Central York's Alec Peckmann gets York-Adams boys' swim meet off to record-breaking start
- Central York's Alec Peckmann got the York-Adams boys' swim meet off to record-breaking start.
- Peckmann broke league, meet and pool records in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.77.
- Logan McFadden, Hunter Bachman and Ben Shoul also won individual boys' events Thursday.
Central York's Alec Peckmann delivered a special performance on the first night of his final meet in the home pool.
The Panthers' star broke league, meet and pool records in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 1 minute, 52.77 seconds.
Peckmann eclipsed the former records on the opening night of the two-night York-Adams League Boys' Championships.
"I really wasn't focused on getting records," he said. "I had a lot of good guys pushing me. Swimming in this pool for the last time, it was nice to do that here."
Peckmann, who plans to swim at Penn State, is closing out a distinguished career at Central, where he set school records in every individual event but one.
"The race tonight didn't feel that much different from training because I work so hard in practice," he said. "I just wanted to push myself and push my teammates."
Other winners: Peckmann was one of four boys' swimmers to win individual gold medals on Thursday night.
Logan McFadden of Susquehannock (200 freestyle), Hunter Bachman of Northeastern (50 freestyle) and Ben Shoul of South Western (100 butterfly) also climbed to the top of the podium.
The South Western team of Shoul, John Gill, Tood Jones and Ben Tilmes captured the 200 medley relay, and the Dallastown quartet of Riley Thomas, William Wise, Joel Dunnigan and Logan Brockway won the 200 freestyle relay.
McFadden and Bachman are sophomores and Shoul is a senior.
"It's a big deal," McFadden said, when asked what it felt like to swim before a packed house and win a gold medal. "I still have two more years to improve, and my goal is to just keep getting better."
A near record: Bachman electrified the crowd by putting up a time of 21.49 seconds, just .38 off the league, meet and pool records of 21.11 set by York Suburban's Kevin Marsteller in 2009.
"I'm shocked," Northeastern head coach Dan Schaeberle said when asked about Bachman's time. "I was thinking of like :21.8, and then maybe at districts, he would go a low 21. That was phenomenal."
Bachman, who transferred to Northeastern this year from Red Lion, sets the bar high when it comes to goals.
"Hopefully, by the time I'm a senior, I can get 19 (seconds), and get to swim at the Olympic trials," he said. "It was exhilarating swimming before this amount of people. They're pulling for you."
Relays: South Western's relay team began the night by taking the 200 medley relay and Dallastown's team closed the program by winning the 200 freestyle relay.
Logan Brockway put up a :21.70 split on the anchor leg for the Wildcats.
"The culture of Dallastown is relays," Brockway said. "The first guys (Thomas, Wise and Dunnigan) did phenomenal tonight. There's so much adrenaline going through your body and I just wanted to swim well for Dallastown. We love the relays."
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