When a team only gets one shot at each division rival, it can create a scenario where there's a "de facto" division title contest well before the end of the season.
High school swimming and diving is one such sport.
Thursday’s meet between York Suburban and Dover likely served as a good example.
Suburban swam to a sweep of the Eagles, posting a 108.5-71.5 victory in the boys’ meet and a 117-63 triumph on the girls’ side.
The Suburban boys’ and girls’ teams now sport matching 3-1-0 overall records and 2-0-0 York-Adams League Division II marks. Barring a surprise down the stretch, the boys’ team is on pace for its third-straight D-II crown. The girls appear to be headed to their fourth-straight title.
Both Eagles teams fell to 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the division.
However, all of that is of little concern right now to Trojans head coach Craig Brennan. His focus is on his team continuing to progress as the season continues.
“Just trying to move forward and get some better swims,” Brennan said. “It’s the time of the season where the times don’t show up on the board as well as we’re hoping, but we might have fixed a little detail or a skill, in a turn or on the finish, and those types of things. So, when you start accumulating those meet to meet, that’s when you put it all together at the end of the season, is what we’re really building toward.”
Big winners: The Trojans’ got multiple individual victories from sophomore Matt Peters (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) and senior Aidan Fryar (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) on the boys’ side. On the girls’ side, senior Alexis Bowen (200 free, 500 free) claimed a pair of Suburban wins.
The Eagles saw junior Grace Beierschmitt (50 free, 100 butterfly) win multiple individual events.
The Trojans were victorious in every relay except for the boys’ 200 free relay.
“I thought, honestly, top to bottom,” Brennan said of the strength of his teams’ performances Thursday. “We got every swimmer in the meet, from our beginning swimmers all the way to our returning state qualifiers. It was solid swims. I think mother nature kind of made us inconsistent in practice, which caused a little bit of tiredness today, but they swam hard, which was pretty nice.”
Highlight victories: In the day’s tightest race, Eagles freshman Tanner Glatfelter held off a late kick from Suburban’s Zach Gochnauer to win the 100 free. Glatfelter’s victory was about as tight as can be, winning with a time of 52.53 seconds to Gochnauer’s :52.55.
The big score of the day went to Dover sophomore diver Jud Pequignot, who set a new school record at 217.25 points. That mark bested the record he set just a week ago at 216.90 points,
Up next: The Trojans now turn their attention to a Jan. 23 meet at Northeastern (1-2-0, 1-0-0 D-II), while the Eagles next face Gettysburg (2-1-0, 1-0-0 D-II) on Jan. 22. If the Trojans can get past the Bobcats, only meets against Gettysburg and West York remain. Both of those teams are in the bottom half of the division standings.
Dallastown 115, Spring Grove 55: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured all 11 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Joel Dunnigan won the 100 fly and 50 free, William McDermott won the 500 free and 200 IM and Logan Brockway won the 100 free and 100 back.
Central York 126, New Oxford 49: At Central York, Alec Peckmann led the Panthers by breaking a school record in the 100 breast in :59:13. Peckmann also took first in the 200 free. Teammate Clayton Brosend captured the 50 free and 500 free. As a team, the Panthers captured first in 11 of the 12 events.
Dallastown 92, Spring Grove 78: At Dallastown, Lindsay O'Rourke led the Wildcats by capturing the 100 fly and 100 back. For the Rockets, Megan Heist won the 200 IM and 100 breast and Mackenzie Miller won the 500 free and 200 free.
Central York 119, New Oxford 64: At Central York, the Panthers grabbed first in all three relays to help secure the victory. Individually for the Colonials, Lauren Richter won the 50 free and 500 free.
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