More: YAIAA divers fall short of the medal stand, and more notes from Day 1 of the PIAA Class AAA meet

LEWISBURG -- During her morning preliminary swim, Northeastern's Niki Price showed her ability to come from behind. As fate would have it, the junior had to do the same thing in the PIAA Class AAA 100 butterfly finals.

No problem.

Price trailed Mackenzie Hornibrook of Unionville and West Chester East's Christina Leander heading into the final turn, however she closed the gap off the wall, stretched away over the final 50 yards and earned a gold medal.

"I had that goal written on my wall at home," Price said of winning the states. "I didn't know it would actually happen."

Northeastern’s Niki Price swims to gold in the Class AAA 100 butterfly during the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University on
Northeastern's Niki Price swims to gold in the Class AAA 100 butterfly during the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University on Friday. It was the Bobcats' first girls' PIAA swimming medal. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News - Chris Knight)

Her state championship time was 54.11, a drop of .4 from her morning swim, which took more than a second off her district-winning time.

The two swims were very similar, as her splits would indicate. Price went out in 25.88 and came back 28.23 in the finals. In the prelims it was 25.75, 28.76.

A talented club swimmer with the York YMCA, Price wanted to be a part of her school's swimming team as well and signed on this season.

"It feels good to be able to represent my school," she said. "We have a lot of really good athletes at school, and it feels good to be a part of that."

Bobcats coach Dan Schaeberle knew Price could win gold, and she earned the school's first girls' state swimming gold medal.

"It feels pretty good because I have known her so long and she's worked so hard for this," the coach said. "She is so down-to-earth, and such a great kid. I am happy for the girls on the swim team. It's their first."

With the ability to swim any stroke, Price chose the 100 butterfly and will swim the 100 breaststroke in today's final of the four-day competition at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.

Friday's choice was the right one, just as it had been at districts.

"I picked events based on Y Nationals. I love the 100 fly; it's a fun event," she said. "It felt so good. I have been doing a lot of fly training. (York YMCA coach) Michael (Brooks) has been working with me on the fly.

Northeastern’s Niki Price shakes hands with Parkland’s Megan Polaha after Price won the  100 butterfly Friday at Bucknell.
Northeastern's Niki Price shakes hands with Parkland's Megan Polaha after Price won the 100 butterfly Friday at Bucknell. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News - Chris Knight)

"The 100 breast is going to be tough. It's not my strong one. I am going to have to work on it.

"(Winning the fly) is going to be a confidence booster for (today)."

 

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Hine recovers in style: Although he had a rough morning swim in his 200 individual medley, Dallastown's Trevor Hine recovered nicely and won the consolation finals.

Hine finished ninth overall -- one spot out of the medals -- but swam an all-state time of 1:53.99 in the evening session.

"I was really disappointed I didn't get on the medal stand. You can't do anything about it. You have to go harder at night," he said.

Hine did just that, although he pointed to the 1:53.25 he swam in winning the District 3 title. The junior also gets back in the pool today in the 500 free as a No. 2 seed with plenty of competition.

"Tomorrow is another opportunity," he said.

