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As most of Clinton County was tuned in to listen to the Keystone Major team defeat Warwick in the State Finals on Saturday, there was also another group of area youth battling hard to bring home a championship to Clinton County. The Loggerhead Swim Team was swimming through humid and soggy conditions in Milton as […]

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As most of Clinton County was tuned in to listen to the Keystone Major team defeat Warwick in the State Finals on Saturday, there was also another group of area youth battling hard to bring home a championship to Clinton County.

The Loggerhead Swim Team was swimming through humid and soggy conditions in Milton as they competed in the GSVAL Championships. This is the final team meet for the Loggerheads and pitted them against some very stiff competition from 12 other teams from 8 other surrounding counties.

At the end of the day, The Loggerheads were able to successfully defend their 2015 league championship (first one in 32 years), by scoring 1,479 combined points and besting second place Lewisburg by 55 points. This makes back to back titles for the swimmers from Clinton County.

” Watching these kids come together as a team and support each other throughout the season has been wonderful, and to see them all come away with a championship really shows their perseverance.” said Parents Association President Kelly McGhee.

  • Team Results
    1      Mill Hall Summer Swim Team      1,479
    2      Lewisburg Gators Swim Team      1,424
    3      Tri-Town Summer Swim Team         867
    4      Danville Dolphins                                  761
    5      Loyalsock Summer Swim            701. 50
    6      Wellsboro Summer Swim Team       688
    7      Jersey Shore Bullfrogs Summer      516
    8      Sunbury-Northumberland          512. 50
    9      Rockets                                                       487
    10      Mifflinburg Aquacats                          354
    11      Selinsgrove Swim Team                    247
    12      Williamsport Waves                            168
    13      Central Columbia Aquatics Club   150
Head Coach Jim Merinar hands out awards from championships during a party at the Mill Hall Pool.
Head Coach Jim Merinar hands out awards from championships during a party at the Mill Hall Pool.

With the 9-10 year old girls (212 points) , the 11-12 year old girls (265 points) and 15-18 year old girls (232 points) winning their respective age groups, the stage was set for a big day. Coming in second place were the 8 & under boys (108 points), 9-10 boys (97 points), 13-14 girls (163 points) and the 13-14 boys (177 points). Other age groups finished strong at 8 & under girls (87 points) in 4th place, 11-12 boys (28 points) in 8th place and 15-18 boys (110 points) in 3rd place.

Loggerheads show off their 2016 League Championship Trophy during Lock Haven's Summer Concert Series.
Loggerheads show off their 2016 League Championship Trophy during Lock Haven’s Summer Concert Series.

Individual 1st place finishes were had by the following swimmers:

  • Girls 9-10 100 meter medley relay team (Maia Crowell, Camryn Bair, Ana Persun and Lily Gugino) with a time of 1:19.84
  • Girls 9-10 25 meter Freestyle (Ana Persun)with a time of 16.00
  • Boys 9-10 100 meter IM (Xavier Persun) with a time of 1:27.82
  • Girls 9-10 50 meter freestyle (Ana Persun) with a time of 35.77
  • Boys 9-10 25 meter breast stroke (Jonathan Hughes) with a time of 24.27
  • Girls 9-10 25 meter breast stroke (Camryn Bair) with a time of 21.02
  • Boys 9-10 25 meter butterfly (Xavier Persun) with a time of  17.90
  • Girls 11-12 200 meter medley relay team ( Madison Bair, Haley Shadle, Meaghan Keegan and Hannah Brian) with a time of 2:31.94
  • Boys 13-14 200 meter medley relay team (Benjamin Turner, Parker Orndorf, Jack Druin and Derek Hughes) with a time of 2:29.31
  • Girls 13-14 200 meter medley relay team ( Avery Mahoney, McKenna Fox, Mikayla Rich and Jordan O’Connor) with a time of 2:18.38
  • Girls 15-18 200 meter medley relay team (Emma Persun, Eryn Bartlett, Olivia McGhee and Amy Shadle) with a time of 2:19.83
  • Girls 11-12 50 meter backstroke (Madison Bair) with a time of 39.99
  • Girls 13-14 50 meter backstroke (Avery Mahoney) with a time of  33.81
  • Boys 13-14 100 meter freestyle (Jack Druin) with a time of 1:09.07
  • Girls 15-18 meter breast stroke (Eryn Bartlett) with a time of 1:24.34
  • Girls 11-12 200 meter Freestyle relay (Emily Bartlett, Hannah Brian, Haley Shadle and Cleia Stern) with a time of 2:18.84
  • Girls 15-18 400 meter IM (Olivia McGhee) with a time of 6:28.41

WRC_2171WRC_2175Both the Loggerheads and Keystone baseball players were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their sports with a parade and escort through town Sunday night which ended at the floating stage and amphitheater in Lock Haven where they got to show off their new hardware and banners. Sunday was truly a day for “Clinton County Champions” as the streets, river and amphitheater were filled with supporters who showed their pride and encouragement for our area youth. These kids have shown great pride and discipline to their crafts and reflect the manners and morals that they have learned from our entire community. Today is truly a day that we can all hold our heads high.

WRC_2242Area youth between the ages of 5-18 interested in joining the Loggerhead swim family that would like more information may contact Kelly McGhee by email at: kmcghee725@comcast.net