SWIMMING: Central York girls clinch their first-ever outright York-Adams Division I crown

  • The Central York girls beat Red Lion 140-41 on Senior Day on Thursday.
  • The victory allowed Central to clinch its first-ever outright York-Adams Division I girls' title.
  • The Central York boys also rolled to a win over Red Lion, 121-55.

The Central York  girls' swimming team put the finishing touches on an historic dual-meet season with yet another impressive performance on Thursday.

The Panthers, who previously clinched at least a tie for their first-ever York-Adams Division I title, won the championship outright by defeating Red Lion, 140-41, on Senior Day at Central.

The Central boys' team completed the sweep with a 121-55 victory over the Lions.

"That (a title) was the goal they wanted to shoot for at the beginning of the season," Central head coach Jim Gingerich said of his girls' team. "Our philosophy is that everyone has something to contribute, and it's up to us as coaches to find out what that is."

The Panther girls displayed their balance in the latest meet by winning 11 of 12 events with only one double individual winner, Callie Paff, who captured the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Paff, a senior, is in her first season with the Panthers.

"I didn't want to lose touch with my old team (York YMCA), but I also wanted to make friends on this team," Paff said. "The change in policy, which allowed me to practice with my club team and the high school team was the deciding factor (in her decision to join Central's team)."

Paff and her team got the league season off to a rousing start with a victory over perennial champion, Dallastown.

"After that, our attitude was through the roof," said Paff, who plans to attend Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. "We wanted to get that championship banner."

Along with winning two individual events, Paff anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team, which featured another senior, Sarah Hartman, a sophomore, Gabby Miller, and a freshman, Catie Strayer.

"There are a lot of talented younger swimmers here," Paff said. "They have a great attitude, and they'll be pumped up for the meets (in the future)."

Boys' meet: Alec Peckmann was only 5 years old when he decided to follow his older brother into the pool,

"He had a huge influence on me," Peckmann said of his brother, Erik, who's a sophomore at the University of Delaware and swims for the school's club team. "The reason I got into swimming was because he was doing it."

The brothers competed together at Central for two seasons before Erik went off to college. Alec swam exclusively for the York YMCA team last year before returning to the Panthers this season.

"I was able to train with the York Y team, but swim here,"  he said.

Peckmann has had a remarkable career at Central, and it isn't over yet. The York-Adams Meet, the District 3 Meet and the PIAA State Meet are still on the horizon.

"He has every (school) record but one," Gingerich said. "He's versatile. He can fill in any place for us."

in his final dual meet on Thursday, Peckmann swept the 100 and 200 freestyles, along with being part of two winning relay teams (200 medley and 200 freestyle).

"My last dual meet was a lot different than I thought it would be," Peckmann said. "I'm not too upset about it ending. It's all about having fun, and I had a good time, and I made a lot of friends with it. The thing that made me succeed were my coaches, and my teammates all pushed me over the years."

Peckmann's swimming career won't close with his final high school meet. He plans to swim at Penn State.

"I also looked at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy, but I thought Penn State would give me good opportunities, athletically and academically," he said. "There's ROTC there (at Penn State), so maybe that's something I can take a look at when I'm older."

In the meantime, Peckmann and will continue his rigorous training with the goal of putting a strong finish on an  outstanding career.

"Typical days are 7,500 yards, maybe more if there is a morning workout," he said.



Dover 94, Susquehannock 86: At Dover, the Eagles used a numbers advantage in capturing the team victory by taking multiple second- and third-place finishes to gain team points. For the Warriors, Andrew Ferg won the 200 IM and 100 back, while Logan McFadden won the 100 fly and 200 free. 

Dallastown 117, New Oxford 53: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in 10 of the 11 events. Individually for Dallastown, Logan Brockway won the 200 IM and 100 fly. Dallastown finished 5-0 in York-Adams Division I and won its 10th-straight division crown.

Northeastern 92.50, Northeastern 74.50: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bobcats captured first in all three relays. Individually for the Bobcats, Hunter Bachman won the 200 free and 100 fly, while Drew Wilson won the 50 free and 500 free. For the Bulldogs, Jackson Miller won the 200 IM and 100 back. 

York Suburban 60, Gettysburg 34: At Suburban, the Trojans were led by Matt Peters capturing the 200 IM and 100 breast, while Aidan Fryar won the 50 free and 100 fly. Suburban finished 5-0 in York-Adams Division II and won its third straight division crown.



Dover 115, Susquehannock 68: At Dover, Grace Beierschmitt won the 100 free and 50 free to help lead the Eagles. The Eagles also captured first in all three relays. For the Warriors, Katlyn Baer won the 200 free and 100 back.

Dallastown 110, New Oxford 60: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in all three relays. Individually for the Wildcats, Araby Marston won the 200 IM and 100 breast.

Northeastern 106, West York 57: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bobcats captured 26 points between the three relays. Individually for the Bobcats, Emma Hartley won the 100 free and 100 breast. For the Bulldogs, Maddi Stoner won the 50 free and 100 fly.

York Suburban 71, Gettysburg 23: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in all three relays. Individually for the home team, Keelie Walker won the 50 free, 100 breast and 200 IM. For the Warriors, Morgan Newell won the 100 free and 100 back. Suburban finished 5-0 in York-Adams Division II and won its fourth straight division crown.

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