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February 26, 2014

H.S. swimming: Mifflinburg's Grabski breaks 50 freestyle record

WILLIAMSPORT — If Mifflinburg’s Adrianna Grabski is aiming to get back to next month’s PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships, she got off to a good start Wednesday in the first day of the District 4 Class AA championship meet at Williamsport High School.

Grabski, a senior who’s heading to swim at Virginia Tech in the fall, wasted little time in qualifying for states as she claimed the 50 freestyle title in a record-breaking 23.60 seconds over Bloomsburg’s Moriah Treadway, who finished in 25.48.

The time by Grabski reportedly broke her own district record and the pool record that was held by Bloomsburg High’s Stef Williams, herself a former Division I swimmer at the University of Georgia.

Grabski claimed the 50 free state title in 2012, as well as the 100 free title. She’s a two-time defending district champ and state champ in the 100 free, an event she’ll be swimming in today.

Other champions on the day from the area came from Lewisburg juniors Caitlin Foley and Adon Shapiro.

Foley easily defended her district title in the 200 IM when she touched the wall in 2:11.80, nearly six seconds ahead of runner-up Katie Madden of Central Columbia.

Foley also helped the Green Dragons’ 200 medley relay team finish second behind Central, 1:54.33 to 1:58.17. Joining Foley on the team were Courtney Betsock, Blake Ann Baylor and Kennedy Snyder.

Other top finishes on the girls side came from Milton’s 200 free relay team that took third behind Central and Bloomsburg.

On the boys side, Shapiro claimed the 200 free title in 1:48.42, a mere two seconds ahead of the runner-up. Teammate Michael Sumfest took third in the event in 1:50.52.

Also from the area on day one, Danville’s Joe Malafronte was third in the 200 IM (2:00.04) and Lewisburg’s Kyle Shutt was third in the 100 fly (56.51).

The remaining events — 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 400 free relay — will be contested today beginning at 6 p.m. at Williamsport High School.

The top district finishers advance to the PIAA Championships held March 11-14 at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

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