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Tyrone Swimming Wraps Up Successful Season

Allison Beeman

The Tyrone/Bellwood/Bishop Guilfoyle boys swim team had a successful dual meet season, finishing 10-3, one of the best records in recent history. Due to low numbers, the girls’ team struggled to fill lanes and was not as successful, finishing 1-12. However, the girls still had several good individual performances during the dual meet season.

The boys season included an exciting 87-74 win over Hollidaysburg and a 99-64 win over rival Altoona, making Tyrone 2-0 against the other two Blair County schools. 

Tyrone also had close wins against Somerset (89-74) and Huntingdon (93-64). 

The biggest heartbreaker happened at Marion Center, where the Golden Eagles narrowly missed their 11th win of the season, losing on a Tyrone disqualification for an early start on the final 400 relay, giving the win to Marion Center. 

On the individual side, Bellwood senior Spencer Dunklebarger and Bishop Guilfoyle junior Isaac Yezkey ran the show barely taking any losses during the regular season. Tyrone sophomore Lucas Bonsell and Bellwood sophomore Cameron Gallagher were also team leaders in multiple events.

Bonsell qualified in the 200 relay, 100 backstroke (1:08.43), and the 100 butterfly (1:01.39) making him the only butterflyer from Tyrone to go to districts.

At Districts Dunklebarger will swim the 200 medley relay (1:50.16), 100 freestyle (51.29), 100 breaststroke (1:07.00), and 200 relay (1:36.00). 

Yezkey will swim the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle (24.76), 100 backstroke (1:04.62), and the 200 freestyle relay. 

Gallagher will swim the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay, and his 50 free (25.13) Goodman goes for the 400 relay while Smearman qualified for his 50 freestyle (27.88) and the 400 relay. 

Other boys from Tyrone who made contributions this season and qualified for districts were senior Rocky Romani and Dylan Eckenrode, and freshman Eric Goodman. 

Freshmen Cameron Nelson and Ned Smearman from Bellwood also contributed on the boys side. 

Romani qualified for districts in the 50 free (26.14) and as a member of the 400 free relay team (4:06.20). 

Eckenrode qualified in the 100 backstroke (1:10.63), 200 freestyle (2:12.78) and 400 relay. 

Smearman will compete at districts in the 50 free and the 400 free relay. Nelson will attend the meet as an alternate for the 400.

The girls lone win of the season was a 70-56 win at home over Penns Valley. The girls also lost close meets to Somerset 99-70 and Altoona 78-53.

Bellwood senior Evalyna Aiken brought in many points during the regular season with her 500-yard freestyle, 100 yard backstroke, and as a key member of the  200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. 

Aiken qualified for districts in the 100 backstroke (1:12.53) and the 500 freestyle (6:31.95), and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay (2:03.43), and the 400 freestyle relay (4:38.92).

Other noteworthy athletes are sophomores Grace Corl and Sophia Cowher, and Bellwood freshman Blake Pennington.

Both Corl and Cowher will swim in the 200 and 400 relay where they will be joined by Tyrone freshman Adalyn Jeffries. Blake will make a district appearance as a member of the 200-relay team. 

The District Championship meet will be held at Penn State University on February 22nd and 23rd. 

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Rocky Romani
Rocky Romani, Staff Writer
Rocky Romani is a senior at Tyrone Area High School and is back for round four of his Eagle Eye membership. For the Eagle Eye, Rocky mainly covers sports stories such as soccer and track (which isn’t too hard considering he competes in both), but occasionally he’ll get creative and think of his own story idea separate from sports. Outside the classroom, he enjoys playing soccer, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family. Speaking of soccer, Rocky is a player on the Tyrone Boys Varsity Soccer Team where he hopes to pursue his dream of advancing to the next level. His goal is to play collegiate-level college soccer, but he also has to take kicking into consideration as well. Some goals that Rocky has for his senior year are: scoring 15-20 goals this soccer season, not missing a single PAT (point after touchdown) for the football team, hitting a couple of field goals, placing at track invitationals, and keeping straight A’s.
Allison Beeman
Allison Beeman, Staff Writer
Allison Beeman is a senior in high school and in her third year of Eagle Eye. When Allison is not in school, she enjoys playing softball as an outfielder. During the summer she traveled to Denver, Colorado to play in a softball tournament. After high school, she would like to attend college to major in business.  Before coming to Tyrone Allison lived in West Virginia and before that Maryland. Some of Allison's interests include listening to music, traveling, and hanging out with friends.  This year in Eagle Eye, Allison looks forward to taking pictures at football games and writing softball stories. 

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