When the PIAA swimming championships take place at Bucknell University this week, there will be plenty of fresh faces participating. This includes athletes from the YAIAA, where several first-time state qualifiers will take to the Kinney Natatorium.

West York's Taylor Hoover is one of those who will make her state swimming debut when the Class AA hits the water Wednesday and Thursday. The freshman will swim the 200 IM on Wednesday and the 500 freestyle on Thursday.

First-year Bulldogs coach David Tate said he looks forward to seeing what Hoover can do after she wasn't feeling well at districts.

"Honestly I think heading to states we could expect a time drop," Tate said. "Any swimmer, even with a lot of experience, that first time at a new meet, you are not guaranteed anything. You have to go out and perform."

The first-time anxiety isn't limited to Hoover, either. It will be Tate's first trip to the PIAA meet as well.

"I have been looking forward to a trip to states since I was in high school," he said. "I never made it out of the district meet. This is my first time going to states, I am going to enjoy every second."

Another first-time swimmer-coach combo is at New Oxford, where sophomore Regan Chalk will swim in the Class AAA 100 butterfly on Friday for coach Cheryl Mowery.

"This is first swimmer I have taken to states. I think it will be a nice experience and will get to see some top quality swimming," Mowery said.

Mowery said that Chalk being the only Colonial to make states has not stopped teammates from helping out. Every day, a few others are in the pool with Chalk, helping her keep her competitive edge.

"Her teammates, as often as they can, have come over," Mowery said. "She is so appreciative of what they have done to help her accomplish her goals and improve her times. It is nice to see they are not looking out for just themselves.

"The thing she talks about the most is wanting to improve her time. Hopefully she can improve her time and see where she goes. She has said that next year she wants to get there in two events."

After finishing one spot out of qualifying for AAA states, South Western diver Maison Hammen figured she would have to wait another year. However, Mustangs diving coach Ray Evelan was contacted after two more sports for states had opened and were offered to the two biggest districts: 1 and 3.

"I was contacted a week ago Thursday how two spots opened up," Evelan said. "I called her that day and said, 'Get your suit, you are getting up on the board.' We've had a good week of practice."

Hammen is coming off a lifetime-best performance at the District 3 meet and will compete in the field that includes District 3 champ Rebecca Gross of Northeastern, Dover's Morgan Stambaugh and Elizabeth Rothrock of Dallastown.

"You go up to state meet and think, 'Oh my gosh, these girls are good.' You now know what you need to do to get back to the big dance. You see what the end goal is," Evelan said.

High seeds and others to watch in girls' AA: Fresh off a pair of District 3 titles, Delone Catholic's Victoria Griffin is the top seed in the girls' 100 free and will also swim in the 200 free.

York Suburban's Erin Merkle, who won four gold medals in districts, is seeded second in the 100 butterfly and third in Thursday's 500 free.

Merkle is also a part of the Trojans top-ranked 200 free relay and the 400 free relay that is a No. 2 seed.

Also for Suburban, freshman Carson Gross will swim two individual events: the 200 and 50 freestyles. Senior Zowie Day will be in the 200 and 100 free. The Schmittle sisters, Anna (200 free) and Emily (100 fly) also made the PIAA meet.

Trevor Hine has a pair of two seeds: Amazing that in the uber-competitive AAA boys' competition, Dallastown's Trevor Hine is seeded second in two races, starting with Friday's 200 individual medley, the same event he won at districts.

Hine, a junior, is also No. 2 in Saturday's 500 free, after being edged by Hershey's Zach Luttrell by only .03 at districts. He will also be a part of two of the three Wildcats relays that qualified for states. Teammate Mason Tate is in the 100 backstroke.

Central York senior Gabe Patil will be on the diving board in Saturday's Class AAA boys' competition.

YAIAA represented in AAA girls: After winning the District 3 title, Northeastern junior Niki Price is seeded third in the 100 butterfly on Friday and will also swim the 100 breaststroke on Saturday.

Dallastown teammates Alyssa Bixler (100 backstroke, 100 free) and Erica Wise (50 free) will swim individual events and are a part of the Wildcats' 200 free relay.

Red Lion's Courtney Schaefer is in the 200 individual medley on Friday. Aniella Janosky of Dover will close her brilliant high school career by swimming in the 100 fly Friday and the Eagles' 400 free relay on Saturday.

Suburban leads AA boys' swimmers: The Trojans have three relays participating in the AA boys' meet: the 200 medley in the week's opening boys' event; the 200 fee relay; and Thursday's 400 free relay.

Individuals Will Massey (100 back) and Nolan Walker (100 breast) will swim Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Hanover sophomore Jordan Lytle is the 50 free Wednesday as an independent, and West York's Reed French returns to states in the 500 free.

Change to schedule: Class AA will have different registration and parking areas, as well as the spectator staging area on Wednesday, because Bucknell is hosting Lafayette in the Patriot League men's basketball championship game.

Athletes, spectators and media will enter in the Gerhard Fieldhouse on Wednesday only.

Things will return to normal on Thursday, when the gym at the Sojka Pavilion reopens as staging and entry area for swimmers.
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A closer look at the schedule

Here's the schedule for the PIAA swimming and diving championships, which run Wednesday through Saturday at Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University:

CLASS AA
Wednesday
   8-9:30 a.m. -- Girls' preliminary events
   10:30 a.m.-noon -- Boys' preliminary events
   1:30-4:30 p.m. -- Girls' diving championships
   5:30-7 p.m. -- Girls' consolations and finals
   8-9:30 p.m. -- Boys' consolations and finals
 
Thursday
   8-9:30 a.m. -- Girls' preliminary events
   10:30 a.m.-noon -- Boys' preliminary events
   2-5 p.m. -- Boys' diving championships
   5:45-7:15 p.m. -- Girls' consolations and finals
   8:15-9:45 p.m. -- Boys' consolations and finals 
 
CLASS AAA
Friday
   8-9:30 a.m. -- Girls' preliminary events
   10:30 a.m.-noon -- Boys' preliminary events
   1:30-4:30 p.m. -- Girls' diving championships
   5:30-7 p.m. -- Girls' consolations and finals
   8-9:30 p.m. -- Boys' consolations and finals
 
Saturday
   8-9:30 a.m. -- Girls' preliminary events
   10:30 a.m.-noon -- Boys' preliminary events
   1:30-4:30 p.m. -- Boys' diving championships
   5:45-7:15 p.m. -- Girls' consolations and finals
   8:15-9:45 p.m. -- Boys' consolations and finals