- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Meaghan Raab usually has perfect timing.

By way of example, take her time of 1:57.13 in the Class AAA Girls 200 individual medley finals of the 2013-14 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday night.

That time was pretty close to perfect: She established a PIAA record in the event, breaking the old mark of 1:57.74 by Warwick’s Emily Cameron, who she’ll join next year at the University of Georgia.

About 20 minutes earlier, Raab had kicked off the meet by swimming a 24.92 split in the backstroke of the 200 medley relay, the foundation for her team’s win in the event and a record time of 1:42.09.

Those two gold-medal performances highlighted the opening night of the four-day state championship at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

But perfection sidestepped Raab at the end of the night. She swam a little longer than expected on her cool-down and had to scramble to reach the medal stand on time collect her gold medal in the 200 IM.

It’s as though it was her first trip. The 200 IM gold medal was her 12th in a spectacular high school career that still has one day and two events remaining.

“I still think it’s as much of a thrill as my first wins during my freshman year,” said Raab, who won her first race, the 200 free, back in 2011. “This year, I decided to do some different events just to change it up a little.”

Not surprisingly, Raab settled on the individual medley, her favorite event and the one she’s likely to swim in college.

“That and the 200 freestyle,” she said. “Tonight I was after the (200 IM) record, but I wasn’t sure I had it until I popped my head out of the water.”

Raab’s opening leg in the medley relay enabled her team to set another record. Raab joined Vivi Tafutp, Gabi Broschard and Collette Robinson in this year’s record-setting effort.

For the boys, Ryan Dudzinski, of Upper St. Clair, set the Class AAA Boys record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.44. He beat the mark of 47.68 by Andrew Kosic, of B. Reed Henderson, set in 2011.

The La Salle College High School 200 medley relay team of Kyle Shurmur, Michael McBryan, Greg Brocato and Nick Stachel scored a time of 1:30.26, breaking last year’s record of 1:31.28 by Upper Dublin. La Salle, which leads the AAA Boys team standings after Day 1, beat North Allegheny (1:30.86) and Upper St. Clair (1:31.02) to the wall.

Dudzinski shook off some past disappointments at states to win the butterfly in a time that was just 0.11 of a second off the Kinney Natatorium pool record.

“I didn’t have great state meets in the past,” said Dudzinski, a junior. “But I had my whole team behind me, and I came off the relay with a lot of energy.”

Other boys’ champions were Christopher Devlin, of Upper Dublin, in the 200 freestyle (1:39.22), repeat champion Zachary Buerger, of North Allegheny, in the 200 IM (1:45.64), Zach Kantz, of Bangor, in the 50 freestyle (20.54), Ian Forlini, of William Tennent, in 1-meter diving and La Salle College with a second relay win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.12).

Girls’ champions were Tommie Dillione, of Council Rock North, in the 200 freestyle (1:49.44), Madelyn Veith, of Hershey, in the 50 freestyle (23.13), defending champion Niki Price, of Northeastern, in the 100 butterfly (54.61) and Hershey’s 200 freestyle relay team (1:33.81).

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