Standout swimmers headed to York

Steve Heiser
  • Dover grad Summer Dacheux enters PSAC's with top times in 100 and 200 backstroke
  • West York grad Brad Strathmeyer enters with top-five times in three events - 100, 200 and 500 free.
  • At least 10 former York County products will be competing in PSAC Championships.

The Graham Aquatic Center is one of York's top athletic drawing cards.

The beautiful North Newberry Street facility annually plays host to several big-time swimming events, bringing lots of visitors and plenty of cash to the city and county.

In the coming days, hundreds of standout athletes will again descend on York YMCA pool.

That's certainly good news.

Even better news is the fact that the competition will also act as a happy homecoming for a number of standout local swimmers.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships are set for the Graham Aquatic Center starting on Thursday and running through Sunday.

Some of the best NCAA Division II competitors in the nation are set to compete, including several that hail from right here in York County.

If the psych sheets released by the PSAC this week are correct, you can expect to see a number of local swimmers enjoy a heavy-medal haul.

The area names expected to excel are familiar to anyone who has followed York-Adams League swimming in recent years.

Girls' standouts: Leading the way is Dover High School graduate Summer Dacheux, who is entering with the top times in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. She's just a sophomore at Clarion University.

Central York grad Jade Arganbright, meanwhile, boasts the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke and the second-fastest time in 200 breast. The California University of Pennsylvania All-American is no stranger to excelling at PSAC events. The junior won the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 individual medley at the PSAC meet a season ago en route to being named the PSAC Swimmer of the Year and the PSAC Championships Most Outstanding Swimmer.


Another Dover grad, Indiana University of Pennsylvania junior Aniella Janosky, doesn't have any top-seeded times, but she has put up top-10 times in the 200 butterfly (eighth), 1,650 freestyle (eighth) and 100 free (10th). Like Arganbright, Janosky is a former All-American who knows what it's like to excel on the PSAC stage. She was the PSAC Freshman of the Year a couple years back, winning an individual PSAC title in the 200 butterfly.

Swimming is in the blood for Dover grad Janosky


Boys' standouts: On the boys' side, West York High School graduate Brad Strathmeyer is set to finish his storied PSAC swimming career at West Chester. The All-American has won numerous PSAC crowns over his career and comes into the 2016 meet ranked in the top five in three events: 200 free, second; 500 free, second; and 100 free, fifth.

In addition, Dallastown grad Noah Brockway, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania freshman, has the No. 3 time in the 100 breast, while another Dallastown grad, Jake Dunnigan, a senior at Shippensburg University, has the 10th-best time in the 400 individual medley.

And those are just some of the York County swimmers expected to compete. A few others to look out for are: Central York grad Summer McIntyre (California of Pennsylvania), Dallastown grad Sterling Tate (Indiana of Pennsylvania), Dallastown grad Corey Stouffer (Indiana of Pennsylvania) and Red Lion grad Sam Schwartz (Shippensburg).

It's quite an impressive array of York County talent.

And it's a pretty safe bet they'll make a rather sizable splash in their return home over the coming days.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at