Tyrone Swims Hard, but Outclassed by Talented Hollidaysburg Squad

Tyrone got a wake-up call from one of the best swim teams in the region on Monday.  Both Tyrone teams worked hard, but lost big to the Hollidaysburg Tigers. The boys put up a fight scoring 100-64, while the girls lost with a score of 117-46.

Tyrone had eight boys and eight girls in the water, while Hollidaysburg fielded a team of about 45-55 swimmers. Hollidaysburg is AAA in swimming, while Tyrone competes at the AA level at districts.

“We definitely would have been more competitive if we had all of our swimmers,” said Tyrone Head Coach Tom Getz, “but we had good swims against a big team.”

Click on the link below to see the official time sheet:

Tyrone at Hollidaysburg 1-11-16 FINAL

Girls: Tyrone-46, Hollidaysburg-117

The girl’s relay of Emily Beam, Gwen Dougherty, Allison Hosko and Kayla Bilger were top finishers for the Golden Eagles, earning a second in the 200 free relay and a third in the 400 free relay.

“We tried our best, but we were outnumbered,” said junior swimmer Maddie Branstetter.

Individually, top performances for the girls were senior Emily Beam, who finished a first in the 100 butterfly (1:12.21) and Allison Hosko (1:28.17) had a won  the 100 breaststroke.

We did well against a hard team. If we had more numbers at the meet then we would have had a better chance. ”

— Allison Hosko

“We raced well, but we didn’t have the numbers to compete,” said Beam.

Four girls dropped time from the previous meet against Cambria Heights. Molly Fadgen and Hosko both dropped a second from their  100 breast time. Hannah Gampe worked off two seconds from her 500 free time. Beam improved by four seconds in the 100 butterfly.

“We did well against a hard team,” Hosko said. “If we had more numbers at the meet then we would have had a better chance. We swam hard, had good swims and dropped time.”

Boys: Tyrone- 64, Hollidaysburg- 100

Ben McConnell, Collin Rhoades, Austin Quinn and Blake Slobodnik scored a second place in the 200 free relay and first in the 400 free relay. A different Tyrone relay scored a third in the 200 medley relay.

Double winners from the team were Bishop Guilfoyle’s Slobodnik and McConnell. Slobodnik scored in the 200 and 500 free. McConnell placed in the 50 free and the 100 breast.

Quinn had a solo first place in the 100 free as well.

“Besides losing, we did decent,” said sophomore Matthew Beam.

M.Beam improved his 200 free time by five seconds. Slobodnik five dropped seconds in the 500 free. Quinn worked off a second in his 100 free time.

We did well for going against a team that was twice our numbers.”

— Austin Quinn

“We did well for going against a team that was twice our numbers,” said Quinn.

The team hopes to keep improving with each meet and to score some more wins.

“It was good to get kids in different events and to try [to get swimmers] to qualify for Districts,” Getz said.