York Suburban head swimming coach Craig Brennan gathered his swimmers following Thursday night's York-Adams Division II meets against Susquehannock.
The Trojans prevailed in both events by almost identical scores, 58-36 in the girls' competition and 57-37 in the boys' meet.
Brennan, obviously, was happy with the outcomes, but he was also pleased with the improvement he witnessed in his swimmers' performances.
"Sometimes, it's a very long season." Brennan said after meeting with the swimmers. "We're right at the halfway point, and it's easy to forget the goals you have or it's easy to do laps without really seeing if you're getting faster. It's a tough time of the season to swim fast, but whether we're making small improvements or big improvements, we'll take any improvement."
The Trojans' girls' team secured its victory without having any swimmers win more than one individual event. Five Trojans finished first in individual events and Suburban took two of three relays.
"We wanted to see how well rounded we are as a team, and we were able to do that," Brennan said.
Meanwhile, in the boys' meet, senior Aidan Fryar led the way for the Trojans by winning the 50 and 100 freestyles.
"I was excited about the swims," Fryar said. "I've been stepping up in practice and so have my teammates."
Susquehannock's Logan McFadden edged Fryar at the finish of the 200 freestyle relay.
"I wasn't aware that he was so close," Fryar said. "He's a good swimmer."
In addition to delivering points for the Trojans, Fryar and the other seniors are helping to mentor the young swimmers on this year's team.
"We graduated a ton of seniors last year," he said. "I went into the season not sure if we would do as well this year. But, now that we're in the season, I'm seeing the times, and we're doing well."
McFadden had a terrific meet for the Warriors, winning the 200 and 500 freestyles along with anchoring the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
On the girls' side, the Warriors' Kalyn Baer recorded first-place finishes on the 200 and 500 freestyles and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Dover 90, West York 88: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Eagles were led individually by Drew MacDonald, who captured victories in the 200 IM and 100 breast. The Eagles, as a team, also captured two of the three relays. Dover's Jud Pequignot set a school record in diving with 216.90 points, breaking the old record of 204.63 set by Brendan Reinert in 1993. For the Bulldogs, Luke Foery won the 200 free and 500 free.
Central York 105, Spring Grove 78: At Spring Grove, Alec Peckmann led the Panthers by winning the 50 free and 100 fly. Central won two of the three relay. For the Rockets, Brian McGlynn won the 100 free and 100 back.
Northeastern 99, Gettysburg 81: At Manchester, Drew Wilson led the Bobcats to the victory by capturing the 100 free and 200 free. Teammate Hunter Bachman won the 50 free and 100 fly.
Dallastown 92, South Western 91: At Hanover, the Wildcats captured first and second place in the final event (400 free relay) to secure the road victory. Individually for the Wildcats, Riley Thomas won the 100 free and 100 breast, while Mark O'Rourke won the 200 free and 500 free and Logan Brockway won the 200 IM and 100 back. For the Mustangs, John Gill, Todd Jones, Ben Shoul and Ben Tilmes combined to break a pool record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.42. Shoul also captured individual wins in the 50 free and 100 fly.
Dover 101, West York 83: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Eagles were led individually by Grace Beierschmitt, who captured the 100 fly and 50 free, while teammate Sophie Barnes won the 200 free and 500 free. For the Bulldogs, Tesia Thomas won the 100 free and 100 breast.
Central York 115, Spring Grove 71: At Spring Grove, the Panthers captured two of the three relays.
Northeastern 131, Gettysburg 49: At Manchester, for the Bobcats, Emma Hartley won the 100 free and 100 breast. The Bobcats captured all three relays. For the Warriors, Morgan Newell won the 50 free and 500 free.
Dallastown 112.50, South Western 72.50: At Hanover, Individually for the Wildcats, Kathryn Deitch won the 500 free and 200 IM and Lindsay O'Rourke won the 100 back and 100 fly. As a team, the Wildcats captured first in 10 of the 12 events.
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