DALLASTOWN -- Two of the better girls' swim teams in the York-Adams League -- Dallastown and Dover -- finally met up for the first time in three years on Thursday.
It seemed only fitting that such a high-profile contest would come down to the final event.
Fortunately for longtime Dover coach Rich Janosky, having the quartet of Rachel Spaulding, Summer Dacheux, Nicole Smith and Aniella Janosky on his 400 free relay squad proved to be the difference.
Spaulding and Dacheux gave the Eagles the lead for Smith and Janosky, who closed out an historic victory in style. The Dover relay won the final event in 3 minutes, 45.87 seconds, nearly eight seconds ahead of Dallastown's top team.
Combined with a third-place finish in the event, the Eagles broke an 18-year winless streak against the Wildcats after claiming a 95-88 triumph.
The hosts were able to salvage a split for the night when the Dallastown boys cruised to a 151-32 victory.
"My congratulations go to the Dover girls," Dallastown coach Rich Howley said. "They're a great group of girls. They're well-coached and a class act. We're blessed to have such great competition around us in the league this year."
In addition to ending their own long winless streak against the Wildcats, the Eagles also managed to snap Dallastown's eight-plus year unbeaten string against York-Adams foes. The last league team to knock off the Wildcats was back in early 2004 when Spring Grove claimed a victory en route to capturing the league title.
While the gravity of accomplishing the feat was not lost on Coach Janosky, he nevertheless refused a boisterous celebration. That, he said, would be reserved if his team prevails against York Suburban next month.
The Eagle coach instead opted to point out that the totality of the victory came from more than winning nine of the 12 events Thursday.
"It takes a lot of girls, or boys, to make a team," Janosky said. "One or two individuals cannot make a team."
The Eagles were able to earn some crucial extra points by claiming several third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes. Janosky pointed out Morgan Staub's finish in the 500 free as an example.
"Our young girl, Morgan Staub, ended up getting third in the 500 by .18," he said. "That was a 20-second drop from what she did last week and that was just the swim of her career."
Despite all of that, the Wildcats were able to carry a lead throughout most of the meet by capturing the early events while adding a handful of second- and third-place points. Alyssa Bixler won both the 200 free and the 100 fly while also leading Dallastown's 200 medley relay team to victory in the night's first event.
The visitors, however, finally took the lead (85-84) after Bree Link's victory in the 100 breaststroke. That set the stage for Dover's 400 free relay team, which is stacked with standouts.
Despite that, Dacheux, who won the 100 back moments before leading the 400 free relay team to its victory, admitted that there were some nerves leading up the meet's last event.
"It was really nerve-racking," she said. "But fortunately everybody did what they are capable of."
Both Smith and Aniella Janosky won an event, finished second in another and teamed up to help Dover capture both of the free relay events. Smith claimed the 100 free and finished second to Bixler in the 200 free. Janosky captured the 50 free and took second behind Bixler in the 100 fly.
Dallastown boys gear up for Suburban: While the girls' meet was close and tense throughout, the boys' event had little of that drama.
Dallastown won all 12 events, in large part due to the tandem of Noah Brockway, Trevor Hine, Braxton Erne and Srestha Sing.
Those four teamed up to win the 200 medley relay to start the night. Hine, a junior, then set a pool-record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.68.
"To break our pool records you have to be swimming fast," Howley said. "Trevor did a nice job in the IM."
Hine added a victory in the 100 fly along with a triumph in the 200 free relay to his impressive resume for the night.
Brockway claimed first in the 100 back, while Erne won the 100 free and Sing took home a victory in the 100 breaststroke.
In all, Howley feels fortunate to have a dedicated group of swimmers on his boys' team.
"To have 40 boys out for a program probably makes us one of the largest teams in the state," he said. "And that's a tribute to the guys. They're good friends. They're a close-knit group. We're just blessed that we have this many boys that want to be involved."
While the Eagles will have to wait a little while to face Suburban, the Wildcats will get their longtime rivals in the pool next Thursday.
"It's a neat rivalry," Howley said. "We have a lot of respect for each other. It should be a great night."
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
CENTRAL YORK 128, SUSQUEHANNOCK 52: At Central, James Seymour (200 free, 500 free) and Erik Peckmann (50 free, 100 back) each won two individual events to lead the Panthers, who won 11 of the 12 events.
RED LION 86, NEW OXFORD 84: At Red Lion, the Lions captured the victory when Callum Brandt, Nick Petrella, Bryor Moritz and Eli Aggen won the final event, the 400 free relay. Individually for the Lions, Brandt won the 200 free and 100 fly.
SPRING GROVE 116, WEST YORK 64: At Spring Grove, the Rockets captured 34 team points between the three relays to secure the victory. Individually for the Rockets, Zach Fry won the 200 free and 50 free. For the Bulldogs, David Foery won the 500 free and 200 IM.
OTHER GIRLS' SWIMMING
CENTRAL YORK 137, SUSQUEHANNOCK 42: At Central, the Panthers swept all 12 events, behind Jade Arganbright (200 IM, 100 back) and Haley Vaughn (200 free, 100 fly), who each won two individual events.
RED LION 112, NEW OXFORD 58: At Red Lion, the Lions won all three relays. Individually for the Lions, Amira Washington-Myers won the 50 free and 100 free. For the Colonials, Devan Bateman won the 200 free and 100 back, while Regan Chalk won the 200 IM and 100 fly.
SPRING GROVE 148, WEST YORK 31: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won all 12 events to grab the win.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.