Katie Schreckengast swims the leadoff leg of one relay and the anchor leg of another. Her Palmyra teammate Reney Hess also takes part in those two relays and is in charge of keeping the pressure on their opponents as she flies through the water from her middle-leg positions.

Saturday, the duo, along with an equally-impressive effort from their teammates, helped the Cougars to a fourth-place team finish at the Mid-Penn Conference Swimming Championships at Cumberland Valley High School.

Schreckengast and Hess both turned in four top-10 finishes at the meet, two of which were top-five efforts in a pair of relays.

Schreckengast and Hess teamed up with Kylie Huffman and Breanna Purnell to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:52.24. A pair of Hershey teams finished around them, with the Trojan "A" squad posting a winning time of 1:49.94, while the "B" group was edged at the wall by the Cougars in 1:53.67.

Schreckengast and Hess also worked with Peyten Lyons and Purnell to take fifth in the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:46.02.

Individually, Schreckengast took fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.10 and ninth in the 100 freestyle in 56.12. Meanwhile, Hess was fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.20) and eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:19.23).

Purnell also turned in a top-10 effort in the 200 IM by placing sixth - two spots ahead of Hess - in 2:17.80. Lyons came back to swim to an eighth-place time in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.


16, and Huffman was 10th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.51.

On the boys' side, the Cougars took 13th among the 22 represented teams, an effort that was led by Danny Tunitis, who was seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:01.39.

Hershey swept both of the team titles with easy victories over State College (girls, 599.5-278) and Cumberland Valley (boys, 606-379).