York, PA -
The term "B" relay refers to a swimming team's second-ranked foursome in a particular relay event. It does not take away from the importance of that "B" team -- just ask Spring Grove.
The host Rockets trailed Central York by four points in the girls' portion of Thursday's dual meet heading into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
Spring Grove needed to not only win the race, but the Rockets also had to finish in third place.
The "A" team of Haley Staub, Alexis Cable, Abby Kling and Katelyn Miller took care of the first place in 3:52.69, setting the stage for teammates Courtney Perry, Rebekah Keller, Michaela Taylor and Rebecca Miller, who went 4:08.12.
That third-place finish gave Spring Grove a 94-92 win over the Panthers.
The Rockets improved to 3-0 in Division I of the YAIAA, and 5-2 overall, heading to next week's showdown at Dallastown.
Although Central (1-1, 5-1) suffered its first loss of the season, the Panthers boys team remained perfect on the season courtesy of its impressive 99-86 victory.
While the girls meet wasn't quite the way coach Peggy Kile drew it up, it did not come as a surprise.
"We knew it was going to come down to the 400 free relay," she said. "I knew we needed to get first and third. Then you wonder, 'Did you put the right lineup together?' We got the places we needed. I am very proud of them. They all stood up and did what they needed to do."
"I was freaking out. I knew third place was going to win the meet," Cable said.
Panther Mia Michaels won the 100 breaststroke (1:15.27) by .05 ahead of Spring Grove's Emma Reed and put Central up, 88-84, heading to the deciding race.
Kling picked up two individual wins, starting with the 200 free in 2:05.49. She then set a pool record in the 500 free with her time of 5:19.09, besting the 2009 swim of William Penn's Tara Yohe. Her win in the 500 put the Rockets ahead, 64-62, in the back-and-forth meet.
"We all came together as a team. We couldn't have done it without all of us," Kling said.
Central senior Jade Arganbright captured the sprint events, the 50 free in 25.56 and the 100 free in 55.77. She also was on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.
That 200 free relay victory, combined with a third-place finish, gave the Panthers a 72-68 lead, although Rebecca Miller helped trim that lead to 79-77 with her win in the 100 backstroke (1:05.71).
"We had a pretty good idea it was coming down to the end," Central coach Jim Gingerich said. "I knew it was going to be a tight meet."
Central's boys improved to 2-0 in Division I and 6-0 overall, by breaking open what was a close meet early on.
Erik Peckmann picked up the first of his two individual wins with a 23.13 in the 50 free, helping the Panthers break a 23-all tie.
Gabe Patil and Josh Meisenhelter followed by taking the top two spots in boys diving and Central opened a 42-35 lead. Peckmann stretched the lead with his 51.85 in the 100 free and a first in the 500 free by Jesse Tate (5:02.81), plus third and fourth place gave the Panthers a 69-56 advantage.
Will Hartzell and Corey Wendt started the meet in style for Central. After Spring Grove scored a solid win in the 200 medley relay, the Panthers duo placed first and second in the 200 free, helping the visitors forge an early 18-12 lead.
However, the Rockets (1-2, 6-2) behind Jacob Jenkins 2:06.06 in the 200 individual medley, plus third and fourth place tied the meet at 23.
"It was a good meet. We had a lot of personal best times in the boys and the girls," Kile said.