Avonworth junior Karen Siddoway also knows what it’s like to have Petrak relegate her to second place.
Last year, Siddoway posted a 51.56 at the WPIAL finals and a 51.53 in the PIAA meet at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, but stood in the second position on the podium as Petrak took both sprint event titles. She also finished a distant second to Quaker Valley’s Maddy Andrews in the 200 freestyle in the WPIAL finals with a time of 1:53.34, which was 2.63 seconds back.
All that did was make her more motivated.
“She’s probably one of the most driven athletes I’ve ever worked with,” Northgate coach Jess McKelvey said. “I’ve been coaching for like a decade and she just has a sixth gear. She trains super-hard, she trains with her club team and she never stops.”
Siddoway, who is sifting through her collegiate options, will come into the WPIAL finals as the top returning finisher in each event.
“I’ve already gotten a better time this year in the 100 freestyle than I had at states last year, so I’m pretty happy with that,” Siddoway said. “I’ve already swam a faster time than I needed at WPIALs last year, so I’m pretty excited and, overall this season, I’ve been training more than I have been so there’s been an increase in my yardage at practice.”