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Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Following are top seeds and all District 10 qualifiers for the PIAA Class AAA and Class AA swimming and diving championships next week at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. These are preliminary seedings and are subject to change. Seed numbers listed are among automatic qualifiers only and as a result are not true seeds. *Qualified on time. When the final PIAA psych sheets are released with true seeds, the Varsity blog will update the list.

Here’s a link to PIAA automatic qualifiers and time qualifiers:

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Posted: September 11th, 2012

Mercyhurst Prep swim coach Paula Allshouse has resigned effectively immediately. Allshouse cited “minor health issues” in a statement from the school and went on to say that she could not “put in the many hours that are required to coach great swimmers as well as a successful team”.

Allshouse helped lead a resurgence in the Mercyhurst Prep swimming program, which included several state championships in recent history. Mercyhurst Prep will begin looking for a new swim coach immediately. Those interested must contact Mercyhurst Prep athletic director Dan Perfetto by Oct. 5.

Nov. 16 is the first practice date for all winter sports.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Swimming/diving
Posted: June 19th, 2012

We wrap up the winter season by taking a look at swimming and diving.

Boys swimming
Region 1 – AA
Farrell
Franklin
Grove City
Hickory
Oil City
Rocky Grove
Sharon
Slippery Rock
Titusville

Region 2 – AA
Corry
Fairview
General McLane
Girard
Harbor Creek
Iroquois
North East
Union City

Region 3 – AA, AAA
Cathedral Prep (AAA)
Central Tech (AAA)
East (AA)
McDowell (AAA)
Meadville (AAA)
Mercyhurst Prep (AA)
Strong Vincent (AA)
Warren (AAA)

Girls swimming
Region 1 – AA
Farrell
Franklin
Grove City
Hickory
Oil City
Rocky Grove
Sharon
Slippery Rock
Titusville

Region 2 – AA
Corry
Fairview
General McLane
Girard
Harbor Creek
Iroquois
North East
Union City

Region 3 – AA, AAA
Central Tech (AAA)
East (AA)
McDowell (AAA)
Meadville (AAA)
Mercyhurst Prep (AA)
Strong Vincent (AA)
Villa Maria (AA)
Warren (AAA)

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Swimming/diving
Posted: March 28th, 2012

 

Today's Varsity "inside" swimming cover

Today's Varsity cover

Today’s Varsity edition reveals the Erie Times-News District 10 Basketball and Swimming All-Stars. The main cover features District 10 Basketball Players of the Year Sheldon Zablotny of Cathedral Prep and Lisa Mifsud of Villa Maria.

The edition also features an inside cover, which pictures District 10 Swimmers of the Year Richard “R.J.” Petrella of Fairview and Marie Georger of Mercyhurst Prep. The inside cover introduces a four-page pullout section on the D-10 swimming all-stars.

Check out these links to the D-10 all-star coverage:

Basketball Players of the Year

District 10 All-Stars and region all-stars

D-10 final scoring leaders

District 10 Swimmers of the Year

District 10 All-Stars and region all-stars

 

Posted: March 22nd, 2012

During the past two weekends, District 10′s top athletes in the pool and on the mat competed in their respective PIAA championships.

Area swimmers, divers and wrestlers represented the district  well, as D-10 performers claimed seven swimming titles, one diving gold medal, three wrestling championships and many medals for top-eight finishes.

Who will be the stars of the years to come? Swimming and wrestling fans might have gotten a preview of tomorrow’s standouts last weekend.

Youth wrestlers from throughout northwestern Pennsylvania competed in the Area VI tournament in Meadville and the Area VIII tournament in Corry this past weekend. The top two wrestlers from each weight class advanced to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships Friday in Hershey. Check out results from the two area meets.

Meanwhile, Erie’s Eastside Y team competed in the Western PA YMCA District Championships at the Laurel Highlands YMCA. The meet is a mix of high school underclassmen and younger swimmers. The top six swimmers in each event earned medals and the top 12 qualified for the YMCA State Championships Saturday and Sunday at Penn State University’s McCoy Natatorium.

