There are usually two big goals for the Dallastown High School swimming program entering any given season.
The first is to win the York-Adams League Division I title.
The second is to beat rival York Suburban.
While the Wildcats will have to wait a while to achieve the former goal, the latter one was accomplished in the opening week of the season when the Trojans hosted Dallastown in a Y-A League cross-over battle.
Led by big nights from sophomore Quinn Granholm on the boys’ side and juniors Araby Marston and Kathryn Deitch as well as sophomore Samantha Trumble on the girls’ side, the Wildcats were able to cross off a big goal after sweeping both meets, 67-27 (girls) and 53-41 (boys).
“Coming in we knew that York Suburban is a great team,” Dallastown coach Gina McHenry said. “They have a lot of good swimmers and they swam really well so we just geared up and got ready for it.”
Granholm had his hands in three victories, including individual triumphs in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Granholm also swam first for the winning 200 medley relay team to set the tone for the Wildcats.
“It was great to start the season so well,” Granholm said. “We really came and swam our best. We knew it was going to be close and I’m just glad that we all stuck with it through it all.”
Granholm was referring to the fact that an early-season bug seemed to have spread around the Dallastown team this week.
“Yeah, a lot of sickness all around, but we really brought it all together tonight,” he said.
McHenry, who is in her second season leading the Dallastown programs, enjoyed seeing both her boys’ team and girls’ teams excel.
“It’s always fun when you have a meet this close,” McHenry said. “The competition is always fun.”
Would McHenry like to see the meet moved back later in the calendar when both teams are closer to their ideal conditioning?
“Some meet has always got to be first,” she said with a smile. “Would it be better? Sure. We’d be better, they’d be better, we’d all be better, but it doesn’t matter.”
Marston swam on both of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay squads while also winning the 100 breaststroke. Deitch claimed both the 200 free and 500 free events while helping the 400 free relay to victory.
Trumble claimed the 50 free and 100 free while also anchoring the 200 free and 400 free relay teams.
“Kathryn, Samantha and Araby swam really, really well tonight,” McHenry said.
Dover 92, Spring Grove 91: At Dover, the Eagles took second and third in the final event (the 400 freestyle relay) to secure the victory. Individually for the Eagles, Drew MacDonald won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Teammate Jud Pequignot won in diving. For the Rockets, Daniel Gordon captured the 50 free and 100 free.
Susquehannock 85, Red Lion 85 (tie): At Shrewsbury YMCA, Rohit Kandala led the Warriors by taking first in the 50 free and 100 free. For the Lions, Andrew Rexroth won the 200 IM and 100 back.
Northeastern 94, Gettysburg 76: At Gettysburg College, the Bobcats won behind Hunter Bachman, who won the 200 IM and 100 free.
Central York 112, West York 54: At the Graham Aquatic Center, the Panthers rolled behind double wins from Cameron Speed (200 IM, 500 free), Lucas Tate (50 free, 100 breast) and Patrick O'Neill (100 free, 100 back).
Spring Grove 107, Dover 79: At Dover, individually for the Rockets, Megan Heist captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly while Ella Calder captured the 200 free and 500 free. For the Eagles, Grace Beierschmitt won the 50 free and 100 free and Lexi Lippert won in diving.
Red Lion 109, Susquehannock 61: At Shrewsbury YMCA, individually for the Lions, Holly Aggen won the 100 free and 50 free, while Arabella Butera won the 500 free and 200 IM. For the Warriors, Katlyn Baer won the 200 free and 100 back.
Northeastern 110, Gettysburg 59: At Gettysburg College, Madison Taylor won the 50 free and 100 free to power the Bobcats.
Central York 118, West York 52: At the Graham Aquatic Center, Gabby Miller won the 50 free and 100 free to lead Central. Meghan French won the 200 free and 500 free for West York.
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