SWIMMING: York Suburban sweeps to Division II titles
- York Suburban swept past West York in a pair of swimming meet on Thursday.
- Both Suburban teams also clinched York-Adams Division II championships.
After seven events during Thursday's swimming showdown at the Graham Aquatic Center, the York Suburban girls held a slim four-point lead over West York.
The Trojans hadn't won a single event to that point, but they piled up enough second-, third- and fourth-place finishes to stay in front.
Suburban then got some breathing room by finishing first and third in the 200 freestyle relay to stretch its advantage to 10 points. Keelie Walker, Rachel Stein, Cara Zortman and Havannah Suarez made up the team.
Suarez and Walker were also part of the winning 400 freestyle relay (with Megan Hunt and Jenna Hufnagle) when the Trojans captured the final event of the night to earn an 89-81 victory and capture the York-Adams Division II title. Suburban and West York shared the crown last year.
Suburban's boys, meanwhile, made it a sweep by defeating West York, 129-41 to finish as the undefeated Division II champion for the second straight year.
"It's such a great feeling right now," Suarez said. "I knew it was going to be a very close meet, and I felt very pressured. We tried to get all the seconds, thirds and fourths."
The seconds, thirds and fourths, combined with victories in two of the three relays, enabled the Trojans to prevail over their crosstown rival.
"Our girls dug deep today," Suburban head coach Craig Brennan said. "We asked a lot of them, and I could see how tired they were. They won a division championship against a very good West York team."
Brennan said the 200 freestyle relay was "huge."
"They (West York) gave us a swerve on splitting their relay teams, but overall, if we could have held on to second, I would have been happy. But, first and holding them off, was phenomenal," he said.
Saurez, a senior, handled the anchor leg on the 200 relay. The Trojans earned the eight points for their victory.
"She's been anchoring for us, on and off," Brennan said. "She may not always love that spot, but she does great in that spot. I couldn't be more proud of the girls and boys. The boys' meet might not have been as flashy, but they won the division as well."
Meghan French (200 and 500 freestyles), Claudia Keller (200 individual medley and 100 backstroke), Maddi Stoner (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and Courtney Harnish (100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) won two individual events apiece for West York.
"I knew it was going to be close," West York head coach Nicole Flowers said. "I was nervous going into the meet. You can write down how you're going to perform, but you can't prepare for how the other team is going to perform. It seemed like the whole meet we were going first and fifth."
Boys' meet: Suburban's boys, meanwhile, delivered a dominating performance by winning every one of the 11 events.
Devon Lonergan and Matt Peters supplied two first-place finishes each for the Trojans in individual events. Lonergan took the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Peters touched home first in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
Dallastown 116, Red Lion 54: At Red Lion, the Wildcats took first in nine of the 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Jacob Stoner won the 100 fly and 50 free and Logan Brockway won the 500 free and 200 IM. For the Lions, Jacob Lorenzen won the 100 free and 200 free. Dallastown improved to 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of the title.
Dover 111, Northeastern, 56: At Dover, the Eagles swept all three relay events. Drew MacDonald (200 IM, 100 breast) was the only individual multi-event winner for Dover, while Drew Wilson (100 fly, 100 back) was the only individual multi-event winner for Northeastern.
Gettysburg 105, Susquehannock 65: At Shrewsbury YMCA, Jared Herr led the visitors by breaking a pool record in both the 200 free and 500 free. Herr swam a 1:49.18 in the 200, breaking the old record of 1:49.24, while also swimming a 4:53.26 in the 500, breaking the old record of 4:55.28.
Spring Grove 86, New Oxford 84: At Spring Grove, the Rockets’ 400 free relay team captured the meet’s final event. That was the difference in the tightly-contested meet. Brian McGlynn (200 free, 500 free) and Collin Ruby (50 free, 100 back) both won two individual events for Spring Grove and were also part of the victorious meet-clinching 4x400 relay team, along with Josiah Kline and Justin Culp. Kyle DuPree was the only multi-event winner for New Oxford, taking first in the 200 IM and 100 breast.
Central York 93, South Western 90: At Pleasureville, despite dropping all three relays, the Panthers still edged the Mustangs. Lucas Tate (200 IM, 100 breast) and Tommy O’Neill (200 free, 500 free) led Central by each winning two individual events. John Gill scored wins in the 50 free and 100 back for South Western.
Dallastown 120, Red Lion 49: At Red Lion, the Wildcats captured first in nine of the 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Jenna Woods won the 100 breast and 200 IM, while Morgan Merrifield won the 100 free and 50 free. Dallastown improved to 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of the title.
Dover 110, Northeastern 76: At Dover, the Eagles dominated the meet, winning 12 of the 14 events. Dover got strong performances from three swimmers, with Lindsay Brenneman (200 free, 500 free), Madelynn Kinard (200 IM, 100 breast) and Grace Beierschmitt (50 free, 100 free) all winning two individual events. Northeastern’s only two event victories came in diving by Lauren Williamson and in the 100 fly by Lauren Mummert.
Gettysburg 93, Susquehannock 77: At Shrewsbury YMCA, the visitors were led individually by Olivia Cowden, who captured the 500 free and 100 fly, and Tess Lampe, who won the 200 IM and 100 breast. For Susquehannock, Kaitlyn Baer won the 100 free and 200 free.
Spring Grove 112, New Oxford 71: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won two of the three relays. Megan Heist (200 free, 100 fly) and Abigayle Keating (50 free, 100 free) both won two individual events to pace Spring Grove. Lauren Richter (200 IM, 100 breast) performed well for New Oxford, winning the only two individual events for her team.
Central York 134, South Western 52: At Pleasureville, the Panthers won 11 of the 12 events. Sarah Minich (200 IM, 100 breast) was the only team member for Central to win multiple individual events. Tatiana Kesselring won the 100 fly for South Western, the only event the team won in the entire meet.
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