Spencer Hill and Taylor Hoover will return to Central York High School on Friday, the scene of their dazzling debuts at the York-Adams League Swimming Championships.
The two freshmen delivered gold-medal winning swims last year at the league meet.
Hill, of Dallastown High School, won the boys' 100-yard butterfly in a time of 54.82 seconds, and Hoover, of West York, captured the girls' 500 freestyle in 5:05:42.
"I was ecstatic," Hill recalled during practice on Wednesday afternoon. "There is nothing like it, winning as a freshman. I was kind of surprised, though. I was racing against a couple of my friends."
Hoover described the scene as "crazy" after she won.
"It was surprising to myself, the coaches and team," she said. "It was an awesome atmosphere to be around."
West York head coach David Tate said the coaching staff hasn't asked Hoover to swim the 500 as much this year as last year.
"We have some freshmen who we wanted to see what they can do in the event," Tate said. "Swimming the 500 is both physical and mental. Without the physical training, you're not going to last, but without the killer instinct, you won't be able to go for it and finish strong in the last two or three laps."
Hill, who holds the fastest butterfly time going into this year's event, enjoys competing in the demanding event.
"Not many people swim it because it's a tough event. It's one of the hardest strokes to swim," he said. "I put in a lot of hard work over the summer, and I've been training hard here (with the Dallastown team)."
Hoover is seeded second in the 500 freestyle this year behind York Suburban's Carson Gross. The 20-lap event is the longest one in a high school meet.
"It's such a long race, and you have to sprint it all the way," Hoover said. "I'm coming off an injury (shoulder), but I'm back and better than ever and looking to do better (time wise) than last year."
Hill's seeded time this year (:52.38) is more than two seconds better than his winning time of last year.
"Spencer's form is beautiful, and he's taller and bigger this year," Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. "He has big dreams. He wants to go to a Division I college for swimming."
Dominant Dallastown: Hill is part of a dominating high school team that recently captured its sixth straight York-Adams Division I title. The Wildcats have won 19 of the last 23 division crowns.
Dallastown swimmers are seeded first in six of the eight individual events and all three relays for the league meet.
The Widcats' Trevor Hine (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) and Corey Stauffer (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) gained two top seeds apiece.
Two Dallastown female swimmers, Alyssa Bixler and Kacey Oberlander, are each seeded first in a pair of races for the girls' meet. Bixler will enter with the top times in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and Oberlander will check in with the best times in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. The Dallastown girls, who have also won 19 of the last 23 Division I titles, hold the top seed in five of the eight individual events, along with all three relays.
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