By DICK VanOLINDA The York Dispatch
MANCHESTER — The motivation for this year’s York Suburban boys’ swimming season was supplied last season.
“We had a lot of tough, close meets that we didn’t come out on top,” Trojans’ head coach Craig Brennan said following Thursday night’s 103-76 victory over Northeastern. “I don’t know if that puts a chip on your shoulder or not, but, for our boys, we just have something that we want to prove. Not to anyone else, but to ourselves, that we can be the best team we want to be.”
The Trojans have been making their case all season.
After winning Thursday’s matchup of 3-0-0 York-Adams Division II teams, they can win the title outright with a victory next Thursday over Dover.
The Suburban girls will also take a perfect league mark into their showdown with unbeaten Dover. The Trojans defeated Northeastern, 116-63, to remain undefeated.
Suburban’s boys captured 10 of the 11 swimming events against Northeastern, including all three relays.
“Everyone did a great job,” Trojans’ junior Nolan Walker said. “Northeastern is a great team, and they’ve really improved. (The Bobcats didn’t win a single league meet the past two seasons). I was just really excited for this meet.”
Walker, Will Massey and Kyle Posenau earned two-first-place finishes apiece for the Trojans. All three were also part of two winning relays.
Walker captured the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Massey took the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and Posenau the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Massey put up a time of 57.68 seconds in the backstroke, and Northeastern’s Cavan Irvine finished second in a school-record time of :58.02.
Suburban’s Alex Fridman edged teammate John Spinello, :24.68 to :24.94, for first in the 50 free.
The host of outstanding performances helped put the Trojans in position to win the division crown they last captured in 2009. Dover was the champion the past two years.
“We tied West York last year, and then we lost to Dover,” Walker said. “We used (the loss to Dover) for us in meets this year. We said, ‘this is not happening again.'”
Girls’ meet: Suburban’s girls, meanwhile, displayed their depth by winning seven individual events without having a double winner.
The Trojans prevailed in two of three relays.
In the 100 butterfly, Suburban’s Carsyn Smith touched home just ahead of Northeastern’s Katlyn Rode, 1:11.63 to 1:11.71.
Northeastern’s Morgan McCurdy won a hotly contested duel with Suburban’s’ Emily Schmittle in the 100 free, :59.46 to :59.51.
Bobcats’ diving star Becca Gross established two more marks on the night she was honored for establishing two records.
Gross racked up a school- and pool- record score of 292.40 for six dives.
Before the meet, Gross was recognized for setting school marks for six dives (257.35) and 11 dives (443.05).
“It (the pool record) was a goal, but I didn’t think I would do it tonight,” Gross said. “I was in my zone, and I tried to do my best on every dive.”
The former six-dive and 11-dive school record holders, Heather Bincarowsky Green and Aimee Miller, were on hand to watch Gross accomplish her mission.
“It was nice to see the alumni come back,” Gross said.
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