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Hosking prepares for states

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

Sarah Hosking, a sophomore from Northampton Area High School, will travel to Bucknell University later this week to compete in the PIAA State Championship Meet.

Hosking is one of five swimmers from the girls team to medal in either an individual or relay event during the PIAA District 11 AAA championships in mid-February. Hoskings has advanced to the PIAA state championship meet in both the 100 breaststroke event and the 200 individual medley.

Hosking was seated second in the 100 breaststroke during District 11 meet and had her sights set on advancing to states in this event.

“I had a good feeling it was going to go well,” said Hosking about her chances to advance in the breaststroke, but that wasn’t the case for the 200 individual medley event. “I was really surprised I got in for two [events]. I was focusing on the breaststroke, but I was not even thinking about the IM.”

Despite her surprise in advancing for two events, Hosking is seated very similarly in both as she is seated 21st in the breaststroke and 23rd in the individual medley.

Hosking started swimming in the Northampton KIDS Aquatic Club when she was just 5-years-old and has loved the sport ever since. Through years of US Swim, Swim for your School and summer swim programs at Northampton, Hosking has had the opportunity to make lifelong friends and build a strong reputation as one the top swimmers in the club particularly in breaststroke events. As Hosking moved into high school and joined the varsity team, she continued to perfect her sport. In recent years, Hosking expanded her focus to become a strong overall swim competitor as evidenced by her impressive performance in the 200 individual medley, an event that spans all four major strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle).

In preparation for state championships, Hosking has been training hard and working on her stroke. Several of her varsity teammates have been practicing with Hosking and she credits them with keeping her workouts fun. Looking forward, Hosking seems full of anticipation for states.

“I’m excited to see how people from the different districts perform,” said Hosking with a smile.

Hosking will compete in the 200 individual medley on Friday, March 15, and the 100 breaststroke on Saturday, March 16.