Peyton McNulty leads Scranton Prep at swim championships

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Peyton McNulty receives her state medal for a fourth-place finish in the backstroke from Scranton Prep coach Joe Thier. - Submitted photo

LEWISBURG – Peyton McNulty tested herself in many events this season before settling on her postseason plans.

She wound up pleased with her choices.

The junior from Pittston Twp. led Scranton Prep to a ninth-place finish in the Class 2A girls team standings March 16-17 in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

McNulty was part of two medal-winning relay teams and had the top individual finish for the Classics by taking fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

“I’ve developed some other events, so I was really on the fence on what I wanted to swim, but ultimately I decided to go back to the backstroke for another year,” said McNulty, who competed in all but two events at some point in the Lackawanna League season.

This is the third straight backstroke appearance at the state meet for McNulty. She scored points in the event with a consolation final appearance the previous two years, then advanced to the final and the medal stand this year.

After placing eighth in qualifying to grab the last spot in the final, McNulty finished strong, moving up to fourth with a time of 58.44.

With two state relay medals for a third straight season, McNulty ran her career state medal count to seven total.

“I was extremely happy, not only for myself, but I felt like Prep as a whole team did extremely well,” McNulty said. “Our relays medaled very high. We all came together and did well and the boys did excellent down there.”

McNulty, who has visited Georgetown and has been looking into Patriot League schools, hopes to continue her swimming career in college, possibly at one of the strong academic schools on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level.

Now that the high school season is over, she’s not done swimming. McNulty is aiming toward YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. while competing with her Stroudsburg-based Pocono Piranhas team in the YMCA state championships.

At Bucknell, Lauren Lanzendorfer joined McNulty on the medal-winning effort in the first effort.

Lanzendorfer, a senior from Jenkins Twp., anchored the 200 medley relay team that finished fourth in 1:48.08. She earned four state relay medals in the past three seasons.

McNulty was part of the third-place 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:38.26. She qualified for the state meet in her other individual event, placing 26th in the 100 breaststroke.

Peyton McNulty receives her state medal for a fourth-place finish in the backstroke from Scranton Prep coach Joe Thier.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_McNulty.jpgPeyton McNulty receives her state medal for a fourth-place finish in the backstroke from Scranton Prep coach Joe Thier. Submitted photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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