When the final score of the West York-York Suburban girls' swimming meet was revealed on Thursday night, West York's swimmers, who were gathered alongside the pool, erupted in loud cheers.
The Bulldogs didn't win the meet, but they rallied from 10 points down to forge a 47-47 tie and earn a share of their first York-Adams title.
West York and Suburban are Division II co-champions for the 2015-16 season.
Suburban's boys, meanwhile, wrapped up a perfect Division II season and another championship by defeating the Bulldogs, 69-25.
"Our whole team was shocked when that score (47-47) came up," West York senior Taylor Hoover said. "I didn't think we thought it (a tie) would happen. I've been dreaming about this (winning a title) since my freshman year."
West York made it happen by capturing the final three events to erase a 39-29 deficit. The Bulldogs' Maelyn Elder and Claudia Keller went one-two in the 100 backstroke, and Hoover followed by winning the 100 breaststroke. Elder and Hoover then teamed with Meghan French and Maddi Stoner to take the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Stoner, a sophomore, handled the anchor leg.
"That was crazy," West York head coach Nicole Flowers said. "I thought a tie was possible, but not probable. I knew we usually have a strong back end of the meet so, even though, we were behind, we still had hope. This is very sweet because when I swam at West York, our team as a whole was never able to do something close to this."
Elder and French won two individual events apiece for the Bulldogs. Elder captured the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and French, who's just a freshman, put up the fastest times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Suburban's Carson Gross, in the final home meet of her brilliant career, won two individual events, the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, and was part of a winning relay team.
Suburban head coach Craig Brennan praised his team's performance.
"That was the best team effort we've had the entire year," he said. "We made five or six lineups, and every lineup, except one, had us losing. With the one (lineup), we knew there was a chance we could tie."
Before becoming the Suburban coach, Brennan coached for three years at West York.
"I coached Nicole (Flowers)," he said. "West York-York Suburban is about the friendliest of rivalries. I'll always have a special place in my heart for them."
Boys' meet: Brennan was thrilled to see his boys' team also emerge from the final dual meet with a title after finishing second (to Susquehannock) last year.
"They remembered what happened last year, and they had a game plan for the season," Brennan said. "They had some incredible step-up swims."
Seven different swimmers won individual events for the Trojans against West York. Suburban also swept the three relays.
The tie recorded by the Suburban girls' team was the first in the history of the program, which began in the 1970s.
Dover 121, Northeastern 95: At Manchester, Brannon Boyd and Casey Marshall led the Eagles to the divisional victory. Boyd won the 200 IM and 100 breast, while Marshall won the 100 back and 100 fly. Dover captured first in all three relays. For the Bobcats, Drew Wilson won the 100 free and 200 free, while Josh Freeze broke a school record in diving with a point total of 233.90. The old mark of 219.45 was set in 1991.
Northeastern 95, Dover 91: At Manchester, Lauren Mummert led the Eagles to the divisional victory by scoring individual wins in the 200 IM and 500 free. It was the Bobcats' first victory as a team over the Eagles in school history. For the Eagles, Lindsay Brenneman won the 200 free and 100 free.
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