DALLASTOWN — While the luster of having two undefeated teams facing off to end the regular season was gone, the final dual swim meet between York-Adams League Division I rivals Dallastown and Red Lion was still intense on Thursday.
After getting swept by Central York earlier in the week, the Lions were able to keep the meet with the Wildcat boys close early. But a Dallastown sweep in the 50 freestyle gave the boys’ team a cushion that was stretched out by standout Spencer Hill moments later.
Hill won the 100 butterfly, coming within a half second of breaking the pool record in the process. By the time the 400 free relay teams hit the pool, the meet was all wrapped up.
Dallastown claimed a pair of impressive victories, 137-39 on the boys’ side and 127-53 for the girls’ side. Both Wildcat teams claimed Division I titles with 5-0 records. Both Red Lion teams fell to 3-2 in the division. The wins also continued the Dallastown dynasties. The Wildcat girls have won 12 straight division crowns, while the boys have earned eight straight.
“It’s always nice to be able to come in here and do what we do best,” Hill said. “We swim our best and try to swim good meets and win.”
The fact that the two teams are neighbors did add some motivation for swimmers on both sides.
“Swimming against Red Lion is a wonderful, wonderful rivalry,” Dallastown coach Rich Howley said. “And that’s something that helps us swim as fast as we did tonight, was the competition from Red Lion.”
Winning is something that seemingly comes easy to Hill. The reigning league champion in the 100 fly, Hill was just as dominant in the 100 backstroke, as well as in his legs in the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
Hill is hoping to defend his title in the fly at the league meet next week, while also hoping to add a gold medal in the back.
“I look forward to the individual (events) at counties,” said Hill, who is narrowing his college choices down to either Drexel or Boston College. “But I’m looking to try out the 100 back. It’s one of my favorite events and it’s nice to have some variety instead of just doing all freestyle.”
Last year Hill participated in three relay teams, but Howley signed off on allowing his talented swimmers to balance out the relay/individual scales this time around.
“We’ve always been a big relay team,” Howley said. “But we have three or four guys that have a really good shot (at individual medals)," Howley said. "So this season I figured to let some guys, Spencer is one and Jacob Stoner, Logan Brockway and Gran Wertz, let’s let them have a shot. In some of the previous years we had some serious relays. But this year I said ‘let’s try to mix it up a little bit.’ Let them go with two relays and have them mix it up a bit.”
Stoner, like Hill, was a four-event winner. The Wildcat junior won both the 50 and 100 free while also taking part in both the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
Wertz won the 200 individual medley and was a part of the 200 free relay team, while Brockway won the 200 free and was a part of both the 200 medley and 400 free relay squads.
Red Lion’s Dylan North and Alex Sun provided the only two wins for the visitors on the night. Sun won the 100 breast while North outpaced Brockway en route to claiming the 500 free.
Girls' meet: In the girls’ meet, Dallastown’s Kacey Oberlander led the Wildcats to victory. The University of Alabama recruit started off the meet with a strong leg in helping the 200 medley team to victory. She added individual wins in both the 200 IM and 500 free before capping off a great night as the anchor in the victorious 400 free relay squad.
Jena Woods matched Oberlander’s four-win night. She was a key in both the 200 medley and 400 free relay victories while also claiming the 200 and 100 free events.
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