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Posts tagged "North East swimming"
Posted: March 7th, 2013
Hannah Feucht

Hannah Feucht finally got her coveted District 10 individual swimming title after several near misses.

The North East junior, who owned five school records coming into the season, broke through with a gold medal in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday at the D-10 Class AA championships at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center. Feucht finished with a strong time of 58.81 seconds while shaving more than a second off her seed mark.

On Friday, she placed second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.49, trailing only the 24.01 of Mercyhurst Prep’s Rylee Klomp.

Now that she has her first District 10 title, Feucht will aim for her first PIAA medal next week during her third trip to the state championships at Bucknell University.

If the PIAA seeds are any indication, Feucht has a good shot at a top-eight finish that would garner a medal. She is seeded sixth in the backstroke and ninth in the 50 free. She just missed a medal in two events in 2012.

Poll results:

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Posted: February 8th, 2013

Colt Olson

North East senior swimmer Colt Olson is looking for one last run at the District 10 championships in his high school career.

He has been heating up lately for the Grapepickers with four event wins against Corry.

Olson swam the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 24.27 seconds before joining three winning relay teams. The 200 medley relay swam a time of 1:50.11, while Olson was also on the winning 200 free (1:38.45) and 400 free (3:46.99) relay teams.

He followed that up by winning the 50 free, the 100 butterfly and was in the winning 200 free and 400 free relays against Harbor Creek.

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Posted: February 4th, 2013

Robert Sikatzki

Fans who look at the top Class AA swimming times in Erie County this season can see the impact that German exhange student Robert Sikatzki is having.

Sikatzki, a junior at Fairview, has dominated the regular season.  Out of the eight individual swimming events, Sikatzki has the top time in seven. He’s also second in the 100-yard breaststroke. In addition, Sikatzki has been a member of each of the three Fairview relays that have recorded the top times in Erie County.

Among Class AA girls, North East’s Hannah Feucht and Mercyhurst Prep’s Rylee Klomp each have the low time in two events. Meanwhile, Fairview has two of the top three relays.

The following list of times is gathered from meets phoned in to the Erie Times-News this season. The list is not intended to be the definitive times of all Erie County performers, but to give fans a cross section of the top times. Coaches are welcome to contact the Times-News by e-mail at to report omissions or updated times. The list will then be updated.

We will post Class AAA’s top performances later today.

Look below to see Class AA’s top reported performances from Erie County:

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