NEW KINGSTOWN >> To say it was a good weekend for Chambersburg's girls swimming team at the District 3 Class AAA Championships would be a bit of an understatement.
The Lady Trojans competed in six different events, produced six best times and knocked out four school records. After Abby Stauffer and the 200 medley relay teams broke school records on Friday, they were back at it at Cumberland Valley High School on Saturday.
Stauffer competed in the 500 freestyle, a new event for her, and placed sixth overall. Her time of 5:04.76 broke her own school record.
"Her whole heat was really fast," Chambersburg girls coach Donnie Miller said. "I know that we only have three automatic bids to the state meet, but I think that entire heat could probably make it in. She should have a good shot at an at-large bid with a very god time like that."
Stauffer then teamed up with Lauren Ellis, Karlee Metz and Ashley Ellis to compete in the 400 free relay where they finished in 3:41.92. The time was nearly eight seconds faster than their seed team and is also a new school record.
"Over the last two days, the girls have swam very well," Miller said. "I'm very pleased with the success we had this weekend. It's a testament to these girls and how hard they work and the time they put in. Fast times don't just happen; they all deserve everything that they were able to accomplish this weekend."
Lauren Ellis also jumped seven places from her seed in the 100 backstroke with a personal best of 1:01.34. Ellis placed 16th, and following right behind was Waynesboro's Claire Koons in 17th with a time of 1:01.40.
For Chambersburg's boys team, Chandler Desotelle had the top finish, placing 15th in the 500 free, while Andrew Leeper took 18th in the 100 free and 20th in the 100 back. Also competing in Class AAA was Waynesboro's Darek Benchoff, who took 30th in the 100 free.
James Buchanan got a nice surprise in the form of Clay Murray in Class AA. Seeded just 23rd heading into the 100 backstroke, Murray dropped more than four seconds from his seed time to clock in at 1:01.43 for 16th place. Jacob Sempowski was the Rockets' top male finisher, taking 12th in the 100 back. Garrett Starr also claimed 16th in the 500 free.
The trio then teamed up with Nick Garbinski to shave nearly four seconds off their seed time in the 400 free relay and claim 12th place.
The top event for JB's girls was the 400 free relay, where Kayla Snider, Hailee Banks, Amanda Montgomery and Sarah Funk placed 12th. Rachel Kimmel earned 18th in the 100 breaststroke, and Snider took 22nd in the 100 back.
District 3 Swimming
at Cumberland Valley H.S.
GIRLS CLASS AAA
1.Hershey 460.5, 2.Cocalico 192, 3.Reading 168, 4.Manheim Township 158, 5.Wilson 139, 6.Hempfield 121, 7.Cumberland Valley 117, 8.Governor Mifflin 114, 9.Dallastown 110, 10.Palmyra 1005., 14.Chambersburg 58.
100 free — 1.Meredith Newman (MT) 51.10; 500 free — 1.Sidney Evans (Coc) 4:58.84, 6.Abby Staffer (Chbg) 5:04.76; 100 back — 1.Samantha Marino (Coc) 56.16, 16.Lauren Ellis (Chbg) 1:01.34, 17.Claire Koons (Waynesboro) 1:01.40; 100 breast — 1.Vivi Tafuto (Her) 1:01.16; 400 free relay — 1.Hershey (Allie Raab, Kaley Buchanan, Maggie Lee, Vivi Tafuto), 3:27.99, 12.Chambersburg (L.Ellis, Karlee Metz, Ashlyn Ellis, Stauffer) 3:41.92.
BOYS CLASS AAA
1.Hershey 324, 2.Cumberland Valley 196.5, 3.Wilson 193, 4.Hempfield 191.5, 5.Dallastown 177, 6.Muhlenberg 159, 7.Northern York 133, 8.Warwick 131, 9.Central York 126, 10.Governor Mifflin 112, 19.Chambersburg 17, 25.Shippensburg 5.
100 free — 1.Tim Raab (Hers) 46.28, 18.Andrew Leeper (Chbg) 49.59, 30.Darek Benchoff (Waynesboro) 51.21; 500 free — 1.Vince Filippini (Muhl) 4:32.61, 15.Chandler Desotelle (Chbg) 4:52.74; 100 back — 1.Noah Brockway (Dal) 51.22, 20.Leeper (Chbg) 55.80; 100 breast — 1.Zach Ceneviva (Her) 57.36; 400 free relay — 1.CV (Benjamin Johnston, Matt Zappe, Ben Francis, Jacob Deckman), 3:08.43.
GIRLS CLASS AA
1.York Suburban 301.5, 2.Schuylkill Valley 256, 3.Trinity 231, 4.Northern York 203, 5.Twin Valley 175, 6.West York 160.5, 7.Big Spring 120, 8.Bishop McDevitt 110, 9.Boiling Springs 95.5, 10.Gettysburg 81, 16.James Buchanan 22.
100 free — 1.Sydney Wareham (Donegal) 52.82; 500 free — 1.Hannah Schlegel (TV) 4:54.55; 100 back — 1.Taylor Ament (TV) 1:00.83, 22.Kayla Snider (JB) 1:10.10; 100 breast — 1.Nikolette Nolte (Kutztown) 1:04.9, 18.Rachel Kimmel (JB) 1:15.66; 400 free relay — 1.York Suburban (Anna Schmittle, Madie Devaney, Carson Gross, Megan Hunt), 3:35.07, 12.James Buchanan (Snider, Hailee Banks, Amanda Montgomery, Sarah Funk) 4:12.14.
BOYS CLASS AA
1.Trinity 241, 2.BigSpring 214.5, 3.Boiling Springs 195, 4.Wyomissing 175, 5.York Suburban 171, 6.Gettysburg 130, 7.Palmyra 129, 8.Dover 112, 9.Cocalico 102, 10.Bishop McDevitt 97, 17t.James Buchanan 45.
100 free — 1.Devon Chenot (West Perry) 47.43; 500 free — 1.Matthew Daniel (Manheim Central), 16.Garrett Starr (JB) 5:26.86; 100 back — 1.Nathan Elzer (Wyo) 52.99, 12.John Sempowski (JB) 1:00.13, 16.Clay Murray (JB) 1:01.43; 100 breast — 1.Billy Webber (Boil) 59.52; 400 free relay — 1.Boiling Springs (Dylan Knaub, Paul Greenbaum, Andrew Cawley, Billy Webber), 3:15.28, 12.James Buchanan (Murray, Starr, Nick Garbinski, Sempowski) 3:36.20.