Edkins grabs third straight state swim medal

First Posted: 3/17/2014

Matt Edkins recovered from a rough start to earn his third straight state medal in Class AA boys diving when the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships were held March 12-15 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.

The Lake-Lehman junior was 13th after the first of three rounds of diving but climbed back to take eighth. The top 32 in the state qualify in each individual event and the top 24 qualify in each relay event with the top eight earning medals and the top 16 scoring points for their teams.

Edkins was sixth as a freshman and third as a sophomore.

Dallas senior Patrick Madaya finished 12th.

Tunkhannock got points from a pair of relay teams, including one that earned a medal, to finish 25th out of 61 teams that scored points in Class AA points.

The Tigers finished with 26 points. Lake-Lehman tied for 39th with the 11 points earned by Edkins and Dallas was 53rd with five points from Madaya.

Edkins was 13th and Madaya seventh after one round of diving, which was used to trim the field from 32 to 20.

The semifinal round cut the field to the 16 that score points. By the time it ended, Edkins was up to eighth and Madaya 11th.

Edkins finished with 431.20 points and Madaya with 368.25. Trinity sophomore Bradley Buchter won with a meet record score of 557.30.

“I feel very good about my overall score,” Edkins, who entered the meet seeded fourth after a record score of 483.55 in the District 2 meet, told The Times Leader.

Jason Linden and Matt Miller were part of both scoring relays for Tunkhannock.

Tunkhannock exceeded its seeds in both relay events where the Tigers scored points.

Linden, Joe Moffitt, Miller and Stefen Sehne qualified eighth in the 200 medley relay to make the final, then moved up one more spot in the final, taking seventh in 1:40.93. The team entered the meet seeded 11th.

“They’ve set high goals and they’ve been going after them all year long,” Tunkhannock coach Tim Mislevy told The Times Leader. “One of their goals was to make the top eight. We had the consolations last year, and they wanted to have a chance to medal. They accomplished that.”

Jacob Skoronski, Miller, Linden and Matt Fowler finished 16th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.52, making the consolation final after heading into the meet seeded 23rd.

Miller was also 18th in the 100 butterfly in 54.91 and 19th in the 100 freestyle in 49.35.

Moffitt was 24th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.18.

Reid Luksic of Dallas was 29th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.78.

Kiera Gross of Dallas made it into the semifinal round of the Class AA girls diving before settling for 17th place. She was 18th after one round, then missed making it to the finals by one place.

Tunkhannock sophomore Morgan Manglaviti competed in two events, taking 18th in the 200 IM in 2:16.22 and 25th in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.35.

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