Final Meet against Central Cambria a success for Eagles; Swimmers looking forward to Districts

The Tyrone swim team ended their season on a high note with a win against Central Cambria. Both the boys and girls team finished the year with winning records for the first time in recent memory.  The girls finished with a 7-5 record and the boys were 6-5. Those who qualified for Districts are looking forward to the District Championship meet at the Penn State University Natatorium on March 3 and March 4, 2017.

“We stepped up and won races and earned places to get points. The girls didn’t win until the relay,” said Head Coach Tom Getz.

Click the link below to see the heat sheet for the night:

Tyrone vs Central Cambria

Girls: Tyrone- 90, Central Cambria- 80

The team of Mae Decker, Anastasia Slobodnik, Cate Baran, and Fiona McConnell earned two first places in both the 200 medley and 400 free relay. Other teams secured a second and a third place.

The only double winner from the girls team was M. Decker, placing first in both the 500 free (6:15.80) and 100 back (1:12.99).

We worked to get every place and point. It was great to leave the season with a win.”

— Madelyn Diebold

Solo winners for the night included Bishop Guilfoyle freshman A. Slobodnik and McConnell.

A. Slobodnik won the 200 IM with a time of 2:40.15. She also placed second in the 500 free event.

McConnell placed first in the 100 breast, finishing with a time of 1:17.73. She also secured third place in the 50 free.

Senior Alli Hosko won two second places in both the 200 free and 100 fly.

Bishop Guilfoyle freshman Sarah Manna placed second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 fly.

Baran earned third place in the 100 free.

“I think we did great. We worked to get every place and point. It was great to leave the season with a win. It felt like a tight meet, and every point mattered. It was a great season, and it was exciting to win a meet right after we won the meet against Altoona,” said freshman Madelyn Diebold.

Senior Taylor Hoover dropped two seconds from her previous 200 IM time, securing a third in the event.

Bellwood sophomore Alivia Jacobs worked off three seconds from her previous 100 free time.

Diebold improved by nine seconds from her last 100 breaststroke event, earning a key fourth place in the event.

Boys: Tyrone- 116, Central Cambria- 53

Jacob Decker, Matt Lenze, Blake Slobodnik, and Austin Quinn won first place in both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

Another team, consisting of Carter Maceno, Jules Collet, Brendan Kowalski, and Bryce Bauer, secured a first place in the 200 free relay, making the Tyrone boys sweep all the relay events.

B. Slobodnik, J. Decker, and Lenze were the only three double winners from the night.

B. Slobodnik placed first in the 200 (2:05.53) and 500 free (5:53.86).

J. Decker won the 200 IM (2:22.61) and 100 back (1:06.70).

Lenze secured the two first places in the 100 fly (1:03.58) and the 100 breast (1:12.07).

Other solo first place winners included Kowalski and Quinn.

I hope we continue to grow, replace seniors, and make sure freshman step up.”

— Tom Getz

“The boys team did extremely well. All the swimmers stepped up to win some very close races. The fact that it was an added meet allowed those who qualified for Districts to swim in another meet that was very competitive,” said Bellwood senior Kowalski.

Kowalski won the 50 free event. He also placed third in the 100 free.

Senior Quinn secured first in the 100 free. He also earned second in the 50 free.

Junior Bryce Bauer worked to two second places in both the 100 free and 100 back.

Dropping eight seconds from his previous time, sophomore Maceno placed second in the 500 free. He also placed second in the 100 breast.

Matt Beam secured a third place for Tyrone in the 100 fly, working off a second in the process.

French exchange student Collet won a third place in the 200 IM.

Junior Emmy Shawley dropped six seconds from her previous time in the 200 free.

“At Districts, I hope we drop time, podium, and are better than last year. We should be a more respectable team. It’ll be tough to place for States. We’ll need good times. The top 6 definitely have a shot. Next [swim] season, I hope we continue to grow, replace seniors, and make sure freshman step up,” said Getz.

Districts will take place on March 3rd and 4th. The girls team will include: freshman Mae Decker, Anastasia Slobodnik, Cate Baran, and Fiona McConnell. The boys team will include: freshman Matt Lenze, sophomores Carter Maceno and Jacob Decker, juniors Bryce Bauer, Blake Slobodnik, Jules Collet, and Matt Beam, and seniors Brendan Kowalski and Austin Quinn.