The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 10, 2014

H.S. swimming: Seven area swimmers headed to states

By The Daily Item

— Mifflinburg’s Adriana Grabski has plenty of gold medals — seven district and four state to be precise — but the senior will eye up another two to round out her illustrius high school swimming career at the 2014 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Girls AA finals, which begins Friday at Bucknell University.

The PIAA released the state championship psych sheets this past week. The girls and boys Class AAA competitions take place on Wednesday and Thursday while AA gets underway Friday and Saturday.

Seven swimmers from the Valley will compete at the state tournament.

Grabski posted a 23.60 time in the 50 yard freestyle at districts, third fastest time in Class AA behind only Clearfield’s Claire Mikesell (23.47) and Emily Zimcosky of Geibel Catholic (23.13).

Last year, Grabski broke two state records in the 100 and 200 yard freestyles. She posted a 47.05 in the 200 in states last season. The multiple state champion swimmer will also compete in the 100 yard freestyle. Grabski swam a 51.91 in the district tournament.

“I am anxious, yet excited for states to finally arrive. I have times that I want to achieve this weekend,” the senior swimmer said. “Regardless of what happens, it will be memorable.”

Lewisburg’s Caitlin Foley will compete in the girls 200 yard IM and 100 yard backstroke. In 2013, Foley took ninth and fourth in the events, respectively, at states.

Shamokin’s Samantha Carpenter will also compete at states in the 100 yard breaststroke.

In boys Class AA at the championships, Lewisburg junior Adon Shapiro will look to place in not only the 200 yard freestyle, but also the 500 yard freestyle. The junior Green Dragon was a state qualifier in both events last year, taking third in the 200.

Danville sophomore Joe Malafronte will compete in both the 200 yard IM and 100 yard freestyle. The Ironmen also have juniors Nick Kapp and Joe Gentilucci both competing in the 1 meter diving competition.