Records fall at YAIAA boys' swimming championship meet
Dallastown's Spencer Hill said he knew who Kevin Marsteller was, referring to the former York Suburban standout that shattered many records during his time with the Trojans.
Of course, Hill also knew that a record may be within his reach heading into Thursday's first night of the YAIAA boys' swimming championships at Central York.
With that motivation, Hill swam a 51.99 in the 100-yard butterfly to not only win the event but break the league, meet and pool records in the process.
"I knew he was definitely a good swimmer," Hill said of Marsteller. "That was my goal and I was really excited when I saw I broke it."
Hill was also on the Wildcats' winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. He teamed with Noah Brockway, Grant Wertz and Jake Stoner in the medley relay. He teamed with Brockway, Stoner and Logan Brockway in the free relay.
He will be in Dallastown's 400 free relay in Friday's second day of competition.
"I love swimming relays. Relays are one of the most important things. It sets the tone for the entire meet," he said.
That winning medley relay time of 1:38.17 missed pool, meet and league records by only .01.
Freshman Alec Peckmann of Central York, set a record for his home pool when he won the 200 free in 1:43.89. His brother Erik Peckmann won the 50 free in 22.43.
Panthers coach Jim Gingerich was a little surprised at Alec's time.
"He's been working hard, but the last time he swam that event he went 1:46," Gingerich said.
MYERS WINS FIRST SPRING GROVE GOLD IN SOME TIME >> Rockets coach Peggy Kile couldn't remember the last time a Spring Grove boy won a league championship. She did, however, say that it hasn't been during her decade-long tenure.
Taylor Myers swam a 2:05.01 in the 200 individual medley to grasp the gold.
"I only swam it once or twice this season. I went into it thinking I could beat my time," said Myers, who was also a part of the Rockets' medal-winning 200 free relay.
Unfortunately, Myers did not swim in the 100 butterfly as scheduled after becoming ill at the conclusion of the IM. But he wasn't about to miss his relay swim with Colton Boyles, Nolan Kling and Collin Ruby.
"I never had that problem before," he said. "I had a really bad headache. I had been fine, eating fine, drinking fine."
Kile added: "He doesn't want to let his teammates down. I am very proud of him. That's a very selfless decision."
GREAT SWIMS >> New Oxford's Kyle DuPree won a silver medal for his team, the first by a Colonials boy at the YAIAA championships, with his 2:06.79 in the IM. Dallastown's Patrick Jacobson, a standout cross country runner, placed third.
South Western scored two medals in the 50 free, with Alex Yokem taking second and Dan Maxwell earning fourth.
Central York was second in both relays as the competition between the Panthers and Wildcats continued.
at Central York
200 Medley Relay — 1. Dallastown (Spencer Hill, Noah Brockway, Grant Wertz, Jake Stoner), 1:38.17. 2. Central York. 3. Red Lion. 4. Spring Grove. 5. Dover. 6. Dallastown. 7. South Western. 8. Gettysburg; 200 free — 1. Alec Peckmann, CY, 1:43.89. 2. Dylan North, RL. 3. Logan Brockway, Dt. 4. Casey Marshall, Do. 5. Nick Petrella, RL. 6. Derek Ondrizek, Get. 7. Lucas Marsico, Dt. 8. Patrick Dunnigan, Dt; 200 IM — 1. Taylor Myers, SG, 2:05.01. 2. Kyle DuPree, NO. 3. Patrick Jacobson, Dt. 4. Grant Wertz, Dt. 5. Greg Landis, WY. 6. Ben Chu, CY. 7. Hunter Link, Do. 8. Justin Kulp, SG; 50 free — 1. Erik Peckmann, CY, 22.43. 2. Alex Yokem, SW. 3. Braedon Erne, Dt. 4. Dan Maxwell, SW. 5. Evan Mosko, Sus. 6. Will Hartzell, CY. 7. Aidan Fryar, YS. 8. Aaron Tate, CY; 100 fly — 1. Spencer Hill, Dt, 51.99. 2. Jesse Tate, CY. 3. Jake Stoner, Dt. 4. Matt Spinello, YS. 5 Casey Marshall, Do. 6. Karl Schmittle, YS. 7. Colin Sload-Diehl, RL. 8. Matthew Lanius, RL; 200 free relay — 1. Dallastown (Spencer Hill, Noah Brockway, Logan Brockway, Jake Stoner), 1:28.50. 2. Central York. 3. Spring Grove. 4. York Suburban. 5. Dallastown. 6. South Western. 7. Susquehannock. 8. New Oxford.