This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for some standout York County swimmers.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships will take place in York from Thursday through Sunday at the YMCA's Graham Aquatic Center.
West Chester is the defending champion on both the men’s and women’s side.
The meet will be littered with ex-York-Adams League stars, with many boasting with top-10 seeds in various events, including three swimmers who own top seeds.
On the women’s side, Clarion University junior Summer Dacheux, a Dover High School grad, is the top seed in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.30 seconds.
Dacheux is also seeded sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:06.06).
Another York-Adams swimmer to earn a top seed was California University of Pennsylvania senior Jade Arganbright. The Central York grad has the league’s top time in the 100 breastsroke at 1:03.52.
Agranbright also earned the No. 2 seed in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.18), the third seed in the 100 free (51.98) and the fifth spot in the 50 free (24.18). She is the two-time defending PSAC champion in the 100 breast, a former PSAC Swimmer of the Year and a former NCAA Division III All-American.
West Chester freshman Taylor Hoover, a West York grad, holds the sixth seed in both the 1,000 free (10:37.54) and the 1,650 free (17:39.36). She is also the 11th seed in the 500 free (5:09.78).
New Oxford grad Regan Chalk, a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the sixth seed in the 100 butterfly (57.87), the seventh seed in the 100 backstroke (58.26) and holds the eighth spot In the 200 individual medley (2:10.37).
Another IUP sophomore, Nicole Smith, a Dover High School grad, has the third-best time in the 200 free (1:52.47), fourth-best in the 500 free (5:02.03) and is fifth in the 100 free (52.65).
Men's meet: On the men’s side, Dallastown grad Noah Brockway will represent IUP as the top seed in the 100 backstroke (:49.94). The sophomore is also the fourth seed for the 200 backstroke (1:51.53).
West Chester freshman Dylan North, a Red Lion grad, is seeded second for both the 1,000 free (9:38.39) and 1,650 free (16:04.58). He is also the third seed for the 500 free (4:37.22), the fifth seed for the 400 IM (4:07.57) and the seventh seed for the 200 back (1:54.78).
Events will commence each day at 10 a.m. Finals will start at 6 p.m., except for Sunday, when they’ll begin at 5 p.m.
York swimmers headed to CAC Championship: The York College swimming team will compete in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships this weekend.
The event will take place at St. Mary's from Friday through Sunday.
With 16-straight CAC titles under their belt, the Mary Washington men will again enter this weekend’s championships as the favorite after a 5-0 CAC regular-season mark.
The same goes on the women's side. Mary Washington has won 26 straight CAC titles. The Mary Washington women were also 5-0 in the CAC regular season.
The York men enter the 2017 CAC meet looking to challenge for a spot in the top three. The Spartans concluded the regular season at 12-2. York won 12 straight meets to establish a new school record for consecutive wins.
The Spartans are led by Morgan Schreiber. The junior will attempt to defend his 100 and 200 backstroke titles. Schreiber has won a team-high 16 events this season.
Freshman Jesse Tate, a former Central York swimming standout, has earned 13 individual wins for the season. Senior Ian Kruper is another Spartan who is expected to have an opportunity to score significant points. Kruper is a York Suburban grad.
The York women head to the 2017 CAC meet looking to repeat their second-place showing from last year. The Spartans are led by sophomore Maddy Mann. She registered a team-best 19 individual wins for the year. Mann, last year's CAC Rookie of the Year, will look to defend her 200 free title.
Seven Spartans earn national cross country honors: Seven members of the York College men's and women's cross country teams took home NCAA Division III All-Academic honors, awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).
That number gave the Spartans more selections than any other team in the Capital Athletic Conference. Additionally, both teams earned distinction as All-Academic Teams.
Northeastern graduate Benjamin Linne was one of three from the men’s team to earn the honor, joined by teammates Grant Dell and Andy MacGibbon. Kathleen Cannon, Alayna DeBruin, Alicia Dillman and Krist Wandzilak represented the women’s team.
To be eligible, student-athletes must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.30 while also finishing in the top 25 percent in their regional. Linne earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championship, crossing the line in 26th while running a personal best.
In order to receive the team honor, a school must compile a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and also combine for a minimum team GPA of 3.10. York’s men's team had a 3.48 GPA, while the women's team concluded the semester with a 3.19 GPA.
The Spartans' men's team closed the 2016 season by finishing fourth at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championship, the highest in program history. Four Spartans were named All-Region, also a program record. The women’s side won its first CAC championship this season, while also placing ninth in the Mid-East Regional meet.
York picked fourth in CAC women's lacrosse: The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team enters the 2017 season as the preseason favorite to win the CAC title. The Sea Gulls received eight first-place votes and 64 points in a vote among the conference’s coaches.
York College placed fourth in that poll with 44 points, one back of third-place Christopher Newport and two ahead of fifth-place St. Mary’s.
The Spartans are coming off their fifth consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearance and are looking to reach the CAC title game after falling the in semifinals in 2016.
Head coach Jen Muston returns a pair of All-CAC performers in midfielder Melissa Meehling and defender Nicole Clauter. Katelyn Cattrano recorded the most points last season (33) of any of the returners. Meehling posted 26 points a season ago.
Clauter and captain Erin Mensch will anchor the Spartan defense.
Saxton named freshman of the week: Bloomsburg University redshirt freshman Sam Saxton was recently named the PSAC Eastern Division Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week.
The honor is the first of Saxton's collegiate career.
The Central York High School graduate helped the Huskies to a 90-58 victory at Millersville on Feb. 8 in his first collegiate start. He went on to record a career-high 14 points and grab a career-best three rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Saxton also sank a career-high four 3-pointers in six tries.
He entered the contest averaging 3.9 points and 0.8 rebounds in 17 games.