Central York's Camryn Leydig, Spring Grove's Daniel Gordon lead area swimmers at PIAA meet
- The PIAA Class 3-A Swimming and Diving Championships started on Wednesday.
- Central York's Camryn Leydig finished fifth in the 100 butterfly.
- Spring Grove's Daniel Gordon finished sixth in the 50 freestyle.
- Northeastern's Stephen Barlett took seventh in the boys' diving competition.
LEWISBURG — It was a heavy-medal day for the York-Adams League swimming contingent at the PIAA Class 3-A Swimming and Diving Championships.
Four local athletes made event finals and brought home top-eight finishes, led by Central York sophomore Camryn Leydig, who took fifth in the girls' 100-yard butterfly on Wednesday night.
Leydig came into that event as the No. 7 seed. She finished in 55.35 seconds, which was markedly better than her seeded time of :56.02.
Gordon shines: Earlier, another sophomore, Spring Grove's Daniel Gordon, reached the podium in his first try at the state meet at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
Gordon touched in 20.89 seconds for sixth in the 50-yard freestyle.
“I’m happy I went a 20 but I wished for a little bit better,” Gordon said. “It’s been a long journey this season, a lot of hard work. It’s paid off, so I’m really happy.
“I’m pretty confident now. I just have to make sure I stay humble and work hard. It’s not going to be handed to me.
“This past season I’ve dropped a good amount of time in the 50 free so I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be and hopefully next year I can get even better.”
Matt Brownstead of State College won the 50 freeestyle in a national high school record of :19.24.
“It was fun being in a heat with him,” Gordon said. “That was a crazy time.”
Gordon will compete in the 100 freestyle on Thursday.
“I’m pretty confident,” he said. “I’m just going to have fun with it.”
Barlett seventh in diving: Northeastern sophomore Stephen Barlett picked up his first state medal, finishing seventh in diving with a score of 415.45 points over 11 dives.
“I didn’t expect to medal at all, so I’m thrilled,” Barlett said. “I wasn’t really paying attention to how I placed. Last year I didn’t do too well so this year I just wanted to do better than last year.”
Barlett made it to the state meet last year, but didn’t get out of the preliminaries.
“That was a really good experience,” he said. “It was fun and I liked seeing all the divers. I’m not as concerned with my score. I want to feel like I’m diving well. I don’t care what other people think about my diving. I thought my back pike was one of the best I’ve ever done so I was especially happy with that.
“This is a good ending for my season. Next year I just want to not get any worse. I want to do at least as well as I did this year. I’m going to work on my list and get a couple new dives over the summer.”
Other Y-A finishers: Hunter Bachman also earned a medal for Northeastern, finishing eighth in the 50 freestyle (:20.96), while teammate Levi Morgan was 18th in the same event (:21.63).
Joel Dunnigan of Dallastown won the consolation final of the 100 butterfly, ending up in ninth place (:50.27).
The Central York 200 medley relay team of Leydig, Ava Gemma, Sydney Ulmer and Gabby Miller finished 12th.
Ulmer of Central York took 19th in the 100 butterfly (:57.08).
Samantha Trumble of Dallastown was 22nd in the 50 freestyle (24.55).
Thomas Smolinski, Justin Smick, Jaden Rivera and Dunnigan took 23rd in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.61).
Cameron Speed of Central York finished 26th in the 200 freestyle (1:44.70).
Central's Lucas Tate was 28th in the 200 IM.
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