Megan Hunt had mixed emotions on Thursday when she prepared for the final home swimming meet of her high school career.
"I'm kind of sad to leave because we have such great memories," the York Suburban senior said. "But, I'm also happy to keep moving forward in life, going to college and experiencing something new for the first time. I'm definitely going to miss everyone here."
Hunt delivered a Senior Night performance to remember by winning two events, the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. She was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team with Maddy Abel, Jenna Hufnagle and Keelie Walker.
Suburban remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division II by defeating Dover, 65-29.
The Trojans' boys' team also stayed undefeated in Division II, topping Dover by a near-identical score, 64-30.
"Like the rest of the team, I'm not feeling too hot," Hunt said. "They (the swims) were hard, but I knew I was doing it for them (her teammates). When you're as close as we are, it definitely is motivating and keeps you going."
Hunt and her teammates captured seven of the 11 events. Lindsay Brenneman and Grace Beierschmitt each won two events for Dover. Brenneman prevailed in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Beierschmitt swept the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Boys' meet: Suburban's boys, meanwhile, won every event but the 100 breaststroke.
Trojans' senior Karl Schmittle closed out his home career on a highly successful note by winning the 100 butterfly and helping the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay secure first-place finishes. Trent Golden, David Boyer and Juan Muete-Abenza were Schmittle's partners on the medley team, and Alex Patterson, Aidan Fryar and Devon Longergan joined him on the meet's closing event, the 400 freestyle relay.
Afterward, Schmittle, like Hunt, shared his Senior Night thoughts.
"I was hoping at our last home meet we could set an example for everyone else who takes over when we're gone," Schmittle said. "To kind of inspire them to say, 'that's what we'll be next year and the year after that.'"
Schmittle is the fifth member of his family to swim for the Trojans. His four sisters preceded him.
"I feel like I'm standing on the shoulders of giants, and I have to live up to those expectations," he said. "My first year here went kind of slow, but every year after that they got faster. I was close with this team. We always had the pasta party for the Dover meet at our house, and I wonder who will host it next year."
This year's Suburban's teams featured 15 seniors.
"I've never coached such a senior-heavy team," Trojans' head coach Craig Brennan said. "They all bring a different dynamic to the team. We have vocal leaders, we have swimmers in the pool who are aggressive, we have swimmers who love the sport, and we have swimmers who love the team."
Rising to challenge: Brennan was pleased with the way his teams rose to the challenge on Thursday night.
"Today, we had to change four swimmers out of the lineup due to health-related reasons" he said. "We're tired, we're sick and exhausted, but we're still giving our best efforts. I think that really showed tonight."
With the latest victory, Suburban's boys, 4-0-0, clinched at least a tie for the division title. The Trojans are alone in first and have one meet remaining next Thursday against West York.
Suburban's girls, meanwhile, improved to 4-0-0 with a showdown looming with West York. The Bulldogs are 3-0-0.
Dallastown 125, Spring Grove 51: At Spring Grove, Mark O’Rourke won the 200 free and 500 free and swam on the 200 free relay team for Dallastown. Teammate Jacob Stoner won the 100 butterfly and swam on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. Dallastown’s Logan Brockaway was also on the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams, in addition to winning the 50 free and 100 backstroke. Brian McGlynn won the 100 free and Justin Culp took the 100 breast for the Rockets. First-place Dallastown improved to 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division I.
Susquehannock 103, Northeastern 76: At Manchester, the Warriors captured 24 points between the three relays. Individually for the Warriors, Rohit Kandala won the 100 free and 50 free, while Dean Lochte won the 100 fly and 100 back. For the Bobcats, Drew Wilson won the 200 free and 500 free.
Gettysburg 112, West York 58: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Warriors were led individually by Nico DeAngelo capturing the 200 IM and 100 back, while Jared Herr won the 500 free and 50 free.
Central York 102, New Oxford 74: At Central York, Alex Forry won the 200 free and 100 back to help the Panthers past the Colonials. He was also a member of the winning 400 free relay team. Central’s Lucas Tate won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Alex Pecher won the 50 free and 100 free for New Oxford and was also on the victorious 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.
South Western 107, Red Lion 76: At South Western, Ben Shoul won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly races, and he was also on the Mustangs’ winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. Jacob Lorenzen won the 200 free and Jack Anderson took the 500 free for Red Lion.
Dallastown 123, Spring Grove 62: At Spring Grove, Jena Woods won the 200 IM and swam on the winning 200 medley relay team for Dallastown. The Wildcats’ Morgan Merrifield won the 100 free and 200 free races. Abigayle Keating won the 50 free and Mackenzie Miller claimed the 500 free for Spring Grove. First-place Dallastown improved to 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division I.
Northeastern 122, Susquehannock 52: At Manchester, the Bobcats, captured first in 11 of the 12 events. Individually for the Bobcats, Lauren Mummert won the 200 free and 500 free, while Katie Mummert won the 200 IM and 100 fly.
West York 116, Gettysburg 54: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs captured first in all 11 events. Individually for the Bulldogs, Courtney Harnish won the 200 IM and 500 free, Maddi Stoner won the 200 free and 100 fly and Tesia Thomas won the 50 free and 100 breast.
Central York 135, New Oxford 48: At Central York, Kelsey Hartman was victorious in the 100 free and 200 free, while also helping Central win the 200 free and 400 free relay races. The Colonials got two wins from Morgan Richter, capturing the 100 butterfly and 500 free.
South Western 102, Red Lion 78: At South Western, Tatiana Kesserling raced to victory in the 100 free and 200 free before helping the Mustangs win the 200 free relay race. Jessica Sun won the 100 breast and 200 IM for Red Lion. She also competed on the victorious 400 free relay team.
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