Warren swimmers set sights on D-10 championships
It all comes down to one weekend.
Warren’s swimmers will take to the pool this Friday and Saturday at the District 10 Class AAA Championships hosted by the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. On the line is a trip to states, which swimmers can earn by winning a district title or coming in under the designated time for their event.
Junior Paige McCullough is one with a good shot at moving on – she’s seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke and second in the 200-yard individual medley. Her seed time of 1:11.38 in the 100 breast is more than a second faster than the No. 2 seed, Lauren Usaitis of DuBois.
Lydia Latimer, a freshman, is seeded second in the 50 freestyle behind Meadville’s Erin McCartney. McCartney’s seed time is 26.17 while Latimer is close behind at 26.38. Latimer is also seeded third in the 100 backstroke.
Callie Hampson and Lacey Grinnen are seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Hampson is also third in the 100 free while Grinnen is fourth in the 500 free.
Christine Kuzminski the sixth seed in the 50 free.
McCullough, Latimer, Kuzminski, Hampson and Grinnen are all in the mix to be used on three of the Lady Dragons’ relays – the third-seeded 200-yard freestyle, the third-seeded 200 medley relay and the fourth-seeded 400 freestyle.
For the boys, Clark Eason is seeded third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.08 behind a pair of McDowell swimmers. Jack Mahoney is the top seed at 21.51 and his teammate Stephen Marn is second at 21.86. Cathedral Prep’s Tom Squeglia could be in the mix as well with a seed time of 22.11. Eason is also seeded sixth in the 100 freestyle.
Freshman Andrew Beyer is the fifth seed in the 100 backstroke and the ninth seed in the 200 freestyle.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Hunter Smith is seeded tenth and senior Nick Willetts 11th. Willetts is seeded 12th in the 50 free and Mark Reiff is 13th.
Rounding out the individual district qualifiers is first-year swimmer Connor Guiffre – the sophomore is seeded 12th in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Warren boys qualified three relay teams as the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle are all seeded fourth.
District 10 gold medalists and those who qualify by time will advance to the PIAA Swimming And Diving Championships March 16-19 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.