Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander set a pool record in the 100-yard backstroke on Thursday against York Suburban.
Dallastown's Kacey Oberlander set a pool record in the 100-yard backstroke on Thursday against York Suburban. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

DALLASTOWN -- Kacey Oberlander made an instant impact on the Dallastown girls' swimming team this season.

Oberlander, a sophomore competing in her first year with the Wildcats, has recorded two individual first-place finishes in each one of her team's meets.

On Thursday afternoon, Oberlander continued the impressive high school debut by winning the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke while setting a record in the process.

Oberlander broke the Dallastown pool mark in the backstroke with a time of 57.43 seconds as the Wildcats defeated York Suburban, 132-51.

Oberlander's teammate, Alyssa Bixler, won the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle and swam legs on two winning relay teams, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.

"I'm just relaxing and having fun," Oberlander said. "It's exciting to set a record, and it's definitely a privilege to be among the swimmers who broke records."

Oberlander swam exclusively for the York YMCA team last year before deciding to sign up for the high school team this year.

"My sister (Morgan) swam for Dallastown, and this is more of a team atmosphere competing for your school," she said.

Oberlander wasn't the only record-breaker on Thursday.

The Dallastown boys' 200 medley relay team of Noah Brockway, Mason Tate, Spencer Hill and Corey Stauffer established a new mark of 1;38.88, eclipsing the old record of 1:39.78, which stood since 1997.

Brockway swam the backstroke part of the medley, Tate took the breaststroke, Hill swam the butterfly and Stauffer took the freestyle.

"We came in hoping we could break it," Stauffer said. "It's awesome to be part of the team that broke the record."

Stauffer also won two individual events (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

Trevor Hine delivered victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly for the Wildcats, along with swimming on the 200 freestyle team.

Dallastown’s Trevor Hine swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle on Thursday against York Suburban.
Dallastown's Trevor Hine swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle on Thursday against York Suburban. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

Dallastown won the boys' meet, 136-44, to remain unbeaten.

The Wildats, who opened the season by defeating Wilson and Cumberland Valley in a tri-meet, earned first-place finishes in 11 of 12 events against Suburban.

"We've been working hard, and we came into the season expecting to be good," Stauffer said.

Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said what his swimmers are doing right now is incredible.

"We've been very, very fortunate to have swimmers who put in the amount of work that our swimmers have put in," he said. "To break pool records in this pool is pretty amazing. I hope everyone understands how special those times are."

Suburban coach Craig Brennan knew going in that his teams were facing a huge challenge.

"We lost quite a lot of seniors (to graduation)," Brennan said. "Dallastown, they have so many quality swimmers. It's fun to watch them, but it's difficult to watch, at the same time."

Brennan feels that having competed against the highly touted Dallastown boys will help his boys' team in the long run.

"Swimming at Dallastown against one of the best teams in the state will only make us better."

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BOYS' SWIMMING

Central 120, West York 60: At Central, the Panthers captured first in 11 of the 12 events to grab the win. Individually for the Panthers, Will Hartzell won the 200 free and 100 back, Aaron Tate won the 50 free and 100 breast and Jesse Tate won the 100 fly and 200 IM. The Panthers' 400 free relay team broke a Central school record with a time of 3:26.51.

South Western 86.5, Susquehannock 83.5: At the Shrewsbury YMCA, the Mustangs led by just one point (78.5-77.5) entering the final race of the meet (the 400 free relay), when they captured first to secure the victory. Individually for the Mustangs, Aaron Shy won the 200 IM and 100 fly, Jordan Grim won the 200 free and 100 breast and Dan Maxwell won the 100 and 50 freestyles.

Red Lion 112, Northeastern 51: At Red Lion, the Lions' Chance King set school records in winning the 100 fly and 100 back. King put up a time of :53:25 in the fly and :54:38 in the back. Eli Aggen and Dylan North also won two events each for Red Lion. Aggen captured the 50 free and 100 free and North grabbed first in the 200 free and 500 free.

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GIRLS' SWIMMING

Central 118, West York 67: At Central, the Panthers used a team effort to earn the win, capturing 22 points between the three relays. Individually for the Panthers, Sarah Spinney won the 200 IM and 100 back, while Mackenzie Sopko won the 200 and 500 freestyles. For the Bulldogs, Taylor Hoover won the 50 free and 100 fly, while teammate Courtney Harnish won the 100 free and 100 breast. Harnish broke the West York school record and Central pool record in the 100 free with a time of :51.69, and broke the West York school record in the 50 free with a time of :24.00 leading off the 200 free relay.

South Western 113, Susquehannock 57: At the Shrewsbury YMCA, Alison Sell and Briannah Rohrbaugh led the Mustangs. Sell won the 200 IM and 100 breast, while Rohrbaugh won the 50 free and 100 free.

Red Lion 92, Northeastern 78: At Red Lion, the Lions captured six of the 11 events, including two of the three relays. Amira Washington-Myers swept the 50 and 100 freestyles for Red Lion. Niki Price and Devin Sevret earned two individual firsts apiece for Northeastern. Price won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, setting a pool record of :58:01 in the latter, and Sevret touched home first in the 200 free and 500 free.

-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.