SWIMMING: Suburban sweeps Red Lion
York Suburban's swimmers did more than win two crossover meets on Thursday night.
The Trojans also earned the highest praise from their coach, Craig Brennan.
"It was the best overall team performance," Brennan after Suburban edged Red Lion, 48-46, in the boys' meet and defeated the Lions in the girls' meet, 58-36.
"That (the performance) is a lot of things that are not about times. It's cheering and relentless support for each other. When you're swimming, not just for yourself, but for someone else, it gives you a little bit extra."
The Trojans used their depth to win the boys' meet despite capturing just four of the 11 events. Suburban took two of the three relays, earning a 20-10 advantage in those events, and piled up enough seconds and thirds in individual events to come out on top. The Trojans trailed 30-28 after seven events, but they went one-two in the 200 freestyle relay to seize the advantage for good.
Karl Schmittle, Matt Spinello, Andrew Hassinger and Devon Lonergan swam on the winning relay team, and the quartet of Ethan Staub, Aidan Fryar, Charles Rogers and Seth Orndorff finished second.
Instead of loading up one relay team with all of his fastest swimmers, Brennan split them among the two teams. The strategy paid off in the one-two finish. Fryar also delivered individual victories in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
"That 100, it was really close," Fryar said. (The Trojans' sophomore won by nine hundredths of a second). "I wasn't thinking of time, I was just thinking of doing it for the team. The 50 free, I'm always pushing in that because it's my favorite event."
Fryar and his teammates have high hopes this season.
"We think we can go undefeated this year (in York-Adams Division II), and if we really push it, we could win districts," he said.
Red Lion star Dylan North, who's planning to swim at West Chester University next year, captured the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and swam a leg on the winning 400 relay team.
"It (the boys' meet) was a nail biter," Red Lion head coach Kirsten Dubina said. "I was chewing on my pen the whole time hoping they (the Lions) could pull it out. But we came in knowing it would be a challenge."
Meanwhile, in the girls' meet, Suburban's Carson Gross swept the 100 and 200 freestyles and was part of two winning relay teams.
Red Lion's Devin Sevret touched home first in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. Sevret also helped the Lions take the 200 medley relay.
Suburban, leading by just four points (31-27) after seven events, went one-two in the 200 freestyle relay and 100 backstroke to build a commanding lead.
Dallastown 133, Susquehannock 37: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Wildcats captured first in all 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Spencer Hill won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Jacob Stoner won the 200 free and 500 free and Logan Brockway won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
New Oxford 98, West York 72: At York, New Oxford's Alex Pecher and Kyle DuPree were part of two winning relays (200 medley, 200 free), while Pecher also won the 200 free and 100 butterfly and DuPree won the 200 IM and 500 free. West York's Greg Landis was first in the 100 free and 100 back.
Central York 141, Northeastern 37: At Manchester, the Panthers captured first in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for the Panthers, Alec Peckmann won the 200 free and 50 free and Jesse Tate won the 100 fly and 100 breast.
Dallastown 136, Susquehannock 34: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the Wildcats captured first in all 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Kacey Oberlander won the 200 IM and 500 free, Jenna Woods won the 200 free and 100 free and Emma Balderson won the 50 free and 100 back.
West York 92, New Oxford 77: At York, the Bulldogs won 10 of 12 events, including sweeping all three relays. Claudia Keller and Maddi Stoner were each part of the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay, while also winning an individual event, with Keller capturing first in the 500 free and Stoner winning the 100 butterfly.
Central York 112, Northeastern 74: At Manchester, the Panthers captured first in all three relays. Individually for the Panthers, Sarah Hartman won the 50 free and 100 free. For the Bobcats, Lauren Mummert won the 200 free and 500 free,
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