James Buchanan came, swam and conquered on day 2 of the Mid Penn swimming championships.
The Rockets' Rachel Kimmel came home with the area's only gold medal through the two day competition, touching the wall in the 100 breaststroke nearly three seconds in front of the field, breaking her school record yet again. Kimmel was one of three swimmers to beat Hershey for a first-place finish throughout the weekend.
JB teammate Annabelle McCullough also claimed a third-place time in the 100 freestyle for her third podium finish of the weekend. Her time of 53.15 in the 100 free broke her own school record.
"It was a really exciting night, the girls placed ninth (in the team standings with 101 points) and beat some of our Colonial competitors who have beaten us throughout the year," James Buchanan coach Lori McCullough said. "I'm super proud, it was nice to see the smaller teams doing so well."
Chambersburg's Avery Barley also had a solid performance in day two of the Mid Penn championships, breaking a 14 year-old school record in the boys 100 backstroke, which was held by Trojan boys coach Chad White. His record-breaking finish was good enough for second place with a finish in 51.16. Chambersburg's CJ Pong placed seventh in the same event at 54.49.
Shippensburg's Madison Osanitsch placed sixth in the girls 500 freestyle in 5:23.56, while all three Chambersburg participants in the girls 500 free each beat their seed times.
"Kandace Loupe finished four seconds faster than her seed time, and qualified for the YMCA Districts, which was one of her goals for the season," Chambersburg coach Donnie Miller said. "Erika Rundquist dropped 13 seconds from her seed in the 500 free, and Abbie (Reichelderfer) dropped eight seconds from her seed. All of those girls swam season bests for sure."
For the boys, James Buchanan's Nick Garbinski placed eighth in the 100 freestyle with a finish in 49.08, and Chambersburg's Jacob Greenwood claimed second in the boys 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 4:44.60.
The Trojans' boys 400 relay, compiled of Barley, Pong, Greenwood and first-year swimmer Sean Vessah, placed sixth in 3:21.90.
- To close out the season, Mercersburg Academy's Olivia Coleman capped off a spectacular season with a season-high 25 points. She also had 17 rebounds and four blocks. Carrie Jorlin flirted with a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Isiuwa Oghagbon had 11 boards and four points.
Mercersburg Academy (5-16) 60, Hun School 49