SWIMMING: Depth carries Dallastown girls over West York
- The Dallastown girls' swim team edged West York on Thursday evening, 89-81.
- West York won nine of the 11 events, but the Wildcats' depth proved to be the difference.
- The Dallastown boys cruised to a 133-37 triumph over the West York boys.
Dallastown's depth delivered a team victory on a night when West York's standouts seized almost all of the first-place finishes.
That was the story line when the York-Adams Division I and Division II girls' swimming powers clashed in a crossover meet at the York YMCA's Graham Aquatic Center.
Dallastown prevailed 89-81 in the girls' meet. The Wildcats completed the sweep by winning the boys' meet, 133-37.
The West York girls captured nine of the 11 events, but Dallastown responded by securing enough second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes to come out on top.
The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs, 19-11, in the last two events of the meet, the 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay, to snap a 70-70 tie.
Dallastown's Araby Marston, Jena Woods and Isabella Wise went one-two-three in the breaststroke.
"We have three very good breaststrokers," Dallastown head coach Rich Howley said. "That's a strength of our team. We came out on the other end of it (losing) in a close meet with York Suburban a while back. Meets that go down to the very end, that's what makes high school swimming fun."
Howley praised his team's opponent on Thursday night.
"They' have an unbelievable team. You're going to see big things from them in districts and states. I told our kids, 'you got to swim with the No. 1 high school recruit in the country tonight. That's an honor.'"
West York's Courtney Harnish, the nation's top recruit who's committed to the University of Georgia, returned to the Bulldogs' team for her senior season after swimming with her York YMCA club team in highly prestigious meets, including the U.S. Olympic Trials, the past two years.
Harnish won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle on Thursday, and teammate Claudia Keller captured the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
"I'm glad she (Harnish) is back," Keller said. "She helps our team a lot."
Keller felt going in that her team could win the meet, although she knew Dallastown had the advantage in numbers.
"We tried to get all the firsts we could, but they have so many girls, and they were able to get third, fourth, fifth and sixths," she said.
West York head coach Nicole Flowers felt her team's showing against a perennially powerful Dallastown club is a good omen for the future.
"We are going to be matching up well in our league when we go against teams from our own division," she said. "When I saw them (Dallastown) on the pool deck, I realized how big their team was compared to ours."
West York has a total of 25 swimmers on the girls' and boys' teams.
Mark O'Rourke, Logan Brockway and Jacob Stoner each captured two individual events for the Dallastown guys' team, which swept all 11 events.
O'Rourke touched home first in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Brockway did the same in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, and Stoner put up the best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
South Western 104, Susquehannock 66: At Glen Rock, Ben Tilmes showed his versatility for South Western by winning the 50 free and 500 free events. Susquehannock's Logan McFadden won 200 individual medley and the 100 back.
New Oxford 107, Dover 69: At Dover, Kyle DuPree and Alex Pecher each won two individual events for New Oxford. DuPree won the 200 IM and 100 breast, while Pecher won the 200 free and 50 free.
York Suburban 58, Central York 36: At Suburban, Karl Schmittle won the 50 and 100 free events for Suburban, while also being a part of the victorious 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams. Patrick O’Neill (200 free, 500 free) and Lucas Tate (200 IM, 100 breast) each won two individual races for Central, and were also part of the winning 400 free relay team.
Red Lion 103, Northeastern 64: At Manchester, the Lions captured nine of the 12 events. Individually for the Lions, Matthew Lanius won the 100 breast and 200 IM and Nathaniel Chan won the 50 free and 100 back. For the Bobcats, Drew Wilson won the 200 free and 500 free.
Gettysburg 103, Spring Grove 67: At Spring Grove, Logan Hyde won the 200 IM and 100 breast, while teammate Jared Herr won the 200 free and 500 free to lead the Warriors.
South Western 124, Susquehannock 44: At Glen Rock, the Mustangs won nine of the 12 events. Maya Wherley (100 fly and 100 breast), Tatiana Kesselring (200 IM and 100 back) and Lilianna Albrecht (50 free and 100 free) each won two individual events for South Western. Katlyn Baer won the 200 free and 500 free for Susquehannock.
Dover 114, New Oxford 69: At Dover, the Eagles captured nine of the 12 events. Individually for Dover, Lindsay Brenneman won the 200 free and 100 fly and Grace Beierschmitt won the 200 IM and 100 breast.
Central York 60, York Suburban 34: At Suburban, the Panthers won eight of the 12 races. The Panthers won two of the three relays and Courtney Thornton was victorious in the 200 individual medley. Megan Hunt won two individual races for Suburban, taking first in the 200 free and 500 free.
Red Lion 95, Northeastern 80: At Manchester, the Lions captured first in all three relays. Individually for the Lions, Jessica Sun won the 200 free and 500 free. For the Bobcats, Katie Mummert won the 200 IM and 100 fly.
Spring Grove 127, Gettysburg 56: At Spring Grove, the Rockets captured first in eight of the 12 events. Individually for the Rockets, Abigayle Keating won the 200 free and 500 free and Megan Heist won the 100 free and 100 breast. For the Warriors, Taylor Howery won the 50 free and 100 back, while teammate Morgan Newell won the 200 IM and 100 fly.
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