Montoursville’s Jordan takes 4th at states in 100 back

LEWISBURG — After claiming two school records at the District 4 meet, Montoursville’s Sam Jordan headed to Bucknell with even bigger dreams.

“I performed well at districts,” Jordan said. “All my races were pretty solid. It was a good cap to see where I would be at the meet.”

Jordan chased those school records throughout his career and gained confidence after such a successful season that saw him end it with records and reach the state meet.

Jordan once again broke his own school record and finished fourth in the 100 back with a time of 52.38.

“It definitely helps to know I swam well at districts when I come here,” Jordan said. “These are always fun meets. It’s just exciting to watch the races. There’s just a lot of energy at the meets. It helps me a lot too.”

It also helped that it was Jordan’s third time swimming at the PIAA swimming and diving championships. Jordan entered the meet prepared, tapered and ready for a good group of swims.

Jordan posted a 52.91 to reach the championship swim in the 100 back.

“My first-year swimming the 100 back I was extremely nervous and probably didn’t swim well because of it,” Jordan said. “Last year I performed well and this year I’m off to a good start.”

It was a completely different swimmer as he took on the top seven Class AA swimmers in the 100 back.

“I’m a lot calmer and just ready to have fun,” Jordan said. “After a few years of getting to know everyone we have a little community over here and support each other.”

In her final race of the 2019 season, Lewisburg’s Lauren Michaels went out with her teammates Anna Batkowski, Delaney Humphrey, and Jewels Hepner as the group finished 16th in the 400 free relay. The team posted a 3:41.54.

“Our relays did very well,” Michaels said. “It’s so special. I’m here with two sophomores, a junior, and a senior. Being able to share this final meet with a good portion of team is just every overwhelming.”

Jersey Shore’s group of Meaghan Keegan, Veronica Sander, Taylor Flemming and Jordan O’Connor finished 12th in the event with a time of 3:40.31.

Christian Coleman entered the second night swim with another high seed as he finished second in the 100 free prelims. Coleman posted a 46.30 in his final high school swim, reaching the podium for a second consecutive night. He finished fourth.

“It’s amazing getting to go out a senior that high on the podium,” Coleman said. “I’m excited to be up there with all those guys.”

It was a big moment for Coleman as his former teammate in Brett Walker sent him encouraging text before the race.

“I got really hype when he started texting me,” Coleman said. “It’s always good when past teammates can support you.”

Coleman excelled through the two-day meet, capturing a second-place finish in the 200 IM and ending his career with a fourth overall finish in the 100 free.