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SPRING GROVE — When swimming practice opened at Spring Grove High School this year, Colton Boyles had a flashback to three seasons ago.

“My freshman year, we only 12 on our team,” Boyles said.

This year’s team has even fewer swimmers. Just 10 represented the Rockets in Thursday’s crossover meet against Dover.

“We had a phenomenal year my freshman year,” Boyles said. “We lost just one meet (Dallastown) and tied South Western. We didn’t have a whole bunch of guys, but the skill set we had was outstanding. This year, I believe is the same as my freshman year.”

The small sqaud came up big on Thursday afternoon by gaining a hard-fought 92-83 decision.

The Dover girls, meanwhile defeated the Spring Grove girls, 106.5-78.5.

The boys’ meet went down to the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Spring Grove entered with an 84-77 lead, and the Rockets’ quartet of Boyles, Taylor Myers, Nolan Kling and Collin Ruby clinched the victory by finishing first in a time of 3 minutes, 30.87 seconds.

Spring Grove also captured the other two relays, the 200 medley and 200 freestyle. The three victories accounted for 24 points.

Kling, Myers, Ruby and Justin Culp were on the 200 medley team, and Boyles, Culp, Jay Kuhn and Corey Roberts comprised the 200 freestyle team.

Kling (200 freestyle), Myers (200 individual medley), Ruby (50 freestyle) and Culp (100 breaststroke) won individual races.

“With 10 guys, it’s so hard, you know, because we have one open lane in almost every event,” Boyles said. “I knew it was going to be a tight one today. My coach told me that if we got second in the last relay, we would win by one point. We’re determined to win. We set our hearts on it (winning Thursday’s meet), and we got it. We achieved it.”

Spring Grove head coach Peggy Kile reworked the lineup a number of times heading into meet against Dover.

“Some of them (Spring Grove swimmers) were not in their comfort zone today swimming their normal events,” Kile said. “Luckily, it worked out. My 500 (freestyle) swimmer, Corey (Roberts) did really well. He swam the 500 (second place), then the 200 free relay and the backstroke (second place). That’s three events in a row, and that happens when you only have 10.”

Kile, like Boyles, was not surprised the outcome wasn’t determined until the 12th and final event.

“We saw them (Dover) at the Dover Invitational, and knew they would swim well, I was really pleased with the way my guys performed,” she said.

Casey Marshall earned first-place finishes for Dover in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Girls’ meet: The Dover girls, meanwhile, delivered an impressive showing, winning eight of 12 events, including all three relays.

The Eagles’ Morgan Staub put up the best times in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, and Lindsay Brenneman won the 500 freestyle and took second in the 100 butterfly. Both Staub and Brenneman swam on two of the winning relay teams.

Spring Grove’s Emily Jenkins touched home first in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Dover has captured the York-Adams Division II title the past four seasons, but the Eagles began the season minus a group of talented swimmers (Nicole Smith, Summer Dacheux, Mia Becker, Shea Beierschmitt and Rachel Spaulding), all of whom graduated last spring.

“Our kids performed above expectations today,” Dover head coach Rich Janosky said. “”It was nice to see them do season-best and lifetime-best times. It looked on paper like we would be third or fourth in our division and that we wouldn’t win the crossover with Spring Grove. Now, I think we have a viable chance in our division.”


Dallastown 143, Susquehannock 37: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first place in all 12 events to secure the non-divisional victory. Individually for Dallastown, Spencer Hill won the 200 free and 500 free, while Logan Brockway won the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

New Oxford 95, West York 75: At Graham Aquatics Center, Kyle DuPree led the Colonials to the non-divisional victory by capturing the 200 IM and 500 free. For the Bulldogs, Ben Spangler, Jake Spangler, Greg Landis and Jared May combined to win both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

Central York 121, Northeastern 61: At Central, the Panthers captured first place in all 12 events. As a team, the Panthers captured 36 points between the three relays.


Dallastown 152, Susquehannock 31: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in all 12 events to sweep to the non-divisional victory. Individually for the Wildcats, Erica Wise won the 50 free and 100 free, while Mikaelie Gonzalez won the 100 butterfly and 100 back.

West York 94, New Oxford 76: At Graham Aquatics Center, the Bulldogs, behind the foursome of Maelyn Elder, Claudia Keller, Taylor Hoover and Maddi Stoner, combined to win both the 200 free and 400 free relays to secure the non-divisional victory. Individually for West York, Hoover won the 200 free and 500 free, while Stoner won the 200 IM and 100 breast.

