(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.)
District 10 has boasted some talented swimmers in a large variety of events throughout the years, but this season D-10 has been particularly strong in the sprinting events.
Led by McDowell senior Kevin Intrieri, D-10 saw meet or pool records fall in six events during this past weekend’s District 10 swimming championships at Penn State Behrend.
Intrieri tied the Class AAA meet and pool record with a time of 20.77 in the 50-yard freestyle. He also set meet and pool records in the 100-yard freestyle with a 46.17.
Franklin sophomore Phil Emerson continued his brilliant two-year career by setting Class AA meet records in the 50 free (21.07) and 100 free (46.37). His time in the 100 free was a pool record for a few hours Saturday. Intrieri broke the record later in the day.
Finally, Mercyhurst Prep junior Rylee Klomp set District 10 Class AA meet and pool marks in the 50 free (23.69) and 100 free (51.70).
All three sprinters are state championship contenders in both events at next week’s PIAA meet. Klomp and Emerson are top seeded in both of their events, while Intrieri is seeded second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free.
D-10′s strength in the sprints doesn’t stop there. North East’s Hannah Feucht is seeded sixth in the Class AA 50 free with a 24.51. Fairview’s Richard “R.J.” Petrella is seeded third in the Class AA 100 free (47.13), while Titusville’s Adam Bleday is seeded sixth in the 50 free (21.75). Finally, McDowell’s Zach Snyder is the No. 4 seed in the Class AAA 50 free (21.01).
Each of those swimmers is a serious contender for a state medal, if not a title.