Sayre's Porter competes in 100 fly at states
LEWISBURG - Sometimes even the best plans go awry.
Sayre's Katherine Porter has been to states before.
The junior has been to the PIAA Championships every year of her career, reaching the 'B' final last year.
She entered this year seeded 12th in the 100 fly, hoping for a spot in the top eight that would place her in the 'A' final.
At the start things seemed good for Porter as her first 50 left her where she wanted to be.
After that something went wrong and Porter finished 22nd in 1:00.99.
"I guess it was about the middle of the race and it kind of surprised me," Porter said. "I'm not sure exactly what happened, I just was not where I wanted to be."
Porter knows it just wasn't her day on Wednesday.
"I just wasn't where I wanted to be today," she said. "That's OK, I have some stuff to fix for next year."
Despite not having the race she wanted, the Sayre junior always enjoys the chance to compete at states.
"It's a really great experience," she said.
What made this year a little more fun was having two Sayre boys, Altan Frantz and diver Sam Shoemake, also qualify for states.
"They keep it interesting," Porter said. "It's great to have two swimmers and a diver at states this year."
And, Porter hopes that maybe her senior year the Redskins can get some other girls to states as well.
"It will take a lot of work, but I hope so," she said.
Now that states is over Porter gets a short break, then it's back to training for next year.
"I will probably take a month off before I see what I need to fix," Porter said.
After Wednesday she knows there are things she can improve on to help her reach that goal of a final next year.
"The girls keep getting faster and that's great, I just have to keep working."