Brownstead Chasing 18, Faikish, Mihm, Matheny Rematch IM At PA HS State

2020 Pennsylvania High School (PIAA) Swimming & Diving Championships

  • 3A: Wednesday, March 11 – Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • 2A: Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Kinney Natatorium, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Meet site

Meet Schedule

Pennsylvania splits its high school state meet across two days of morning prelims & evening finals competition. Here’s how the event lineup splits:

Day 1 (Wednesday for 3A; Friday for 2A)

  • 200 medley relay
  • 200 free
  • 200 IM
  • 50 free
  • 100 fly
  • 200 free relay
  • Boys diving

Day 2 (Thursday for 3A; Saturday for 2A)

  • 100 free
  • 500 free
  • 100 back
  • 100 breast
  • 400 free relay
  • Girls diving

Swimmers to Watch in 2020

3A State Meet

Boys:

Matt Brownstead, senior, State College

One of the fastest high schoolers in the nation, Brownstead will look to defend his 50 and 100 free titles. He’s on a roll after lowering his 100 free personal-best to 43.32 in December while improving his 200 free. Brownstead was 19.55 to win the 50 last year, breaking a David Nolan state record. He’ll go after Nolan’s 100 free record, too, which sits at 42.34. Also keep an eye on Brownstead’s relay splits – he anchored the State College Area High medley relay last year in 19.06 and could put up a rare 18-second high school swim this year.

Sean Faikish, senior, North Penn

Faikish won the 200 IM last year (1:44.88) while finishing third in the 100 back (48.10). He returns this year with a chance to win both, though perhaps the race of the meet will be that 200 IM rematch with Rick Mihm, who was a tenth away from running down Faikish for the title last year.

Rick Mihm, senior, North Allegheny

Mihm won the 500 free a year ago in 4:23.48, and returns with his eye on the state record of 4:19.64. But he’s also in the mix in that 200 IM, where he was 1:44.97 last year and outsplit Faikish by two tenths in a furious freestyle charge. Mihm also led off the 200 medley relay last year in 22.7 (backstroke) and led off the 400 free relay in 43.88.

Josh Matheny, junior, Upper St. Clair

The only junior on our list for the boys, Matheny broke the state record in the 100 breast last year, blasting a 52.52. With a summer of huge long course drops, Matheny could be in line to go 51 or better this year. It’s not even out of the question that he challenge the national public high school record (51.62) or overall national high school record (51.16). Matheny split 24.1 on the medley relay last year, so keep an eye out for a 23-second split, and he’ll also swim the 200 IM where he could be a dark horse for a big swim behind Faikish and Mihm.

Girls:

Olivia Livingston, senior, Gateway

Livingston is the defending 3A state champ as well as the state record-holder in the 50 free. She was 22.73 back in 2018, though she was just 23.00 last year. Livingston won by almost half a second a year ago, and could lower her own state mark in her final high school swims. She’s also the top seed in the 100 free, where she finished fourth last year behind three seniors.

Meghan DiMartile, sophomore, Upper Dublin

DiMartile won the 100 back last year as a freshman, going 53.73 and cutting about a second and a half from her incoming seed time. This year, she comes in at 54.0 and could have a real chance to break Meaghan Raab’s state record of 53.08 from 2014. DiMartile is also a high seed in the 100 free, and should swim a key leg of Upper Dublin’s #1-ranked 400 free relay.

Laura Goettler, senior, Butler

The other returning event champ from last year is Goettler, who won the 100 breast by a tenth. Her seed (1:03.17) is well off her time from last year (1:01.13), but if she can swim back to last year’s level, she could make a run at the state record of 1:00.54 from 2012.

Torie Buerger, senior, North Allegheny

Last year, Buerger was third in the 200 IM, but neither of the top two return. She’s the top seed by more than a second, and could threaten the two minute barrier. Buerger is also just two tenths back of DiMartile on the psych sheets for the 100 back, but maybe her most notable event will be the 200 medley relay, where North Allegheny’s team was 1:42.59 at the WPIAL meet, just a half-second off a 2014 state record.

2A State Meet

Girls:

Abby Doss, senior, Shamokin

Doss is the defending state champ in the 200 IM and 500 free, and comes in as the runaway top seed in both. Doss won last year in 2:01.39 and 4:52.01, but has been as fast as 2:00.35 and 4:49.65 back in the spring of 2017. Getting back towards her bests would be a big senior year step for the NC State signee.

Maura Fluehr, junior, Springfield Township

Now a junior, Fluehr returns as the defending champ in the 100 fly after going 55.69 last year. She swims the unusual event combo of 100 fly/100 free, usually impossible in the high school meet lineup, but made possible by Pennsylvania’s splitting of the meet order over two days. Fluehr was third in the 100 free last year (51.30), but last year’s champ graduated and Fluehr comes in as the #1 seed.

Noel Fresa, senior, Upper Perkiomen

Fluehr’s chief competition in the free will be senior Fresa, who was second at state last year in 50.96. Fresa comes in as the #2 seed, but did drop about a second from her seed time last year. Fresa is also the top returner in the 200 free after taking third last year, and comes in as the #2 seed.

Megan Maholic, sophomore, Villa Maria

Villa Maria won the state title last year, with then-freshman Maholic taking second in the 100 back. Maholic was just a half-second behind the now-graduated Katie Luft, dropping more than a second and a half from her incoming seed time. This year, Maholic comes in seeded a tenth faster than last year and sits second in the backstroke. She was also fifth in the 100 fly last year and will swim that event again in 2020.

Boys:

Ian Shahan, junior, Belle Vernon

Shahan swims that same 100 fly/100 free combo as Fluehr, and won both events last year as a sophomore. His 48.83 winning time in the 100 fly from last year puts him within eight tenths of a 2015 Class 2A state record. Shahan also went a career-best 44.68 in the 100 free last month and leads psych sheets there by four tenths.

Luke Mikesell, senior, Clearfield

Last year as a junior, Mikesell came off the butterfly leg of the medley relay (a field-best 22.7) to break the 2A state record in the 200 free at 1:38.31. This year, he comes in as the top seed by almost two seconds, looking to lower that record. But Mikesell could also add the 500 free title and record. He was second last year by half a second, going 4:24.52 as senior Danny Berlitz reset the 2A state record to 4:24.07. Mikesell should be able to challenge that record this year, coming in as the top seed by almost three seconds.

Nick Buckley, senior, Huntingdon

Last year’s 50 free champ, Buckley will have his work cut out for him this season. Buckley was 21.22 last year to win by .04 in a thriller of a finish. He also won the B final of the 100 free. Buckley comes in as the 50 free, but should have plenty of room to move up in a deep field.

Conner McBeth, junior, Neshannock

The top challenger to Buckley is McBeth, last year’s runner-up in the 50. McBeth went a lifetime-best 20.80 to qualify for state, and that time puts him in contention for the 2A state record of 20.45. McBeth also swims up to the 100 very well, taking third last year in 45.98. A 45.08 so far this year puts him #2 on the psych sheet in that event, just behind Shahan.

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Lpman

Thats not Brownstead in the top picture

Mark Luttmann

Might want to include Upper Dublin PIAA record breakers Matthew Jensen and Girls 200 Medley Relay to that watch list…

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