The respective swimming seasons came to an end for Pittston Area and Wyoming Area at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 Swimming Championships at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.
In the end, it was the Wyoming Area boy team who provided the Greater Pittston spark throughout the weekend. The Warriors finished in sixth place and received a medal. The Warriors scored a total of 97 points, while Dallas’ team took gold with 238 points.
The top six places in each event received a medal. The 200 medley relay team of Zach Lagrue, Michael Murphy, Ryan Murphy and Austin Alder turned in a fifth-place finish.
On Friday, Ryan Murphy added to his collection after swimming a sub-two minute, 200 freestyle, good for a sixth-place finish. He then added a sixth-place finish in the 100 fly at 56.87. Michael Murphy’s 2:15.13 gave him a sixth place in the 200 individual medley.
On Saturday, Ryan Murphy picked up another sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Michael Murphy then swam to a fifth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Murphy brothers, Alder and Lagrue finished fifth with a time of 3:35.12.
In the District 2 Class AAA championships, the Pittston Area girls were in seventh place following the first day of competition with 43 points. The boys were in eighth with 19 points. The teams finished in the same position following competition on Saturday.
Leading the way for the Patriot boys was Nick Petrucci. Petrucci earned a bronze in the 50 free with a time of 22.80. He also turned in a fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle. In the 100 fly, Eric Fritz turned in a time of 1:00.73, good for seventh place.
For the Lady Patriots, Erin Senese finished sixth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:08.70. Senese also finished seventh in the 11 free. Juliet Lawler, after swimming a 1:10.35 in the 100 backstroke, finished sixth. With a time of 1:15.36, Adison Hazlet finished in fourth place in the 100 breaststroke.
The 200 free relay team of Katrina Dillon, Kiersten Grieco, MacKenzie Connors and Arianna Boccardi swam a time of 1:53.69, good for seventh place. In the 400 free relay, Dillon, Johnson, Boccardi and Senese swam a 4:08.71 to finish in seventh place.