Alyssa Bixler of Dallastown swims the freestyle leg of the 200 individual medley on Thursday
Alyssa Bixler of Dallastown swims the freestyle leg of the 200 individual medley on Thursday (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

DALLASTOWN — On paper, they were showdowns.

Unbeaten swimming teams going head to head for a championship in the final dual meet of the season.

The outcomes reflect just how outstanding Dallastown's teams are this season.

Two high-caliber teams at the same school at the same time that a coach may see only once in a lifetime.

"We've had some really good girls' teams, and we've had some really good boys' teams, but as a collective group, boys and girls, this is by far our best," Wildcats' head coach Rich Howley said. "Everything this group has accomplished was earned with the focus, desire and passion they bring to the sport."

Julia Casolo, center, and Alyssa Bixler of Dallastown hug after setting the pool record, along with Justina Thornley, left, and Kasey Oberlander, not
Julia Casolo, center, and Alyssa Bixler of Dallastown hug after setting the pool record, along with Justina Thornley, left, and Kasey Oberlander, not shown, in the 400 free relay on Thursday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

The teams left their mark with Senior Day victories over Central York. The Dallastown girls captured their 10th straight York-Adams Division I title, 129-56. The Dallastown boys, meanwhile, earned their sixth consecutive York-Adams Division I crown with a 134-51 decision.

The Dallastown boys won every one of the 12 events, while the girls captured every event but diving.

The girls broke four pool records and the boys established two new records. The teams combined to smash 32 pool marks this season.

Dallastown's Alyssa Bixler accomplished a unique feat on Thursday by earning two records in one swim.


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Bixler combined with Julia Casolo, Justina Thornley and Kacey Oberlander for a pool-record time of 3 minutes, 38.22 seconds in the 400 freestyle relay. Bixler, who handled the leadoff leg on the relay, set a record in the 100 freestyle when she swam the first part of the relay in :53:17. In addition, the quartet of Bixler, Erica Wise, Thornley and Casolo, broke the pool record in 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.90.

"We set the 200 free relay record at Spring Grove, and it was such a great feeling to do it here," Bixler said. "Coach said it was a barn burner tonight. Last swim, fast swim."

Bixler, who plans to swim at Penn State, closed out her career in Dallastown's natatorium by winning the 200 individual medley and 100 free. Oberlander, who's a sophomore, also won two individual events, the 200 free and 100 backstroke. She established a pool record in the backstroke when she covered the distance in :57.43. Oberlander joined the team this season after swimming exclusively for her club team last year.

"Kacey was sort of the cherry on top for us," Howley said. "We had a good cake to begin with, and she topped it off for us."

Boys' meet: In the boys' meet, Trevor Hine, Mason Tate and Corey Stauffer won two individual events apiece in Thursday's meet.

Hine captured the 200 IM and 500 free, Tate won the 200 free and 100 breaststroke and Stauffer captured the 50 free and 100 free.

Hine set a pool record in the IM (1:56.89), and Tate and Stauffer combined with Noah Brockway and Spencer Hill to set a pool mark in the 200 medley relay (1:39.18).

"In the IM, I felt pretty good," Hine said. "The 500 is probably my favorite event because I can get into a groove, and even though it's a sprint, I'm comfortable with that."

Hine, who will swim at Florida State, had mixed emotions about his last home dual meet.

"It's good competing on Senior Day, but it's sad to see it (the high school dual-meet career) go," he said.

The Dallastown boys finished 4-0-0 in league meets and 10-0-0 overall. The Dallastown girls closed at 4-0-0 and 9-1-0, respectively.

Central's teams also had terrific seasons. Both the Panthers' boys and girls were 3-1-0 in league meets and 6-1-0 overall.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.