entrant places first or second in a championship race.
– Mike Copper
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