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MC swimmers add more medals; Houtz advances

By Kenny Varner
UNIVERSITY PARK – With day two in the books at the District 6 Swimming championships, Juniata’s Sydney Houtz and the Mifflin County swim team both walked away with a lot to be proud of.
Houtz, who won the AA girls 100-yard butterfly the day before, made it two-for-two with a win in the Girls AA 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 58.14 was just short of beating her own record that she took in last year’s event.
“We are very thrilled right now. We were hoping for two events this year and this year we made both events by winning them. It was really nice, you don’t have to wait for an at large entry,” Juniata coach Amy Houtz said. “So that’s really awesome!”
So now it’s on to the PIAA State Championships in two events for the sophomore.
“Overall this meet has been amazing. I won yesterday and today,” Houtz said. “I thought I swam that well. It’s definitely not as fast as I wanted it to be. But I think it was okay for right now.”
Mifflin County once again shined, especially adding more medals to its top first day of action for the school.
It’s relay teams once again raced strong and ended the days swimming with a third place in the boys and girls AAA 400-yard freestyle relay.
“It was nice, both of them took third places. The girls were seeded in third place and finished in third place. The boys were seeded fourth and they finished third. So we are happy about that as well,” Mifflin County coach Gretchen Seyler said. “They finished phenomenally. I am so happy.”
On the girls side, the group finished with a third place time of 3:55.49.
The boys also took the third place nod with a time of 3:32.19.
Ethan Andrews picked up a 3rd-place medal as well as he finished with a time of 58.10 in the 100-yard backstroke. Teammate, Jackson Robbinette finished with a person best time of 1:09.51.
In the boys 100-yard freestyle, the Huskies had two more swimmers finish with personal bests.
Braden Kibe and teammate Alex Larson finished with times of 53.01 and 55.65, respectively.
Hannah Bonson finished sixth in the Girls 100-Years backstroke with a finish of a personal best 1:11.86.
Ella Stuck picked up a fifth place nod in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:54.09 while teammate Joy Galbraith finished with a time of 6:31.40.
Also picking up a fifth place finish in the day was Madeline Baisey as she finished with a time of 1:09.82 in the Girls 100-yard backstroke.
“This was such a great day. This is probably one of the best that we’ve been to,” said Seyler. “I’m super pumped about next year. With all those girls on the 400-relay coming back. I’ll get them again and see what happens.”

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