Delone Catholic High senior Victoria Griffin took an unusual way to celebrate her latest achievement in the pool.
After breaking the Northeastern High School pool's record in the 100-yard freestyle at Wednesday's District 3 Non-Swim Schools Qualifying Meet, Griffin spent the next event flipping lap panels for Delone freshman Kate Mowrey to measure her progress in the 500-yard freestyle.
However, that kind of teamwork apparently is typical for a squad that really isn't one.
"They're starting to understand that swimming is a great sport to be involved in. Kids love it. They feel very relaxed in the high school atmosphere," Delone Catholic coach Diana Sanders said about the group of six Squires who participated in Wednesday's meet.
Earning PIAA-qualifying times by swimming in exhibition at Northern York meets, Delone Catholic's squad conducts mid-morning practices once per week at the Hanover Area YMCA, but that is enough for a group whose members also participate in clubs.
That includes Griffin, the defending All-Area Female Aquatic Athlete of the Year who is swimming her third season for the York YMCA. Her conditioning appeared quickly on Wednesday.
In her first event, she was the easy winner of the girls' 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 54.47 seconds. In the meet's second half, Griffin returned to win the girls' 100 freestyle in 52.78 seconds, shattering the pool record of 52.83 set by Northeastern's Niki Price.
"Yeah, I knew I could break it if I went out there and tried my best," Griffin said, adding the time came after she also swam on Tuesday night at Northern. "Last night, I only swam the 50 free and the 100 (butter) fly, so I'm not too tired," she said.
However, she said her 200 freestyle time was about three seconds slower than her time achieved with the York YMCA, but said fatigue did play a factor in that event.
"Yeah, and my turns are pretty sloppy, so I need to work on them," she said.
Griffin was the lone Delone swimmer to meet the District 3 Championships' qualifying standards in Wednesday's meet, though none of the times guarantee actual entry into the meet because faster clockings may fill the field before Wednesday's efforts.
However, two other York-Adams swimmers achieved the qualifying standards in their events.
Kennard-Dale's Max Becket posted times of 2:09.31 in the 200 individual medley and 59.08 seconds in the 100 backstroke to meet both qualifying times.
Hanover sophomore Jordan Lytle also surpassed the qualifying standard in the boys' 50-yard freestyle. With a time of 23.48 seconds, he placed only .03 second behind Fleetwood's Matthew Leenhouts.
In addition to Delone, Kennard-Dale and Hanover, the meet included York-Adams swimmers from Littlestown and York Catholic.