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It was Day 4 of the YMCA Short Course National Championships on Thursday, and once again, swimmers from the York YMCA were back competing and earning hardware in Greensboro, North Carolina.

West York sophomore Courtney Harnish was the only gold-medal winner during Thursday’s events, taking first in the 500-yard freestyle. Her time of 4 minutes, 40.11 seconds was just under a second off of her national record time of 4:39.13, set during last year’s event.

Also competing in the event was Harnish’s York YMCA teammate, Leah Braswell. She took second in the event, coming in more than three seconds behind Harnish with a time of 4:43.71.

Harnish also competed in the 200-yard medley relay with Kacey Oberlander, Meghan Small and Emily Ilgenfritz. Together, the group took home silver in a time of 1:41.97. It was the third medal in the week-long event for Oberlander, who’s a junior at Dallastown. It was also the third silver medal in a relay event for Ilgenfritz, a junior at Central York. For Small, a native of Manchester, Maryland, it was her sixth medal for the week and her third silver in a relay event.

The only medal winner on the men’s side for the York YMCA was Zach Snyder, a junior from Cumberland Valley, who won his second medal this week, finishing second in the men’s 500-yard free event. His time of 4:24.04 was only .43 seconds behind champion Grant House of Ohio.

With one day remaining in the competition, the York YMCA women sit in second place in the team competition with 324 points, 33 behind first-place Middle Tyger YMCA from South Carolina.

 

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Dallastown swimming coach Rich Howley has his boys’ and girls’ programs on a serious roll.

Dallastown swimming coach Rich Howley has his boys’ and girls’ programs on a serious roll. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

RED LION — At some point, all dynasties must end.

However, for the Dallastown swimming program, now is not that time.

Both the girls’ and boys’ teams captured York-Adams League Division I titles on Thursday, swimming to 119-51 victories over Red Lion in both meets. That marks the 11th straight crown for the girls’ team, while the boys’ team recorded its seventh in a row.

For one team in a swimming program to sustain that level of success is an impressive feat, but for both teams to seemingly have a stranglehold on the division is something that is to be greatly admired. Dallastown coach Rich Howley believes that the competition has a lot to do with how hard his team must work for each win.

“It doesn’t happen without great competition,” he said. “My hats off to the whole league, all the teams … We knew how good they were, so it takes us to rise up to the occasion.”

While there was a lot at stake in both the boys’ and girls’ meets, the girls’ meet pitted two teams that entered the evening 4-0 in division competition, with the winner of Thursday’s meet claiming the outright title, while the loser was sent home empty-handed.

And the meet couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Dallastown girls (7-1 overall, 5-0 Division I). Right out of the gate, the 200 medley relay team of Anna Hess, Jena Woods, Mikaelie Gonzalez and Erica Wise set a new Red Lion pool record with a time of 1 minute, 51.59 seconds.

“I said it after the Central (York) meet that medleys are nice,” Howley said. “It got the ball rolling and helped out quite a bit.”

The 200 medley relay victory was just the first of eight event wins for the Wildcats, who also won the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay, while also finishing 1-2-3 in the 100 freestyle.

Aside from being part of two of the three victorious relay teams, Hess also took home first place in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke for Dallastown. Wise was the other big performer for the Wildcats, swimming to victories in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Schaefer shines for Lions: There was one bright spot for the Lions (7-2 overall, 4-1 Division I). Senior Courtney Schaefer tied a school record, set previously by Morgan Pfaff, in the 200 freestyle in her last-ever race at Red Lion. It was a nice send off for the senior, who will swim for Georgia Southern University next year, in what was otherwise a tough day for the Lions.

“Morgan Pfaff is one the best swimmers, if not the best swimmer, to come through here,” Red Lion coach Chris Doemland said. “So for Courtney to do that was something special. Courtney has, throughout her career, just been an amazing swimmer and an amazing teammate, so she’ll have to go down as one of the best to ever do it.”

While Dallastown again reigns supreme in York-Adams Division I, all is not lost for the Lions’ girls team that took a major step forward after so many down years.

“Two years ago, the girls didn’t win a meet in our division,” Doemland said. “So, in a two-year span, to go from that to the right to swim for a championship was awesome.”

