York Suburban’s Madie Devaney is congratulated after her win in the 50-yard freestyle against West York during action at Graham Aquatic Center on Thursday. (BILL KALINA — firstname.lastname@example.org)
By winning the very first event of the meet, York Suburban swimmers Carsyn Smith, Keelie Walker, Jenna Hufnagle and Madie Devaney set the tone for a championship-clinching night.
The Trojans’ foursome captured the 200-yard medley relay by a razor-thin six-hundredths of a second to help their team grab a 10-4 lead.
Suburban continued on to a 104-66 victory over West York to wrap up its first York-Adams Division II crown since 2010.
Both the Trojans and Bulldogs entered the meet at the Graham Aquatic Center with perfect 4-0 division records.
The Suburban boys, meanwhile, downed West York, 116-54, to complete a 4-1 Division II season.
“That was a bit of a surprise,” Suburban head coach Craig Brennan said when asked his reaction to the 200 medley relay. “I wasn’t anticipating the outcome of that race. It did get us fired up for every race beyond it.”
Devaney, a junior, was trailing on the final leg of the medley (the freestyle), but she made up the deficit and touched home just ahead of the West York swimmer.
“We really stepped up for that race,” Devaney said. “They (her teammates) put me in a good position, and I definitely had to bring it home.”
Devaney also brought it home three events later when she won the 50-yard freestyle.
“I was scared going into that 50, but at the end of the day, I just wanted to win,” she said.
Devaney delivered a winning time of 25.87 seconds.
“She talked about wanting to do some times,” Brennan said. “She had a very good week of work, and it showed in the meet today.”
Devaney also placed second to West York’s Maddi Stoner in the 100 freestyle and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Carson Gross also stood out for the Trojans by winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle along with swimming on the 400 freestyle relay team.
West York’s Maelyn Elder recorded the best times in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
After coming in second to Dover four straight seasons, Suburban is the 2014-15 champion.
“All of us knew going in (to the season), it was going to be close,” Devaney said. “We worked really hard for that division title, and we weren’t letting someone else have it.”
Boys’ meet: Alex Patterson (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle), Aidan Fryar (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) and Karl Schmittle (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) each recorded two first-place finishes in individual events for the Suburban boys. Schmittle and Patterson were part of two winning relay teams.
The Trojans’ only league loss this season was a two-point setback to Susquehannock.
“Overall, we’re young,” Brennan said. “We graduate five seniors on both the boys’ and girls’ teams. We had some great step-up swims by some of our freshmen and sophomores today. I’m happy for our girls. There isn’t one (swimmer) who doesn’t put in the effort, top to bottom.”
West York’s Elder, Stoner, Taylor Hoover and Claudia Keller set a girls’ team record in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:47.56.
Suburban’s Devaney, Gross, Megan Hunt and Anna Schmittle won the hotly-contested event by four-hundredths of a second, finishing in 3:47.52.
OTHER BOYS’ SWIMMING
Dover 103, Northeastern 79: At Dover, Jamie Kohler broke a school record in diving with 210.90 points to help the Eagles to a York-Adams Division II victory. Also for Dover, Casey Marshall took first in the 200 free and 500 free, Hunter Link won the 100 fly and 100 back and Brannon Boyd won the 200 IM and 100 breast.
Central York 130, South Western 53: At Central, the Panthers captured first in 10 of the 12 events to help them secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Panthers, Jesse Tate won the 200 IM and 500 free, while Alec Peckmann won the 50 free and 100 back. Central improved to 4-1-0 in the division and 7-1-0 overall.
OTHER GIRLS’ SWIMMING
Dover 122.50, Northeastern 60.50: At Dover, the Eagles captured first in nine of the 12 events to help them secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Eagles, Maddi Hetrick won the 50 free and 100 free, Allie Aspey won the 200 IM and 100 breast and Lindsay Brenneman won the 100 fly and 100 free. Dover improved to 3-2-0 in the division and 6-2-0 overall.
Central 122, South Western 64: At Central, the Panthers used a team effort in capturing the York-Adams Division I victory by securing first place in all three relay events, while picking up a total of 34 points between the three relays. For the Mustangs, Alison Sell took first place in the 200 IM and 100 breast. Central improved to 3-2-0 in the division and 6-2-0 overall.
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