Tyrone Outswam by Huntingdon on MLK Jr. Day

Longer meter pool effects Tyrone swimmers’ times

While most people had the day off on Monday for MLK Day, the Tyrone swim team traveled to the Juniata College to face off with Huntingdon. But even with a full team in attendance, Tyrone could not pull off the win. The losing combined score for both teams was 137-196.

Most pools are in yards, but the Juniata College’s pool is in meters. This means the swimmers will swim about three feet more per 25, creating what seems like slower times.

“We were kinda sluggish,” said Coach Tom Getz. “We had some good swims, but [the swimmers were] tired.”

Click on the link to see the official score sheet:

Tyrone vs Huntingdon 1-18-16

Girls: Tyrone- 61, Huntingdon- 106

The relay of Allison Hosko, Gwen Dougherty, Emily Beam and Abby Luensmann scored a second place in the 200 medley relay. They also placed first in the 400 relay while other relays took second and third, due to all Huntingdon team’s disqualification.

We did good coming from a weekend and having a Monday meet.”

— Kayla Bilger

“Everyone did good,” said sophomore swimmer Brooke Snyder.

Beam and Luensmann both won first place for the team. Beam scored and dropped a second in the 200 IM with Luensmann winning the girls 50 free.

“We did good [coming] from a weekend and [having] a Monday meet,” said senior Kayla Bilger. “Huntingdon is a tough team.”

In the 200 free, both Bilger and Emma Hoover improved from their seed times. Bilger worked off two seconds, while Hoover had four seconds off her time. Olivia Thomas dropped five seconds from her seed time in the backstroke. Hosko improved her 100 breaststroke time by a second.

“We adjusted well to our circumstances,” said Snyder about swimming at Juniata College’s meter pool.

Boys: Tyrone- 76,Huntingdon- 90

Austin Quinn, Blake Slobodnik, Collin Rhoades and Ben McConnell placed second in the 200 medley relay. They scored first place in the 400 free relay, due to Huntingdon disqualification. Other relays earned two second places.

“We swam pretty good,” said Sergio Slobodnik. “We all swam our hardest.”

Ben McConnell claimed a double win for both the 100 breast and the 200 IM. McConnell won the only individual first place for the Tyrone boys.

The meter pool is big, so we swam longer. It’s still unacceptable to use that as an excuse though.”

— Chase Maceno

“The meter pool is big, so we swam longer,” Chase Maceno said. “It’s still unacceptable to use that as an excuse though.”

S. Slobodnik improved his 100 butterfly seed time by five seconds. Bryce Bauer worked off a second in the 100 backstroke. In the 200 free, both B. Slobodnik and Carter Maceno. Maceno dropped seven seconds with B. Slobodnik dropping a second.

“[I hope we] get good practices and work on the little things,” said Getz. “They are the real difference between first and second place.”