Thursday, March 14, 2013

SWIMMING: 400 free relay seals 5th place for Upper Perkiomen

Upper Perkiomen's Jason Mercando swims in the 400 freestyle relay during Friday morning's preliminaries at the PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University. (Photo by Craig Himmelwright)

By Rosemarie Ross

LEWISBURG – What seemed very much as an Upper Perkiomen Cinderella story at states last year exploded into a major success story this season as the Indians closed out the 2013 PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Punctuated by an appearance in the finals of the event’s final race – the 400-yard freestyle relay – a fifth-place finish sealed a fifth-place finish in the team standings Thursday night at the Bucknell University Kinney Natatorium.
It only underlined how far the Tribe has come in one short year.
The Tribe made it a relay trifecta Thursday, Mason Cassel, Kyle Himmelwright, Jason Mercando and Hunter Peck advancing to the 400-yard freestyle championship finals with the fifth fastest time in the prelims, bettering their own school record with a 3:16.21. The foursome went on to place fifth in the finals (3:16.27).

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