am made a splash at this year’s PIAA Class 3A swimming and diving championships, held Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
The Titans were entered in two relays and four individual events for girls. All four girls were first-time state qualifiers.
“I think it makes all of the training that we did since September really worth it,” sophomore Kaylin Goodling said. “Just being able to do it with these girls means so much. It’s been so much fun and I’m really excited that we were able to not only swim at states but also come back for the night swims.
“Next year we’re going to have a lot of the team back and I think we’ll definitely be back at states and doing hopefully better than we did this season. It’s always the goal to get as many people to states as possible and I think next year we’ll be able to do that.”
Sophomore Haley Scholer had the highest finish, taking 11th in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.69. She was also 15th in the 100 backstroke (56.94).
“It was so much fun and we got to spend time with our close friends,” she said. “Practicing together with such a small group of kids is so different than when you’re practicing with the whole team so that was an eye opener. It’s more intense.
“For districts all of us didn’t taper that much so we were all doing different things. We weren’t really practicing together. For states we were all together doing the same thing. We were working together and racing each other.
“I’m so glad that I ended up swimming high school this year. I didn’t swim last year because I was training with my U.S. team so this is my first high school season.”
Junior Heidi Scholer took 21st in the 50 freestyle (24.35) and 28th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.86).
“It was very exciting,” she said. “I would have liked to have gone a little faster in my individual events but the relay aspect was really amazing.
“It was the first time I’ve ever been to a meet like this. I swam here for last year’s senior champs so I was already familiar with the pool and I think that was a big help. I think without having been here before I would have thought this meet was very big and scary.
“I think we definitely have a strong enough team to come back next year and maybe even make top eight.
“It was great spending all this time with my girls. It’s been a great season.”
Goodling, Heidi Scholer, Haley Tevnan and Haley Scholer took 12th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.99) and Haley Scholer, Heidi Scholer, Tevnan and Goodling were 13th in the 200 medley relay (1:38.12).
Tevnan is a senior who transferred from New Jersey.
“It’s my first and last season,” she said. “It was so much fun. I feel like I’ve been with them for so much longer than one season. They accepted me right away and we had that chemistry, which is why I think we were able to do so much this year. We had a lot of firsts. We beat teams we’ve never beaten before and actually just making it to states was a first.
“Swimming really helped me to adjust to a new school so it was really nice to have that. I wish I had more time with them but I know they’re going to do great things.”
For the CB South boys, Tom Khayt swam in two individual events. He finished 28th in the 200 individual medley (1:57.20) and 31st in the 100 breaststroke (59.66).
Pennridge had one representative at the state meet. Joseph Hong reached the consolation heat in his first state appearance, ending up in 16th place (58.02).
Erik Huuki of Central Bucks East was just nosed out of a berth in the consolation final of the 200 individual medley by Paul Brosky of La Salle, whose time of 1:54.35 just edged Huuki’s 1:54.38.
Teammate Trevor Mislan finished 27th in the 100 breaststroke (59.12).
The Class 2A meet was held Wednesday and Thursday.
For New Hope-Solebury, sophomore John Devaney made the consolation heat in two individual events, taking 11th in both the 50 freestyle (21.78) and 100 freestyle (47.51).
Lions senior Stephanie Curtis finished 21st in the 100 backstroke (59.80).