Boys’ meet: In the boys’ meet, much like the girls’ meet, the Wildcats opened with the 200 medley relay team of Noah Brockway, Grant Wertz, Spencer Hill and Braedon Erne setting a pool record, with a time of 1:39.06. That effort kick-started Dallastown (8-0 overall, 5-0 Division I) toward wins in 10 of the 11 events and prevented the Lions (6-3 overall, 3-2 Division I) from claiming a share of the league title.

The Wildcats won all three relay events and the only event that they didn’t win, the 500 freestyle, which was won by Red Lion’s Dylan North, they had swimmers finish second and third.

In his final regular-season meet, Brockway finished first in three events — the 200 medley relay, 100 back and 400 free relay. His strong performance helped the senior class cap off an undefeated York-Adams League record, one that he could only describe with one word.

“Special,” Brockway said. “I keep saying it’s special, but it is. To go undefeated, not many teams in athletics at the high school level can say that, for four years, they’ve gone undefeated in their sport, so it’s nice and a good accomplishment.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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York Suburban’s Carson Gross swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle against West York at Graham Aquatic Center on Thursday.

York Suburban’s Carson Gross swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle against West York at Graham Aquatic Center on Thursday. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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

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 — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

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.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

Spring Grove 94, South Western 78: At Hanover, the Rockets captured first place in all three relays to secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Rockets, Justin Culp won the 200 IM and 100 breast, while teammate Taylor Myers won the 100 back and 100 fly.

Central York 116, Red Lion 54: The visiting Panthers won all but one of the 11 events. Central was led by Jesse Tate, who took first in the 200 free and 100 fly and swam legs on the winning 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams, and Erik Peckmann, who took first in the 50 free and 100 free and swam legs on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams. Dylan North placed first for Red Lion in the 500 free.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Spring Grove 119, South Western 63: At Hanover, the Rockets captured first place in 10 of the 12 events to secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Rockets, Emily Jenkins won the 200 IM and 100 fly, while Ashton Miller won the 200 free and 500 free.

Red Lion 92, Central York 78: The host Lions won nine of the 11 events to defeat the visiting Panthers. Jessica Sun (200 free, 500 free), Amira Washington-Myers (50 free, 100 free) and Courtney Schaefer (100 fly, 100 back) each won two events and swam legs on the winning 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams. For Central, the Panthers won the 200 medley relay, with Carley Vaughn, Leah Martin, Sarah Spinney and Sarah Hartman teaming up, and Mackenzie Sopko won the 200 IM. The Red Lion girls are 4-0 tied for first place in York-Adams Division I with Dallastown.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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Susquehannock teammates cheer on Mark Freidhoff as he swims the beaststroke leg of the 200 individual medley against Northeastern on Thursday. Freidhoff

Susquehannock teammates cheer on Mark Freidhoff as he swims the beaststroke leg of the 200 individual medley against Northeastern on Thursday. Freidhoff won that event to help the Warriors to a 93-89 victory. Susquehannock clinched at least a share of the York-Adams Division II boys’ swimming title. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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MANCHESTER — The Susquehannock boys’ swimming team achieved an historic victory on Thursday night by doing what it’s done all season — win a close meet.

The Warriors defeated Northeastern, 93-89, to clinch at least a share of the York-Adams Division II championship. It’s the first swimming title for Susquehannock, which began competing in the sport during the 1998-99 season.

The Warriors, 4-0 in division meets and 5-1 overall, can win the crown outright by defeating Gettysburg next Thursday.

“It (winning the championship) feels amazing,” said Mark Freidhoff, one of five seniors on this year’s team. “After we won against South Western, we thought we can do this. After York Suburban (which had won the three previous division titles), it was, everyone else (future opponents), here we come.”

The Warriors edged York Suburban, 86-84, and topped South Western, 87-83.

Susquehannock’s depth also paid off in another close meet, 88-82 over Dover.

In Thursday’s meet, Susquehannock and Northeastern each recorded six first-place finishes.

The Warriors, though, gained valuable points when Northeastern was able to fill just two of its three lanes in four events: 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The 100 butterfly featured just four swimmers — three from Susquehannock and one from Northeastern.

