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PIAA Swimming: Elk Lake Swimmers Head to States

Two Elk Lake swimmers were slated to compete in the PIAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell, which began Wednesday, March 16.

Adam Phillips was scheduled to compete in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke in the boys' AA competition.

Phillips won the 100 breaststroke at the District Two meet in a time of 1:00.93, which is sixth on the time charts entering Thursday's preliminary races.

In the 200 IM, Phillips's second-place time at the district meet of 2:03.54 was good enough to qualify him for the PIAA meet. It was the 16th best time in the field before yesterday's race.

Chelsea Karabin was entered in the girls' AA 50 freestyle. Her runner-up time of 25.21 seconds from the district meet is the 25th best in the field.

Also swimming in the girls' AA competition is Tunkhannock's Stephanie Halloran in the 100 breaststroke. Her winning time at the District Two meet is 32nd among the state qualifiers. Her event will be held today (March 17).

In the boys' AAA competition, which will be held Friday and Saturday, three Tunkhannock swimmers are entered in four events.

David Novak won both the 500 freestyle (4:53.93) and 200 freestyle (1:47.87) at the District Two meet to qualify for states. He is ranked 31st in both events. Novak will swim the 200 free on Friday and the 500 free on Saturday.

Ben Spencer will compete in the 200 IM, which he won at districts with a time of 1:59.13. He is ranked 29th entering the competition, which will be held Saturday.

Matt Kupchunas, the district 100 butterfly champ with a time of 53.83, will be ranked 31st when his event is held Friday.

Two Northern Tier League swimmers also qualified for the girls' AA competition through the District Four meet.

Athens' Erica Rogers was in Wednesday's diving competition. Sayre's Katherine Porter swam in the 100 butterfly.

The Athens' boys' 200 free relay team also qualified for the state meet and swam yesterday.

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