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PIAA Championships
   Friday's results from Day 1 of the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships Friday at Kinney Natatorium, Bucknell University.
CLASS AAA -- GIRLS
Preliminaries
   200 medley relay -- 1, Hershey 1:45.27; 2, North Allegheny 1:45.37; 3, West Chester East 1:47.47; 4, Haverford Twp. 1:4.59; 5, Franklin Regional 1:48.41; 6, Greater Latrobe 1:48.67; 7, West Lawn Wilson 1:48.82; 8, Souderton 1:49.51.
   200 freestyle -- 1, Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 1:46.18; 2, Meaghan Raab, Hershey, 1:46.71; 3, Tommie Dillione, Council Rock North, 1:50.31; 4, Emily Kosten, Lansdale North Penn, 1:50.75; 5, Tara Rogers, Lansdale North Penn, 1:51,00; 6, Quinn MacMillan, Central Bucks West, 1:52.17; 7, Maggie Lee, Hershey, 1:53.00; 8, Laurena Zrada, Souderton, 1:53.02.
   200 individual medley -- 1, Emily Cameron, Warwick, 2:03.63; 2, Megan Polaha, Parkland, 2:04.03; 3, Kristen Murslack, Gibsonia Pine-Richland, 2:04.31; 4, Kayla Owens, Greater Latrobe; 5, Amber McDonnell, Landisville Hempfield, 2:05.04; 6, Vivi Tafuto, Hershey, 2:05.65; 7, Morgan Soulia, North Allegheny, 2:06.44; 8, Hannah Wittman, Central Bucks East, 2:07.40; 19, Courtney Schaefer, Red Lion, 2:10.48.
   50 freestyle -- 1, Madelyn Veith, Hershey, 23.42; 2, Katie Ford, Mount Lebanon, 23.58; 3, Theresa Hayward, Elizabethtown, 23.62; 4, Hannah Zurmuhl, Pennridge, 23.63; 5, Alexandra Rockett, West Lawn Wilson, 23.64; 6, Rachel Fuller, B.Reed Henderson, 23.80; 7, Collette Robinson, Hershey, 23.97; 8, Mackenzie Gring, Muhlenberg, 24.02; 22, Erica Wise, Dallastown, 24.62.
   100 butterfly -- 1, Niki Price, Northeastern, 54.51; 2, Christina Leander, West Chester East, 55.20; 3, Megan Polaha, Parkland, 55.53; 4, Mackenzie Hornibrook, Unionville, 55.55; 5, Stephanie O'Toole, Butler, 55.68; 6, Maddie Hart, Haverford, 56.80; 7, Mina Feyrer, Whitehall, 56.88; 8, Anna Farnsworth, State College, 57.17; 21, Aniella Janosky, Dover, 58.21; 29, Regan Chalk, New Oxford, 59.49.
   200 freestyle relay -- 1, Hershey 1:34.47; 2, Lansdale North Penn 1:35.39; 3, North Allegheny 1:36.97; 4, Oakland Catholic 1:37.03; 5, Mount Lebanon 1:37.69; 6, Parkland 1:37.70; 7, B.Reed Henderson 1:37.75; 8, Council Rock North 1:37.93; 19, Dallastown 1:40.13.
  
Finals
   200 medley relay -- 1, Hershey (Ari Waitkavicz, Carly DeLiberty, Gabi Borschard, Collette Robinson) 1:44.22 (PIAA record. Old: 1:44.28, Lansdale North Penn, 2012); 2, North Allegheny 1:44.25; 3, Franklin Regional 1:47.18; 4, Greater Latrobe 1:47.19; 5, West Chester East 1:47.35; 6, Haverford Twp. 1:47.62; 7, Souderton 1:50.34. Disqualified, West Lawn Wilson.
   200 freestyle -- 1, Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic, 1:45.52; 2, Meaghan Raab, Hershey, 1:46.28; 3, Tommie Dillione, Council Rock North, 1:49.95; 4, Emily Kosten, Lansdale North Penn, 1:50.39; 5, Quinn MacMillan, Central Bucks West, 1:50.48; 6, Tara Rogers, Lansdale North Penn, 1:51.13; 7, Laureana Zrada, Souderton, 1:52.66; 8, Maggie Lee, Hershey, 1:52.70.
   200 individual medley -- 1, Emily Cameron, Warwick, 2:00.62; 2, Kristen Murslack, Gibsonia Pine-Richland, 2:01.53; 3, Kayla Owens, Greater Latrobe, 2:03.11; 4, Megan Polaha, Parkland, 2:03.33; 5, Amber McDonnell, Landisville Hempfield, 2:04.99; 6, Vivi Tafuto, Hershey, 2:06.51; 7, Hannah Wittman, Central Bucks East, 2:06.86; 8, Morgan Soulia, North Allegheny, 2:06.93.
   50 freestyle -- 1, Madelyn Veith, Hershey, 23.15; 2, Alexandra Rockett, West Lawn Wilson, 23.25; 3, Katie Ford, Mount Lebanon, 23.40; 4, Hannah Zurmuhl, Pennridge, 23.48; 5, Theresa Hayward, Elizabethtown, 23.53; 6, Rachel Fuller, B.Reed Henderson, 23.67; 7, MacKenzie Gring, Muhlenberg, 23.85; 8, Collette Robinson, Hershey, 23.86.
   100 butterfly -- 1, Niki Price, Northeastern, 54.11; 2, Mackenzie Hornibrook, Unionville, 54.73; 3, Christina Leander, West Chester East, 54.89; 4, Megan Polaha, Parkland, 55.54; 5, Stephanie O'Toole, Butler, 55.61; 6, Mina Feyrer, Whitehall, 56.86; 7, Maddie Hart, Haverford Twp., 56.99; 8, Anna Farnsworth, State College, 58.05.
   200 freestyle relay -- 1, Hershey (Collette Robinson, Meaghan Raab, Vivi Tafuto, Madelyn) 1:33.48 (PIAA record. Old: 1:33.78, Lansdale North Penn, 2012); 2, Lansdale North Penn 1:34.19; 3, North Allegheny 1:35.96; 4, Oakland Catholic 1:36.96; 5, Parkland 1:37.02; 6, Mount Lebanon 1:37.07; 7, B.Reed Henderson 1:37.11; 8, Council Rock North 1:37.75.
   1-meter diving -- 1, Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley, 446.20; 2, Marie Yacopino, Lansdale North Penn, 443.35; 3, Carolyn Howard, Lower Merion, 438.50; 4, Rachel Saunders, Central Bucks West, 431.50; 5, Rachel McCormick, Central Dauphin, 427.75; 6, Ashley Sams, Bethel Park, 427.00; 7, Alli Butera, Haverford Twp., 426.15; 8, Corey Johnson, Upper Dublin, 409.85; 9, Morgan Stambaugh, Dover, 405.85; 10, Rebecca Gross, Northeastern, 390.85; 19, Maison Hammen, South Western, 252.85; 20, Lizzie Rothrock, Dallastown, 248.55.
   Team standings (top five after seven events) -- 1, Hershey 169; 2, North Allegheny 97; 3, Lansdale North Penn 84; 4, Parkland 70; 5, Oakland Catholic 64.
  
