The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 20, 2010

High School Swimming: Oakland Catholic girls win state title

The final day of the girls Class AA swimming and diving championships had a bit of a bittersweet feel to it as it wrapped up at Kinney Natatorium, as two of the best swimmers in Pennsylvania ended their careers in impressive style.

Lindsey Vrooman of Ambridge added her sixth career individual gold, setting a state record in the 500 freestyle, while Wyomissing’s Mary Moser defended her crown in the 100 freestyle, then ended the meet by anchoring the Wyomissing team to a state record in the 400 freestyle relay.

For her performance, Vrooman was named swimmer of the meet. Oakland Catholic won the event with 187 points, while Wyomissing finished second with 157 points.

Moser got Saturday off to a good start, defending her state championship in the 100 freestyle. Moser swam the first 50 in 24.02 to take a lead and beat freshman Rylee Klomp of Mercyhurst by more than a second.

“I was hoping to go out a little faster than I did this morning,” Moser said.

The one thing missing from Moser’s resume was a state record, coming closest in Friday’s 50, missing by one hundredth of a second. The Spartans’ 400 freestyle helped Moser take care of that, winning the final event of the meet in 3:32.04, breaking the record of 3:32.42 set by Oakland Catholic in 2002.

Vrooman’s race in the 500 freestyle was close throughout as she was challenged by freshman Rachel Zilinskas of Indiana, the gold medal winner in the 200 IM on Friday. Zilinskas was on Vrooman’s right shoulder right down to the finish. Vrooman won the race in 4:43.93.

“I didn’t want to come in here with a negative, thinking ‘what if I lose?’ It’s my last time here; why not make it worth it?” Vrooman said.

Vrooman’s time broke the state record formerly held by current University of Texas swimmer Leah Gingrich, which was 4:44.07. Vrooman and Gingrich never swam against each other. Gingrich didn’t swim at the state meet when Vrooman won as a freshman, and the next year when Gingrich set the record, Vrooman didn’t compete in the PIAA meet.

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