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McCarthy golden on Day One

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.

“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”

McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.

“That was my best time. I really didn’t expect that would happen,” she said. “On my turns, no one was with me, and then I saw I got first, and I saw my time, and it blew me away. I was ecstatic.”

McCarthy’s teammate Samantha Taylor placed fifth in the same event in 2:13.98.

Also from Liberty, Anna Lehr swam to a third-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.85.

The Hurricane 200 medley relay team of Sabrina Krotzer, McCarthy, Kay Wetmore, and Taylor also placed third with a time of 1:50.65.

Liberty’s girls bettered themselves in the final event on Friday night, the 200 free relay, winning the silver medal with a combination of Kendra Smith, Natalie Richardson, McCarthy, and Abby Mack with a time of 1:39.92.

“I was extremely nervous, but it was more the fact that I’ve been to this twice, and I’m thinking, I need to do great and do well with them,” said Smith. “I wanted to lead off this one. On my turn, I looked, and it was so close, so I tried to kick as hard as I can, if I could get a lead.”

Freedom swimmers Reilly Ward, Sydney Straka, Rileigh Ellis, and Erin Madden placed fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:42.91.

McCarthy will compete at the PIAA State Swimming Championships on March 17-18 at Bucknell University.