Wellsboro freshman gives hope for future with outstanding district meet.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | March 3, 2017

 

WILLIAMSPORT — For a freshman, the District 4 Swimming Championships at Williamsport can be a daunting challenge.

The pool and surrounding areas, with record boards and time clocks hanging on the walls, are big to say the least.

For Wellsboro freshman Cathryn Brought, the bright lights and championship goals collided as the young swimmer opened the second day of the event in the 100 free. Brought lived up to her seeding, finishing second in the race one day after taking the second overall spot in the 50 free. Her time of 55.05 wasn't enough to knock off Jersey Shore's Emma Butzler, who cleared the field by two seconds with her 53.26.

"It's my best event and my best stroke," Brought said. "It's really exciting to be here as a freshman and get to perform in both events."

For Brought, it was a strong showing as she set a personal best in the 50 free and 100 free.

"All the swimmers in the final heat are outstanding," Brought said. "It just makes me swim that much faster and get a better time."

Brought's teammate, Olivia Kurtz, who finished third in the 50 free, took home the fourth spot in the race with a time of 55.55.

Jeffrey Gao finished second in the 200 IM at the first day of the District 4 Swimming Championships. He entered with the fastest seed time, but fell behind late to finish second.

Gao swam the 100 breast in Thursday's meet. He posted the third fastest time in the regular season and matched that in the District meet with a 1:02.16.

One day after she helped reset the school record for the 200 medley relay, Athens' senior Taylor Lane was back in the pool for the 100 back. She finished fourth with a time of 1:01.75.

"Last year she got fifth place," Athens coach Shauntel Place said. "She's a place higher and we are hoping she gets in."

Lane also swam in the 100 fly and is hoping to place for states in that event as well. The Athens girls finished sixth and the boys placed fourth after finishing second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:33.76.