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Mars' Gruber sets gold girls' swimming standard at states

Written by Nick Tolomeo on .

Mars Area senior Maggie Gruber capped her high school swimming career with a sixth PIAA swimming championship.

Gruber can now stake her claim as one of the greatest high school swimmers ever to come from Western Pennsylvania. She finishes her career with four PIAA championships in the 100-yard butterfly and two PIAA championships in the 100 backstroke.

She won the state title in the 100 butterfly this year on Wednesday and closed her high school swimming career out on Thursday with a  PIAA gold in the 100 backstroke.

On Thursday she swam the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.15 to outpace a pair of swimmers from Villa Maria Academy, senior Sarah Hitchens (55.24) and freshman Emily Cornell (57.44).

On Wednesday she swam the 100 butterfly in 54.35 to beat out Villa Joseph Marie sophomore Alexa Fabbri (55.21).

While the gold medal performances were nothing new to Gruber, something that is atypical of her dominating performances was a lack of records. She was unable to set the record in the 100 backstroke and she was unable to improve on her PIAA record in the 100 butterfly that she set last season.

With yet another double championship meet, Gruber was named Class AA swimmer of the meet.