Central York 117, Northeastern 67: At Central, the Panthers captured first place in 9 of the 12 events. The Panthers picked up 32 points between the three relay events.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Spring Grove 84, Gettysburg 83: At Gettysburg, the Rockets captured the non-divisional meet by taking fist place in the 400 free relay behind the team of Collin Ruby, Colton Boyles, Nolan Kling and Taylor Myers. Individually for Spring Grove, Myers won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, For the Warriors, Logan Hyde won the 500 freestyle and 200 free. It was Gettysburg’s first York-Adams League meet.


Spring Grove 103, Gettysburg 50: At Gettysburg, the Rockets captured first place in nine of the 11 events to secure the non-divisional victory. Individually for the Rockets, Emily Jenkins won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, while Rebekah Keller won the 100 free and 100 back. For the Warriors, Annie Williams won the 200 free and 500 free.


Central York’s James Seymour wins the 200-yard freestyle during action at York Suburban on Thursday. He helped the Trojans to a 75-19 victory.

Central York’s James Seymour wins the 200-yard freestyle during action at York Suburban on Thursday. He helped the Trojans to a 75-19 victory. (BILL KALINA —

One-tenth of a second.

That minuscule margin proved to be the difference in Thursday night’s Central York-York Suburban girls’ swimming meet.

By winning the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:46.98, Central’s Sarah Hartman, Summer McIntyre, Sarah Spinney and Mackenzie Sopko pulled their team into a tie and in position for a comeback victory. Suburban’s Megan Hunt, Cara Zortman, Anna Schmittle and Madie Devaney gained three points by taking second in 1:47.08, and Central’s Lili Sweeney, Kayla Swaltek, Olivia Sopko and Brooke Hartzell earned a point for third by finishing in 1:51.83.

The Panthers’ Carley Vaughn and Olivia Sopko then followed with a one-two finish in the next event, the 100 backstroke, to give Central the lead for good.

Suburban, which led for the first seven events, made a late charge by winning the final relay, but the Panthers secured second in the same event and prevailed in a hotly contested crossover meet, 48-46.

The Central boys meanwhile, who are expected to be a power in York-Adams Division I this season, lived up to expectations by defeating the Trojans, 75-19.

Vaughn, who also won the 100 butterfly, was well aware of the big picture when she jumped into the pool for the 100 backstroke.

“I knew if Olivia and I went one-two, we would be ahead instead of tied,” the junior said. “We needed to do that.”

Before she and Sopko did their part, Vaughn was on the pool deck with her teammates cheering on Hartman, McIntyre, Spinney and Mackenzie Sopko.

“I was so excited,” Vaughn said. “I said, ‘yeah, she (Mackenzie Sopko) got in there.’ It was really close.”

Hartman, a freshman, swept the 50 and 100 freestyles for the Panthers, while Hunt, a sophomore, and Carson Gross, a junior, captured two first-place finishes apiece for the Trojans. Hunt touched home first in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and Gross recorded the fastest times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

“All I can say is that the kids swam fast, had some fun, and decided we were not afraid to race today,” Central head coach Jim Gingrich said. “We’ll look to carry that to next week and then our first meet back after Christmas vacation.”

Gingrich wasn’t surprised that neither team was able to gain much separation in the girls’ meet.

“We knew it was going to be close,” he said.

Despite the setback, Suburban showed it will definitely be a team to contend with this season.

The Central boys meanwhile, displayed their overall talent by winning every one of the 11 events. Jesse Tate and Alex Peckmann highlighted the Panthers’ triumph by securing two first-place finishes apiece. Tate, a junior, won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, and Peckmann, a freshman, placed first in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle. Tate set a school record in the 100 fly with a time of :53.87, and Peckmann erased the school mark in the 100 freestyle by finishing in :48.85.

“The kids work very, very well together,” Gingrich said. “We emphasize racing in practice with your teammates beside you and in your same lane. You have to learn to swim fast, whether it’s swimming, kicking or pulling. You have to develop that competitive edge so when you get in a meet, you say, ‘I can do this because I’ve done it in practice.'”


Dover 98, New Oxford 78: At Dover, the Eagles captured first place in all three relays to secure the non-divisional victory. Individually for the Eagles, Tobias Kwasnjuk won the 50 and 100 freestyles, while Casey Marshall won the 200 free and 100 back. For New Oxford, Kyle DuPree won the 500 free and 100 breast.

