LEWISBURG — Trinity’s Sarah Wyant and Northern’s Kate Luft are veterans now to the big stage.
And in Friday’s final day of the PIAA Girls Class 2A Swimming Championships at Bucknell University, the two walked away with one more medal each, capping off solid seasons for both.
Wyant finally shook an illness shortly after the District 3 Swimming Championships that plagued her during that event two weeks ago and swam a 52.89 on Friday in the 100 free out of the third heat. Her time, tops in the heat, was enough to sneak a sixth-place medal after the fourth and final heat was finished.
“It felt great,” the junior said. “Honestly, in my heat I just wanted to win and be ahead of everyone to have a chance to be top eight. It was amazing, I’m so proud of it. It wasn’t my best time, but I’m really happy with it, especially since yesterday I didn’t do well.”
Wyant finished a disappointing 12th in Thursday’s 50 free, and felt motivated in her final swim of the season a day later to go out in style. The time was .32 seconds faster than her seed time.
“I just wanted to give it everything I had, and I did,” said Wyant, who wasn’t sure if she had a medal-winning time when she looked up at the board immediately after her race.
Luft, meanwhile, capped off an impressive sophomore season with silver in the 100 back.
“I’m very happy with that,” she said. “It’s not the time I would’ve hoped for, but I stayed my seed, so that’s all I can ask for.”
Luft was about a second slower than her seed time, finishing in 56.51 behind West York’s Courtney Harnish, whose 54.03 was just .23 off the PIAA record.
Luft was a bit too amped up the night before, she said in hindsight. She admitted to get less sleep than was likely advisable after shocking herself with a fifth-place medal in the 200 IM, an event she wasn’t expected to place in prior to the season.
“I’m happy with this, I’m proud of this,” she said of her season.
Luft was named an All-American with her 55.70 in the District 3 championships at Cumberland Valley High School, and her season doesn’t end until next week. She leaves Sunday for the Dolfin Junior National Championship Cup from March 21-25 in Clearwater, Florida. She’s registered in five events: the 200 IM (63rd seed), 100 back (10th seed), 200 back (65th seed), 100 fly (64th seed) and 100 free (107th seed).
But, mainly, she’s just looking to get away from all the snow.
“Hopefully a little bit of time at the beach,” said Luft of her plans when not in the pool next week.
Northern placed 20th with 35 team points, while Trinity slotted in 26th with 18. Villa Maria Academy will cruise to the title with 240 points, nearly double Shady Side Academy, with only the diving championships left, which will be done March 25.