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.
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