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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Dallastown swim teams remain unbeaten, cherish chance to compete

Dallastown’s Samantha Trumble wins the girls 50-yard freestyle event at 25.83 during swimming action against Spring Grove at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

DALLASTOWN — It has been a challenge for high school swimmers dealing with the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented this season.

After preparing for the season for about three weeks, the York-Adams League programs had to deal with a three-week pause that markedly set things back.

To the surprise of none, those obstacles were met in a business-like fashion. That's an attitude that high school swimmers and coaches in the area have demonstrated for many, many years.

Dallastown’s s Riley Thomas wins the boys 100-yard breaststroke event during swimming action against Spring Grove at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

To be short, the chance to swim is better than the alternative.

“We’re just all happy to be able to swim,” Dallastown coach Gina McHenry said.

For McHenry and her squad, the restart to the season has been somewhat chaotic. The Wildcats, who swam to a pair of victories over Spring Grove on Thursday evening, have already competed in three meets in the span of a week. The boys' team is now 3-0, while the Wildcat girls are 2-0-1.

The Dallastown boys beat Spring Grove on Thursday, 106-64, while the Wildcat girls triumphed, 104-64. It was the Y-A Division I opener for both teams.

“This was our third meet in a week, but they were all excited for tonight,” McHenry said. “I know that they are a little tired though.”

Dallastown’s Lawson Neutzel wins the boys 200-yard individual medley event at 2:16.82 during swimming action against Spring Grove at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A different feel: Life, in general, is different these days. Swimming is not exempt. Practices are modified, as is conditioning.

“Everything is different,” McHenry said. “Practice is different. Academics are different. We’re not lifting right now because it’s just too risky.”

The grueling schedule and the different structure won’t slow down for the foreseeable future for the Dallastown swimmers. Meets with Lower Dauphin, South Western and a big clash with Central York are on the slate for next week.

Spring Grove Head Coach Derrick Henning talks with Daniel Gordon after Gordon won the boys 50-yard freestyle event at 21.74 during swimming action at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Grueling schedule is nothing new: A grueling schedule isn’t one that scares most swimmers. Already accustomed to practices in the morning and after school, it’s just a different type of normal.

“Swimming takes up a good bit (of my day),” said Spring Grove junior Daniel Gordon, who competes with the York YMCA club team as well as the Rockets. “I try to swim as much high school as I can because I like to have that team feel.”

Gordon, who won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly races Thursday, enjoyed the chances to compete against some of his teammates with the YMCA, namely Dallastown's Will McDermott and Riley Thomas. McDermott won the 200 free and 500 free. Gordon joked with them both while waiting to compete in the final race of the night, the 400 free relay.

“I enjoy being with them and swimming at the Y practices, but today to have the chance to race against them was really fun,” Gordon said.

Dallastown’s Sadie Koicuba wins the girls 100-yard breaststroke event during swimming action against Spring Grove at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Relays raced in heats: For safety purposes, the relays were split into two separate heats, with each school placing one team in each heat. The points for those heats were determined by the times.

Other than that, and that fact that there were no fans in attendance, the meet seemed like what everyone these days is seeking — normal.

“We looked at this as a do-over,” McHenry said. “And very few times do you get a do-over so we are just doing the best we can with it.”

In the girls' meet, Dallastown's Samantha Trumble won the 100 free and 50 free, while teammate Zoe Schneider won the 200 individual medley and 500 free. 


Northeastern 106, Central York 63: At Central, the Adrian Castano (50 free) and Alex Clifton (100 fly) each won an individual event and were on a winning relay to lead Northeastern, which dominated the second- and third-place finishes. Stephen Barlett won diving for the Bobcats. Central was led by Nathan Dundas (200 IM, 100 breast) and Ben Hagan (100 free, 100 back), who each won two individual events and swam on two winning relays.

