Wildcats' Hill has big expectations
Spencer Hill sets some very high expectations for himself.
The Dallastown High School swimming standout is aiming for a record-breaking final season.
"I definitely want to drop times this year, and I would like to break my record time," Hill said following a recent practice. "Plus, I want to see everyone on the team do well."
Hill delivered a school-record performance of 49.94 seconds in the 100 butterfly last year.
The reward? A District 3-AAA title.
Before establishing the district mark, Hill eclipsed the York-Adams League record by capturing the gold medal at the league meet.
He also earned a medal at states, placing eighth.
That was last year.
This year, Hill, along with individual goals, is looking to do his part to extend Dallastown's championship streak. The Wildcats have won the last seven York-Adams Division I boys' crowns.
Hill will have help in his bid to keep the Wildcats on top.
Jake Stoner and Grant Wertz, district medalists last year, are back, and so is Logan Brockway, who supplied clutch swims as a freshman last year. Wertz also won the 100 breaststroke at the York-Adams meet.
Dallastown defeated Central York last year to earn the division title.
"Central, they're our big rival," Hill said. "They have strong swimmers."
Hill has swimming plans after high school. He plans to compete in a NCAA Division I college program, either Villanova or Boston College.
"Hopefully, within the next month or two, I'll know where I'm going," Hill said.
Around Division I: Next month, Dallastown and Central will clash in a meet that could again decide the division crown.
The Panthers' roster features talented sophomore Alec Peckmann, the winner of the 100 and 200 freestyles at last season's York-Adams meet. Peckmann placed fourth at districts (AAA) in both events.
Central also returns Jesse Tate (second at the York-Adams meet in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle), Will Hartzell (second in the York-Adams meet backstroke) and Anthony Gemma (third in the York-Adams meet breaststroke)..
Asked his thoughts on the Division I race, Central coach Jim Gingerich said: "I think it will come down to the meet with Dallastown here."
The Panthers added perennial District 3 power Wilson to their schedule. Central will travel to West Lawn (Berks County) this season, and Wilson will come to York next season.
Division II: In Division II, Susquehannock graduated a load of talent and leadership from last year's division title team.
Three district qualifiers, Justin Reed, Gibson Porter and Joe Speir, are back for the Warriors.
Matt Spinello, District 3-AA champion in the 100 butterfly and state runner-up in the event, is among a core of veteran swimmers at York Suburban. The Trojans' only loss last year was to Susquehannock.
Aidan Fryar, a 2014 bronze medalist in the district 50 freestyle, is among the Suburban, veterans.
Dover's Casey Marshall, was second in the District 3 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke last year. Hunter Link lends experience to the Eagles' roster.
Greg Landis, a state qualifier, and Jake Spangler, a District 3 qualifier, will swim for West York again this season.
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