SWIMMING: Suburban sweeps past Dover
DOVER — The York Suburban and Dover swimming teams began the post-blizzard part of their schedules on Thursday with two highly competitive meets.
The monster snowstorm may have cut into class time and training time for the York-Adams Division II athletes, but it didn't harm their competitiveness. Both teams swam with a passion from the opening whistle of the afternoon's opening event, the 200 medley relay, to the final touch in the last event, the 400 freestyle relay.
"You could feel the intensity in the meets," Suburban head coach Craig Brennan said.
Brennan's teams eventually prevailed to extend their perfect division records to 4-0.
Suburban won the boys' meet, 93.5-76.5, and captured the girls' meet, 98-85.
Carson Gross and Jenna Hufnagle delivered two individual first-place finishes apiece for the Trojan girls' team, and Aidan Fryar recorded two first-place finishes in individual events for the boys' team.
Gross won the 100 and 200 freestyles, along with swimming a leg on the winning 400 free relay and on the 200 free relay, which tied with Dover for first place.
Hufnagle posted the fastest times in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays. Fryar sprinted to victory in the 50 and 100 frees and swam a leg on the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, which both delivered first-place finishes.
"They (Gross, Hufnagle and Fryar) certainly did their part, but overall, I thought each team did a great job," Brennan said.
The Suburban girls, who trailed by one point (69-68) with three events remaining, used a strong closing kick to come out on top.
Hufnagle and teammate Maddy Abel got things started by going one-two in the 100 backstroke.
Boys' meet: The Trojan boys, meanwhile, outscored the Eagles, 35-25, in the final four events to break open a close meet.
Dover won more events (six to five), but Suburban had three more second-place finishes (seven to four) and one more third-place finish (6-5) and took two of the three relays.
The Eagles' Hunter Link and Casey Marshall, competing in their final home meet on Senior Night, recorded two first-place finishes in individual events. Link put up the best performance in the 200 and 500 frees, and Marshall touched home first in the 100 fly and 100 back. Link and Marshall also helped the Eagles win the 400 free relay.
Having extended their perfect records, Suburban's teams will now look forward to next Thursday when West York makes the crosstown trip to the Trojans' pool.
"The girls' victory today, that sets up a very big meet next week," Brennan said. "The boys have at least a tie (for the division title), and that's a good start."
The winner of the Suburban-West York girls' meet will be the Division II champion. Both enter with unbeaten division marks. The Trojan boys can clinch the outright division crown by defeating West York.
Dallastown 134, Spring Grove 41: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won all 12 events to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. Kacey Oberlander (200 free, 500 free), Jena Woods (200 IM, 100 free) and Emma Balderson (50 free, 100 back) each won two individual events and also swam on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Sydney Hoover won the 100 fly and swam on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. The Wildcats sewed up a tie for the division crown. Dallastown has earned 11 straight outright York-Adams titles.
Northeastern 109, Susquehannock 60: At Shrewsbury, Abby Braswell won the 100 free and 100 breast and swam on two winning relays to lead the Bobcats. Ona Sutton (50 free), Katie Mummert (200 IM) and Lauren Mummert (100 fly) each won an individual event and each was on two winning relay teams. Katlyn Baer won the 200 free and 500 free for the Warriors.
Central York 125, New Oxford 61: At Central, the Panthers captured first in 10 of the 12 events. Individually for the Panthers, Sophie Stambaugh won the 200 free and 100 free. For the Colonials, Rachel Groden won the 50 free and diving.
Dallastown 131, Spring Grove 51: At Dallastown, the Wildcats improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I by earning victories in all 12 events. Grant Wertz (200 IM, 100 breast), Jacob Stoner (50 free, 100 fly) and Spencer Hill (100 free, 100 back) each won two individual events and also swam on two winning relays. Logan Brockway won the 500 free and was part of two winning relays. Dallastown clinched a tie for the division title. Dallastown has won seven straight outright D-I championships.
Susquehannock 121, Northeastern 60: At Shrewsbury, the Warriors rolled behind Justin Reed, who won the 100 fly and 100 back and swam on two winning relays. Gibson Porter IV won the 200 IM and 100 breast and was part of the winning 200 free relay, while Ryan Gloeckner took the 500 free and was on two winning relays.
Central York 120, New Oxford 63: At Central, the Panthers captured first in 10 of the 12 events. Individually for the Panthers, Alec Peckmann won the 200 free and 50 free, Will Hartzell won the 200 IM and 100 back and Jesse Tate won the 100 fly and 100 breast.
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