April 4, 2013
Peters Township Swim Club is very proud of our four members who qualified to be part of the Allegheny Mountain Swimming (AMS) All Star Zones team and competed in the Eastern Zone Age Group Championship meet late last week in Webster, New York. The Eastern Zone Age Group Championship meet is for the fastest swimmers in the geographical area from Virginia north to Maine along the eastern coast. Pictured left to right in the main photo are Mason Laur, Bert Wang, Rachel Raber and Abby Hay.
In the 11-12 age group we were represented by Abby Hay and Bert Wang. Abby was a returning member of the Zones team, having also attended last year when she was 10. Abby broke several PTSC records in the 200 Backstroke (2:18.78), 50 Fly (28.94) and 200 Fly (2:21.66) and achieved a personal best in the 100 Fly (1:05.64). Abby's is also nationally ranked in the 400 IM. Her time of 4:52.27 from AMS Age Group Champs puts her in 18th place among other 11 year olds! Bert was excited to attend his first Zones meet and got a personal best in the 50 Breaststroke (33.61) and PTSC records in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.28) and 200 Breaststroke (2:37.85).
Our 10 and under members were Rachel Raber and Mason Laur, both attending their first short course zones meet (Mason also attended the Long Course Zones meet last August). Rachel got personal best times in the 100 Free (1:04.12) and 200 Free (2:20.59) and broke the PTSC record in the 50 Breaststroke (36.86).
Mason placed in the top five in 5 of his 6 individual events and set new PTSC records in the 100 Backstroke (1:08.99), 100 Fly – 1st place (1:01.72), 200 IM - 3rd place (2:23.21), 50 Fly – 2nd place (28.47) and 100 IM – 3rd place (1:06.30). Mason was just shy of his personal best in the 500 free, but still got 5th place with a time of 5:43.54. Mason’s 1st place finish in the 100 fly not only set the PTSC record, but also shattered the AMS record and he was just 1.66 seconds away from Michael Phelps Eastern Zone record from 1996! Nationally among 9-10 year olds Mason is now ranked 2nd in the 100 Fly and 8th in the 50 Fly! He is also in the top 20 in the country for the 100 IM (14th) and 200 IM (19th).