If D-10 swimming fans check out the results, they might recognize a few athletes’ names from the high school season. Among the medalists in individual events at the meet were Mercyhurst Prep’s Griffin Schaetzle, Ryan Campbell, Molly Phillips and Emma Weisenfluh, Fairview’s Stephanie Loesch, Ian Miller and James Shuttleworth, Cathedral Prep’s Zach Miller, Luke Merski and Anthony Squeglia, McDowell’s Danielle Snyder and Strong Vincent’s Amy Adams.

Wilmington freshman Lauren Barber, who starred at the D-10 and PIAA meets, won two titles for the New Castle YMCA. Here are the complete results from the Western PA YMCA District Championships.

– Jeff Kirik

Posted: March 9th, 2012

David Benczkowski

Benczkowski has been a standout in Class AA for the Lakers for the past few seasons. He put an exclamation mark on his District 10 career Saturday by winning the 100-yard backstroke in a dramatic finish at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center pool.

He broke his own school record of 54.27 seconds by touching the wall in 53.52 to narrowly beat Corry’s Brent Benedict (53.55) and Mercyhurst Prep teammate Griffin Schaetzle (53.99).

Benczkowski is seeded second in the 100 backstroke entering next week’s PIAA championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.

He is no stranger to the state meet. In 2011, after placing second in District 10 Class AA in the 100 back (55.42), he finished 10th in the PIAA with his previous best of 54.27.

Benczkowski also will swim on the Lakers’ 11th-seeded 200 medley relay and their 16th-seeded 400 freestyle relay.

Poll results:

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Posted: March 9th, 2012

Katie Antal

Antal has had a strong sophomore season following her outstanding freshman year for the Rockets.

She turned in a pair of second-place individual finishes at this past weekend’s District 10 Class AA championships, losing only to a longtime standout and a freshman sensation.

She placed second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 18.36 seconds, trailing senior four-time champion Marie Georger of Mercyhurst Prep. Antal also was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. She was clocked in a strong time of 1:07.96, but first-year standout Lauren Barber of Wilmington was a little more than a second faster.

Based on her time, Antal has a realistic shot at earning a medal in the PIAA 100 breaststroke, where she is seeded 12th. She’s seeded 28th  in the 200 IM.

Regardless of what she does next week, Slippery Rock will have Antal in the pool for two more seasons.

Poll results:

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Posted: March 8th, 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.)

Look out for District 10 relays next week at the PIAA championships. The district is stacked with highly seeded PIAA qualifiers, including three Erie County teams that will enter as No. 1 seeds.

 

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Posted: March 7th, 2012

Despite the winter season wrapping up, fans still came out in a big way this week with more than 3,000 votes. In somewhat of a surprising result, four of the five polls were won by non-Erie County residents. The most exciting race came in girls swimming as Slippery Rock’s Katie Antal held off Wilmington standout Lauren Barber by only seven votes. David Benczkowski of Mercyhurst Prep claimed the boys swimming poll. Titusville’s Cody Brunst took home the wrestling poll, while Matt Votino (Hickory) and Haley Andres (Franklin) won the basketball polls.

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Posted: March 6th, 2012

Several Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week polls are close as the voting approaches today’s 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Remember, voting is restricted to one vote per IP address or computer network. If a reader is unable to vote, then someone on that network probably already has voted. We encourage readers to use social media to gather votes for finalists.

Winners will be featured with a photo this week in the Erie Times-News, on the Varsity home page (GoErie.com/Varsity) and on the Varsity blog.

Also, we remind readers that we do not accept votes through e-mail or through the comment section of the blog. Votes are limited to the polls.

Good luck to all of this week’s nominees.