CLASS AAA -- BOYS
Preliminaries
   200 medley relay -- 1, La Salle College HS 1:32.63; 2, Upper Dublin 1:32.69; 3, North Allegheny 1:33.94; 4, Hershey 1:33.96; 5, Radnor 1:35.02; 6, Peters Twp. 1:35.55; 7, Avon Grove 1:35.61; 8, McDowell 1:35.80; 20, Dallastown 1:38.94.
   200 freestyle -- 1, Robert Bantley, Upper Dublin, 1:36.93; 2, Jack Morris, Lansdale North Penn, 1:40.54; 3, Eric Jensen, Upper Dublin, 1:40.75; 4, Evan Holder, La Salle College HS, 1:41.01; 5, Sam Rutan, North Allegheny, 1:41.25; 6, Alex Hardwick, Upper St. Clair, 1:41.67; 7, Kyle McElwee, La Salle College HS, 1:42.51; 8, Ryan Owens, Daniel Boone, 1:42.87; 19, Josh Clarke, Northern York, 1:44.18.
   200 individual medley -- 1, Zachary Buerger, North Allegheny, 1:50.72; 2, Shota Nakano, Hershey, 1:52.12; 3, Michael Thomas, Hatboro-Horsham, 1:52.13; 4, Michael McBryan, La Salle College HS, 1:52.14; 5, Gabriel Larson, Penn Hills, 1:52.24; 6, Thomas McCormick, B.Reed Henderson, 1:52.32; 7, Alex Hillsley, State College, 1:53.09; 8, Bradley Gibble, State College, 1:54.24; 9, Trevor Hine, Dallastown, 1:54.38.
   50 freestyle -- 1, Vinny Tafuto, Hershey, 20.38; 2, Zachary Kantz, Bangor, 20.71; 3, Greg Brocato, La Salle College HS and Brandon McCredie, Council Rock North, 20.84; 5, Ed Zawatski, Wyoming Valley West, 21.05; 6, Erik Brinkhoff, Bethel Park, 21.06; 7, Evan Sherkness, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 21.07; 8, David Zurmuhl, Pennridge, 21.10.
   100 butterfly -- 1, Sean Regan, La Salle College HS, 49.12; 2, Joseph Maginnis, La Salle College HS, 49.21; 3, Ryan Dudzinski, Upper St. Clair, 49.39; 4, Michael Jensen, Upper Dublin, 49.57; 5, Kyle Higgins, Peters Twp., 50.14; 6, Austin Doss, Hershey, 50.59; 7, Jack Brenneman, Cumberland Valley, 50.73; 8, Andrew Shrantz, Garden Spot, 50.74.
   200 freestyle relay -- 1, La Salle College HS 1:24.45; 2, Council Rock North 1:24.51; 3, Hershey 1:24.68; 4, Upper St. Clair 1:24.89; 5, McDowell 1:26.08; 6, Cumberland Valley 1:26.30; 7, Avon Grove 1:26.39; 8, Bethel Park 1:26.40; 17, Dallastown 1:27.75.
  