“They killed us with depth,” Northeastern head coach Dan Schaeberle said. “They were a surprise this year.”

Susquehannock head coach Brian Wingert saw his team’s potential following the early-season cross-over victory over South Western.

“We looked really strong against South Western, and I saw that we were looking good against other teams,” he said.

Wingert credits his team’s dual-meet success to a strong “middle.”

“We don’t have a strong top end as other teams, but we win off our middle-speed kids finishing two-three-four,” he said.

Wingert became the head coach when Freidhoff and the other seniors were sophomores.

“The seniors and juniors have taken the reins and convinced the younger kids to swim year around,” the Warriors’ coach said. “The kids do the optional stuff and come in and watch videos.”

Freidhoff was the Warriors’ only double individual winner on Thursday. He captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and swam the third leg (butterfly) on the 200 medley relay team.

Drew Wilson, a freshman, won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle for Northeastern.

Girls’ meet: The Bobcats’ girls’ team, meanwhile, defeated Susquehannock, 123-56.

Abby Braswell (100 freestyle and 200 freestyle) and Reilly Kobus (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) delivered two first-place finishes for the Bobcats. Both also swam on a winning relay team.

Northeastern placed first in 11 of the 12 events.

“Our girls swam well,” Schaeberle said. “They swim so much better at home.”

OTHER BOYS’ SWIMMING

Dallastown 133, Spring Grove 50: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats broke multiple pool records in the York-Adams Division I victory. Spencer Hill broke the 200 IM record in 2:00.09 and broke the 100 fly mark in :53.18. Grant Wertz broke the 100 breast mark in 1:02.02, while Hill, Braedon Erne, Jake Stoner and Logan Brockway combined to break the 200 free relay record in 1:28.83. Logan Brockway took individual victories in the 200 free and 500 free, while Noah Brockway was first in the 100 back and 50 free. Dallastown improved to 4-0-0 in the division and 7-0-0 overall.

York Suburban 56, Dover 28: At Suburban, senior Diego Herrera was part of four wins for the Trojans, pacing them to a York-Adams Division II win. Freshman Aidan Fryar was part of two relay wins for Suburban and also took home first in the 50 free. For Dover, Hunter Link won the 500 free, while Casey Marshall won the 100 fly.

Central York 138, New Oxford 45: At Central, Alec Peckmann broke a school record in the 100 breast in 1:02.22 to help lead the Panthers. Peckmann also captured the 50 free. Teammate Jesse Tate came in behind Peckmann in the 100 breast to also break the previous school record. Erik Peckmann captured first in the 500 free and 200 free. Central improved to 2-1-0 in York-Adams Division I and 5-1-0 overall.

Red Lion 102, South Western 72: At South Western, the relay team of Colin Sload-Diehl, Jacob Lorenzen, Dylan North and Nick Petrella led the Lions to two relay victories in a York-Adams Division I win. North also swam to first place in the 100 free and 500 free.

Gettysburg 102, West York 68: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs were led individually by Greg Landis, who won the 200 IM and 100 breast.

OTHER GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Dallastown 142, Spring Grove 41: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats captured first in 10 of the 12 events to secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Wildcats, Erica Wise won the 50 free and 100 free. For the Rockets, Emily Jenkins won the 100 fly and 200 IM. Dallastown improved to 4-0-0 in the division and 6-1-0 overall.

York Suburban 63, Dover 31: At Suburban, the Trojans swept all three relays and won nine of the 11 events en route to the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for Suburban, Megan Hunt won the 200 individual medley and 100 breast. For Dover, Morgan Staub won the 200 free and Lindsey Brenneman won the 500 free.

West York 96, Gettysburg 74: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs were led individually by Maddi Stoner, who was first in the 200 free and 100 fly, while Taylor Hoover won the 100 free and 100 breast. Maelyn Elder won the 50 free and 100 back. West York improved to 4-0-0 in York-Adams Division II and 5-2-0 overall.

Central York 124, New Oxford 58: At Central, the Panthers captured 28 points within the three relays to secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Colonials, Regan Chalk captured the 100 back and 100 fly. Central improved to 2-1-0 in the division and 5-1-0 overall.