Red Lion 100, Northeastern 80: At Manchester, the Lions captured first place in 10 of the 12 events in the non-divisional victory. Individually for the Lions, Dylan North won the 200 free and 100 free, Nick Petrella won the 200 IM and 100 back and Colin Sload-Diehl won the 100 fly and 50 free.

Dallastown 131, West York 39: At Graham Aquatic Center, as a team, Dallastown captured first place in all 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Noah Brockway won the 100 free and 50 free, while Spencer Hill won the 200 IM and 100 back.

Susquehannock 87, South Western 83: At Shrewsbury YMCA, South Western won eight of the 11 events, but Susquehannock used superior depth to pull out the victory. The Warriors racked up seven second-places finishes to four for the Mustangs, and nine third-place finishes to just two for the visitors. Susquehannock also captured two of the three relays. Alex Yokem (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and Dan Maxwell (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) earned two first-place finishes apiece for South Western.


Dover 124, New Oxford 58: At Dover, the Eagles received two individual victories apiece from Maddi Hetrick (100 free, 100 back) and Morgan Staub (200 free, 500 free). For the Colonials, Regan Chalk (200 IM, 100 fly) took two events.

Red Lion 119, Northeastern 64: At Manchester, the Lions captured first place in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for the Lions, Jessica Sun captured the 200 free and 100 breast, Courtney Schaefer won the 200 IM and 500 free and Amira Washington-Myers won the 50 free and 100 free.

Dallastown 109, West York 61: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Wildcats captured first place in two of the three relays to secure the non-divisional victory. Individually for the Wildcats, Erica Wise won the 50 free and 100 free. For the Bulldogs, Maelyn Elder won the 100 fly and 200 IM, while Taylor Hoover won the 200 free and 100 breast.

South Western 95, Susquehannock 74: At Shrewsbury YMCA, Allison Sell captured the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke to help power the Mustangs. Susquehannock’s Megan Keuler recorded the fastest times in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Northeastern 99, West York 80: At Manchester, Northeastern finished one-two in the final event of the evening, the 400 freestyle relay, to clinch the victory. The Bobcats were leading 87-78 heading into the last relay. Devin Soop captured the 100 and 200 freestyles for the winners and anchored two winning relay teams. West York’s Greg Landis put up the fastest times in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke along with swimming the leadoff leg on the winning 200 medley relay team.


West York 102, Northeastern 83: At Manchester, the Bulldogs got their season off to a strong start by winning 10 of 12 events. Taylor Hoover (200 IM and 100 butterfly) and Maelyn Elder (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke) earned two individual victories apiece for West York. Elder, a sophomore, and Hoover, a junior, were also part of two winning relay teams.




Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander swims the 100 backstroke final during the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Bucknell University on Thursday. She finished
Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander swims the 100 backstroke final during the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Bucknell University on Thursday. She finished third in the race. (BILL KALINA —

When Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander stepped off the medals podium at the girls’ Class AAA swimming championships on Thursday night, Oberlander’s teammates greeted her with rhythmic clapping and by calling out her name.

“It was slightly embarrassing,” Oberlander joked. “They were happy for me, and they wanted me to do well. Being a part of this team was everything I thought it would be.”

Oberlander, a sophomore, joined the Wildcats this year after swimming solely for a club team as a freshman.

She closed out a memorable initial varsity season by winning a bronze medal at the PIAA meet in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.75 seconds.

Hershey star Meaghan Raab won the event in a state-record time of :53.08.

Northeastern’s Niki Price swims the 100 freestyle final during the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Bucknell University on Thursday. She finished
Northeastern’s Niki Price swims the 100 freestyle final during the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Bucknell University on Thursday. She finished fourth. (BILL KALINA —

“Swimming in this meet gave me just a lot of motivation,” Oberlander said. “The crowd was great. This is my first state meet, and it will be nice to look back on.”

Oberlander also joined with Julia Casolo, Erica Wise and Alyssa Bixler to place 14th in the 400 freestyle relay.

Price takes fourth: Northeastern’s Niki Price, who won the gold medal in the 100 butterfly on Wednesday night, finished fourth in the 100 freestyle. Price lowered her time to :50.79 from the :51.27 mark she recorded in the preliminaries.

“I thought she had a good swim,” Northestern coach Dan Schaeberle said. “That was her second-best time ever. She (Price) went up against girls who are 50 freestylers.”

