DALLASTOWN -- The Senior Night speakers inspired the Dallastown girls' swimmers on Thursday.
The fired-up Wildcats then delivered the winning performances in a key meet against Spring Grove.
Dallastown captured nine of 12 events to earn a 101-84 victory in a matchup of previously unbeaten York-Adams Division I teams.
The Dallastown boys, meanwhile continued to dominate opponents, winning every event in a 142-44 rout of Spring Grove.
Dallastown's girls improved their league record to 3-0, and Spring Grove slipped to 3-1. The Wildcats, who clinched at least a tie for the title, will travel to Central York next Thursday to take on the 2-1 Panthers in the final dual-meet of the season.
The Dallastown boys,
Alyssa Bixler, a junior, and Anna Hess, a sophomore, won two individual events each for the Dallastown girls.
Bixler captured the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Hess triumphed in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Bixler also anchored the winning 200 and 400 relay teams.
"Before the meet, all the seniors gave great speeches," Bixler said. "Everyone stepped up today. Hopefully, the victory here will help us beat Central (in the Wildcats' next meet). But it's going to be a tough meet."
Bixler put up her best time of the season Thursday in the 50 freestyle (:24.91) and came close to her fastest time in the 100 when she touched home in :54.80.
Hess, meanwhile, recorded her best times of the season in the 200 IM (2:21.29) and 100 backstroke (1:03.39).
Hess said the support of fans in the stands and teammates on the pool deck helped push her during the eight laps of the IM and the four laps of the backstroke.
"A lot of kids from school came to the meet, and since it was a really big meet, everyone on the team was on her feet."
Hess said she was concerned when Dallastown was leading by just three points (40-37) after the diving.
Hess' teammates, Julia Casolo, Mikaelie Gonzalez and Rebekah Brown, helped ease the concern by going 1-2-4 in the first event following the diving, the 100 butterfly. Casolo won in a time of 1:04.50 and Gonzalez was right behind at 1:04.83. By outscoring the Rockets, 12-4, in the butterfly, Dallastown expanded its lead to 11 points.
Bixler and Erica Wise followed with a 1-2 finish in the 100 free to help swell the advantage to 15 points.
Dallastown pushed ahead by as many as 25 points before Spring Grove used a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breaststroke and a 2-3 finish in the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, for the final 17-point margin. The Wildcats' showing thrilled their coach, Rich Howley, who expected a much closer meet.
"We were looking at a one-point meet either way," Howley said. "Our girls really stepped up today, and it wouldn't have happened without a class team to swim against."
Spring Grove jumped ahead, 10-4, at the outset with a 1-3 effort in the 200 medley relay.
Justina Thornley, a freshman, then gave Dallastown a huge boost by winning the 200 freestyle in 2:02.13.
"Justina beat her best time by four seconds," Howley said. "Anna (Hess) had the swim of her career, Julie Randolph had the swim of her life (2:24.95 for third in the IM). I think Anna saw what Justina did, and she said if she (Thornley) did that well, I'm going to do well, too. The girls deserved what they got today with their hard work."
Spring Grove's Abby Kling captured the 500 freestyle, and the Rockets' Olivia Lecrone, Emma Reed and Sarah Senft went 1-2-3 in the 100 breaststroke.
Dallastown's Thornley, Megan Fix and Randolph grabbed the next three places behind Kling in the 500.
The Wildcats' Elizabeth Rothrock won the diving competition.
Boys' meet: Corey Stauffer and Trevor Hine put together two first-place finishes each for a talented Dallastown boys' team that hasn't been tested in league meets.
Stauffer took the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, and Hine earned the best times in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle.
"Our boys are swimming well, and getting ready for the championships," Howley said. "Their competition is from within. They are making each other better."
Keith O'Conor (50 freestyle), Ben Staub (diving), Spencer Hill (100 butterfly), Mason Tate (100 backstroke) and Sreshtha Sing (100 breaststroke) also won individual events for the Wildcats.
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
CENTRAL 118, RED LION 65: At Central, the Panthers secured 28 team points between the three relays. The Panthers' 400 free relay team (Aaron Tate, Erik Peckmann, Will Hartzell, Jesse Tate), broke a school record with a time of 3:30.59. However, the Red Lion team (Chance King, Callum Brandt, Eli Aggen, Dylan North) took first in the event in 3:26.80. Individually for the Lions, King won the 200 free and 100 back, while North took first in the 500 free and 200 IM. Central stayed perfect at 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division I and 7-0-0 overall. The Panthers will face Dallastown for the Division I boys' title next Thursday. Both teams will enter with perfect 3-0-0 division marks. The meet will take place at Central.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 102, DOVER 78: At Dover, the Warriors captured first in all three relays. Individually for the Warriors, Kyle Shaffer won the 50 free and 100 breast. For the Eagles, Hunter Link won the 200 IM and 100 fly, while Casey Marshall won the 200 free and 100 back.
WEST YORK 93.5, NORTHEASTERN 81.5: At Manchester, the Bulldogs took first in nine of the 12 events. Individually for the Bulldogs, David Foery won the 200 free and 100 free, Ben Spangler won the 200 IM and 100 breast and Dayne Brindle won the 50 free and 100 fly. West York improved to 3-1-0 in York-Adams Division II.
YORK SUBURBAN 61, NEW OXFORD 33: At Suburban, Will Massey, Nolan Walker and Kyle Posenau each won two individual events for the Trojans. Massey captured the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Walker took the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and Posenau scored a unique double by winning the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Suburban improved its York-Adams Division II-leading record to 4-0-0. The Trojans have clinched at least a tie for the division crown.
OTHER GIRLS' SWIMMING
NORTHEASTERN 138, WEST YORK 37: At Manchester, Niki Price led the Bobcats, breaking pool and school records in the 100 free with a time of :52.21. She broke the old pool record set by Victoria Griffin of Delone Catholic (:52.75). Price also took first in the 100 breast, and helped the 200 medley relay team (Price, Abby Braswell, Gracie Heinbaugh, Renae Luckenbaugh) break a school record with a time of 1:56.81. They broke the old school record set earlier this season of 1:58.53. Northeastern improved to 3-1-0 in York-Adams Division II and 4-2-0 overall.
DOVER 137, SUSQUE HANNOCK 46: At Dover, the Eagles captured first in all 12 events to help secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Eagles, Aniella Janosky and Nicole Smith were teammates on all three relays. Dover stayed perfect at 4-0-0 in York-Adams Division II and 8-0-0 overall. Dover has clinched at least a tie for the division title. The Eagles can earn the outright title with a win at home next Thursday against Northeastern, which is 3-1 in the division.
CENTRAL 114, RED LION 66: At Central, the Panthers captured 24 team points between the three relays. Individually for the Panthers, Mackenzie Sopko won the 500 free and 100 back. For the Lions, Jesse North won the 200 IM and 100 fly. Central improved to 2-1-0 in York-Adams Division I and 6-1-0 overall.
YORK SUBURBAN 77, NEW OXFORD 17: At Suburban, the Trojans captured all 11 events in the York-Adams Division II meet. Suburban's Zowie Day won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and swam a leg on the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.