LEWISBURG -- Alyssa Bixler admitted to being tired on Saturday's second day of the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships.
The Dallastown junior competed in two different events, which turned into four separate swims Saturday after she made the consolations in both.
"I feel tired, but really good that I was able to do both events and swim well," she said from the deck of the Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.
She swam in the 100 freestyle and her morning swim of 52.33 got her into the evening, where she went 51.98, earning 10th place overall.
In the 100 backstroke Bixler swam 57.63 in the morning and again dropped time in the consolations with a 57.32, good for 14th.
Bixler said both times were only 0.10 seconds off her previous best, something she is really proud of.
Last year Bixler did the more traditional one individual event per day. She didn't make consolations in the 50 free, but medaled in the 100 free, though it was a slower time than she posted on Saturday.
Of course Bixler also had more fun this weekend because Dallastown had its 200 medley relay swim on Friday at states. It certainly made the downtime more entertaining and gave her a cheering section at the same time.
"We were all together all the
She added she would consider doing the two events in the same day again in 2014, especially because she likes the backstroke the best. For now, she knows what her plans are.
"Next year I am going to start looking for good colleges and train my butt off," Bixler said.
Patil finishes on the diving board: Central York's Gabe Patil closed his career on the diving board at the state meet on Saturday.
The Panthers senior expected the competition to be tough.
"I came in knowing there wasn't a great chance to make any cuts," he said. "It's nice to say I made it here. A lot of these kids have been diving for a long time. I have been doing it for four years."
Patil scored 151.65 in his five preliminary dives and finished 27th.
"I was right there with them, the last two dives weren't what they should be," Patil said. "I am proud to be here. Even as a last experience, it was a learning experience."
A great career closes: When Dover's 400 free relay team left the pool after placing 17th, only 0.13 away from the consolation finals, the terrific high school career of Aniella Janosky came to an end.
Janosky, who set several Eagles records over her four-year career, along with juniors Rachel Spaulding, Summer Dacheux and Nicole Smith swam a 3:36.08 on Saturday.
Tate swims backstroke: Dallastown's Mason Tate swam a preliminary time of 53.49 in the 100 back, which placed the junior 29th in the state.
Miscellaneous: West Chester East senior Christina Leander broke her own state record from last year when she swam a 53.70 to win the 100 back.
Hershey won the Class AAA girls team competition with 292 points, besting the 165 posted by second-place North Allegheny.
Leah Smith of Oakland Catholic was named girls Swimmer of the Meet.
On the boys side, Upper Dublin broke the record set by Hershey in 2011 in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:00.23.
With 290 points LaSalle College won its second team title in a row. Hershey was second with 218.
Upper Dublin senior Robert Bantley was selected as the boys Swimmer of the Meet.