Schaeberle said that Price, who will swim at Penn State, had a phenomenal meet.

“When it came to the 100 butterfly, the goal was to come here and win,” he said. “This (the medal in the 100 freestyle) was extra icing on the cake.”

Bixler, along with taking a leg on the 400 freestyle relay, placed 13th in the 100 freestyle.

Dallastown boys excel: In the AAA boys’ meet, Dallastown seniors Trevor Hine, Corey Stauffer and Mason Tate closed out highly successful careers by helping the Wildcats finish third in the consolation final (11th overall) of the 400 freestyle relay.

Hine, Stauffer and Tate combined with junior Noah Brockway for a time of 3:09:85, just behind North Penn (3:09:44) and Erie Cathedral Prep (3:09:71).

Earlier in the meet, Hine placed second in the consolation final (10th overall) of the 500 freestyle. He lowered his time from 4:36:80 in the preliminaries to 4:35:36.

Brockway, meanwhile, placed 15th in the 100 backstroke.

He’ll return to the Wildcats next season, but Hine, Stauffer, Tate and five other seniors will graduate, leaving a huge talent gap to fill in the program that has dominated York-Adams swimming.

“They (the seniors) helped create a legacy which, hopefully, will be with us forever,” Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. “They will always have a special place in our heart.”

Asked what helped make this group of seniors special, Howley said: “Their individuality and their love of something bigger than themselves (doing what the team needed), which put them on the map. We brought six relay teams (three boys and three girls) here.”

Preliminaries: Nicole Smith of Dover placed 20th in the girls’ 100 freestyle with a time of :53.03.

In the boys’ AAA preliminaries, Chance King of Red Lion finished 22nd in the 100 backstroke with a time of :52.77, and Corey Stauffer of Dallastown was 26th in the 100 freestyle with a :48.06 performance.

In girls’ diving, Taylor Bahoric of Dover placed 22nd with a score of 164.45 after five dives. The original field of 32 was cut to 20 for the semifinals, which followed the opening five dives.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at



LEWISBURG — Being the defending champion brings its share of pressure.

Northeastern’s Niki Price felt it.

Price, though, didn’t let the pressure overwhelm her when she pursued a second-straight state swimming title on Wednesday night at Bucknell University.

“I used it (the pressure) to motivate me,” Price said after she achieved her goal of repeating as the PIAA Class AAA champion in the 100-yard butterfly.

Price captured the gold medal in dominating fashion with a time of 54.61 seconds. She set the tone by putting up the best time in the preliminaries (54.99) and then bettering that performance in the final.

“I knew my walls (turns) were absolutely awful this morning (in the preliminaries), and I knew there was room for improvement,” she said. “It feels pretty good to win again.”

Asked how winning a gold medal in her senior year compares to winning one in her junior year, Price said: “Both are special to me. I’m glad I have them.”

Price left no doubt about the outcome in her latest gold-medal swim by leading practically from start to finish. Price won the district title this year in the second half of the race.

“She went out faster (in the state swim),” Northeastern head coach Dan Schaeberle said. “Last year, when she came up here, it was, ‘we’ll see what happens.’ This year, it was, ‘let’s go to states and win it.'”

Price will go after a second gold medal on Thursday in the 100 freestyle.

“Back-to-back years are cool, but back-to-back days are even cooler,” Schaeberle said.

Three other York-Adams girls’ swimmers won medals. Alyssa Bixler of Dallastown placed sixth in the 50 freestyle and Nicole Smith of Dover and Kacey Oberlander of Dallastown finished eighth in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, respectively.

Dallastown’s 200 free relay team (Bixler, Erica Wise, Justina Thornley and Julia Casolo) placed 11th, and the Wildcats’ 200 medley relay team (Oberlander, Jena Woods, Casolo and Wise) came in 14th.

Bixler improved her preliminary time by putting up a :24.04 in the 50 free final.

“I was really happy with that,” she said. “The relay team also dropped its time. It was a great way to finish my career in those events.”

Bixler will swim again on Thursday in the 100 free and as part of the 400 free relay team.

Dallastown boys shine: The Dallastown boys’ swimming team delivered some tremendous performances against ultra-fast competition on Wednesday.

The Wildcats earned medals in three events, one individual and two relays, on the first day of the two-day AAA championships.

Trevor Hine broke a 16-year-old school record in the 200 individual IM to capture a fourth-place medal. Hine covered the distance in 1:52:22.

