Bucks County Herald

Scott nets two titles

DAVID CAMPBELL

Morgan Scott could have chosen to swim any two individual events at La Salle University for the District One Class AAA championships on Saturday and Sunday and done exceptionally well.

The Pennridge senior went with her signature events, the 100 and 200 freestyles, last weekend – and did exceptionally well. On Saturday, she swam a meet-record 1:47.52 in capturing the 200 free over Lower Merion’s Anna Kalandadze (1:51.46). The next day, Scott swam to another meet record in winning the 100 free in 50.05; Upper Dublin’s Abbie Amdor was runner-up in 50.98.

“We had actually debated all year about different events,” Rams head coach Jacob Grant said. “At champs, she swam the 50 and 500 (freestyles). Throughout the year, she swam a lot of 100 fly, 100 back, testing the waters in all of the events. At the end of the day, she came back for the 100 and the 200 because that’s where her heart is, but it was a last-minute decision.”

“I was actually really excited,” added Scott, who concluded her career in districts with an astounding 11 titles, including relays. “I didn’t expect to go a 50.05 in my 100 because I’ve been training pretty hard lately. Going into that meet, I wasn’t really expecting much; coming out of it, I was really pleased with my times and I’m really excited to swim next week.”

Districts are Scott’s warm-up for states, which kick off on Wednesday and continue through Saturday, March 17 at Bucknell University. Scott already holds five state championships – two in the 200, one in the 100, two as part of relays.

“She, I think, is hungrier than ever for another state title or two – and she’s hungry for a state record,” Grant said. “She wants her name in the record books; she wants to go out on top and stay there for a while.”

“If it doesn’t happen,” Scott said on sinking a couple of records, “I’m not going to be upset about it. I’ll be a little disappointed, but it’s not a make-or-break situation. I just want to go out with a good senior year.”
Scott has committed to Indiana University. It’s very possible Scott will arrive in Bloomington, Ind., as a seven-time Pennsylvania champion.

“She doesn’t want to lose her senior year,” Grant said. “I think that’s what’s really [driving] her. She wants to go out on top; she wants to go out finishing strong.”

Scott will have some company in Lewisburg for states.

Quakertown sophomore Justin Heimes, who placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in 51.39 at districts, got through automatically. Central Bucks South senior Dan Cohen also got his spot automatically by snagging seventh in district diving.

Quakertown senior Kaylee Heimes will be joining her younger brother at Bucknell. Heimes got in on time in the 100 back. Central Bucks East senior Jackson Green advanced, as well. He made the cut on time in the 50 freestyle. In addition, CB South senior Dan Han scored a state berth on time in the 100 free. CB East junior Erik Huuki, meanwhile, has his ticket on time in the 500 freestyle.

In Class AA, New Hope-Solebury junior Stephanie Curtis qualified automatically in her two individual events, the 200 IM and the 100 back; she finished second in both at districts, clocking a 2:11.50 in the IM and a 58.80 in the back.

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