RED LION -- Alyssa Bixler and Courtney Schaefer grew up swimming together for the York YMCA team.
They went their separate ways for high school, Bixler to Dallastown and Schaefer to Red Lion, but on Thursday afternoon, they were reunited in the water.
Rivals in the pool, friends out of it, Bixler and Schaefer delivered outstanding performances while going head to head in two events during the Dallastown-Red Lion girls' swimming meet.
Schaefer edged Bixler to win the 200 individual medley, finishing in a time of 2 minutes, 11.00 seconds, to Bixler's 2:11.28.
The finishes were reversed in the 100 freestyle, with Bixler winning in :54.77, and Schaefer placing second in :56.03.
Dallastown won the meet, 107-63. The Wildcat boys completed the sweep by defeating the Lions, 122-48.
"We've been friends for a really long time, and getting to see her again was really exciting," Bixler said. "Racing each other brought out the best in us. On the last lap, I could hear the people cheering for her, and I could see my friends on the side, too. It was great to have the support of everyone backing us up."
Bixler, Erica Wise (50 freestyle) Anna Hess (100 backstroke) and Justina Thornley (500 freestyle) won individual events for Dallastown, and the Wildcats took two of three relays.
Jesse North captured the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly for Red Lion, and Schaefer and Anne Mitzel (100 breaststroke) earned firsts in individual events. The Lions also prevailed in the 200 medley relay.
Red Lion hung with Dallastown through the first five events, trailing by just eight points, 43-35. The Wildcats then seized control of the meet, going 1-3-4 in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle and 1-2 in the 200 freestyle relay.
"We didn't win an event until the 50 freestyle," Wildcats' coach Rich Howley said. "Depth came into play today, and that's one thing where Dallastown has been fortunate in over the years."
Boys' meet: Speaking of depth, the Dallastown boys' team is loaded with fast swimmers.
"We're blessed to have 15 or 16 boys at :51.0 (seconds) or faster (in the 100 freestyle) and 15 or 16 boys at :23.6 or faster (in the 50 freestyle)," Howley said. "We have a lot of juniors and seniors, and I feel bad for our younger swimmers, but they'll just have to wait their turn, just like these kids (the current juniors and seniors) did."
The Dallastown boys won 10 of 11 events on Thursday.
Trevor Hine (200 IM and 500 freestyle) and Keith O'Conor (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) were double-individual winners for the Wildcats.
Corey Stauffer (200 freestyle), Mason Tate (100 backstroke) and Sreshtha Sing (100 breaststroke) delivered individual victories for the Wildcats, who swept the three relays. The 400 freestyle relay team of Hine, Noah Brockway, Steven Paine and Stauffer broke a 24-year-old Red Lion pool record with a time of 3:18.00.
Chance King supplied Red Lion's only first-place finish when he won the 100 butterfly.
The meets were the first this season in York-Adams Division I for all four teams.
The Dallastown boys are 5-1-0 overall, and Red Lion's boys are 3-1-0. The Dallastown girls are 2-4-0 and Red Lion's girls are 2-2-0.
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
SOUTH WESTERN 103, SPRING GROVE 77: At Hanover, Jordan Grim and Nathan Mart scored two first-place victories to help the Mustangs open their York-Adams Division I season with a victory. Grim touched home first in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, and Mart put up the fastest times in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. South Western won eight of the 12 events.
DOVER 102, NEW OXFORD 73: At Dover, the Eagles captured 24 points between the three relays to help secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Casey Marshall led the Eagles by winning the 200 free and 100 back. For the Colonials, Dwight Kessler won the 200 IM and 500 free.
YORK SUBURBAN 97, NORTHEASTERN 78: At Manchester, the Trojans captured first in all three relays to help capture the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Trojans, Will Massey won the 100 fly and 100 back, while Nolan Walker won the 200 IM and 100 breast. For the Bobcats, Devin Soop won the 50 free and 100 free.
OTHER GIRLS' SWIMMING
SPRING GROVE 124, SOUTH WESTERN 62: At Hanover, Spring Grove recorded first-place finishes in 10 of 12 events, including all three relays. Abby Kling led the way for the Rockets, winning the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
DOVER 134, NEW OXFORD 48: At Dover, the Eagles captured 36 team points between the three relays to help secure the York-Adams Division II victory. For the Colonials, Regan Chalk won the 200 free and 100 fly. Dover improved to 1-0-0 in the division and 5-0-0 overall.
YORK SUBURBAN 115, NORTHEASTERN 68: At Manchester, the Trojans won the York-Adams Division II meet by sweeping the 200 IM and 100 fly. Individually for the Trojans, Carson Gross won the 200 free and 500 free. For the Bobcats, Niki Price broke the pool and school record in the 100 free, a school record in the 100 breast and teamed up with Abby Braswell, Katlyn Rode and Renae Luckenbaugh to break the school record in the 200 medley relay. In the 100 free, Price broke the old pool record set by Suburban's Lauren Schmittle in 2007. Suburban improved to 1-0-0 in the division and 4-1-0 overall.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.