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EHS swimmers compete at states

Emmaus swimmers or relays teams competed in six events at last weekend’s PIAA Swimming and Diving State Championship meet, held annually at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium

The Hornet 400-yard freestyle relay team earned a medal at the meet.

The Hornet foursome of Andrew Taylor, Ryan DeJohn, Logan Shriver and Griffin Messenlehner swam the 400 free relay in 3:09.98 in the state preliminary race, which was the eighth-best time in Class 3A and good enough to reach the championship final.

They returned for the evening championship finals and held on to eighth place with a time of 3:11.45.

Another Hornet relay took 15th place in the prelims. The foursome of Messenlehner, DeJohn, Taylor and Ethan Ferris posted a time of 1:36.81 in the event.

Shriver, a junior, also qualified individually for the 500-yard freestyle where he placed 15th in 4:39.86 to earn a place in the consolation final. He swam the consolation race in 4:39.38 for 15th place.

Messenlehner, a sophomore, swam in the 100-yard backstroke at states and finished 22nd overall, while Taylor, a senior, swam the 100 free in 47.51 for 25th place.

Emmaus finished 28th in team points at states. Philadelphia-area teams claimed the top four spots in the boys team standings. Lansdale’s North Penn won the team title with 212. LaSalle Prep (189.5) was second with Conestoga (161) third, Springfield of Delaware County (136) fourth and Wilson West Lawn (126) fifth.

PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Andrew Taylor, seen here after winning the District 11 title in 100-yard freestyle, competed in his final high school meet Saturday at the state championships.