Posted: March 4th, 2012

Two athletes from the same school are allowed this week and will be allowed after the PIAA meet in two weeks. Also, divers are eligible this week because there was no Breakout poll after the D-10 diving championships last week. Be sure to vote before Tuesday’s 11:59 p.m. deadline:
GIRLS
Katie Antal, Slippery Rock:
The sophomore placed second and qualified for the state meet in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.96) and 200 IM (2:18.36) at the District 10 Class AA championships.
Lauren Barber, Wilmington: The freshman had two victories and set a record in her first D-10 Class AA meet. She set meet and pool records in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.46) and won the 100 breaststroke (1:06.23).
Carolyn Eckendorf, Fairview: The senior and three-time PIAA qualifier won her first District 10 Class AA diving championship with 420.05 points.
Hannah Feucht, North East: She placed second in the District 10 Class AA meet and qualified for the PIAA meet in two events: 50 freestyle (24.51) and 100 freestyle (54.35).
Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep: She completed a pair of four-year sweeps of two events at the D-10 Class AA meet. She won her fourth titles in the 100 backstroke (55.83) and 200 IM (2:05.60). She also anchored the record-setting 400 freestyle relay (3:36.19) and the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.37).
Rylee Klomp, Mercyhurst Prep: She turned in four victories and set three records at the District 10 Class AA championships. She set meet and pool records in the 50 freestyle (23.69) and 100 freestyle (51.70). She also anchored the record-setting 400 freestyle relay (3:36.19) and the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.37).
Shanen Lazenby, McDowell: She closed her District 10 Class AAA career with 15 out of a possible 16 District 10 titles. She won her third consecutive title in the 100 freestyle (53.06) and swam on each of McDowell’s three winning relays.
Emma Swabb, McDowell: She capped her District 10 Class AAA career with four victories, including her third straight titles in the 200 individual medley (2:10.41) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.51). She also swam on two winning relays.

BOYS
David Benczkowski, Mercyhurst Prep
: He won the D-10 Class AA title in the 100 backstroke (53.52), touching first in a dramatic finish between three swimmers. He also swam on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:41.52) and third-place 400 free relay (3:21.35). He also took fourth in the 100 free (49.33).
Dylan Cerroni,
Sharon: He claimed the Tigers’ only title at the District 10 Class AA meet by winning the 500 freestyle in 5:06.21. He also took fourth in the 200 free (1:53.20).
Phil Emerson,
Franklin: He set District 10 Class AA meet records in the 50 freestyle (21.07) and 100 freestyle (46.37). Emerson also swam on the winning 200 free relay (1:29.88) and second-place 400 free relay (3:19.28).
Kevin Intrieri, McDowell:
He set three records in the District 10 Class AAA championships. Intrieri broke meet and pool records in the 100 free (46.17) and tied meet and pool records in the 50 free (20.77). He also anchored the record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:24.66).
Luke Merski, Cathedral Prep
: The junior won his second District 10 Class AAA title in the 200 IM (1:59.12) and placed second in the 100 backstroke (53.51). He also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (1:38.7) and 400 freestyle relay (3:16.71).
Richard “R.J.” Petrella,
Fairview: He won his fourth straight D-10 Class AA title in the 200 IM (1:56.00) and placed second in the 100 freestyle (47.13). He also swam legs on the winning 200 medley relay (1:38.7) and 400 freestyle relay (3:16.71).
Richard “R.J.” Rahner, Cathedral Prep:
He set District 10 Class AAA meet and pool records (50.15) with his third straight title in the 100 butterfly and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:35.50). He also placed third in the 100 free (47.33).
Danny Roberts,
Fairview: The defending PIAA Class AA champion claimed his third consecutive District 10 Class AA diving championship with a record 549.70 points.
Gage Schwab, McDowell:
He won his second consecutive District 10 Class AAA diving title with a total of 470.65 points.

Posted: March 3rd, 2012

Get updates all day from the District 10 swimming meets at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center. Results will be posted as events are completed.

There were two records today in the second day of the Class AAA meet:

The McDowell team of Danielle Snyder, Mia Izzo, Julia Rahner and Shanen Lazenby set a meet and pool record in the 400 freestyle relay with their time of 3:37.24.

McDowell senior Kevin Intrieri’s time of 46.17 in the 100 freestyle set a pool and meet record.

The boys Class AAA meet came down to the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Cathedral Prep led by five points going into the final event, and a McDowell win in the relay would have given the Trojans a 1-point victory and clinched the District 10 title. McDowell was seeded first in the event, but many of McDowell’s top swimmers had already competed in four events and were thus inelligible. The Ramblers team of Anthony Squeglia, Mike Scutella, Luke Merski and Zach Miller then won the final relay with a time of 3:16.12 to clinch the title.

