Athens sets new school record at districts.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | March 2, 2017

 

WILLIAMSPORT — Moments before leaving for Williamsport and the District 4 Swimming Championships, Athens' Taylor Lane finally got a chance to see the swim team's new record board for the school.

There already needs to be an edit.

Lane, Maggie Cole, Katie Phykitt, and Selkie Bishop topped their time in the 200 Medley Relay from a year ago, which means the shiny new board isn't quite new enough as the ever-changing records of swimming need an update.

The group posted a 1:59.13, which topped the time they set during last year's meet.

"It feels very good, because we just got a new record board," Lane, who swam the first leg of the race, said. "We said we were going to take those records down."

It was the same exact group that set the record last year, and it was nice to get a little reminder of what they needed prior to taking off for Williamsport.

"We knew exactly what we needed to do in order to get it," Lane said. "We were ready to put it all in."

The group only trailed Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg in the opening event. Lane also posted a 1:00.91 in the 100 Fly, which gave her the fourth spot in the standings.

"It's exciting," Selkie Bishop said. "I'm glad I got to set it with the girls again."

Jeffrey Gao, who entered with the top seed time in the 200 IM, pushed Lewisburg's Christian Coleman throughout the race, but ultimately fell short. Coleman finished the race with a time of 1:59.25, which was just a bit better than Gao's 2:02.20.

Wellsboro's Cathryn Brought and Olivia Kurtz took home second and third place finishes in the 50 Free. Brought, who finished second with a time of 25.32, trailed Selingrove's Sarah Fravel by a few strokes. For Kurtz, it was a finishing time of 25.44.

Another top performer for Wellsboro was Nathan Cotner, who finished second in the 200 Free with a time of 1:46.16. Sayre's Caleb McClelland finished fifth in the event.