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WVC Adds To Medal Haul On Day 2 Of Class 2A Swimming Championships

March 15, 2019

The Wyoming Valley Conference added more medals to its collection Thursday at the PIAA Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University.

Holy Redeemer’s Greta Walting, Dallas’ Melissa Leonard and Wyoming Seminary’s Skylar Roerig all placed in the top eight at Kinney Natatorium.

Walting already had momentum coming into Day 2 after being a part of the eighth-place 200 medley relay team and placing sixth in the 50 free Wednesday. Individually, she entered the 100 breastroke as a third seed after an impressive preliminary swim. In the finals, Walting dropped to a fourth-place finish despite an improvement from her preliminary time. Her finals time was 1:03.67.

“Greta — the girl always has a smile on her face,” Redeemer head coach Katie Snee said. “As a coach, that’s what you want to see. You want to have kids that want to get better. She helped out both relays. It’s that personality that you as a coach desire to have in all your swimmers.”

The other WVC entry with three medals was Wyoming Seminary’s Roerig. After being a part of the third-place 200 medley relay Wednesday, she found some individual success Thursday. Roerig placed seventh in the 100 free (52.84) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (59.20).

Leonard entered the 500-yard freestyle as the sixth seed after prelims. She finished seventh in the final despite improving her time by nearly four seconds (5:08.34).

Leonard finished 11th in the 200 free on Day 1.

“(Melissa) could not be anymore excited about placing. It was her best time ever,” Dallas head coach Romayne Mosier said.

Also representing Wyoming Seminary, Kylee Kolbicka participated in the 100 free. Kolbicka didn’t quite get to the medal stand, but she placed eleventh with a time of 53.08.

Other WVC swimmers competed in the preliminary rounds on Thursday.

Shane Szczecinski finished eighteenth in the 100 freestyle with a final time of 48.74 for Dallas. Teammate Dennis Dukinas finished seventeenth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.69. The 400 free relay team of Szczecinski, Dukinas, Zachary Blockus and JR Redmond finished seventeenth with a final time of 3:23.00.

After a two-medal day for Holy Redeemer’s Adam Mahler on Wednesday, he joined with Adam Smith, Mike Williams and Chris Schell for the 400 free relay. The Royals finished twentieth with a final time of 3:23.91.

Mahler will graduate as one of the most decorated WVC swimmers in recent memory.

“The kids can really take from (Adam) that hard work pays off in the pool,” Snee said. “I think that they really saw how dedicated he was.”

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