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Hosking part of three medals at districts

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton freshman Sarah Hosking completed her first varsity swim season this past weekend with a tremendous performance at districts.

Sarah, a veteran swimmer in the Northampton pool but a new face on varsity, broke two individual school records, one school relay record and claimed three medals.

Hosking began her career at the age of 5, swimming with the Kids Swim Club under coach Bill Walakovits for the past nine years. Competing in local summer swim events and USA meets throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Hosking honed her skills as evidenced by her performance in the individual medley (a combination of each of the four strokes and an event in which Hosking has repeatedly excelled). She competed in the mid-Atlantic region’s Silver Champs for the past several years and in her first year of eligibility, Hosking qualified for the USA Swimming mid-Atlantic Senior Championship meet, which will be held in York, March 28-31.

After a strong first season with Northampton, during which Hosking repeatedly claimed double victories in her events, Sarah walked into district championships this past weekend full of excitement.

“The thing I’ll remember most about my first district meet was the energy,” said Hosking. “It was the loudest meet I’ve ever been in – ever.”

The energy and excitement of this last meet of the 2017-2018 season seemed to drive Hosking as she and her teammates in the girls 200 medley relay claimed a fourth place medal and their place in the NHS records books, replacing a school record set back in 2006.

Hosking’s first individual event of the meet was the girls 200 individual medley. Hosking was seeded fourth in this race and finished fourth. She dropped just over 3 seconds off her personal best time for the season and broke a long-standing school record for that event which was set by Lori Williams in the late 1980s.

Day two of district finals on Sunday brought another individual event for Hosking with the girls 100 breast.

“That’s my stroke,” quipped Hosking when asked about her preferences, and her performance did not disappoint. Hosking recalled the moments before the race as a chance to push her ability to focus.

“I was nervous,” said Hosking. “I was just trying to relax and not think about anything.”

It seems all Hosking was thinking about was the medal stand as she touched the wall just seconds behind the first and second place swimmers, taking third place with a time of 1:43.69. This district medal performance broke yet another Northampton school record set by Lexi Erdosy in 2006.

“Sarah swam really well in districts,” said Northampton’s varsity swim head coach Cullen Mentzell. “She dropped time off all of her best times, she earned three medals and she’s just a 9th grader.”

With her first varsity season behind her and a growing list of swimming accomplishments, what’s next for the young swimmer?

“Maybe states next year,” she said with a smile.

If this first year is any indication of what is to come, it seems the future is bright for one of Northampton’s shining stars.