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.
On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.
“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.
Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.
It was barely 10 minutes before the boys’ 200 free relay, when Liberty senior Anthony Delcorso was told he would lead off in the final event of day one’s District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday night at Parkland High School.
It was also more than a pleasant surprise for Delcorso, who had wanted to medal after missing out in previous years, but would he be able to duplicate that same strong start he had when he competed in the 50 free earlier in the evening?
Winning a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships was something Liberty senior Julia McCarthy had her eye on since her freshman year.
“It’s something I just really wanted to do,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy clinched that gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.57 on day two of districts last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.
It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.
As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.
Liberty and Freedom divers competed at the District XI Diving Championships last Saturday at Emmaus High School.
In Class AAA girls, Freedom’s Fallon Tatlow placed seventh with a score of 318.15, and Liberty’s Cara Kuykens placed eighth with a score of 307.25.
Also from Freedom, Leigha Evans placed 11th with a score of 273.35, and from Liberty, Alicia Valladares placed 14th with a score of 205.25.
For the first time in seven seasons, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team qualified for district playoffs, and despite its 65-54 loss to Parkland last Thursday night, the Patriots’ season had success written all over it.
“It’s a process,” said Coach Dean Reiman. “You don’t go from doormat to league champ in a year, but we have kids coming back, and we’ll work harder to hopefully win the district.”
Walking out of the locker room after halftime, the Patriots were full of hope, trailing 30-28, and fans were on their feet in full support.
For many, the milestone of Senior Night actually takes root in a high school athlete’s freshman year, as they watch in awe as senior teammates are being honored and appreciated during the last home swim meet of the season.
By the time Liberty swimmers Paige McCloskey and Jeff Depalma lined up on the pool deck for Senior Night last Thursday, they were suddenly seniors.
“This team is a family, and I told myself to keep it together, but I walked out, and I was the sobbing one,” McCloskey said. “This was an amazing team to be part of.”
In Liberty and Freedom’s final swim meet of the regular season, the Hurricane boys came out on top 146-130 last Thursday at Liberty High School.
Jase Smith, Ben Stuckey, Robert Negron, and Jake Evert led off in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish for the Hurricanes in 1:42.44.
Chris Chambers won the 200 free in 1:51.85 for Liberty, but Al Bell took first place in the next event for Freedom, the 200 IM, with a time of 2:01.82.
The Liberty Hurricanes hosted the Freedom Patriots last Thursday in the last swim meet of the regular season when Liberty’s girls scored a 149-140 victory over Freedom’s girls, highlighted by a new pool record set by Liberty senior Julia McCarthy.
“I didn’t realize I was going that fast,” said McCarthy regarding her swim in the 100 breaststroke. “I wanted the pool record all year, and I knew if I put my head to it, I would get it at some point.”
McCarthy’s time was 1:07.53, which broke her own school record of 1:06.64, which she set at districts last year.