Noah Brockway, Mason Tate, Spencer Hill and Corey Stauffer finished fourth in the 200 medley relay, and Hine, Stauffer, Hill and Brockway placed sixth in the 200 free relay.

“Is it nice to win gold? Yes,” Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. “But we won gold in our own right. The 200 freestyle (relay) is an All-American time, Trevor’s time is an All-American time, and the guys set an All-American time in the medley relay at districts. Plus, all three times are school records.”

Hine was confident entering the IM that he could better his morning preliminaries’ effort of 1:53:46.

“I knew I was going to drop more because I’m more of a night swimmer,” he said. “I’m really happy with my swim.”

Stauffer, who like Hine is a senior, was thrilled that he was able to make two trips to the medal stand.

“It feels amazing to finish my senior year with two medals,” Stauffer said. “I knew our medley relay would be strong, but it proved to be our strongest relay.”

Hill, a sophomore, along with swimming legs on the two relay teams, placed 14th in the consolation final of the 100 fly. He holds the school record (:50.82) in the event.

Preliminaries: Dover’s 200 free team of Rachel Spaulding, Mia Becker, Summer Dacheux and Nicole Smith placed 19th in the girls’ 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.53.

Other York-Adams finishers in the morning preliminaries were: Dallastown’s Mason Tate, 26th in the boys’ 200 IM (1:59:86); Red Lion’s Chance King, 27th in the boys’ 100 fly (52:88); Red Lion’s Courtney Schaefer, tied for 29th in the girls’ 200 IM (2:12:99); and South Western’s Andrew Feeser, 30th in the boys’ diving (147.15).

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at



Northeastern’s Niki Price will return this week to the place where she recorded history.

The Bobcats’ senior became the first female swimmer from her school to win a state swimming title.

Price captured the Class AAA 100-yard butterfly crown during the 2013 Class AAA girls’ meet at Bucknell University.

The swimmers will be back at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium this week for the 2014 state championships.

The Class AAA competition, girls and boys, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The swimmers from AA schools, meanwhile, will compete for medals on Friday and Saturday.

Price is tied for third in the seeded times for the 100 fly with a performance of 55.69 seconds. However, she went more than a second faster last year to win the championship.

The 100 butterfly isn’t the only event where Price is in the hunt for a gold medal.

She’s seeded second in the 100 freestyle with a time of :50.64, which is just one-hundredth of a second behind top-seeded Katie Ford of Mount Lebanon.

While Price will close out her high school career at Bucknell, another female swimmer from York County will enter her first state meet with the top times in two Class AA events.

West York freshman Courtney Harnish, who electrified the crowd at the District 3 Meet with two record-breaking swims, is seeded first in the 200 freestyle (1:47:16) and 500 freestyle (4:44:62).

Harnish could possibly take down two more records in the most prestigious meet of the season.

The Class AA state girls’ record in the 200 free is 1:47:05 and the 500 free mark is 4:43.93.

In the AA girls’ meet, York Suburban’s 200 medley relay team of Carson Gross, Megan Hunt, Emily Schmittle and Anna Schmittle is seeded second, and the Suburban team of Will Massey, John Spinello, Matt Spinello and Alex Fridman holds the third-fastest time in the Boys’ AA 200 medley relay.

In the AAA girls’ meet, Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander is seeded third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley.

The Dallastown boys’ swimmers, who dominated the York-Adams Honor Roll all season, will undoubtedly make their presence felt in the medal chase at the ultra-fast Class AAA meet. The Wildcats are coming off a strong showing in the District 3 Meet, where they placed second to a powerhouse Hershey team.

— Dick VanOlinda writes about high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at



Niki Price of Northeastern will return in a quest for a second straight title.

Freshman sensation Courtney Harnish of West York, meanwhile, will make her meet debut after a sensational regular season during which she broke four league records.

Another freshman, Megan Hunt of York Suburban, will enter with the fastest time in a bid for a gold medal, and Dallastown star Trevor Hine will go after another crown in one event while renewing a rivalry in a second event.

Hanover junior Jordan Lytle, who doesn’t have an opportunity to swim for a team during the regular season because his school doesn’t sponsor swimming, will seek to turn a top-seeded time into a gold medal.

Those are some of the storylines for the District 3 Swimming Championships which will take place on Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.

