Reihman’s Big Splash
By Holly Bruns
Salisbury swimmer, Mahlon Reihman, is making a big splash his junior year. Reihman has broken four records during the regular season and then broke a record at Districts. In the regular season, Reihman broke the 100 free-style (twice), the 200 free-style, and the 200 IM (individual medley). The 100 free-style was held at 48.5, and now it is at 48.21. The 200 free-style was held at 147.2 and now is 146.4. And finally, the 200 IM record was 159.6 and now is held at 159.4. Reihman explained that all the records he has broken are called pool records- which means they are records that can only be broken at that particular pool. There are also school records that are capable of being broken which can be done anywhere, like districts or states. All of Reihman’s records were broken at Kidspeace, which is Salisbury’s home ground.
The district meet took place at Parkland High School this year on March 4th. Reihman participated in the 100 free, the 200 free, and anchored both the 200 and 400 free relays. He took the gold in both the events he swam, and is now seeded 1st in both his individual events for the PIAA AA State Meet. Not only did he win, but he broke another record. Reihman broke the 200 freestyle pool and district record with a time of 1:41.05. This broke the old record of a 1:41.07. “To be honest, I didn’t really have an expectation of breaking records going into the meet so the thrill of breaking them was even greater. I had my hopes and eyes on the district record going in, but I had no idea that I could be close to the pool records,” says Reihman. “My ultimate goal by senior year is to break the state record but my goal for this season is to come home from states with two gold medals. Last year I came home with one gold and one silver.” The State Championship will be held at Bucknell on March 18th and 19th. Best of luck to Mahlon and the rest of the team.