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MMI sophomore second in state

MMI Prep sophomore Woobie Kupsky led District 2 competitors Friday and Saturday during the Class 2A boys portion of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships, taking second place in the 500-yard freestyle at Bucknell University.

Kupsky, who finished the 500 freestyle in 4:36.28, also added a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

Maddoc Watkins had third- and sixth-place individual finishes and anchored a ninth-place relay team while leading Dallas to the top team finish by a District 2 boys squad in 12th place.

Dallas scored 68 points.

Erie Cathedral Prep outscored Riverside from District 7, 196-148, for the team title.

Kupsky matched Wyoming Seminary’s Ryleigh Collins, who was second in the Class 2A girls 500 freestyle, for the best overall finish by District 2 competitors during four days of competition at Bucknell.

The eight finalists in each event earned state medals. The ninth- through 16th-place swimmers after qualifying heats made the finals and scored points for their teams.

Individual medalists from the district were:

500 freestyleWoobie KupskyMMI Prep24:36.28
100 freestyleMaddoc WatkinsDallas3  :46.78
200 individual medleyWoobie KupskyMMI Prep51:54.08
100 freestyleNathan ThayerScranton Prep5  :46.82
  50 freestyleMaddoc WatkinsDallas6  :21.55
100 butterflyZhantore AkylbekovWyoming Seminary6  :50.83
500 freestyleTommy DoranDallas64:44.75
100 breaststrokeZhantore AkylbekovWyoming Seminary6  :58.87
100 butterflyNathan ThayerScranton Prep7  :51.21

Other individual point-scorers were:

200 freestyleTommy DoranDallas121:46.03
  50 freestyleKevin NoldyElk Lake14  :22.19
100 backstrokeJason PuzaDallas14  :54.77
100 freestyleKevin NoldyElk Lake16  :49.07

Point-scoring relay team:

400 freestyleDallasTommy Doran Jacob Hoegen Jason Puza Maddoc Watkins  93:18.54
200 medleyScranton PrepAlex Iannone Gordon Kopa Nathan Thayer Ethan Haggerty131:41.66
400 freestyleScranton PrepNathan Thayer Ethan Haggerty Liam Ong Alex Iannone133:22.49
200 medleyWyoming SeminaryHarry Feng Gabe DeLuna Zhantore Akylbekov Richie DeLuna141:41.89
200 freestyleWyoming SeminaryZhantore Akylbekov Harry Feng Jacob Baur Richie DeLuna161:31.70

Team finishes:

Scranton Prep2042
Wyoming Seminary2534
MMI Prep2831
Elk LakeT534

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