Adamski ends season with swim at PIAA meet
Hannah Adamski put her Plum spring softball season on hold for a week or two as she prepared for her first trip to the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.
The Mustangs freshman fared well in the 50 free at WPIALs on Feb. 28, but she originally didn't make the cut for the event at states.
However, when a couple of swimmers from around the state scratched out of the 50 free, she was added to the 32-swimmer list and was informed she would be heading to Bucknell.
Adamski had begun preseason softball practices, but she quickly found herself back in the pool to work on different aspects of her race in preparation for last Friday's state meet.
She took advantage of the opportunity and swam a personal best of 24.61 in the preliminaries. It bested her WPIALs time of 24.70.
When it was all said and done in the 50 free, Adamski found herself in 21st overall.
“I thought she swam incredible,” Plum head coach Shawn Haupt said.
“From not going to states originally to finding out she was going to states, she had to take the softball hat off and jump back in the pool for a few days and start to think about swimming again.”
Haupt said Adamski was a little more comfortable for her first time at states.
“At WPIALs, you're trying so hard to get to states, and you don't know if it's your last meet of the season,” Haupt said.
“The pressure (at WPIALs) is a whole lot more. Yes, there were some nerves at states being a freshman and being new to the sport at the high school level, but she has that experience now and knows what to expect in years to come.”
Adamski was ninth among the 11 WPIAL swimmers in the 50 free at states.
She was faster than the Upper St. Clair tandem of Jessica Reilly and Betsy Erlanger.
Reilly and Erlanger were ninth and 10th at WPIALs, while Adamski finished 12th.
Adamski went into her state swim seeded 27th.
“Hannah realizes how far she can truly go,” Haupt said.
“She sees she can be on the (medals) podium next year.”
Peyton Kondis, a Plum resident and freshman on the Oakland Catholic girls swim team, competed in four events at states and brought home two medals.
She was a part of the Eagles' 200 freestyle relay on Friday that finished fourth with a school-record time of 1:36.96.
Kondis anchored the 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, and the quartet finished third. Their time of 3:29.35 also is a new school record and gave them All-American status.
She also was a member of the 200 medley relay that began the PIAA meet for Oakland Catholic with a 10th-place finish (1:48.73).
The team missed a school record in the event by 25 one-hundredths of a second.
Kondis swam individually in the 100 breast on Saturday, and she recorded her second-best time ever during the morning preliminary swims.
She was seeded fourth in the event, but she slipped to 17th. Her time of 1:06.67 was off her mark of 1:04.93 set at WPIALs and she was 16 one-hundredths of a second away from a spot in the consolation finals — places nine through 16 after the preliminaries.
As a team, Oakland Catholic finished fifth in the AAA girls standings. North Allegheny was second to Hershey, while Latrobe took fourth.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.