Three records were broken today in the second day of the Class AA meet:

Franklin sophomore Phil Emerson set a meet record in the 100 freestyle with his time of 46.37. Emerson’s time would have also set the pool record had it not been for McDowell senior Kevin Intrieri’s and his time of 46.17, which he set earlier today in the Class AAA meet.

Mercyhurst Prep junior Rylee Klomp set a meet and pool record in 100 freestyle with her time of 51.70. The time eclipses the mark of 52.49, which Klomp set last season.

The Mercyhurst Prep relay team of Rylee Klomp, Marie Georger, Catherine Stark and Emma Weisenfluh set a new pool and meet record in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:36.19, breaking the mark of 3:37.24, which was set earlier in the day in Class AAA meet by the McDowell relay team of Danielle Snyder, Mia Izzo, Julia Rahner and Shanen Lazenby.

– Steve Orbanek

Class AA girls

Final team standings: 1. Fairview 486, 2. Mercyhurst Prep 363, 3. Villa Maria 279, 4. North East 190, 5. Grove City 155, 6. Slippery Rock 144, 7. Titusville 132.5, 8. Harbor Creek 132, 9. Iroquois 93.5, 10. Franklin 69, 11. General McLane 51, 12. Girard 48, 13. Hickory 34, 14. Union City 24, 15. Corry 17, 16. Oil City 12, Rocky Grove 8, Sharon 2.

400 Freestyle Relay: 1. MERCYHURST PREP (Marie Georger, Emma Weisenfluh, Catherine Stark, Rylee Klomp) 3:36.19, 2. FAIRVIEW (Emma Allison, Andrea Miller, Hollin Nies, Kendall Sundberg) 3:43.42, 3. Villa Maria (Christine Uht, Abby Quinn, Meghan Simon, Helen Tullio) 3:44.00, 4. North East (Sarah Mrozowski, Alia Clark, Kathy Herman, Hannah Feucht) 3:44.96, 5. Titusville (Ava Young, Hannah Leach, Morgan Estok, Emily Nottingham) 3:54.01, 6. Grove City (Emily Eperthener, Meghan Terwilliger, Stefani Wendelschaefer, Lauren Decker) 3:54.05, 7. Slippery Rock (Katie Antal, Hannah Shumway, Lindsey Lueken, Kelsey Reott) 3:56.78, 8. Harbor Creek (Ania Gorski, Kirsten Reilly, Madeline Zarger, Kelsey Urban) 4:00.86, 9. Iroquois (Caitlin Hollarn, Taylor Barnett, Joanna Ragen, Ashley Benovic) 4:02.99, 10. Franklin (Isabel Romanowski, Alexis Ziegler, Adrienne Liotta, Megan Emerson) 4:05.29, 11. Girard (Dillin Gadley, Amber Platz, Brandy Morrow, Rebekah Edder) 4:12.23, 12. Union City (Laneya Mosher, Rachel Trauner, Savanna Dawson, McKenna Haskins) 4:15.09, 13. Hickory (Nikita Wright, Chelsea Panin, Breah Quatkemeyer, Aubrielle Cromartie) 4:15.13, 14. General McLane (Nikki Campbell, Lindsay Kightlinger, Kaitlyn Kirby, Rhiannon Waldo) 4:23.01.

100 Breaststroke: 1. LAUREN BARBER (W) 1:06.23, 2. KATIE ANTAL (SR) 1:07.96, 3. Mallory Lawson (FV) 1:09.78, 4. Billie Patterson (FV) 1:10.51, 5. Stephanie Loesch (FV) 1:11.24, 6. Abby Quinn (VM) 1:13.80, 7. Rebecca Easly (VM) 1:14.13, 8. Lauren Euliano (MP) 1:14.42, 9. Marielle Trucilla (VM) 1:14.56, 10. Allison Decker (FV) 1:14.68, 11. Nikki Fair (SR) 1:15.17, 12. Chrissy Zdaniewski (HC) 1:15.59, 13. Stefani Wendelschaefer (GC) 1:15.60, 14. Payton Taylor (VM) 1:16.77, 15. Sarah Maguire (HC) 1:17.18, 16. Caitlin Wilkins (NE) 1:18.06, 17. Adrienne Liotta (FR) 1:18.92, 18. Heather Oldach (FL) 1:19.41, 19. Jasmin Khoo (I) 1:19.95.