Finals
   200 Medley relay -- 1, Upper Dublin (Robert Bantley, Cooper Tollen, Michael Jensen, Eric Jensen) 1:31.28 (PIAA Record. Old: 1:31.94, La Salle College HS, 2011); 2, La Salle College HS, 1:31.51; 3, Hershey, 1:33.66; 4, North Allegheny, 1:33.84; 5, Radnor, 1:34.58; 6, Peters Township, 1:35.28; 7, McDowell, 1:35.98; 8, Avon Grove, 1:36.00.
   200 freestyle -- 1, Robert Bantley, Upper Dublin, 1:37.12; 2, Eric Jensen, Upper Dublin, 1:38.93; 3, Alex Hardwick, Upper St. Clair, 1:39.96; 4, Jack Morris, Lansdale North Penn, 1:40.19; 5, Evan Holder, La Salle College HS, 1:40.78; 6, Sam Rutan, North Allegheny, 1:41.26; 7, Kyle McElwee, La Salle College HS, 1:41.88; 8, Ryan Owens, Daniel Boone, 1:43.24.
   200 individual medley -- 1, Zacary Buerger, North Allegheny, 1:48.08; 2, Gabriel Larson, Penn Hills, 1:49.92; 3, Thomas McCormick, B.Reed Henderson, 1:50.87; 4, Michael Thomas, Hatboro-Horsham, 1:51.03; 5, Shota Nakano, Hershey, 1:51.91; 6, Michael McBryan, La Salle College HS, 1:52.59; 7, Alex Hillsley, State College, 1:53.90; 8, Bradley Gibble, State College, 1:56.54; 9, Trevor Hine, Dallastown, 1:53.99.
   50 freestyle -- 1, Vinny Tafuto, Hershey, 20.16; 2, Zachary Kantz, Bangor, 20.42; 3, Greg Brocato, La Salle College HS, 20.80; 4, Brandon McCredie, Council Rock North, 20.84; 5, Ed Zawatski, Wyoming Valley West, 20.92; 6, Erik Brinkhoff, Bethel Park, 20.99; 7, Evan Sherkness, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 21.16; 8, David Zurmuhl, Pennridge, 21.19.
   100 butterfly -- 1, Sean Regan, La Salle College HS, 48.84; 2, Ryan Dudzinski, Upper St. Clair, 49.30; 3, Michael Jensen, Upper Dublin, 49.61; 4, Joseph Maginnis, LaSalle College HS, 49.92; 5, Austin Doss, Hershey, 49.93; 6, Kyle Higgins, Peters Township, 50.11; 7, Andrew Shrantz, Garden Spot, 50.43; 8, Jack Brenneman, Cumberland Valley, 50.55.
   200 freestyle relay -- 1, Hershey (Austin Doss, Shota Nakano, Vinny Tafuto, Jeremy Bauchwitz) 1:23.37; 2, La Salle College HS, 1:23.40; 3, Council Rock North, 1:24.13; 4, Upper St. Clair, 1:24.86; 5, McDowell, 1:25.84; 6, Cumberland Valley, 1:26.02; 7, Avon Grove, 1:26.10; 8, Bethel Park, 1:26.53.
  
   Team standings (top five after six events) -- 1, La Salle College HS, 163; 2, Hershey, 130; 3, Upper Dublin, 98; 4, North Allegheny, 79; 5, Upper St. Clair, 63.