The PIAA has released its final psych sheets for this week’s state championships, and some changes have been made from the preliminary psych sheets.
After the automatic and time qualifiers are released each year, alterations are made so that coaches and swimmers can maximize their chances for state medals. For instance, some swimmers scratch from individual events to join relays.
One such change occurred in D-10, as Cathedral Prep’s Richard “R.J.” Rahner scratched from the 100-yard freestyle. Coach Mike Doyle confirmed today that Rahner will swim on the 400 freestyle relay instead.
Rahner still will compete in the 100 butterfly where he is seeded No. 4 after setting District 10 meet and pool records in the event with a time of 50.15 seconds.
Here are some other changes reflected on the final psych sheets:
Four District 10 Class AA girls moved up one spot in the 50 freestyle when the fifth-seeded swimmer scratched. North East’s Hannah Feucht moved into the fifth spot, while Titusville’s Emily Nottingham (12th), Grove City’s Lauren Decker (24th) and Fairview’s Emma Allison (27th) each improved by one seed.
Feucht also moved up one seed to 19th in the 100 freestyle.
Slippery Rock’s Katie Antal moved up two spots to 10th in the Class AA 100 breaststroke and one spot to 27th in the 200 IM.
In Class AAA, McDowell’s Emma Swabb improved one spot to 15th in the 200 IM, Prep’s Luke Merski moved up one seed to 21st in the 100 backstroke and teammate Mike Squeglia moved up one spot to 28th in the 50 free.
Below are the revised seeds for District 10 qualifiers. The relay team members listed are those who raced in the D-10 championships and not necessarily the swimmers who will compete in the PIAA meet.
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