SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — The look on Kate Luft’s face was one of shock and amazement.
The Northern senior knew that she earned her second Class 2A gold medal in as many days Saturday at the District 3 Swimming Championships at Cumberland Valley High School.
Luft also knew that her time of 54.16 in the 100 backstroke broke the district record that she set last year.
However, when informed that she broke a Cumberland Valley pool record — one set in 2013 by former Hershey star Meaghan Raab — Luft almost couldn’t believe it.
“I am honored because Meaghan was one of the fastest swimmers to ever come out of this area and one of the fastest in the nation,” Luft said. “It’s really cool I can add to her legacy.”
She wasn’t necessarily looking for a record on Saturday.
“I don’t think so much about records, unless it’s trying to improve my personal best,” said Luft. “The time wasn’t quite what I wanted, but there are a couple of things I can work on for states, so I am really excited looking forward. I was happy finish my individual district swims on such a positive note.”
Of course, Luft wasn’t done after that swim, and she and Polar Bears teammates Dahna Yoon, Katelyn Boyce and Abigail Soerens dropped six seconds off their seed time and placed second.
“All of our girls split really well. One had a fastest split by two seconds,” Luft said. “I am really proud of them and am so glad I am a part of this team.”
The Polar Bears finished the competition with 233 points, second to Schuylkill Valley in the 2A girls’ team standings. With several swimmers landing on the podium, Shippensburg was third and Trinity fifth in the girls’ rankings.
Trinity freshman Apple Burton earned a bronze medal in the girls 500 free. Shippensburg’s Julia Strine won a pair of individual medals on Saturday, fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 free, the same medal that teammate Madison Osanitsch earned in the 500.
The Greyhound girls were fourth and Trinity fifth in the 400 free relay.
Big Spring freshman Matthew Raudabaugh earned a silver medal in the 2A boys breaststroke.
“I am happy with that,” he said of his time of 1:01.83. “My stroke was really good and the turns were fast. I have to make sure I warm up and warm down. It’s a lot of mental preparation.”
The Boiling Springs foursome of Cole Ellis, Matt Otto, Evan Kase and Kevin Barnes closed the 2A boys meet in style with a bronze medal-winning 3:24.26, an amazing drop of more than 12 seconds from their seed time.
Trinity’s Scott Majka was fourth in the 500 free, fellow Shamrocks Rece Shelly and Tommy Chase placed fifth in the 100 free and breaststroke, respectively, as did the school’s 400 free relay. Northern’s Noah Spencer was fifth in the backstroke.
Boiling Springs and Trinity tied for third in the 2A boys team standings with 187 points.
In 3A, one day after winning the 3A boys 50 free championship, Cumberland Valley’s Logan Skiles placed second in the 100 free, missing out on the top spot by a mere .06 after his 45.94.
In the final race of the two-day competition, Skiles, Tyler Distenfeld, Kyle Farrow and Wade Turlington teamed to swim a 3:08.85, which also earned silver in the 400 free relay.
Earlier, Eagles teammate Carolyn Bolden notched a bronze in the 500 free in 5:06.32, less than a second away from silver.
Farrow was fourth in the 100 backstroke, helping the Cumberland Valley boys finish third in the team standings with 183 points, only two away from second place.