SWIMMING: Dallastown's Stoner shatters butterfly record

DICK VanO'LINDA, 505-5403/@ydsports
  • Dallastown's Jake Stoner broke the Wildcats' pool record in the 100 butterfly.
  • Stoner finished in 51.04 seconds, bettering the previous mark of :51.78, set nine years ago.
  • Dallastown swept past Central York for a pair of team swimming victories.

DALLASTOWN — Jake Stoner saw the numbers every day at practice: 51.78 seconds.

It was the Dallastown pool record in the 100-yard butterfly.

"I knew if I worked hard and put forth the effort that I was going to get that record," Stoner said Thursday.

The Wildcats' senior achieved his goal on an afternoon when both Dallastown teams, boys and girls, scored decisive York-Adams Division I victories over Central York. The Dallastown boys prevailed 123-47, and the Dallastown girls triumphed, 117-53.

"I was coming off my third wall, and I saw my teammates on the side of the pool, and I thought, 'man, they're really cheering for me,'" Stoner said, describing the scene as he began his final lap in the four-lap event. "I thought 'I just got to get in there to the finish and do it (break the record).'"

Stoner touched home in :51.04 drawing loud cheers from his teammates and the fans in the Dallastown swimming complex after erasing the nine-year old mark set by former York Suburban star Harry Foster.

While justifiably proud of his accomplishment, Stoner took time to praise the former teammates who inspired him.

"I was looking up at Trevor Hine when I was a freshman, and Spencer Hill when I was a sophomore and a junior. (Hill owns the Dallastown school record in 100 butterfly)," Stoner said. "This program has been successful because we've had real good swimmers graduate, but other good swimmers have come along. Joel Dunnigan (a freshman) did a :22.9 out of the blue in the 50 freestyle the other day, and I thought 'where the heck did this kid come from.'"

Along with his record-setting swim in the 100 butterfly, Stoner won the 50 freestyle and swam on two winning relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle).

Stoner's teammate, Logan Brockway, captured the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke along with also swimming a leg on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Dallastown swimmers placed first in nine of the 11 events.

Dallastown's girls, meanwhile, put up the best times in 10 of 11 events.

Jena Woods, a senior, and Morgan Merrifield, a freshman, led the way for the Wildcats by winning two individual events apiece.

Woods recorded the fastest times in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, and Merrifield sprinted to victories in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Woods and Merrifield were also part of two winning relay teams: 200 medley and 200 freestyle.

Based on Thursday's performances, Dallastown's boys' and girls' teams are again the favorites to take their respective Division I crowns one more time.

The Dallastown girls have won 12 division titles in a row, and the boys have secured eight consecutive division crowns.

"This season, we have a lot of expectations and goals," Woods said. "I think Coach (Rich Howley) is doing an amazing job helping us prepare for counties (York-Adams Meet), districts, and, maybe even states. We did really well today, but I feel we can do so much better at counties, districts, and possibly states."

Dallastown swimmers delivered the two victories Thursday on Howley's 56th birthday.

"We knew they (the Panthers) were a little light (in numbers) on the guys' side, but don't let the score of the girls' meet fool you," Howley said. "It took everything we had to beat them."

Howley said  the Wildcats are very, very fortunate to be so successful year in and year out.

"It's a compliment to the age-group program and the coaches," he said. "We're lucky to be able to reload every year."



West York 88, Susquehannock 82: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs used a team effort in capturing the victory. No Bulldog swimmer had two individual wins. For the Warriors, Rohit Kandala won the 100 free and 200 free, Justin Reed won the 100 fly and 100 back and Logan McFadden won the 200 IM and 500 free.

York Suburban 79, Northeastern 14: At Suburban, the Trojans won all 12 events. Suburban's Megan Hunt took first in the 200 individual medley and 500 free.

Red Lion 99, Spring Grove 71: At Spring Grove, despite only winning three individual events, the Lions had enough depth to claim two relay victories and enough second- and third-places finishes to earn the meet triumph. Jacob Lorenzen, David White and Jack Anderson were the individual winners for the Lions. Lorenzen and White were on the victorious 200 freestyle relay team and the pair was joined by Anderson on the winning 400 freestyle relay squad. Collin Ruby earned two wins (50 free and 100 backstroke) and was part of a winning 200 medley relay team for Spring Grove.



West York 118, Susquehannock 41: At Graham Aquatic Central, the Bulldogs got two individual wins from Maddi Stoner (50 free, 100 fly), Meghan French (200 IM, 100 back), Courtney Harnish (100 free, 100 breast) and Claudia Keller (200 free, 500 free).    

York Suburban 68, Northeastern 25: At Suburban, the Trojans won two of the three relays and nine of the 12 events. In the seven individual events that Suburban won, it had seven different swimmers take home first. Drew Wilson won the 50 free and 100 free events for Northeastern.

Spring Grove 111, Red Lion 69: At Spring Grove, Abigayle Keating won two individual races (200 free, 100 free) and swam on a pair of victorious relay teams (200 medley, 400 freestyle) as the Rockets cruised to victory. Jessica Sun shined bright for Red Lion, winning 200 IM and 500 free races, as well as helping the 200 freestyle relay team to victory.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.