Greater Pittston swimmers came home from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming Championships at Bucknell University with three state medals for their performances on relay teams.
Peyton McNulty, a Scranton Prep sophomore from Pittston, earned two state medals and scored points in a third event.
Emily Easton, a Holy Redeemer senior from Exeter Twp., also was part of a medal-winning relay team.
McNulty helped Scranton Prep come away from the swimming competition Thursday and Friday in 11th place in the state in Class 2A girls. The standings will not be official until the diving competition is held next week to complete the snow-delayed event.
Scranton Prep was fifth at the end of Thursday’s action after McNulty anchored the 200-yard medley relay team to a seventh-place finish in 1:49.89 and was part of a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.01.
Easton also earned her medal in the 200 freestyle relay where Holy Redeemer placed eighth in 1:39.54.
Weather delays led to the PIAA going with a compressed schedule to get the swimming competition completed. Instead of qualifying heats, followed by finals, swimmers and relay teams competed just once in each event with the best times in the heats being ranked for the final results.
The top eight in each event earned medals. The top 16 scored team points.
McNulty competed as an individual Friday, placing 14th out of 32 in the 100 backstroke.
Just midway through her high school career, McNulty already has five District 2 gold medals and four state relay medals. She has won two straight District 2 backstroke titles and scored state points in the event both years, including an 11th-place finish as a freshman.
Lauren Lanzendoerfer from Jenkins Township also played a role in Scranton Prep’s state medley relay medal. She anchored the team to its district championship win, which clinched the state berth.
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