RED LION — Central York's Haley Vaughn had one thought in mind when she stepped on the starting block for the 100-yard freestyle in Thursday night's swimming meet: Break Red Lion's run of first-place finishes.
"They were getting all the firsts, five in a row," Vaughn said. "I knew if we were going to get the meet changed around, I had to do something."
Vaughn accomplished her mission by winning the event in 57.68 seconds. The senior also ignited a streak of Central firsts. The Panthers won the next three events.
The first-place finishes, combined with superior depth, propelled Central past Red Lion, 93-77.
The Panthers also won the boys' meet, 106-64.
The Central girls and boys both improved their York-Adams Division I records to 3-0-0. Red Lion's teams slipped 2-2-0.
The Panthers will travel to Dallastown next Thursday for season-ending showdowns with the unbeaten Wildcats.
Red Lion won seven of the 11 events in the girls' meet, but Central earned seven second-place finishes to four for the Lady Lions and piled up an 11-1 advantage in third-place finishes.
"That's what wins meets," Vaughn said. "You can win all the events and still lose a meet. Congratulations to all our girls. Our team is solid."
After Vaughn's victory helped push Central into the lead for the first time (48-46), the Panthers' Mackenzie Sopko added to the margin by touching home first in the 500 freestyle.
"I went into the race trying to give my best effort, and knowing that I won and got a lot of points (six) for my team, made me happy," Sopko said. "That was my fastest time (5:38.85) so far."
Central head coach Jim Gingerich praised Vaughn's and Sopko's versatility.
"Haley and Mackenzie will swim well in whatever event you put them in," Gingerich said. "We knew depth was going to be an issue today. We didn't want to go into Dallastown with one loss."
Central's other victories came in the 200 freestyle relay and 100 backstroke. The Panthers' Sarah Spinney edged Red Lion's Jessica Sun by 18-hundredths of a second in the backstroke.
Sun won the 200 IM and swam on two winning relays. Sun's teammate Courtney Schaefer had an outstanding evening. She won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and was part of two winning relay teams.
Boys: In the boys' meet, Central's Jesse Tate captured the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and swam on the victorious 200 medley relay team.
Red Lion's Dylan North put up the best times in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle and was part of a winning relay team.
The Central boys went 1-3 in the meet's first event, the 200 medley relay, to open a 10-4 lead and never trailed the rest of the way.
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
West York 100, Northeastern 62: At Graham Aquatic Center, senior David Foery led the Bulldogs to the York-Adams Division II victory on senior night by capturing the 200 IM and 100 free. West York improved to 4-0-0 in the division and 5-3-0 overall.
Susquehannock 99, Dover 71: At Glen Rock, Evan Mosko led the Warriors, winning the 50 free and swimming on two winning relays. Brandon Loehmer (500 free) and Zach Galante (100 breast) each won an individual event and swam on a winning relay. For Dover, Casey Marshall (100 free, 100 back) and Hunter Link (200 free, 100 fly) each won two individual events and swam on the winning 400 free relay.
York Suburban 60, New Oxford 34: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in nine of 11 events to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Trojans, Diego Herrera won the 200 free and 100 free, while John Spinello won the 50 free and 100 breast. Suburban improved to 4-0-0 in the division and to 6-3-0 overall.
other GIRLS' SWIMMING
Northeastern 103, West York 67: At Graham Aquatic Center, Niki Price led the Bobcats to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring individual victories in the 100 free and 100 breast. The Bobcats recorded 26 points between the three relays. For the Bulldogs, Courtney Harnish won the 100 back and 100 fly.
Dover 96, Susquehannock 74: At Glen Rock, the Eagles swept the three relays en route to the win. Rachel Spaulding, Summer Dacheux and Nicole Smith were part of all three relays. Katie Steines won the 200 free and 500 free for Susquehannock. Dover improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the division. The Eagles have clinched at least a share of the York-Adams Division II crown.
York Suburban 67, New Oxford 27: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first place in 10 of 11 events to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. The Trojans captured 32 points between the three relays.
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