On the final day of his high school swimming career, Montoursville’s Sam Jordan made a statement.
Jordan entered the event as the second-best backstroke swimmer in Districts 4, but he proved to be much more than that as he posted a 52.91 at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The time, which was nearly a full second quicker than his morning swim of 53.13, made him the fourth-best backstroke swimmer in the state.
“I couldn’t have envisioned any better way to end the high school season,” Jordan said. “Our high school has had one of the best years we’ve ever had. A lot of our guys set personal records.”
Jordan broke two school records at the District 4 meet. He then came back to break his record in the 100 back during the prelims of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He then beat it one more time to closeout his swimming career at Montoursville.
“I swam really well,” Jordan said. “I hit my start and all my turns. I couldn’t ask for any better.”
Jordan slipped on the start of his prelim race. He still managed to break his school record, but the start made the final race that much more nerve racking.
Despite the amped up nerves, Jordan performed well, sending the Montoursville and District 4 sections into a frenzy as Luke Stine (Danville) and Bryant Lucroix (Bloomsburg) also placed in the race.
“It’s really awesome,” Jordan said of the support throughout District 4. “As you go through the season you go to districts and then you go to states. Your school team starts to whittle down, but the District 4 swimmers almost create their own team. It’s really neat we have all these swimmers that are all placing really well.”
Jordan was supported by his fellow District 4 swimmers throughout the meet. The scene at the podium was even more special as the three swimmers embraced in a celebration of area swimmers and their District.
Jordan even acknowledged the long terms effects of nights like last Thursday when he talked about the future of the program.
“A couple of our younger swimmers are looking to break mine and a couple of the other records,” Jordan said. “The future of Montoursville swimming looks bright.”
It’s not a local swimmer, but Shamokin’s Abby Doss became just the fifth District 4 swimmer in history to win three consecutive gold medals at the State meet. She won the 500 free with a 4:52.01 in a positive showing for the local District.
Doss also repeated as champion in the 200 IM and was named PIAA Class AA Swimmer of the meet for a second consecutive year.