It didn’t take Hunter Keck long to make a name for himself with the Shippensburg men’s swim team.
The freshman from Cocalico kicked off his college career by finishing tied for second in the 50 breaststroke (29.00), placing third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.82) and swimming a leg on the 200 free relay that finished second (1:30.22) in a 159.5-104.5 loss to visiting Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 4.
Since that time, Keck has developed into one of the top point-scorers for the Raiders.
In a 104-99 loss to Edinboro on Jan. 12, he won the 50 freestyle (22.33) and the 100 freestyle (48.58) and swam a leg on the 200 medley relay, which finished second (1:40.68). His 50 and 100 times were PSAC qualifiers.
“To say that Hunter has been swimming tremendous for us would be a woeful understatement,” veteran coach Tim Verge said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with what he has done to this point.”
The coach and his staff have decided that the sprint freestyle races are a good fit for him.
“Hunter has become our top person in the sprint freestyle,” Verge said. “I never doubted his potential, but how quick he has exploded onto the scene is beyond words. He has set a very high bar for himself.”
The coach believes that one of the things in Keck’s favor is his attitude.
“Hunter is such a likable person,” Verge said. “He really is easy going, mature, friendly and hard-working — everything you want in a person on your team and as a teammate.”
AROUND THE SCENE
Ben Swarr (Garden Spot): The Messiah College senior had a walk in the park as he easily captured the 174-pound title at the Middle Atlantic Conference Wrestling Championships last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre to lead the Falcons to their third straight team title.
Swarr needed just two bouts to claim the title. In the semifinals, he won 20-0 and in the title match he won 18-0. It was his third league championship.
Swarr now stands 20-0 on the season with six falls and 11 major decisions.
Rylee Derr (Warwick): The 5-foot-10 forward was named PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Week last Monday after two big efforts with the Kutztown women’s basketball team the previous week.
Derr had 23 points and seven rebounds in an 85-69 league victory over Cheyney on Jan. 17 in Kutztown. She was 7 for 10 from the field and 7 for 9 from 3-point range.
Two Saturdays ago, she had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 69-59 loss to host East Stroudsburg, hitting 6 of 17 from the field and 6 of 14 from outside the arc.
Derr leads the Golden Bears in scoring (13.5) and is averaging 4.6 rebounds a game. She has 36 assists and 29 steals.
Megan Crutcher (Lampeter-Strasburg): The Grove City junior was named to the ECAC Division III South Swimmer of the Week last Thursday and Presidents’ Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week last Monday after a big effort to lead the Wolverines to a 171-121 Senior Day victory over Division II Gannon.
Crutcher finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.75), the 200 breaststroke (2:28.26) and the 200 IM (2:17.55). She also swam a leg on the 200 medley relay, which finished first in 1:51.25.
Steven Young (Manheim Central): The Lafayette senior is 10th on the Patriot League indoor track performance list in both the long jump and triple jump.
His best long jump is 22 feet, 4½ inches, and his best triple jump is 43 feet, 6½ inches. Both came in his first meet, the Lehigh Fast Times Before Break Invitational on Dec. 8 in Bethlehem.
In his most recent meet, a 106-75 loss to rival Lehigh, Young finished fourth in the triple jump (42 feet, 7½ inches) and fifth in the long jump (21 feet,8¼ inches).
Nick Lord (Penn Manor): The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard has played in all 18 games with 14 starts for the Gettysburg men’s basketball team, which is 5-13 overall and 3-8 in the Centennial Conference.
In a recent 68-53 league victory over Washington College, Lord had 15 points and seven rebounds. He’s averaging 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds with 19 assists and has connected on 29 of 83 3-point attempts (.349).
Ryleigh Edmonds (Elizabethtown): The Susquehanna freshman was named Landmark Conference Female Field Athletic of the Week last Monday after she captured the pole vault at the school’s Orange and Maroon Classic Jan. 19 in Selinsgrove.
She finished first with a 10-foot effort, which was an improvement over when she was first at the River Hawk Classic with a height of 9 feet, 6¼ inches on Dec. 6.
Her latest effort ranks second on the Landmark performance list and is tied for third as the best indoor effort in school history.
John Shorter (Manheim Township): The senior picked up two victories at 285 pounds for the 8-2 York College wrestling team last weekend. He spent a little over two minutes on the mat as the Spartans defeated Allen, 43-6, and Southern Virginia, 52-0, in Buena Vista, Virginia.
Shorter recorded a pin in just 55 seconds against Allen and picked up another pin in 1:33 against Southern Virginia. On the season, he’s 13-5 on with seven pins. He has a career record of 91-40.
Greta Lindsley (Penn Manor): The senior kicked off her season with the Penn State women’s indoor track team with a big effort in the Nittany Lion Challenge on Jan. 13 in State College.
Lindsley finished third in the mile with a personal-best time of 4:48.34, which ranks 10th on the Big Ten Conference performance list.
She also ran a leg on the 4x800 relay, which finished first with a time of 9:04.34.
Sylera Weller (McCaskey): The 5-foot-5 sophomore guard is second on the Cedar Crest College basketball team in scoring with a 14.7 average.
She’s hit 50-of-170 3-point attempts and was 9-for-18 when she scored a career-high 34 points in a 61-52 victory over Clarks Summit on Dec. 2.
Weller is third on the team in rebounding (6.5) and leads in steals (32).
The Falcons are 3-14 overall and 2-8 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.