Red Lion 126, South Western 57: At South Western, The Lions took home first place in 10 events, defeating the Mustangs in York-Adams Division I competition. Red Lion swept all three relays, while Hailey Welchans also took home first in the 50 free and 100 free.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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The Central York boys’ swimming team delivered a record-setting day in Tuesday’s non-league meet against Northern York.

The Panthers set new school marks in three events — the 200 medley relay, the 100 feeestyle and the 400 freestyle relay — en route to a 120-65 victory.

Central’s girls also were victorious, 123-60.

Panthers’ freshman star Alec Peckmann rewrote the 100 freestyle record when he touched home in 48.18 seconds. Peckmann also swam on the 400 free team with his brother, Erik, Will Hartzell and Jesse Tate. The quartet finished in a time of 3:19.03. Finally, Erik Peckmann, Jesse Tate, Aaron Tate and Ben Chu broke the 200 medley relay mark by completing the event in 1:41.18. Northern’s Josh Clarke put up a new Central pool record in the 200 free by swimming the eight laps in 1:44.68.

Carley Vaughn captured two events, the 50 free and 100 backstroke, to help power the Central girls past the Polar Bears. Vaughn also swam the leadoff legs on the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

OTHER BOYS’ SWIMMING

Susquehannock 88, Dover 82: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Warriors captured second and third place in the final event (400 free relay) to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Susquehannock used numbers to help them individually by taking multiple second and third places. Individually for the Eagles, Brannon Boyd won the 100 breaststroke and 500 free, Casey Marshall won the 100 back and 200 free and Hunter Link won the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Susquehannock improved to 3-0-0 in the division and 4-1-0 overall.

OTHER GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Dover 122, Susquehannock 48: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Eagles captured first place in 10 of the 11 events to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Eagles, Allie Aspey won the 200 IM and 100 fly, while Lindsay Brenneman won the 100 free and 200 free. Dover improved to 2-1-0 in the division and 5-1-0 overall.
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DOVER — While she continues her comeback from a pre-season injury, Taylor Hoover is playing a key role in a special season for West York’s girls’ swimming team.

Hoover, who sustained a fractured elbow during a club meet last summer in Canada, captured two individual events and swam on two winning relay teams as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division II by defeating Dover, 101-84.

The victory was a historic one for West York’s girls who not only kept their league record unblemished (3-0), but defeated their Route 74 North rival for the first time since taking up swimming in the late 90’s.

Dover, meanwhile, bested West York in the boys’ meet, 100-76.

Hoover recorded first-place finishes in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle along with a swimming a leg on two winning relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle).

It’s insane, I can’t express how happy I am,” the junior said. “My freshman year, we didn’t win a single meet.”

The elation Hoover was feeling on Thursday contrasted sharply with the disappointment she felt last summer.

“I was so discouraged,” Hoover said. “I’m definitely not where I want to be, but I’m on my way back.

“This is a hard sport to take two months off. “I’ve been swimming my whole life, and it was weird to take time off (following the injury).”

Hoover is among a group of talented young swimmers who are aiming to take the Bulldogs’ program to unprecedented heights.

Maddie Stoner, who won the 50 and 100 freestyles and swam on two winning relay teams during Thursday’s meet, is a freshman. Maelyn Elder, Claudia Keller and Erica Sarver are sophomores. Elder posted the fastest time in the 100 butterfly on Thursday, Keller touched home first in the 100 backstroke, and Sarver won the diving.

“I feel we’re going to have three to four amazing years,” West York head coach Nicole Flowers said. “Maddi (Stoner), I knew she was coming up (to the program), but I didn’t know how good she was. She’s performing well every single meet.”

Flowers called the victory over Dover, a tradition-rich program, “huge.”

“I graduated in 2006, and in all four years, we never came close to beating them,” she said. “We’re still in the running for a possible division title.”

West York won 10 of the 12 events against Dover including all three relays.

“They (West York) did a very nice job,” Dover head coach Rich Janosky said. “We knew it was going to be a difficult meet. I felt we had some nice swims.”

Janosky’s girls’ team won the last four Division II crowns before losing a group of outstanding swimmers to graduation.

In the boys’ meet, Hunter Link (200 and 500 freestyles), Tobias Kwasnjuk (50 and 100 freestyles) and Casey Marshall (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) earned two first-place finishes apiece for the Eagles. All three were part of two winning relay teams.

