HARMONY, PA - Seneca Valley alumni, Eric Peirce, took a first place in his age group at the Little Red Lighthouse swim in New York City on Sept. 22. He completed the 5.8 mile swim in 2 hrs, 1 min, 54 secs. The annual race in the Hudson River began at the 79St. Boat Basin, went under the George Washington Bridge and ended upstream at the Dyckman St. Marina. Eric swam with 330 other men and women from over a dozen other countries and all over the United States. Peirce swam on the Seneca Valley swim team for 4 years and is beginning his 4th year with the Penn State Behrend swim team, where he holds a first place in the 400 individual IM in the AMCC conference. He has swam 4 years in the Presque Isle 1 mile Bay swim and hopes to swim across lake Erie someday. Eric is the son of Fred and Colleen Peirce of Harmony and Patricia Peirce of Zelienople.