Cochranville Native, Olympic Gold Medalist Excels at USA Swimming National Championships

Mark Hostutler
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Image of Cierra Runge via Arizona State University.

Cochranville native and Olympic gold medalist Cierra Runge excelled at the USA Swimming National Championships last week at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif.

The 23-year-old Runge – who won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of Team USA’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay – finished fourth, fifth, and seventh in the 200 free, 400 free, and 800 free, respectively, at the National Championships.

Philadelphia native and Penn State product Ally McHugh, a graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School, won both the 400 and 800 races.

Last season, Runge secured a pair of individual All-American swims in her first year at Arizona State, finishing fourth in the 500 free and placing eighth in the 1650 free. With the Sun Devils, she set new school records in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, and as a part of the 400 and 800 free relays.

Runge, who trained as a youngster at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under the tutelage of the renowned Bob Bowman, her current coach at Arizona State, also previously swam at the University of California and at the University of Wisconsin.

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