Price, a senior, captured the district title last year in the Girls’ Class AAA 100 butterfly. She followed up by winning the state crown at Bucknell University. Price, who will swim next year at Penn State, is top seeded in this year’s 100 fly with a time of 57.19.

Harnish, meanwhile, burst on the swimming scene this year by establishing new York-Adams League records in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle. She has the fastest times in the Girls’ Class AA 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle heading into the district meet. Harnish’s time in the 200 (1:49:26) is faster than the current district record, and her time in the 500 (4:46:66) is just two-hundreds of a second off the district mark.

Hunt comes in with the best time in the Girls’ Class AA 100 breaststroke. York Suburban, the defending team champion, also owns the top seeds in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Hine is seeded behind Manheim Township’s Dan Ross in the Boys’ Class AAA 200 IM, but the Dallastown standout won the event last year in a time of 1:53.24.

The Florida State-bound Hine finished just three-hundreds of a second behind Hershey’s Zach Luttrell in last year’s 500 freestyle. Look for another terrific race this year as Luttrell checks in with a time of 4:38.11, and Hine enters with a performance of 4:39.33. Hine’s time is a York-Adams League record.

The district meet will feature outstanding races, and maybe, even some surprises.

Winning a medal is certainly every swimmer’s goal, but at the same time, each swimmer will also focus on earning a qualifying time to the biggest meet of the season: the PIAA Championships on March 12-15 at Bucknell University.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

York Dispatch Staff Report

West York’s Erica Sarver finished second in the District 3-AA Girls’ Diving Championships on Wednesday night at Big Spring High School.

Sarver finished with a total of 331.25 points. Palmyra’s Brianna Urich won the event at 346.05.

Northeastern’s Joseph Writer took seventh in the boys’ event at 220.10. Trinity’s Brad Buchter won at 528.05.

Sarver and Writer were the only York-Adams athletes competing in the event.



Spencer Hill and Taylor Hoover will return to Central York High School on Friday, the scene of their dazzling debuts at the York-Adams League Swimming Championships.

The two freshmen delivered gold-medal winning swims last year at the league meet.

Hill, of Dallastown High School, won the boys’ 100-yard butterfly in a time of 54.82 seconds, and Hoover, of West York, captured the girls’ 500 freestyle in 5:05:42.

“I was ecstatic,” Hill recalled during practice on Wednesday afternoon. “There is nothing like it, winning as a freshman. I was kind of surprised, though. I was racing against a couple of my friends.”

Hoover described the scene as “crazy” after she won.

“It was surprising to myself, the coaches and team,” she said. “It was an awesome atmosphere to be around.”

West York head coach David Tate said the coaching staff hasn’t asked Hoover to swim the 500 as much this year as last year.

“We have some freshmen who we wanted to see what they can do in the event,” Tate said. “Swimming the 500 is both physical and mental. Without the physical training, you’re not going to last, but without the killer instinct, you won’t be able to go for it and finish strong in the last two or three laps.”

Hill, who holds the fastest butterfly time going into this year’s event, enjoys competing in the demanding event.

“Not many people swim it because it’s a tough event. It’s one of the hardest strokes to swim,” he said. “I put in a lot of hard work over the summer, and I’ve been training hard here (with the Dallastown team).”

Hoover is seeded second in the 500 freestyle this year behind York Suburban’s Carson Gross. The 20-lap event is the longest one in a high school meet.

“It’s such a long race, and you have to sprint it all the way,” Hoover said. “I’m coming off an injury (shoulder), but I’m back and better than ever and looking to do better (time wise) than last year.”

Hill’s seeded time this year (:52.38) is more than two seconds better than his winning time of last year.

“Spencer’s form is beautiful, and he’s taller and bigger this year,” Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. “He has big dreams. He wants to go to a Division I college for swimming.”

Dominant Dallastown: Hill is part of a dominating high school team that recently captured its sixth straight York-Adams Division I title. The Wildcats have won 19 of the last 23 division crowns.

Dallastown swimmers are seeded first in six of the eight individual events and all three relays for the league meet.

The Widcats’ Trevor Hine (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) and Corey Stauffer (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) gained two top seeds apiece.

Two Dallastown female swimmers, Alyssa Bixler and Kacey Oberlander, are each seeded first in a pair of races for the girls’ meet. Bixler will enter with the top times in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and Oberlander will check in with the best times in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. The Dallastown girls, who have also won 19 of the last 23 Division I titles, hold the top seed in five of the eight individual events, along with all three relays.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


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