February 20, 2010

Juan Castaneda Wins 100 Fly at PSAC Championships



MECHANICSBURG— Jeremy Frey (Pipersville/Central Bucks East) set another team record today and qualified for an NCAA “B” cut time in the 400-IM, while Juan Castaneda (Shamokin/Shamokin Area) took first in the 100-butterfly at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Swimming Championships.

Frey broke the record in the preliminaries with a time of 4:11.28 and broke it again later in the finals with a time of 4:08.48. This occurred one day after Frey broke his own school record in the 200-IM. Castaneda also broke his own school record in the 100-butterfly with a time of 50.21 in the prelims, making it to the finals and swimming to a time of 50.03, also good enough for an NCAA “B” cut time. In winning, he became the first individual men's PSAC champion in over 10 years.

Derek Straub (Sinking Spring/Wilson) swam to a career best time of 52.88 in the preliminaries of the 100-backstroke and took seventh overall in the finals with a time of 52.97. The men’s 200-medley relay team of Ryan Lightner (Lebanon/Cedar Crest), Nick Ortlieb (North Wales/North Penn), Castaneda, and Mike Bierds (Malvern/West Chester East) finished fifth overall in a time of 1:36.48.

For the women, Allie Reed (Selinsgrove/Selinsgrove) swam a career best time and a NCAA “B” cut time in the 200-free with a time of 1:53.23 to take third place. Sarah Grawe (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) took sixth place in the 100-backstroke and also swam to an NCAA “B” cut time of 59.33. The women’s 200-medley relay team of Kelsey Brooker (Stevens/Cocalico), Brittany McNeil (Oxford/Oxford Area), Madeline Barlow (Yardley/Pennsbury), and Reed took eighth overall with a time of 1:49.43 to round up the top swimmers for the day.

The women currently hold the eighth spot through event 30 with 168 points while the men are currently in fifth place through event 30 with 249 points. The championships continue tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 10:00 a.m.