Gao might have slowed a little down the final stretch of race, but it wasn't by choice as he gave every ounce of energy in an effort to place. He finished seventh in his race and 17th overall, but was quick to mention how much it meant to him simply being at the meet.

"You're surrounded by the best people in the state and it's just incredible," Gao said. "Coming here and getting a medal I'm sure is a wonderful feeling, but there's nothing better than coming here and knowing you left your best stuff in the pool."

Wellsboro's Nathan Cotner also competed at the meet. It was the third time for Cotner, who competed in the 200 Free. He posted a time of 1:46.70, which was good enough for the 18th spot in the standings.

"It's my third time being here and I was really excited about it," Cotner said. "I just wanted to try and get into the 1:45s, but couldn't get it today. I didn't want to gain any time and I was happy with the results."

Cotner also drew the first lane, but was ready for the challenge as he opened with a quick start to hold a middle position. Cotner finished seventh in his heat.

"It's tough, but you just have to do a good warmup," Cotner said of dealing with the snow delay. "You just have to stay mentally prepared and just go for it."

Cotner, who missed two days in the pool due to the snow storm, will swim the 100 Free later today in the final swim of his high school career.

Gao might have slowed a little down the final stretch of race, but it wasn't by choice as he gave every ounce of energy in an effort to place. He finished seventh in his race and 17th overall, but was quick to mention how much it meant to him simply being at the meet.

"You're surrounded by the best people in the state and it's just incredible," Gao said. "Coming here and getting a medal I'm sure is a wonderful feeling, but there's nothing better than coming here and knowing you left your best stuff in the pool."

Wellsboro's Nathan Cotner also competed at the meet. It was the third time for Cotner, who competed in the 200 Free. He posted a time of 1:46.70, which was good enough for the 18th spot in the standings.

"It's my third time being here and I was really excited about it," Cotner said. "I just wanted to try and get into the 1:45s, but couldn't get it today. I didn't want to gain any time and I was happy with the results."

Cotner also drew the first lane, but was ready for the challenge as he opened with a quick start to hold a middle position. Cotner finished seventh in his heat.

"It's tough, but you just have to do a good warmup," Cotner said of dealing with the snow delay. "You just have to stay mentally prepared and just go for it."

Cotner, who missed two days in the pool due to the snow storm, will swim the 100 Free later today in the final swim of his high school career.

Gao might have slowed a little down the final stretch of race, but it wasn't by choice as he gave every ounce of energy in an effort to place. He finished seventh in his race and 17th overall, but was quick to mention how much it meant to him simply being at the meet.

"You're surrounded by the best people in the state and it's just incredible," Gao said. "Coming here and getting a medal I'm sure is a wonderful feeling, but there's nothing better than coming here and knowing you left your best stuff in the pool."

Wellsboro's Nathan Cotner also competed at the meet. It was the third time for Cotner, who competed in the 200 Free. He posted a time of 1:46.70, which was good enough for the 18th spot in the standings.

"It's my third time being here and I was really excited about it," Cotner said. "I just wanted to try and get into the 1:45s, but couldn't get it today. I didn't want to gain any time and I was happy with the results."

Cotner also drew the first lane, but was ready for the challenge as he opened with a quick start to hold a middle position. Cotner finished seventh in his heat.

"It's tough, but you just have to do a good warmup," Cotner said of dealing with the snow delay. "You just have to stay mentally prepared and just go for it."

Cotner, who missed two days in the pool due to the snow storm, will swim the 100 Free later today in the final swim of his high school career. Athens' Gao, Wellsboro's Cotner swim at states - 2017 NTL and District 4 News - WellsboroAthletics.com

 
 
 

Athens' Gao, Wellsboro's Cotner swim at states.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | March 17, 2017 | Photo courtesy The Review

 

LEWISBURG — Typically, a swimmer doesn't want to get stuck on the end of the pool in either lanes one or eight.

That wasn't the case with Athens' Jeffrey Gao, who drew the No. 1 lane in the 200 IM at the PIAA Class AA Swimming Championships at Bucknell.

Gao wasn't fazed as his coach Mark Keister yelled louder than most coaches from the pool deck. The added support seemed to work as Gao finished with a 2:01.60. The time was good enough for the 17th spot in the standings.

"I never thought I would say this, but being on the end is such a blessing when you have a coach who can scream that loud," Gao said. "The last 50 was much slower than I'm used to. I might have blown a nerve in my head there."

Gao might have slowed a little down the final stretch of race, but it wasn't by choice as he gave every ounce of energy in an effort to place. He finished seventh in his race and 17th overall, but was quick to mention how much it meant to him simply being at the meet.

"You're surrounded by the best people in the state and it's just incredible," Gao said. "Coming here and getting a medal I'm sure is a wonderful feeling, but there's nothing better than coming here and knowing you left your best stuff in the pool."

Wellsboro's Nathan Cotner also competed at the meet. It was the third time for Cotner, who competed in the 200 Free. He posted a time of 1:46.70, which was good enough for the 18th spot in the standings.

"It's my third time being here and I was really excited about it," Cotner said. "I just wanted to try and get into the 1:45s, but couldn't get it today. I didn't want to gain any time and I was happy with the results."

Cotner also drew the first lane, but was ready for the challenge as he opened with a quick start to hold a middle position. Cotner finished seventh in his heat.

"It's tough, but you just have to do a good warmup," Cotner said of dealing with the snow delay. "You just have to stay mentally prepared and just go for it."

Cotner, who missed two days in the pool due to the snow storm, will swim the 100 Free later today in the final swim of his high school career.