SPRING GROVE -- The Spring Grove girls' swimming team has its stars, but it also features swimmers who earn valuable second-, third- and fourth-place points.
For the second straight week, the Rockets' depth made the difference and kept them unbeaten in York-Adams Division I.
Spring Grove entered Thursday's winner-take-all, final-event relay against Central York needing a first-place and a third-place finish to win the meet. The Rockets, trailing 88-84 at the start of the 400-yard freestyle relay, got exactly what they needed and pulled out a dramatic 94-92 win.
Spring Grove, which takes on defending champion Dallastown next Thursday, is 3-0-0 in division meets and 6-1-0 overall. Central is 1-1-0 and 5-1-0, respectively.
In the boys' meet, Central kept its perfect record intact by scoring a 99-86 victory.
"We have a lot of quality depth, which helped us today and last week when we swam against Red Lion," Spring Grove head coach Peggy Kile said. "Against Red Lion, they would get a first, but we got second, third and fourth."
Central's girls captured seven of the 12 events on Thursday, but Spring Grove earned enough points to be in position to win the meet.
The Rockets' Haley Staub, Alexis Cable, Abby Kling and Katelyn Miller won the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3 minutes, 52.69 seconds. Central's Danielle Weeks, Theresa Burgess, Kasie Bahn and Madison Luckenbaugh placed second to tie things at 92. Spring Grove's B relay team of Courtney Perry, Rehekah Keller, Michaela Taylor and Rebecca Miller grabbed third place and the deciding two points.
"Everyone wants to swim on the A (relay) team, so we just reshuffled (the lineup) again," Kile said. "Some of the girls who were on the B team today were on the A team at one time or another."
Kling, along with swimming on the 400 relay team, delivered victories in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Her 500 time of 5:19.09 broke the previous pool record by more than two seconds.
"I was ecstatic," Kling said. "I wanted it (the record) really bad. I had been close to it before."
Being part of the winning relay at the end closed an extra-special day for the sophomore.
"That was so exciting," she said. "We kept talking about what we needed to do (in the final relay), and now, we're undefeated."
Kling joined Spring Grove this year after swimming for the York YMCA team last year.
"I wanted to be part of a team that's more like a family," she said. "We're like a big family here. We all support each other, cheer each other on and motivate each other."
Kling combined with Staub and Ashton Miller to supply a one-two-three finish in the 200 freestyle. The 13 points gave Spring Grove a 17-13 edge in the back-and-forth meet, which featured five lead changes.
Central's Jade Arganbright, like Kling, had a terrific day. Arganbright won the 50 and 100 freestyles and anchored the winning 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
"It was an awesome meet for the boys and girls," Kile said. "Our boys are disappointed that they lost, but they had some personal bests today. Central's teams are very well coached, and they have very good athletes."
Boys' meet: Erik Peckmann, a sophomore, led the way for the Panthers by winning the 50 and 100 freestyles. Peckmann also handled the leadoff leg on the victorious 200 freestyle relay team.
Central improved its Division I record to 2-0-0 and overall mark to 6-0-0. Spring Grove fell to 1-2-0 and 5-2-0.
The Senior Night meets were delayed when the lights went out in the pool after the diving.
Power was fully restored slightly less than 20 minutes later, and following a 10-minute warm-up period, the competition continued with the 100 butterfly.
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
DALLASTOWN 136, SOUTH WESTERN 49: At Hanover, the Wildcats captured first in 11 of 12 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Steven Paine won the 200 free and 100 free, Trevor Hine won the 200 IM and 500 free and Corey Stauffer won the 100 fly and 50 free. Dallastown improved to 2-0-0 in York-Adams Division I and 6-1-0 overall. South Western fell to 1-2-0 in the division and 5-2-0 overall.
YORK SUBURBAN 60, SUSQUEHANNOCK 34: At Suburban, Kyle Posenau (100 fly, 100 back) and Will Massey (50 free, 100 free) each won two individual events to lead the home team. The Trojans also captured all three relays. Suburban improved to 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division I.
WEST YORK 101, DOVER 69: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs captured first in 10 of 11 events. Individually for the Bulldogs, David Foery won the 200 free and 100 fly, while Reed French won the 200 IM and 500 free.
NORTHEASTERN 111, NEW OXFORD 65: At Manchester, Ben Linne won the 200 free and 500 free to lead Northeastern. He was also part of the winning 400 free relay.
OTHER GIRLS' SWIMMING
NORTHEASTERN 126, NEW OXFORD 55: At Manchester, Niki Price broke pool and school records in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.17. The pool record was set by former Dover standout Becky Krone in the early 1990s. Price also broke her own school record in the 100 breast in 1:07.51. Price was also a part of Northeastern's winning 200 free and 400 free relays. Regan Chalk won the 100 fly and 100 back for New Oxford.
DOVER 123, WEST YORK 39: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Eagles captured first and took 36 team points between the three relays. For the Bulldogs, Taylor Hoover won the 200 free and 500 free. Dover stayed perfect on the season at 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division II and 7-0-0 overall.
DALLASTOWN 137, SOUTH WESTERN 46: At Hanover, the Wildcats captured first in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Justina Thornley won the 200 free and 500 free, Alyssa Bixler won the 200 IM and 100 fly and Erica Wise won the 50 free and 100 free. Dallastown improved to 2-0-0 in York-Adams Division I and 3-4-0 overall.
YORK SUBURBAN 64, SUSQUEHANNOCK 30: At Suburban, the Trojans captured 19 points between the three relays. Suburban improved to 2-1-0 in York-Adams Division II and 5-2-0 overall.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.