“It was a long time since we beat West York,” Janosky said.

Dover last defeated the Bulldogs in 2011.

Ben J. Spangler delivered two winning swims for West York in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

OTHER BOYS’ SWIMMING

Susquehannock 86, York Suburban 84: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Warriors captured second and third place in the final event (400 free relay) to secure the York-Adams League Division II victory. Individually for the Trojans, Karl Schmittle won the 200 and 100 free.

Dallastown 144, South Western 41: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first place in 11 of the 12 events to help them grab the easy York-Adams League Division I victory. Individually for the Wildcats, Logan Brockway won the 200 and 100 free, while teammates Noah Brockway won the 50 free, 100 back, Spencer Hill won the 200 IM, 100 fly.

Central 129, Spring Grove 51: At Central, the Panthers swept all 12 events in the York-Adams Division I meet. Jesee Tate (200 IM and 500 freestyle) and Alec Peckmann (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) recorded two first-place finishes for Central along with swimming a leg on a pair of winning relay teams.

Red Lion 105, New Oxford 65: At Red Lion, the Lions improved to 2-0-0 in York-Adams Division I and 5-1-0 ovrall with the victory. No other details were available.

OTHER GIRLS’ SWIMMING

York Suburban 134, Susquehannock 36: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Trojans captured first place in all 11 events to help them secure the York-Adams League Division II victory. Individually for the Trojans, Carson Gross won the 200 free and 100 back,

Dallastown 143, South Western 42: At Dallastown, Erica Wise led the Wildcats to the York-Adams League Division I victory by breaking a pool record in the 50 free with a time of 24.42. Wise also took first in the 100 free. Teammate Anna Hess won the 200 IM and 100 back.

Central 123, Spring Grove 62: At Central, Sarah Spinney led the way for the Panthers by capturing the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and swimming a leg on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. Emily Jenkins supplied Spring Grove’s only victories when she captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Red Lion 118, New Oxford 52: At Red Lion, the Lady Lions are now 2-0-0 in York-Adams Division I and 5-1-0 overall. No other details were available on Thursday’s meet.

— Reach Dick Van O’Linda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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Dallastown’s Spencer Hill wins the boys’ 200 individual medley against Central York on Thursday.

Dallastown’s Spencer Hill wins the boys’ 200 individual medley against Central York on Thursday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
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DALLASTOWN — The 2014-15 Dallastown High School swimmers are planning to write a new chapter in the program’s incredible success story.

The Wildcats’ guys and girls took an impressive step in their bids to add to the reputation of the York-Adams dynasties by opening the league season on Thursday afternoon with victories over Central York.

The Dallastown girls’ team triumphed, 122.5-63.5, while the Dallastown boys’ squad prevailed, 108-77.

Central’s teams are quality ones in themselves. Their only losses last season were to Dallastown, and both should do very well again this season in Division I.

The opening meets, though, belonged to Dallastown, which has captured 10 straight York-Adams girls’ crowns and six consecutive York-Adams boys’ titles.

“It’s kind of cool that we’re both on top and we understand that we’re not going to be part of the team that loses the streak,” Dallastown’s Erica Wise said. “As the meet started today, the girls all knew we could do it.”

Wise helped make the victory possible by delivering first-place finishes in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. The senior also swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay and the leadoff leg on the 200 freestyle relay.

Another Wildcats’ senior, Anna Hess, captured the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and swam on two winning relay teams, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.

Dallastown placed first in 10 of 12 events, including all three relays, and was never seriously challenged after opening a 46-16 advantage in the first four events.

“I was surprised (by the final margin) because in the past, we were close with them (Central),” Wise said.

Boys: The boys’ meet was a bit closer than the girls’ contest, but the Wildcats emerged on top with first-place finishes in nine of 12 events, sweeping the relays in the process.

Noah Brockway (50 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Spencer Hill (200 IM and 100 butterfly) won two individual events apiece and swam on two relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle).

“The past couple of days, I’ve never been so nervous for a meet,” Brockway said. “I couldn’t focus in school today. The energy level in the locker room was incredible, and starting off with a pool record was huge.”

