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High School Extra: Sacred Heart defends Catholic swim title

It had been 25 years since the Sacred Heart girls swim team won the All-Catholic meet before knocking off perennial power Nardin last season.

The wait was much shorter this time around.

The Sharks defended their title by scoring 291 points on Thursday at ECC’s Flickinger Center in Buffalo. Nardin finished second with 232, followed by Mount St Mary with 136 and Buffalo Seminary with 108.

The Sharks won seven out of 11 events. Nardin and Mount St. Mary each won two.

Sacred Heart’s Abby Halsdorfer was named the Natalie Lewis Memorial Swimmer of the Meet after the junior won the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle and helped the Sharks win the 200 freestyle relay (Emma McCorry, Lillia Rubino, Thea Rubino, Halsdorfer) and 400 freestyle relay (McCorry, Claire Mastrandrea, Lily Dimmig, Halsdorfer).

Dimmig also won the 100 butterfly, while Savannah Revelas won the 100 breaststroke. Those two combined with Mastrandrea and Lillia Rubino to win the 200 medley relay.

Nardin’s wins came from Veronica Bargnesi in the 200 freestyle and Megan Jermak in the 100 backstroke.

Mount St. Mary’s Angelyn Johnson came in first in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

State qualifying times were earned by Sacred Heart’s 200 medley relay, Halsdorfer in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, Jermak in the 100 backstroke and Dimmig in the 100 butterfly.

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