LEWISBURG — Jacob Stoner walked out of Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium on Sunday with his head held high.
Yes, the Dallastown High School senior called it “bittersweet” that his swimming career had ended.
He exited the complex with plenty to be proud of, though.
Stoner earned a fourth-place medal in the PIAA Class 3-A 100-yard butterfly Saturday night, then capped his final meet with a 19th-place effort in the 100 freestyle Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats' standout was the only Class 3-A swimmer from York County, boy or girl, to collect a medal at this weekend’s PIAA Swimming Championships.
“I’m really happy to be done and able to look back on everything with such fond memories,” Stoner said, “but at the same time, I really do love swimming and I’ll miss it. Today was the last race of my senior year, the last race of my high school career. I had a blast.”
It was perhaps the last competitive race of his life, too.
Stoner plans to study mechanical engineering in college, perhaps at the University of Pittsburgh, but said he will not be a member of the swim team. He said placing fourth in the 100 butterfly in 50.01 seconds was a highlight.
“I was extremely pleased with that. It had been a long-time goal of mine to get up on that podium in the 100 fly and I achieved it,” said Stoner, who entered states as the No. 2 seed in the butterfly.
The PIAA medal was Stoner’s third overall. As a sophomore he was part of Dallastown’s fifth-place 200 freestyle relay team, then as a junior he was on the Wildcats’ seventh-place 200 medley relay team.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Just being with the group of guys and the coaching staff at Dallastown was a great experience,” Stoner said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to be on any other team.”
Brockway also excels: Stoner’s teammate at Dallastown, junior Logan Brockway, also enjoyed a productive two days.
Brockway went a personal-best 52.15 seconds in Sunday’s 100 backstroke to take 19th, a day after he was 12th in the 200 individual medley in 1:53.76.
“That’s my fastest time ever in the 100 back,” Brockway said, “so I can’t complain about that. It felt really good.”
Dallastown’s 200 freestyle relay team of Stoner, Brockway, Joel Dunnigan and Seth Schuler finished in 19th Saturday night in a time of 1:27.38.
Overall, the Wildcats enter the diving portion of the state championships in 27th place with 20 points. North Allegheny leads with 271. The PIAA 3-A Diving Championships are scheduled for Sunday, March 26 at Bucknell.
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