Dallastown’s 200 medley relay team of Brockway, Grant Wertz, Spencer Hill and Brandon Erne put up a pool-record time of 1 minute, 38.37 seconds to set the tone for the rest of the meet.

“It was a perfect way to start the (league) season,” Brockway said.

While Brockway was a known swimmer heading into the season, the Wildcats have some newcomers who are helping to fill the void created by the graduation of a number of talented seniors.

Wertz, a freshman, won the 100 breaststroke, Jake Stoner, a sophomore, took second in the 50 freestyle, and Logan Brockway (Noah’s cousin) supplied second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

“It’s so impressive to see those guys come into the spotlight,” Noah Brockway said.

Brockway’s coach, Dallastown head coach Rich Howley, expected the boys’ meet to be much closer.

“It was within points on paper,” Howley said. “I’ve always been a big proponent that medley relay sets the key. The girls set it with almost a one-two (finish), and the boys came and set a record. That’s an All-American record (time) there.”

Central’s freshman star, Alec Peckmann, won the 200 and 500 freestyles, and the Panthers’ Jesse Tate established a school record with his time of :53.60 in the 100 butterfly. Dallastown’s Hill won the event in :52.08.

Also, Central diver, Garrett Sommer, set a team record with a score of 196.95 for six dives.

OTHER BOYS’ SWIMMING

Red Lion 92, Spring Grove 77: At Spring Grove, Dylan North led Red Lion to victory by setting the pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.22. The previous record was 2:02.49. Nicholas Petrella was involved of three of Lions’ six event wins, including the 200 free, 100 back and 400 free relay.

York Suburban 58, Northeastern 35: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first place in nine of the 11 events to secure the victory. Individually for the Trojans, Diego Herrera won the 200 free and 100 free, while Aidan Fryar won the 100 fly and 50 free.

Susquehannock 112, West York 58: At Graham Aquatic Center, Evan Mosko led the Warriors by capturing first in the 50 free and 100 free. For the Bulldogs, Ben Spangler won the 100 breast and 200 IM.

OTHER GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Red Lion 105, Spring Grove 71: At Spring Grove, Courtney Schaefer set a pool record of 2:08.64 in the 200 individual medley to help Red Lion to the meet win. The previous record was 2:09.93. The Lions won nine of the 12 events in the meet. For Spring Grove, Emily Jenkins set a pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of :59.58. The previous record was :59.64.

York Suburban 67, Northeastern 27: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in all 11 events to secure the Division II victory. Individually for the Trojans, Madie Devaney won the 100 free and 50 free, while teammate Jenna Hofnagle won the 100 fly and 100 back.

West York 119, Susquehannock 51: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs captured first in all 10 events to secure the Division II victory. Individually for the Bulldogs, Maelyn Elder won the 100 breast and 500 free.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

Spring Grove lost a pair of swimming meets to visiting Boiling Springs on Tuesday.

The Rocket boys fell, 104-75, while the Spring Grove girls lost, 93-90.

In the boys’ meet, Taylor Myers captured first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly to lead the Rockets.

In the girls’ meet, Emily Jenkins won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle for Spring Grove. Jenkins also broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time of 2 minutes, 12.71 seconds. The previous record was 2:14.46 by Claire Loht set in the 2009-2010 season.

 

BOYS’ SWIMMING

Dover 122, Cedar Cliff 39: At Cedar Cliff, the Eagles won every event in the easy win. Hunter Link (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Casey Marshall (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Brannon Boyd (100 breaststroke, 500 freestyle) each won two individual events for Dover.

Gettysburg 89, Northeastern 78: At Gettysburg College, Drake Myers won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke in a losing cause for the Bobcats. Gettysburg got two individual wins from Derek Ondrizek (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Logan Hyde (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle).

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Dover 104, Cedar Cliff 79: At Camp Hill, Allie Aspey led the Eagles to the non-league victory by capturing first place in the 200 IM and 100 breast. As a team, Dover captured first place in the 200 medley relay.

Northeastern 101, Gettysburg 64: At Gettysburg College, the Bobcats swept all three relays en route to the win. Abby Braswell won the 100 free and 100 backstroke for Northeastern. Annie Williams (200 free, 500 free) took two events for the Warriors.


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