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Beyer claims district swim title

Photo courtesy of R.L. McCray Warren’s Katie Beyer won the 200-yard freestyle in a pool-record time of 1:53 at the PIAA District 10 Championships at the Prep Villa Center on Friday.

ERIE — Katie Beyer has had quite a swimming season.

It got even better Friday.

The junior from Warren Area High School placed first in the 200-yard freestyle in a pool-record time of 1 minute, 53 seconds at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 10 Class AA Championships at the Prep Villa Center.

That performance qualified her for the state meet in two weeks and headlined a fine effort by the Dragons’ girls team.

In addition to her first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Beyer also placed second in the 100 freestyle (52.79) and joined teammates Sophie Olson, Kirsten Johnson and Paige Johnson in placing fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:54.28).

Individually, Kirsten Johnson placed seventh in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley; and Paige Johnson finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

“Fantastic job,” Warren coach Russ Beyer said in an email. “We are all so proud of (the girls).”

Katie Beyer’s record time in the 200 freestyle was more than three seconds faster than second-place finisher Ellie Kraus of Fairview, and Beyer’s second-place clocking in the 100 freestyle was a little more than a second behind Hallie Myers of Fairview.

As a team, the Dragons placed sixth out of 19 teams. Ahead of them were Villa Maria, Fairview, Grove City, Oil City and General McLane.

Warren’s boys swim team takes to the water today.

“We may sneak a few in,” Coach Beyer said.

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