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Posted: March 7th, 2013
Brent Benedict

After an outstanding freshman season with Corry, Brent Benedict just keeps getting better.

Benedict burst onto the scene during the 2011-12 season with a superb series of performances that culminated in District 10 Class AA gold and silver medals, in addition to pair of PIAA medals.

This year, Benedict has gotten only better as his times have taken a dive. He did not win a District 10 title over the weekend, but he turned in two strong efforts while placing second in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke. In the fly, Benedict actually improved on the meet record of 52.99 that he set in 2012. He touched in 51.44 Friday but finished behind Fairview’s Robert Sikatzki (51.13). In the 100 back, Benedict had a solid 52.09, more than a second faster than his 2012 time.

He is seeded fourth in both events for next week’s PIAA championships, so he has a chance to snare two more state medals.

Poll results:

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Posted: February 24th, 2013

A showdown between three of District 10′s premier swimmers looms in the Class AA 100-yard boys backstroke this week in the D-10 championships.

Fairview’s Robert Sikatzki, Mercyhurst Prep’s Griffin Schaetzle and Corry’s Brent Benedict are the top three seeds, respectively, in the 100 backstroke in what might be the most competitive race at this weekend’s D-10 championships.

The District 10 released the psych sheets for the Class AA and Class AAA meets, which take place Friday and Saturday at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center. Remember, DuBois is swimming in the D-10 Class AAA meet this year.

Here’s a look at the top seeds in each event:


200 medley relay: Fairview 1:40.81
200 freestyle: Griffin Schaetzle, Mercyhurst Prep 1:47.28
200 IM: John Mackowski, Mercyhurst Prep 2:04.15
50 freestyle: Phil Emerson, Franklin 21.53
100 butterfly: Brent Benedict, Corry 50.85
100 freestyle: Phil Emerson, Franklin 49.26
500 freestyle: Zachary France, Slippery Rock 5:07.09
200 freestyle relay: Titusville 1:31.53
100 backstroke: Robert Sikatzki, Fairview 52.37
100 breaststroke: John Mackowski, Mercyhurst Prep 1:01.39
400 freestyle relay: Fairview 3:22.31


200 medley relay: Fairview 1:54.29
200 freestyle: Lauren Barber, Wilmington, 1:52.65
200 IM: Kelsey Urban, Harbor Creek 2:18.95
50 freestyle: Rylee Klomp, Mercyhurst Prep 24.90
100 butterfly: Molly Phillips, Mercyhurst Prep 1:00.23
100 freestyle: Rylee Klomp, Mercyhurst Prep 54.21
500 freestyle: Katelyn Steigerwald, Franklin 5:36.14
200 freestyle relay: Fairview 1:42.08
100 backstroke: Hannah Feucht, North East 1:00.45
100 breaststroke: Lauren Barber, Wilmington 1:03.71
400 freestyle relay: Fairview 3:47.63

Check out the complete Class AA psych sheet


200 medley relay: Cathedral Prep 1:38.76
200 freestyle: Reid Morrison, Cathedral Prep 1:50.86
200 IM: Auckie Fenstermacher, DuBois 2:04.11
50 freestyle: Jonathan Ekas, McDowell 21.79
100 butterfly: Luke Merski, Cathedral Prep 53.66
100 freestyle: Reid Morrison, Cathedral Prep 49.58
500 freestyle: Carey Behm, McDowell 5:08.61
200 freestyle relay: McDowell 1:29.41
100 backstroke: Jonathan Ekas, McDowell 51.16
100 breaststroke: Rex Riley, Cathedral Prep 1:01.04
400 freestyle relay: Cathedral Prep 3:19.28


200 medley relay: McDowell 1:55.02
200 freestyle: Danielle Snyder, McDowell 2:04.22
200 IM: Kristin Owens, McDowell 2:23.22
50 freestyle: Heather Sternby, Meadville 25.11
100 butterfly: Heather Sternby, Meadville 1:02.21
100 freestyle: Julia Rahner, McDowell 55.59
500 freestyle: Gabrielle Humphrey, DuBois 5:35.90
200 freestyle relay: DuBois 1:46.10
100 backstroke: Elin Smith, Warren 1:02.84
100 breaststroke: Mylinda Hartnett, Meadville 1:11.04
400 freestyle relay: McDowell 3:52.87

Check out the complete Class AAA psych sheet

Posted: March 6th, 2012

(Throughout the next week, the Varsity blog will feature a series of posts about the upcoming PIAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.)

Griffin Schaetzle

Brent Benedict

David Benczkowski

David Benczkowski has been a strong swimmer for Mercyhurst Prep during the past several years, but he was at his best during the District 10 meet Saturday.

Benczkowski, a senior, turned in a personal best of 53.52 seconds while winning the Class AA 100-yard backstroke. He edged a pair of freshman standouts in Corry’s Brent Benedict (53.55) and Mercyhurst Prep teammate Griffin Schaetzle (53.99).

When the PIAA automatic seeds were released Sunday, D-10 received a nice surprise. Benczkowski, Benedict and Schaetzle were seeded second through fourth, respectively, in the 100 backstroke. Each is within striking distance of the No. 1 seed, Mars’ Kurt Muehlheuser, who had a time of 52.85.

So it appears that any of three D-10 swimmers could challenge for a gold medal at Kinney Natatorium when the event takes place March 17.

Benczkowski was the District 10 Class AA runner-up in the 100 back as a junior with a time of 55.42 . He finished 10th in the PIAA in 54.27, but appears ready to improve on that performance.

Posted: January 27th, 2012

Brent Benedict

Benedict is one of several freshmen who have emerged as stars during the District 10 regular season. He put his talents on display Saturday at the 29th annual Iroquois Coaches Association Swimming Invitational.

He won the 100-yard butterfly in a blazing time of 53.88 seconds, narrowly missing the meet record of 53.81 set by Fairview’s Adam Holland in 2003.

Benedict also placed second in the 100 backstroke at Iroquois. His time of 54.59 seconds would have been a meet record if Fairview’s R.J. Petrella had not set the record of 54.15 during the same race.

Benedict also has been a consistent winner for the Beavers during the Region 2 season, and he figures to be a D-10 star for the next three-plus seasons.

Poll results:


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