SWIMMING: Dallastown earns key sweep
The Dallastown swimming teams took a huge step on Thursday to ensure that their dynasties will remain intact for at least one more year.
The Wildcats defeated Central York in pair of York-Adams Division I meets. Dallastown won the boys' meet, 100-86, and captured the girls' meet, 128-57. The Wildcat girls are bidding for a 12th consecutive division crown, and the boys' team is going for its eighth consecutive division title.
"It was more about winning the meet, not about times today," Dallastown senior Spencer Hill said. "It was more about Dallastown coming in (to Central) and keeping the streak going."
Hill more than did his part in turning back a team considered to be the Wildcats' most serious challenger this season. He won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, setting a pool record time of 51.49 seconds in the butterfly. Hill was also part of two winning relays, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.
"I definitely think the competition was the key to getting the record," Hill said. "I was racing (Central's Jesse Tate), and he's one of my great friends."
Tate also put up a very good time (:51.94) in finishing second.
Hill later joined with Jacob Stoner, Logan Brockway and Patrick Dunnigan in winning the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. Dunnigan is not as well known as his three relay teammates, but the senior delivered an excellent swim on the relay's third leg.
"He (Dunnigan) was the key," Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. "You know what those other kids (Hill, Stoner and Brockway) are going to give you — (3:15.76) is a heck of a time for this point of the season."
Brockway also earned two individual first-place finishes, winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Dallastown fell behind 12-4 when Central's Garrett Sommer and Nick Cappella placed first and second, respectively in the diving, but the the Wildcats pulled ahead several events later and held off the Panthers the rest of the way.
Central sophomore standout Alec Peckmann recorded another impressive day, winning the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, setting school-record times in both swims. Peckmann went 1:56.35 in the IM and :46.95 in the freestyle.
"Our goal was to compete with Central, and obviously, we came out on top," Howley said. "Without them, we can't do as well because they swam well, also. That's what high school swimming is all about. You have people on the side (of the pool) cheering, you have people in the crowd cheering."
Girls' meet: The Dallastown girls, like the guys, trailed following the diving, where Central's Emily Salter and Lindsey Chatterton placed first and second.
The Wildcats responded by winning every one of the next 11 events.
Kacey Oberlander, Jena Woods, Sydney Hoover and Emma Balderson placed first in two individual events apiece. Oberlander recorded the fastest times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Woods in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Hoover in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Balderson in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Oberlander, who didn't swim for the Wildcats last season while competing exclusively for the York YMCA team, returned to high school swimming for her senior year. She'll compete in NCAA Division I college swimming at Alabama.
"She (Oberlander) just sort of melted right into the mix, she's very humble," Howley said. "You ought to see her practice, unbelievable. She took the whole tempo of the team and raised it up a notch."
Susquehannock 96, West York 73: At Shrewsbury, the Warriors got strong efforts from Gibson Porter IV and Robert Jackson to earn the meet victory. Porter was part of the winning 200 medley relay, as well as winning the 100 breast. Jackson swept the 50 free and 100 free. For West York, the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Tony Zito, Jake Spangler, Kieran McKee and Greg Landis won first in both events, while Spangler and Landis also won the 200 free and 200 IM events, respectively.
Gettysburg 94, Dover 82: At Dover, Chandler Desotelle led the Warriors by scoring individual victories in the 200 free and 100 fly.
York Suburban 115, Northeastern 57: At Manchester, the Trojans captured 34 team points between the three relays to secure the win. For the Bobcats, Drew Wilson won the 200 free and 100 fly, while Drake Myers won the 200 IM and 100 breast.
West York 109, Susquehannock 61: At Shrewsbury, the Bulldogs won 10 of the 11 events. Aside from being part of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams, Maelyn Elder and Taylor Hoover each also won multiple individual events. Elder won the 200 IM and 100 fly, while Hoover captured first in the 50 free and 100 breast.
Dover 128, Gettysburg 54: At Dover, the Eagles captured first in 10 of the 12 events. Individually for the Eagles, Grace Beierschmitt won the 50 free and 100 breast.
York Suburban 103, Northeastern 80: At Manchester, individually for the Trojans, Jenna Hofnagle won the 200 free and 100 back to lead the Trojans to the road victory.
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