PT, Lebo swimmers compete at Zones

Published Apr 9, 2013 at 11:28 am (Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 11:28 am)

Members of the Peters Township Swim Club and the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club successfully competed in the Eastern Zone Age Group Championships held recently in Webster, N.Y.

The Eastern Zone Age Group Championship meet features the fastest swimmers in the geographical area from Virginia north to Maine along the eastern coast. PTSC members Mason Laur, Bert Wang, Rachel Raber and Abby Hay, along with Trinity Ward and Jack Cusick from MLAC competed as members of the Allegheny Mountain Swimming (AMS) All Star Zone team.

Hay made her second appearance at Zones. The 11-year-old broke several club records in the 200 backstroke (2:18.78), 50 Fly (28.94) and 200 fly (2:21.66) and achieved a personal best in the 100 fly (1:05.64). Nationally ranked in the 400 IM, her time of 4:52.27 from the AMS Age Group Championships puts her in 18th place among other swimmers her age.

Also in the 11-12 age group, Wang scored a personal best time of 33.61 in the 50 breaststroke. He smashed club records in the 100 and 200 breast with times of 1:12.28 and 2:37.85 respectively.

In the 10-and-under division, Raber posted personal best times of 1:04.12 and 2:20.59 in the 100 and 200 free. She broke the PTSC record in the 50 breast (36.86).

Laur placed in the top five in five of his six individual events. He set new club standards in the 100 back (1:08.99), 100 butterfly (1:01.72), 200 IM (2:23.21), 50 fly (28.47) and 100 IM (1:06.30).

Laur finished first in the 100 fly. In doing so, he also smashed the AMS record.

He added second in the 50 fly and third in the 100 and 200 IM races. Just shy of his personal best time, he finished fifth in the 500 free (5:43.54).

Among 9-10 age group swimmers, Laur is ranked No. 2 in the 100 fly and No. 8 in the 50 fly nationally. He is also in the top 20 for the 100 and 200 IM events.

Meanwhile, Ward and Cusick both swam best times.

Ward raced in the 100 and 50 fly, 100 and 200 free and 100 back. The Mt. Lebanon resident made it back for finals in the 50 fly.

Cusick, who also lives in Mt. Lebanon, competed in the 100 back and 200 IM.

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