SWIMMING: Dallastown off to fast start under new head coach Gina McHenry

York Dispatch
  • The Dallastown swimming teams earned a pair of victories over West York on Thursday.
  • The Wildcats won the boys' meet, 111-58, while the Dallastown girls won, 116-50.
  • It was the first dual meet wins under new Wildcats head coach Gina McHenry.

Thursday’s swim meet at Dallastown High School got off to a rocky start.

Issues with the timing equipment and lengthy delays between the early events kept the meet from establishing a solid rhythm.

Once all of that was squared away, however, it was business as usual for the Wildcats.

Dallastown swimming coach Gina McHenry watches the clock during the boy's 50 free, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

Dallastown (1-0) swam to a pair of victories against West York (0-1), with the girls collecting a 116-50 win and the boys grabbing a 111-58 triumph.

The meet was the first for new Dallastown head coach Gina McHenry, who comes to the Wildcats after having coached the York College men’s and women’s teams. She replaces longtime coach Rich Howley, who captured an impressive 50 York-Adams League titles during his 30 years at the helm.

“I’ve been around a little with the club, so I know a lot of these kids,” McHenry said. “That’s just a great group of kids, they’ve embraced the changes. We just go day-to-day and move forward together.”

Girls meet: The day’s most exciting contest belonged to the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay participants.

After a tight race through the first two legs, Dallastown’s Abigail McDermott opened up a sizable lead in the third leg before Taylar Myers took over.

However, before her team could claim victory, Myers was nearly chased down by West York anchor Tesia Thomas. At one point, perhaps somewhat surprised, Myers needed a quick peek over her shoulder to see Thomas gaining on her.

With the vocal support of her teammates at poolside, however, Myers got the job done to give Dallastown a 0.43-second victory with a time of 1 minute, 47.64 seconds.

“You’ve got to support each other,” McHenry said. “Sometimes you have races where maybe you’re not being pushed as hard as you can. But you have to push because it’s you and the clock, ultimately. So you need your teammates helping you along.”

Thomas would go on to claim victory in the 200 individual medley, while Maddi Stoner was West York’s other impact girls’ swimmer. Stoner was victorious in the 100 butterfly. Thomas, Stoner and Ellie Landis (50 freestyle) were the only individual winners for either West York side.

Boys’ meet: Adding to the familiar successful feeling inside the Dallastown natatorium was the usual dominance of the Wildcats’ Logan Brockway.

Brockway cruised to an individual victory in the 100 free with a time of 48.93 seconds, more than four seconds faster the runner-up. His impressive efforts continued in the relays, where Brockway helped the Wildcats win the 200 medley relay by more than 10 seconds at 1:42.16. Riley Thomas, Joel Dunnigan and William Wise rounded out the team.

Dallastown's Joel Dunnigan swims the backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley as the Wildcats host West York, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

He also helped the Wildcats capture the 200 free relay with more than five seconds to spare, clocking in at 1:37.37. His teammates for that race were Adam Golden, Jaden Rivera and Mark O’Rourke

The Wildcats didn’t even need Brockway’s services in the two events (200 IM, 100 backstroke) that he won during last season's York-Adams League meet.

Teamwork key to keeping tradition alive: McHenry noted after her first official meet as the Wildcats’ leader that the key to her clubs continuing the rich Dallastown tradition would be a simple element — teamwork.

The Wildcats’ ability to spread talent throughout the meet resulted in Dallastown winning all but three events, with only Wise and Kelsey Jacobson (100 free, 100 back) winning more than one event.

“Super proud of them,” McHenry said of the Wildcats’ first performance of the year. “We moved people around as far as the lineup. A lot of the kids weren’t swimming their best events and so we could see what we have, to see where we could move people around in the future. … We’re pleased moving forward.”



Dover 110, New Oxford 62: At Dover, the Eagles won all but one event. Freshman Tanner Glatfelter took first in four events — two individual swims and two relays. Individually, Glatfelter won the 100 and 200 freestyle swims. He was alkso part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. Eagles’ sophomore Jud Pequignot broke a school record in the one-meter diving with a score of 233.85. The previous record was set in 1993 by Brendan Reinert at 204.63.

Spring Grove 101, Gettysburg 75: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won seven of the 12 events and two of the three relays. Brian McGlynn had a big day for Spring Grove, capturing first in the 100 back and was also part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Red Lion 85, Northeastern 84: At Red Lion, Jacob Lorenzen was key in helping Red Lion to the narrow win, taking first individually in the 200 IM and 100 free, while also swimming for the winning 200 medley relay team. Drew Wilson was strong for Northeastern, taking first in both the 200 and 500 free events and also was part of the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams.

Central York 100, York Suburban 70: At Central York, Alec Peckmann led the Panthers to the non-divisional home victory by taking first place in the 100 free and 100 fly. As a team the Panthers captured two of the three relay events. 

South Western 118.5, Susquehannock 61.5: At South Western, Todd Jones won the 100 backstroke before helping the host Mustangs to wins in the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays. Susquehannock’s Logan McFadden captured the 100 and 200 free races. He also was part of the victorious 200 free relay team.



Dover 93, New Oxford 86: At Dover, the Eagles' Grace Beierschmitt had a big day, taking first in the 50 and 100 free swims, while also swimming for the winning 200 medley relay team. New Oxford’s Lauren Richter won the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and was a member of the winning 200 free and 400 free relay teams.

Spring Grove 145, Gettysburg 37: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won 10 of the 12 events. Falyn McGlynn took first in the 50 free and 100 free events individually and swam anchor for the winning 200 medley relay and second for the victorious 400 free relay.

Northeastern 117, Red Lion 50: At Red Lion, the Bobcats won all but two events. Sisters Lauren and Katie Mummert were dominant, with Lauren taking first in the 200 free and 500 free, while Katie won the 100 fly and at least one was part of all three victorious relay teams. Red Lion’s only event wins came from Holly Aggen (50 free) and Ashley Baughman (100 back).

Central York 132, York Suburban 51: At Central, the Panthers broke two school records in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. In the 200 free relay, Gabby Miller, Kelsey Hartman, Courtney Thornton and Sarah Hartman combined to record a time of 1:41.78. While in the 400 free relay, Callie Paff, Micah Sopko, Thornton and Emma McCombs recorded a time of 3:45.70. Individually for the Panthers, Paff won the 200 IM and 500 free, while Sopko won the 100 fly and 200 free. Central's Brynn DuRand won the 50 free and 100 back.

South Western 136, Susquehannock 47: At South Western, Rachel Cunningham won 50 and 500 freestyle races and was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free team for the Mustangs. Tatiana Kesserling won the 200 free and 100 back events. She was also a part of that 200 medley relay squad. Katlyn Baer won the 200 IM and 100 free for the Warriors.

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