With championships canceled, PIAA awards Shamokin's Doss two gold metals

Shamokin Area’s Abby Doss, right, reacts to winning the 500-yard freestyle at the 2019 PIAA Class 2A swimming championships at Bucknell University.

LEWISBURG — Bucknell swimming head coach Dan Schinnerer announced Tuesday that 2020 Shamokin Area graduate Abby Doss will join the Bison’s swimming & diving team as a transfer.

“We are very excited to have Abby join our team,” Schinnerer said. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching her swim career progress since she is from the area. I have seen what a talented and hard-working young woman she is.”

Doss was a seven-time PIAA state champion during her high school career with the Indians, winning four gold medals in the 500-meter freestyle and three in the 200-meter individual medley. In addition, Doss was an eight-time YMCA national champion as a member of the Sunbury YMCA swim team.

Doss will be joining Bucknell’s swim team after swimming four different individual events as a first-year athlete at North Carolina State University during the 2020-21 season.

The Shamokin native competed in the 2021 Olympic Trials earlier this month in Omaha, Nebraska. In the prelims, she swam in the 400-meter freestyle and finished with a time of 4:16.33.

Doss is one of 12 newcomers Bucknell will welcome this fall. Earlier this June, Schinnerer announced the addition of 11 first-year swimmers.

The Bison are in the midst of a historically successful period. Over the course of the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns, they went a combined 21-2 (16-2 Patriot League) in dual meet competition, with their two losses coming to Patriot League champion Navy. They wrapped up their 2019-20 dual meet schedule with a sterling 10-1 (7-1 Patriot League) ledger. With their rivalry win over Lehigh, they reached the double digits in victories during a single season for the sixth time in program history.

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