Jordan breaks record for Whitehall's pool
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams picked up big Lehigh Valley Conference wins at Whitehall on Tuesday, with the boys winning 116-51 and the girls enjoying a 111-59 win over the Zephyrs.
The girls remain undefeated on the season at 4-0 and the boys evened their mark at 2-2 on the season.
En route to the victory, Erin Jordan set a new pool record at Whitehall High School in the 100-yard backstroke and it turned out to be a goal that she set for herself coming into the meet.
"It's nice coming to a pool and seeing the records and thinking, 'okay, I'm going to go for that today,'" said Jordan. "At home, when I'm training, I'm looking at the record board and thinking 'I can do this.' I need to train to be at that level.
"I swam here my freshman year and it was always a goal to be better and to be one of the people up there, because they're really good. I thought I could do this and I just went for it."
Jordan's accomplishment didn't really come as much of a surprise to coach Rob Robitaille, who has been impressed with how Jordan has improved on her times from the same point in the season last year and believes she'll continue to do well for the team.
"I think she's having a really good season, she'll be surprised to hear me say that, but I think she's having a really good season," Robitaille said. "She's a distance swimmer and life is tough. We do a lot of yards, a lot of practices and a lot of pain sets in, but I think she's doing pretty well. Her 500 today was faster than what she did at this meet last year around the same time of year, so that's always a good sign.
"It's a lot better than last year and we're training with a little bit more consistency than we usually do and she's focused and ready to go."
For her part, Jordan is also happy with her progress and credits her teammates with helping her to improve on her times. The new Whitehall pool record may be just a sign of things to come for the junior swimmer.
"I am really happy with where I am right now, I'm training hard and I'm being pushed by my team and there's a lot of really great competition and I'm really happy where I am right now."
This is the portion of the season where all of the practices and meets start to add up and can present real obstacles for swimmers, so while Robitaille sees some things that could be better, he is also realistic about his team's performances as the season gets down to crunch time.
"January is a pretty tough month for swimmers," he said. "They're getting pretty beat up at this point. I still think that on the girls side we could have performed a little better here and there. I think we left about four or five races behind that we could have had. The boys did pretty well, but again, there were some races where I thought we could have done a little better even though it's a demanding time of year for us."
Next up on Parkland's schedule is a meet at Dieruff this afternoon. Both the Dieruff boys and girls are winless on the season.