Northeastern's Wilson defends his 200 free league title

  • Northeastern's Drew Wilson defended his 200 free York-Adams League title.
  • Wilson broke meet and school records in the process, with his winning time of 1:43.69.
  • Dallastown's Logan Brockway and Jacob Stoner came away with gold medals for the Wildcats.

EMIGSVILLE — Sometimes you wake up and know that the day is going to be a good one.

That was definitely the case Thursday for Northeastern boys’ swimming standout Drew Wilson.

Seeded first in the 200 freestyle, an event that he won at last year’s York-Adams League Boys' Swimming Championships, Wilson felt great moments before the evening session was about to begin Thursday during Day 1 of the league meet at Central York.

Moments later he felt even better after defending his gold medal. The Bobcat junior not only won his signature event for a second year in a row, but he also broke the meet and Northeastern school records in the process. His time of 1 minute, 43.69 seconds narrowly missed eclipsing the league record time set back in 2009 by York Suburban’s Kevin Marsteller.

“I definitely swam a lot faster today than I usually do,” Wilson said. “I don’t know why, but I went out faster than I usually do. After the first 50 I knew that I was faster and thought ‘this is going to be good.’ I felt fast and felt like I had a lot left in the tank.”

Wilson edged Gettysburg’s Jared Herr by nearly two full seconds in claiming the second York-Adams League gold medal of his career.

The biggest joy for Wilson, however, was knowing that he finally knocked off one of Kyle Almoney’s school records. Almoney, a 1997 graduate, was listed atop the record wall in the school’s pool eight times.

Now it’s seven.

Northeastern's Drew Wilson, splashes after winning the  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle, during the 2017 YAIAA League Swimming Championships Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Central York Aquatic Center, in Springettsbury Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

“I’ve always wanted to put my name up there and take his name down at least once,” Wilson said. “And it’s just a great feeling to finally be able to do that.”

It will take a more Herculean effort for Wilson to do it again Friday in the 500 free. While seeded first in the event with a time of 4:50.90, Wilson will need to drop nearly 15 seconds to best Almoney’s record time of 4:35.88.

Dallastown swimmers excel: While Wilson was taking care of business in the 200 free, a pair of Dallastown standouts had quite a night themselves. Logan Brockway set a personal record in the 200 individual medley en route to a gold medal while teammate Jacob Stoner finished first in the 100 butterfly.

Brockway came in with a goal of breaking the two-minute mark. He did that after finishing with a time of 1:58.86.

“I was excited coming into that event,” Brockway said. “I wanted to break two for the first time, so I was very happy with that.”

Dallastown's Jacob Stoner, swims in the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly, during the 2017 YAIAA League Swimming Championships Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Central York Aquatic Center, in Springettsbury Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

South Western shines: While Wilson, Brockway and Stoner all had great nights personally, the South Western boys’ team rose up to the occasion. The Mustangs entered both the 200 medley and 200 free relays as the No. 2 seed, yet took home the gold in each event. Alex Yokem added to his team’s medal haul by winning the 50 free, while teammate John Gill finished third.

In total, the Mustangs earned five medals during Day 1.

Day 2 will wrap up the York-Adams League Championships Friday around 7:30 p.m. at Central. Events will include the 100 free, the 500 free, the 100 back, the 100 breast and the 400 free relay. Stoner (100 free), Wilson (500 free) and Brockway (100 back) will look to double up their individual gold medal counts. All three are top seeds in their respective events.

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