Sarah Minich made her York-Adams swimming debut an unforgettable one on Thursday afternoon.
The Central York freshman won the next-to-last event, the 100 breaststroke, as Central snapped a tie and went on to a 97-89 crossover victory over West York.
The Central boys, meanwhile, showed they'll be a force to be reckoned with this season, defeating the Bulldogs, 139-41.
Minich and teammate Mackenzie Sopko, a senior, went one-two in the breaststroke to give the Panthers the lead, and Central secured the victory with a second-place finish in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
"I was pretty nervous," Minich said. "This was my first high school meet. I've been sick the past few weeks, so I'm happy that I dropped a second from my time last week (in a non-league scrimmage)."
Minich won the event in a time of 1 minute, 14.83 seconds. Sopko took second in 1:15.49.
"I was really glad Mackenzie and me could go one-two," Minich said. "I really like Mackenzie. She's like the best person I've ever met."
Minich was one of just three Panthers to win an individual event. West York captured eight of the 12 events, including the diving, where talented junior Erica Sarver placed first with 246.50 points. However, Central had just enough depth to secure the victory.
"I knew West York had some really good swimmers," Minich said. "This was a confidence boost for our team, winning this meet."
The Bulldogs' Taylor Hoover captured the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle, along with swimming on two winning relay teams. West York's Maelyn Elder prevailed in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke and swam a leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Meanwhile, Central's Alec Peckmann delivered an impressive performance in the boys' meet by capturing two events (200 IM and 100 freestyle) while setting a school record in one of them. He also helped on two victorious relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle). Peckmann's time in the 200 IM (1:58.84) is a new school mark..
"I thought I was doing well (during the 200 IM race), but I try not to think too much about my time," Peckmann said. "I just try to swim as hard as I can."
Peckmann, who's just a sophomore, said the team has really high goals this season.
"We have a lot of returning swimmers, but we also lost a lot of good swimmers," he said. "I really liked how we all swam today. I thought we did good for our first varsity meet."
Jesse Tate (100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke), Patrick O'Neill (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle) and Will Hartzell (50 freestyle and 100 backstroke) were also double individual winners for the Panthers. O'Neill is a freshman.
"I wasn't sure how we (the boys' and girls' teams) would perform after our practice yesterday," Central coach Jim Gingerich said. "We did not back off, we went 7,000 yards. It shows you can train hard and still swim fast (in meets)."
Dallastown 129, New Oxford 54: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first place in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for Dallastown, Spencer Hill won the 200 free and 100 free, Logan Brockway won the 50 free and 500 free and Jacob Stoner won the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.
York Suburban 52, Gettysburg 41: At Suburban, Aidan Fryar led the Trojans to the home victory by capturing individual wins in the 50 free and 100 free. Suburban won two of the three relays.
Dallastown 136, New Oxford 45: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first place in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Jena Woods won the 100 free and 200 IM, Sydney Hoover won the 100 fly and 50 free and Rebekah Brown won the 200 free and 500 free.
York Suburban 72, Gettysburg 21: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in nine of the 11 events to secure the victory. Individually for the Trojans, Maddy Abel won the 200 IM and 500 free.
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