Abington Heights freshman Lauren Schofield set a new school record during the second swimming meet of her career Dec. 16.
According to Comets head coach Zack Haney, Schofield became the first girl in Abington Heights swimming history to break the one-minute mark in the 100 butterfly event. Her time of 59.84, during the Kinney Natatorium Invitational at Bucknell University, surpassed the former mark of 1:01.44 set by Christine Decarlo more than 10 years ago. Schofield finished third overall in the event at the meet.
Schofield also swam a personal best time of 2:13.02 to win the 200 individual medley against swimmers from across the state in both the 2A and 3A classifications.
“I have only been coaching Lauren for a little while now, but have already seen that she is an extremely hard worker and a great competitor,” Haney said in a press release. “She came to me at the beginning of the season saying her number-one goal for the year was to break one minute in the fly. She accomplished that goal pretty quickly, so now I guess it’s time to go back to the drawing board and set some bigger and better goals. I am so happy for her and I’m excited to see how she progresses throughout the season.”
Junior Carter Smith placed eighth in the one-meter diving event with a score of 385.80. Despite slipping on his third dive of the meet, he was able to rebound to make the final of the 11-dive event.
“Carter had a slight mishap a few dives in,” Haney said. “But, I was extremely proud that he was able to put it behind him and turn things around. From that point on, he dove remarkably well and I think he may have even surprised himself a little with the comeback.”
Sophomore Jarred Ocwieja placed third in the 100 freestyle in 53.78 and 23rd in the 50 freestyle in 23.94, junior John Frantz finished 15th in the 200 individual medley in 2:17.76 and 27th in the 500 freestyle in 5:38.71, junior Camille Marquardt was 19th in the one-meter dive with a score of 124.60, senior April Sokalsky placed 20th in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.22 and 25th in the 100 freestyle in 58.81, and junior Jack Wasko finished 35th in the 500 freestyle in 6:01.64.
“The entire team, both swimmers and divers, did absolutely amazing,” Haney said. “I’m looking forward to moving into our duel meets to see what we can do.”
The meet, which draws nearly 500 participants each year, was open to all schools across the state, but swimmers and divers had to meet qualification standards in order to participate.