Strong day for District IV at PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships
LEWISBURG - It was a dominant day for District 4 girls at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday.
The day was highlighted by a state-record breaking performance by Mifflinburg's Adriana Grabski in the 200 free. Grabski won the event in 1:47.05.
In the six girls events that were swam on Wednesday, District 4 had four finishes of third place or higher.
The junior had the top time in the preliminaries and thought she had a shot at a good time, but she never imagined the time she put up.
"I knew going into the final the girls were fast," she said. "I had a time in my mind, I can't say that was the time."
When she won Grabski couldn't believe what she had one.
"I am overwhelmed," she said. "I wasn't expecting that time."
What makes things more special was that the record she broke belonged to Bloomsburg's Stef Williams.
"It's not just the state record, it's Stef Williams record," Grabski said. "She's a big name around here and after I broke the record I found out she was here. I'm excited to meet her."
Central Columbia earned the other three medals, with Katie Saloky being a part of all three.
She took second in the 50 free in 23.46 and teamed with Katie Madden, Nicole Brunozzi and Beth Grazio to finish second in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.33.
In the 200 free relay, Saloky, Madden, Grazio and Madi Heintzelman finished third in 1:38.61.
For the boys, Bloomsburg's Noah Crawford finished sixth in the 200 IM in 1:58.73 and he teamed with James Orzolek, Mitch Fornwald and Sam Calhoun to take third in the 200 free relay, in 1:29.37.
One other regional swimmer, Tunkhannock's Ben Spencer, was fifth in the 200 IM in 1:58.24.