Harrisburg JCC Aquatics represented At PIAA State Championships

By MarkJoseph Kasian

On Friday, March 19th Jordan Plempel swam in the Girls 2A state championships held at Cumberland Valley High School; she competed in the 50-yard freestyle. She finished 11th out of 16th with a time of 25.01.

Jordan is a lifeguard here at the JCC, and in the summer time at our outdoor pool at Green Hills.  This was the first year that she really competed in this event, which is a sprint. The past three swimming seasons she focused and competed mainly in the 100 backstroke and the 200 I.M. 

Jordan swam for Susquehanna High School and qualified for states all four years of her high school career. During her freshman and sophomore years, she competed in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 I.M. at states which were held at Bucknell University. In her junior year, she again qualified for states in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 I.M., but she did not get to compete due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

This past year has been nothing but a constant change for everyone and it was also a change for Jordan as she decided to change things up in her senior year and focus on an event that she hadn’t given a serious go until her senior year, and she succeeded. Jordan will be taking her swimming talents onto Millersville University next year after accepting a scholarship to be part of their women’s swim program.

At the JCC, Jordan has lifeguarded as well as taught private swim lessons and helped out teaching the group swim classes. Jordan has been a very dedicated and committed employee here at the JCC and it has been a joy getting to work with her and getting to know her. We wish her the best of luck with her future and continued success in swimming and all that she does. Jordan encourages all young swimmers to pursue their goals. “It isn’t always easy, but the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment as you reach that goal you’ve set, makes it worthwhile,” she says. “All you have to do is get up and race.”