100 Backstroke: 1. MARIE GEORGER (MP) 55.83, 2. KELSEY REOTT (SR) 59.94, 3. Hollin Nies (FV) 1:02.77, 4. Alice Tullio (VM) 1:02.87, 5. Natalie Rutkowski (MP) 1:03.12, 6. Rachel Taylor (FV) 1:03.27, 7. Emily Lehr (FV) 1:03.37, 8. Jillian Johannes (MP) 1:03.88, 9. Ava Young (T) 1:05.20, 10. Ashley Benovic (I) 1:05.40, 11. Hailey McLaughlin (SR) 1:06.31, 12. April Meehl (NE) 1:06.51, 13. Cassie Wolowic (GC) 1:06.71, 14. Renee Decker (GC) 1:07.05, 15. Emily Rodriguez (VM) 1:07.97, 16. Meghan Terwilliger (GC) 1:08.09, 17. Brianne Come (T) 1:08.10, 18. Mackenzie Schley (VM) 1:08.10, 19. Taylor Bean (HC) 1:08.67, 20. Katie Neely (T) 1:08.75, 21. Emma Kojancic (FV) 1:10.09, 22. Alexis Ziegler (FR) 1:10.18.

500 Freestyle: 1. CATHERINE STARK (MP) 5:20.49, 2. KELLEY FOYLE (FV) 5:30.03, 3. Joanna Ragen (I) 5:30.60, 4. Meghan Simon (VM) 5:33.86, 5. Andrea Miller (FV) 5:35.27, 6. Lauren Petrella (FV) 5:36.71, 7. Molly Phillips (MP) 5:38.06, 8. Kathy Herman (NE) 5:39.69, 9. Clare Weisenfluh (MP) 5:40.20, 10. Madeline Zarger (HC) 5:41.49, 11. Claire Christensen (FV) 5:42.41, 12. Helen Tullio (VM) 5:42.82, 13. Alia Clark (NE) 5:46.01, 14. Emily Eperthener (GC) 5:47.38, 15. Morgan Estok (T) 5:47.90, 16. Alexis Ziegler (FR) 5:59.54, 17. Mackenzie Foley (T) 6:00.02, 18. Kirsten Reilly (HC) 6:02.19, 19. Lindsey Lueken (SR) 6:04.38, 20. Kori Mallory (T) 6:13.72, 21. Meagan Weaver (G) 6:15.67.

100 Freestyle: 1. RYLEE KLOMP (MP) 51.70, 2. HANNAH FEUCHT (NE) 54.35, 3. Kendall Sundberg (FV) 55.23, 4. Emily Nottingham (T) 55.44, 5. Christine Uht (VM) 55.65, 6. Mallory Lawson (FV) 56.34, 7. Emma Allison (FV) (56.45), 8. Emma Weisenfluh (MP) 56.74, 9. Megan Emerson (FR) 57.69, 10. Rebekah Edder (G) 57.87, 11. Sarah Mrozowski (NE) 57.99, 12. Abby Fessler (VM) 58.64, 13. Hannah Leach (T) 58.65, 14. Sarah Podufal (FV) 58.76, 15. Alli Kaveney (VM) 59.40, 16. McKenna Haskins (UC) 59.50, 17. Ania Gorski (HC) 1:00.39.

Class AA boys

Final team standings:1. Fairview 400, 2. Franklin 256, 3. Mercyhurst Prep 235, 4. Grove City 193, 5. Slippery Rock 174, 6. Titusville 152, 7. Corry 139, 8. Harbor Creek 131, 9. Oil City 92.5, 10. North East 84.5, 11. General McLane 83, 12. Girard 56, 13. Iroquois 51, 14. Hickory 48, 15. Sharon 35, 16. Farrell 27, 17. Rocky Grove 14, 18. Union City 11.

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