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PIAA swimming replay: Cathedral Prep repeats as PIAA 2A boys swimming/diving champs

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Cathedral Prep boys remain PIAA's best Class 2A aquatics team

The Cathedral Prep Ramblers, for the second time in as many seasons and the third time in five, are team champions of the PIAA Class 2A boys swimming/diving meet at Lewisburg.

Prep, courtesy of a bronze medal effort in the meet's 400-yard freestyle relay, also gained 32 team points for that finish at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.

That was the difference for the Ramblers, who finished with 194 points over the two-day competition to Bishop McDevitt's 164. The Crusaders led Prep by three points going into Thursday's laps and dives.

The Prep boys won hours after the Ramblers' first-season girls swimming/diving team finished third in their 2A standings. Many of the students on that team formerly competed for Villa Maria Academy, which was closed last summer.

Villa, which also was coached by Whitman, were PIAA 2A team champs in 2019 and 2021.

Rambler girls third in team standings for PIAA debut

Cathedral Prep's first-year swimming/diving program carried over much of the success experienced by the former Villa Maria Victors.

The Ramblers, led by coach Sonya Whitman, finished third out of 65 teams that participated in the two-day PIAA Class 2A girls meet at Lewisburg's Bucknell University. They finished with 116 points.

Haley Palmer, Cathedral Prep 2022-23
Haley Palmer, Cathedral Prep 2022-23

Mt. Pleasant won with 218 1/2, followed by Wyoming Seminary with 118.

Haley Palmer and Maria Costa accounted for the closing points in Prep's total.

Palmer, in her final appearance for the Victors/Ramblers, was the eighth-place medalist in the 100-yard freestyle. The senior, a Cleveland State recruit, was timed at 52.51 in a final that Mt. Pleasant's Lily King won with a state record of 42.93.

Costa also competed in an event where a new PIAA standard was established. The sophomore, at 57.80, was seventh in the 100 backstroke.

Bedford's Leah Shackley, who received the meet's outstanding swimmer/diver award, lowered the record in that state event to 51.61.

Shackley broke her former 100 back marks of 52.42 from last year's meet and the 51.71 she swam during Thursday morning's preliminary heats.

Palmer and Costa were District 10's only medalists during the last championship session for the meet's 2A girls portion. They'll remain at Kinney for the 7:55 p.m. boys championship session.

Prep (98 points) was second in the 2A team standings going into Thursday. Bishop McDevitt was first at 101.

Should the Ramblers overtake the first-place team from District 3, they would be finish first in back-to-back seasons and for the third time since 2019.

Fairview's Fox adds second state medal to diving awards

Aari Fox stood slightly higher on the PIAA's podium than he did a year ago.

Aari Fox, Fairview
Aari Fox, Fairview

Fox, a Fairview junior, finished sixth overall after Thursday's Class 2A boys diving competition off Kinney Natatorium's two springboards. He compiled 201.45 points over his six attempts.

It was Fox's second state medal. His first was the 2022 one for seventh place.

Fox, District 10's small-school champion, was one of three District 10 divers in Thursday's overall field of 23. The other two made their state debuts.

In Aiden Knapp's case, it also was his last. The Corry senior finished 18th overall at 133.90.

Unlike Knapp, Ted Terrizzi will have three more chances to travel to Lewisburg in mid-March. The Cathedral Prep freshman finished 22nd at 122.75.

While Terrizzi will be a spectator the rest of Thursday, he'll be a highly invested one.

The Ramblers are in contention to defend as the PIAA's 2A boys team titlists. Prep, with 98 points, was three behind Bishop McDevitt going into Thursday's action.

Prep returned home with the PIAA's first-place team trophy in 2019 and 2022. Each were coached by Mike Doyle, who's now the athletic director for the entire Catholic Diocese of Erie.

The 2022-23 Ramblers are coached by Sonya Whitman, who watched the former Villa Maria Academy aquatics program win PIAA team championships in 2019 and 2021.

Thursday's championship session for the girls swimming finals will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Ramblers favored to win second relay of 2A boys meet

Cathedral Prep began the championship portion of the PIAA Class 2A boys swimming/diving meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay final.

Now, thanks to the Ramblers' 400 freestyle relay, the program could end it with that same result.

