NEW KINGSTOWN - Chambersburg freshman Jacob Greenwood got his District 3 swimming career off to a good start Friday, taking sixth place in the Class AAA boys 200 freestyle race.
Greenwood posted a time of 1:44.98, which was under his previous best time of 1:45.50 by about a half second. The winner, Jose Jacome of McCaskey, had a time of 1:41.10.
Chambersburg coach Chad White said, "Taking sixth as a freshman is really good in District 3. Jacob will be really close to making states in the 200 -- he could be just in or just out."
James Buchanan's Nick Garbinski tied for ninth in the AA 50 free in a time of 22.37.
Those were the only top-10 finishes earned by area swimmers Friday on the first day of competition at Cumberland Valley H.S. Saturday's action begins at 9 a.m. and concludes about 7 p.m.
A pair of Class AA girls came up with good finishes. In the 100 butterfly, Rachel Kimmel of James Buchanan placed 11th with a time of 1:03.09, while Megan Beam of Greencastle-Antrim took 12th in the 50 free in 25.86. The Rocket team of Kayla Snider, Kimmel, Amanda Montgomery and Annaleisse Hissong placed 12th in the 200 medley relay in 2:02.09, dropping nearly five seconds from their seed time.
In AA boys, JB's Noah Shank produced a huge drop in time, going from his seed time of 2:18.50 to a final time of 2:11.42 to place 13th in the 200 individual medley. The 200 medley relay team for the Rockets (Austin Sheppard, Shank, