Jun. 23—Hannah Hurleman had regarded on the 2022 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships because the crowning second of her three-sport highschool profession.
Ever since she was profitable summer season age-group races when she was 9, swimming was her favourite sport.
Hurleman competed for Exeter the final three seasons in a co-op settlement with Wyomissing. She dreamed about profitable 4 medals in her last look at states.
5 days earlier than the PIAA meet, nonetheless, she thought her dream ended when she was injured in a automotive accident two blocks from her house on her method to swim follow.
“The driving force that hit me ran a cease signal,” Hurleman recalled. “I misplaced management of my automotive and slammed right into a tree. I had a minimize on my brow. I unbuckled myself and ran out of the automotive as a result of I assumed I smelled smoke.
“I used to be hyperventilating. It damage so unhealthy. My first thought was that states had been out of the image, that I wasn’t going to have the ability to swim.”
Pondering she had bruised ribs, she helped Exeter place sixth within the 200 medley relay and seventh within the 400 freestyle relay. Individually, she positioned tenth within the 50 free and fifteenth within the 100 free.
They weren’t the finishes she had needed. Per week later, although, Hurleman realized why. She had suffered a damaged sternum within the accident, making her efficiency at states virtually legendary.
“I do not know how she swam the occasions that she swam, though she wasn’t proud of them,” Exeter swimming coach Ashley Rosa mentioned. “The truth that she was in a position to win state medals with a damaged sternum is past me. I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.”
Hurleman was chosen as one of many 5 finalists for the Studying Eagle Feminine Athlete of the 12 months award after having fun with success in three sports activities as a senior.
She was an All-State choice in soccer and led Wyomissing to the District 3 Class 2A championship and the PIAA quarterfinals. In monitor, she ran on the Spartans’ 1600 relay, which completed second within the district and certified for states.
“It is a very uncommon factor for an athlete to compete on the state stage in three sports activities,” Rosa mentioned. “The opposite factor to bear in mind is that she was beginning late in swimming and monitor due to how achieved she was. What she did is only a testomony to her.”
Due to her damage, Hurleman did not start coaching for monitor till late April when she went towards the needs of her bodily therapist, Justin Eisenhofer, a former champion swimmer at Schuylkill Valley. She determined to give attention to the 1600 relay and never her particular person specialty, the 400.
“My first two races had been most likely the toughest races I’ve ever run,” she mentioned. “I used to be feeling it.”
Hurleman was extra achieved in swimming and soccer, the place she was a four-year starter and had 77 targets and 43 assists in her profession.
She led the county with 35 targets and 14 assists final fall when the Spartans went 23-2, misplaced 2-1 to Wilson within the Berks title sport, received their second straight District 2 2A championship and misplaced 2-1 to Allentown Central Catholic within the PIAA quarterfinals.
“Soccer, for me, was extra concerning the friendships I created,” Hurleman mentioned. “I performed with loads of my finest mates, individuals I grew up with. I by no means thought of focusing simply on swimming. Soccer was so necessary to me.
“Mentally, it was actually useful being a three-sport athlete. Attending to take that break (from swimming) was actually necessary to me.”
Wyomissing soccer coach Rachel Hoffman, a star participant at Penn State within the Nineteen Nineties, mentioned Hurleman has sufficient expertise to play soccer in school.
“Her athleticism and her willpower to be the very best put her excessive,” Hoffman mentioned. “It propelled her to be one of many higher gamers on our staff and within the county. She was very coachable. She listened and tried to observe by way of with any recommendations the coaches gave her.
“She was a staff participant who at all times regarded for her teammates. She was very optimistic. She had all that power, that may to win. Different gamers noticed how arduous she labored they usually labored tougher.”
When Hurleman was in ninth grade, she talked along with her dad and mom, Jason and Lisa, and mentioned what sport she hoped to play in school. Swimming was at all times her favourite sport, so she determined to surrender enjoying membership soccer however not for the highschool staff.
“She knew if she targeted on soccer, she must quit swimming,” Lisa Hurleman mentioned. “She rolled the cube. She loves the 2 sports activities equally, however possibly she realized deep down that she had extra room to develop in swimming.”
Hurleman dedicated final 12 months to Arizona State, the place she has been assured a spot on the roster. Her scholarship cash will rely upon her performances.
She is going to face super competitors within the Pac-12, identical to she did when she started to swim with Class 3A Exeter after medaling in states in Class 2A as a Wyomissing freshman.
“It is undoubtedly scary to begin with a complete new staff like that,” Rosa mentioned. “Shifting to Triple-A solely excited Hannah. My expertise working along with her has been so optimistic. She’s such a tough employee and never afraid of a problem.”
Hurleman’s final problem got here after her accident at Studying Boulevard and Forest Avenue in Wyomissing.
“That nook is infamous for individuals operating the cease signal,” Lisa Hurleman mentioned. “I ran down and noticed her automotive on another person’s property. I am certain she freaked and bought scared. That was a tricky day, a very powerful day. It was devastating.”
The fracture wasn’t recognized on the unique CT scan, so Hurleman thought she simply had a foul bruise.
“I went to follow on Monday,” she mentioned. “It damage, however I assumed I might swim by way of it. There was no means I used to be going to overlook my final state meet and throw away an opportunity at medaling.”
She took Advil and different over-the-counter ache treatment, nevertheless it solely helped a bit of. She had hassle respiration and was bent over after swimming on the PIAA meet at Bucknell. By the second day, she struggled to do a flip flip.
“I could not push myself as much as get out of the pool,” Hurleman mentioned. “I simply bear in mind after the 100 free. I used to be hyperventilating as a result of I could not … it damage so unhealthy.”
One way or the other she persevered and received the seventh and eighth PIAA medals of her profession. She would have had 10 if she had duplicated or bettered her fifth within the 50 free and her sixth within the 100 free in 2021. She had received a silver medal within the 50 free at districts.
“Oh, my God, it was wonderful,” Lisa Hurleman mentioned. “She was nonetheless beating different women. At that time she did not know there was a fracture. She thought she wasn’t being powerful sufficient. She was mad at herself.
“I understand how disillusioned she was. It breaks your coronary heart. That one-second automotive accident modified the whole lot. For her to return out with these two relay medals means extra to her than something.”