Prep, comprised of Jack Raimy, Owen Carson, Aidan Levis and Mitchell Bradford, recorded the lowest time during Friday morning's heats for that event.

The Ramblers' time of 3 minutes, 10.69 seconds was nearly three seconds faster than their District 10 performance of 3:14.36.

Thursday's 2A boys finals will start at 7:55 p.m. Prep, coached by Sonya Whitman, seeks its second straight state team title and its third since 2019.

Hinman to start seventh in 2A boys 100 breaststroke

Cathedral Prep's Matthew Hinman will start seventh for the championship race in the PIAA Class 2A boys 100-yard breaststroke.

Hinman, who helped the Ramblers win Wednesday's 200 medley relay when he started that leg for them, qualified seventh. His heat time was 58.98 seconds.

D-10 foursome in final eight for 2A boys 100 back

Northwestern Pennsylvania swimmers will comprise half of the podium when the PIAA medals are presented for its Class 2A boys 100-yard backstroke final.

Cathedral Prep's Mitchell Bradford, Jack Raimy and Aidan Levis will respectively start third, fifth and eighth when that race takes place during Thursday night's championship session. Bradford qualified at 50.60, Raimy at 51.74 and Levis at 52.23.

That trio augments the Ramblers' odds of repeating as the state's best small-school boys aquatic program. Bishop McDevitt began Thursday with 101 points to Prep's 98.

Also medaling in the 100 backstroke will be Hugh Harrison. The Warren junior will start sixth at 51.80.

Carson to start sixth in 2A boys 100 free

Cathedral Prep, which began Thursday three points behind Bishop McDevitt in the Class 2A boys team standings, are assured of tacking on more to its total.

The Ramblers, whose 98 points trail Bishop McDevitt's 101, watched Owen Carson qualify for the 500-yard freestyle final. He'll start sixth thanks to his qualifying time of 4 minutes, 48.13 seconds.

Palmer, Costa advance to 2A girls championship session

The Cathedral Prep duo of Haley Palmer and Maria Costa were the only District 10 swimmers who qualified for races during Thursday night's Class 2 title races.

The 100-yard freestyle will be the final varsity event for Palmer, a senior who will attend and swim for Cleveland State. She'll start sixth thanks to her heat time of 52.58 seconds.

Costa, a sophomore, also will start sixth in the 100 backstroke. She completed her two laps at 57.88.

Palmer and Costa also double as the only chances Prep will have to add points to a total in the team standings. The Ramblers began Thursday with 92 points to Mt. Pleasant's 124.

The 2A boys preliminary session will start at 10:20 a.m.

Ramblers' Costa flanks state record-setter

Cathedral Prep sophomore Maria Costa qualified for Thursday's night's Class 2A girls 100-yard backstroke. She did so with a 57.88 time recorded in a lane next to the PIAA's new standard bearer for that event.

Bedford star Leah Shackley lowered the state's mark in that event to 51.71 seconds. It obliterated the mark of 52.42 she established last year at Lewisburg.

Costa will start sixth in the 100 back final. She also has the chance to keep Prep in contention for the meet's 2A girls team title.

Palmer to place in final Prep race

Cathedral Prep senior Haley Palmer is assured of medaling in each of her four events for the PIAA Class 2A swimming/diving meet.

Thanks to a berth in the 100-yard freestyle relay final, she's also guaranteed to conclude her varsity career, split between the former Villa Maria Academy and Prep.

Palmer, a Cleveland State recruit, will start seventh in that event. Her qualifying time was 52.58 seconds.

Mt. Pleasant star Lily King will line up as the favorite at an even 49 seconds.

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Checking in for 2A finale

Mike Copper back here at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium for the second and final day of the Class 2A portion of the PIAA swimming/diving meet.

For the first time since the meet moved to Lewisburg in 2005, a session will start before 8 a.m. We're less than 15 minutes away from the start of the girls preliminary session at 7:45.

The Cathedral Prep Ramblers — both boys and girls — go into Thursday second in their respective team standings. The Prep boys, with 98 points, trail Bishop McDevitt by three points.

The Ramblers' total includes the 40 they received for winning Wednesday's 2A boys 200-yard medley relay.

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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: PIAA swimming/diving second day: District 10 updates for March 16