Fresh off their District 2 AA swim title of Feb. 28-March 1, six Tunkhannock Area boys and two girls will be off this weekend to Bucknell University to compete in the PIAA state championships.

The team members and their coaches Tim Mislevy and Tori Womer will depart from the local high school Thursday and head to Lewisburg to register before noon at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium with practice from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

They’ll have early morning warm-ups Friday and the boys’ preliminaries for all AA schools (in the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly, and 200 free relay) begin at 8 a.m., with the girls (in the same events) to follow at 10:30.

For Tunkhannock, that means the events to watch will be:

*200 medley relay, where seniors Jason Linden, Joey Moffitt and Matt Miller, and junior Stefen Sehne are seeded 11th with their district winning time of 1:41.79.

*100 butterfly where Miller is seeded 22nd with a time of 54.89.

*200 freestyle relay where Linden and Sehne will be joined by freshman Mitch Fowler and sophomore Jacob Skoronski are seeded 23rd with a time of 1:33.40.

*200 IM where Morgan Manglaviti is seeded 18th with a time of 2:15.20.

During the middle of the day, the state boys’ diving championships take place.

Consolation and finals in the events for which preliminaries took place in the morning will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for boys and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for girls.

On Saturday, team members participating will have early morning warm-ups followed by the boys’ preliminaries (in the 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, and 400 free relay) beginning at 8 a.m., with the girls (in the same events) at 10:30.

For Tunkhannock, that means the events to watch will be:

*100 freestyle where Matt Miller is seeded 17th at 48.71.

*100 breaststroke where Joey Moffitt is seeded 15th at 1:01.51.

*100 backstroke where Morgan Manglaviti is seeded 30th at 1:01.98.

*100 breaststroke where Ashley Kasmierski is seeded 27th at 1:09.75.

During the middle of the day, the state girls’ diving championships take place.

Consolation and finals in the events for which preliminaries took place in the morning will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for boys and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for girls.

At last year’s event Tunkhannock Area’s 200 Medley Relay team (which included Miller, Moffitt and now TA graduates Ben Spencer and James Proulx) took ninth with a time of 1:40.43, just one place off the medal stand.

Spencer, who claimed fifth and sixth place medals in separate individual state events last year, now swims for Clarion University; and Proulx now swims for Widener University. Both were at the CYC Pool in Wilkes-Barre March 1 when this years Tiger boys won districts.

Moffitt is returning to Kinney Natatorium in the breaststroke. Last year he placed 30th in the state preliminaries with a time of 1:03.95.

Manglaviti is also returning. As a freshman, she placed 29th in the state preliminaries in the 100 free with a time of 55.73.