In February at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Highlands' Bailey Bonnett and Riverside's Erica King turned a lot of heads with their performance in the 500 freestyle. Making their WPIAL debut, the freshmen both qualified for the finals. King swam a 5:22.89 to finish seventh while Bonnett captured WPIAL gold with a 5:00:24, outracing Freeport's Bria Otwell (5:02.89).
In a non-section dual meet on December 5 this season, the sophomores had a chance to renew acquaintances. Bonnett and King went head-to-head in their premier event, the 500 freestyle. Bonnett once again won but the gap may be narrowing. Bonnett swam a 5:07.26, King swam a 5:25.55, less than three seconds off her WPIAL-qualifying time. Bonnett also won the 200 individual medley, her other WPIAL gold-medal event from last season.