LEWISTOWN - Friday evening's Central Pennsylvania Swim League Championship meet at the Rec Park Pool in Lewistown featured a full slate of individual races and relays between the local Rec Park Stingrays, Penns Valley Penguins and State College's three pools, Park Forest, Science Park and Welch.
The hometown Stingrays came away from the meet with a healthy collection of top three finishes headlined by Evan Becker's first-place performance in the 15-18 year-old boys 100-meter freestyle event. He was the lone swimmer from the Lewistown team to finish first in an event.
Becker, an 18-year-old, blew away the competiton in the freestyle, touching the wall in 1:02, a whole 10 seconds better than Park Forest's Ryan Lunsford, who came in second. Becker added on to his impressive day with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter individual medley.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Rec Park Stringrays’ Ali McCurdy does the backstroke in the girls 13-18 200-meter medley relay Friday at Rec Park. The Stingrays hosted the Central Pennsylvania Swim League championships (age 11 and up). See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
The other noteable swimmer on the boys side for the Stingrays was Duncan Shelley. The 13-year-old finished third in the 13-14 year-old 50-meter freestyle with a time of 30.53 seconds, missing out on second place by a mere 0.31 seconds. He followed that up with a solid fourth-place effort in the 50-meter backstroke as he finished with a time of 37.23. Minutes later, Duncan finished fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in 37.30.
The girls side of the Rec Park team posted strong finishes throughout the whole evening. The 11-12 year-old girls 200-meter medley relay team of Sydney Houtz, Hannah Bonson, Macy Becker and Joy Galbraith got the locals off to a good start with a third-place finish in the event, which was the first of the day.
Two events later, the 13-18 year-old girls 200-meter medley team of Ali McCurdy, Sarah Bonson, Megan Becker and Rachel Kohler notched another third-place finish with a time of 2:24.77.
Becker, Bonson and Houtz all had superb evenings individually as well. Bonson's highlight was finishing second in the 15-18 year-old girls 50-meter butterfly event, which she completed in 33.87 seconds. Bonson added a third-place finish in the 100-meter individual medley to cap a successful evening.
Becker had both second and third-place finishes of her own. Her time of 29.66 seconds was good for third place in the 50-meter freestyle and her completion of the 50-meter backstroke in 35.70 yielded a second-place ribbon.
Houtz, an 11-year-old, recorded a third-place finish in a crowded 23-deep field of competitors in the 11-12 year-old 50-meter backstroke event. She also held her own in the 100-meter free style by finishing sixth in a field of 21 swimmers, many of which were a year older than Houtz.
Ali McCurdy also earned a second-place ribbon with a time of 36.69 in the 13-14 year-old 50-meter butterfly.
The championship meet for swimmers 10 and under will be today at Penns Valley.