Gettysburg 111, York Suburban 57: At Gettysburg, the Warriors' Kassidy Oussoren (50 free, 100 free), Harry Nelson (100 back, 200 IM) and Zach Turner (200 free, 500 free) each won two individual events to lead the Warriors. Oussoren set a school record in the 50 free at 21.99 seconds. The team of Oussoren, Nelson, Turner and Zach Tipton set a school record in the 200 medley relay at 1:41.55.


Central York 111, Northeastern 63: At Central, Camryn Leydig (100 fly, 100 free) and Ava Gemma (200 IM, 100 breast) each won two individual events and swam on two winning relays to power the Panthers. Central's Molly Klinedinst won the 500 free and swam on three winning relays, while Emma McCombs won the 100 back and was on a winning relay. Abby O'Leary won diving for Northeastern.

York Suburban 99, Gettysburg 71: At Gettysburg, Sophia Guyer (200 IM, 100 back) and Savannah Hunt (50 free, 100 free) each won two individual events to power Suburban. Hannah Grainard won the 200 free and 500 free for Gettysburg.


West York 41, Northeastern 33: At West York on Thursday, Tyler Bard (152), Peter Perez (189), Eli Lawless (285), Evan Jones (126) and Hunter Richter (132) each captured pins to lead the Bulldogs to the Y-A D-II home victory.  The Bobcats picked up five forfeit victories from West York.

York Suburban 47, Eastern York 18: At Suburban, the Trojans received pins from Brayden Gentzyel (138), Bryson Neidigh (145), Jamal Lewis (170), Justin Adams (106) and Tyler Adams (113) to grab the Y-A D-II victory. For the Golden nights, Austin Baker (215) and Adam Dandridge (285) each picked up a pin. Suburban, the defending D-II champion, improved to 2-0 both overall and in the division.

Dallastown 57, Penn Manor 18: At Penn Manor, the Wildcats received pins from Robert Hedalin (152), Michael Klinger (172), Andrew Smith (215), Hunter Bisking (285), Anthony Carulli (126), Ashton Deller (132) and Caden Dobbins (138) to secure the nonleague victory. Dallastown is now 3-1. In a match featuring two standouts at 189, Brooks Gable beat Colt Barley, 6-4. Both were state qualifiers a year ago. Gable is 4-0 this year.

Red Lion 63, Dover 5: At Dover, the visiting Lions rolled in their Y-A D-I opener. Red Lion improved to 4-2 overall. Aaron Simpson (120), Frank Gulli (138), Tristan Brenneman (145), Ryan Fry (160) and Brock Hollway (172) had pins for Red Lion, which got a tech fall from Kyle Deisley at 132. Dover's Mason Leiphart had a tech fall at 126 for Dover to move to 3-0.

Delone Catholic 66, Fairfield 6: At McSherrystown, Tate Neiderer (189) had the lone pin in the match for the Squires to help them secure the easy Y-A D-III victory. For Fairfield, Jacob Moyer (285) picked up a pin. Delone Catholic received 10 forfeit victories. The Squires improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the division.

Gettysburg 73, Susquehannock 0: At Gettysburg on Thursday, the Adams County Warriors received pins from Dalton Redden (132), Max Gourley (189) and Jacob Fetrow (126) to secure the Y-A D-II victory. Susquehannock forfeited seven bouts in the match.

Gettysburg 67, Dover 3: At Gettysburg on Wednesday, the Warriors received pins from Nathan Ridgley (172), Max Gourley (189), Aaron Vazquez (215), Montana DeLawder (120), Ethan Dalton (138), Tyler Withers (145) and Jared Townsend (152) to secure the victory.

Biglerville 60, Hanover 18: At Hanover, Joey Ney (120), Levi Haines (145), Ethan Slaybaugh (152), Gage Bishop (160) and Jacob Mead (182) each picked up pins to lead the Canners to the Y-A D-III victory. For the Nighthawks, Dominic Taylor (126) and Dalton Kirby (138) each picked up pins.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.