Sherk, Eagles set for States

By on March 13, 2019
Cocalico’s Zach Sherk dives into the pool at the District Three Championships held recently at Cum-berland Valley. Sherk is seeded in the top five of two events for States this week at Bucknell University. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Cocalico’s Zach Sherk dives into the pool at the District Three Championships held recently at Cum-berland Valley. Sherk is seeded in the top five of two events for States this week at Bucknell University. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Cocalico junior Zach Sherk has garnered a pair of top five seeds for the upcoming PIAA State Swimming Championships which will take place March 13-16 in Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.

By virtue of his double gold performance at Districts, Sherk is seeded third in the 100 breaststroke (58.13) among automatic qualifiers and is fifth in the 50 free (21.81) among automatic qualifiers in the Class 2A boys competition.

A year ago, Sherk placed fourth overall in the breast with a time of 58.46.

In addition to Sherk’s individual events, he is also part of two Cocalico relays that qualified for States.

The boys 200 medley relay team of Sherk, Robert Gehman, Ryan Brubaker and Nic Molignoni, fresh of their silver-medal finish at Districts, is in the field with a time of 1:41.62, which is eighth among time qualifiers.

That same foursome will also compete in the 200 freestyle relay with a qualifying time of 1:32.86 which puts them 19th among time qualifiers heading into the competition.

The Boys Class 2A competition begins Wednesday with the preliminary round from 10:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Consolations and finals for those events will be held 7:05 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. later on Wednesday.

Action resumes Thursday with prelims again from 10:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with finals and consolations set from 8:50 to 10:30 p.m.

Cocalico’s girls team, as well as Ephrata’s boys and girls squads, did not advance to the State competition.

For more information, including schedules and psych sheets, visit www.piaa.org.

 

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