BOYS' SWIMMING: Dallastown pair excels
Spencer Hill knows the powerful Dallastown boys' swimming program will be in good hands when he graduates in the spring.
A number of key performers will return for the Wildcats next year, including junior Jacob Stoner.
"I'm hoping he breaks my records," Hill said graciously during the first night of the two-night York-Adams League boys' championships at Central York High School.
Speaking of records, Hill broke his own meet and pool marks on Thursday night by winning the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 51.37 seconds.
Stoner, meanwhile, captured the 50-yard freestyle in :21.82, and he and Hill were part of a record-setting 200 medley relay team, along with Grant Wertz and Logan Brockway, that smashed league and meet records with a time of 1:36.92.
Stoner also finished second to Hill in the 100 fly in :51.56 to earn a third medal..
"He (Stoner) killed it," Hill said. "He swam his best race."
Hill was happy that he was able to better his 2015 time in the 100 fly.
"It's always awesome when you can get here and get a better time than last year," he said. "As a team, we always focus on the medley relay (the first event on the program) because we feel the medley really sets the tone for the meet."
Stoner, after winning the 50, didn't get much of a break. He jumped in the water for the next event, the 100 fly.
"The adrenaline kept me going," he said. "It's really special swimming at this meet. I love it."
Stoner, like Hill, enjoyed immensely being part of the medley relay team.
"When you break a meet record and share it with friends, it's a blast," he said.
Along with Hill and Stoner, a pair of young swimmers distinguished themselves by delivering championship performances in individual events. Northeastern's Drew Wilson, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.04, and Red Lion's Alex Sun, just a freshman, touched home first in the 200 individual medley. Sun covered the distance in 1:55.48.
"In the fly, I was just trying to stay with everyone," Sun said (the butterfly is the first of four strokes in the IM). "It doesn't matter as much if I get the gold as long as I do better (than his previous swim)."
Wilson put some distance between himself and the other swimmers in the final two laps of the eight-lap race.
"I did much better than I usually do on my flip turns, and those helped me," Wilson said. "I was like around 1:59 last year, so I'm about 10 seconds faster."
Wilson entered this year's event with the fastest time in 200 free.
"After I saw the (heat) sheets for the first time, I thought, 'Oh, wow, I have a chance at that (winning the 200),'" he said.
The Central foursome of Jesse Tate, Will Hartzell, Anthony Gemma and Alec Peckmann closed the first day with a dominating showing in the 200 free relay. The Panther quartet won the race in 1:27.82, almost five seconds better than the silver medal team from South Western.
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