Zolner, Cheshire lead climb to second in state ranks

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post

Dallas received the second-place team trophy in Class 2A girls at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. From left, assistant coach Grant Luksic, head coach Romayne Mosier, swimmer Abby Zolner, swimmer Annalise Cheshire, diver Gianna Leo, swimmer Missy Leonard, swimmer Emma Thomas, swimmer Gabby Krochta, diver Jaelyn Shaver and relay alternate Abbey Sutzko. - Tom Robinson | For Dallas Post

LEWISBURG – Abby Zolner and Annalise Cheshire began their high school careers as major contributors to what was then the best finish in school history for Dallas at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships.

They finished careers, along with diver Gianna Leo, another key part of four straight District 2 championship teams, by helping the Lady Mountaineers climb to a new high with a second-place state finish in the final Class 2A team standings March 16-17 at Bucknell University.

“I just think their leadership and their desire to do well and their do desire to be successful has transcended down through the team,” Dallas coach Romayne Mosier said of Zolner and Cheshire, who scored points in 15 of a possible 16 state events during their high school careers. “The girls admire that and they want to continue on with it.”

Zolner earned the maximum four state medals while Cheshire and sophomore Missy Leonard earned three each to keep the Mountaineers in state title contention deep into the second day of the two-day event.

An eighth-grade woodshop project intended to be a key hook had held Zolner’s state medal collection, but now that it has grown to seven, she may need a new way to display the honors that expanded through a deeper commitment to her senior season.

“I really wanted to go out with a bang,” Zolner said. “I knew I had to do better.

“I changed my eating habits. I changed my sleeping habits. I changed everything, just so I could come down here and do what I did this weekend. It definitely paid off.”

Zolner finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and seventh in the 200 individual medley. She joined Cheshire, Leonard and Gabby Krochta to take fourth in the 400 freestyle relay – after leading all teams in qualifying – and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay.

Cheshire was fifth in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 freestyle.

The top eight earn medals and swim in the state finals. The ninth- through 16th-place qualifiers compete in the B (consolation) final and also score points in the team standings.

“Looking at those results and seeing that we were second in the state was absolutely amazing and even took our breath away a little bit when we saw it,” Cheshire said.

Leonard was fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:13.36 and took ninth in the 200 freestyle.

Leo took 10th and teammate Jaelyn Shaver was 12th in diving.

Emma Thomas was 15th in the 500 freestyle.

Dallas was the only public school in the top five.

“To finish second against schools that always finish first is not a loss to me at all,” Mosier said after Dallas improved upon a seventh-place finish in 2015. “We gave them a run for their money.

“As a coach, this is stuff that you dream of.”

Former Dallas swimmer Cate Blaum anchored the Holy Redeemer 200 medley relay team that finished 14th.

Dallas received the second-place team trophy in Class 2A girls at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. From left, assistant coach Grant Luksic, head coach Romayne Mosier, swimmer Abby Zolner, swimmer Annalise Cheshire, diver Gianna Leo, swimmer Missy Leonard, swimmer Emma Thomas, swimmer Gabby Krochta, diver Jaelyn Shaver and relay alternate Abbey Sutzko.

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Dallas received the second-place team trophy in Class 2A girls at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. From left, assistant coach Grant Luksic, head coach Romayne Mosier, swimmer Abby Zolner, swimmer Annalise Cheshire, diver Gianna Leo, swimmer Missy Leonard, swimmer Emma Thomas, swimmer Gabby Krochta, diver Jaelyn Shaver and relay alternate Abbey Sutzko. Tom Robinson | For Dallas Post

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

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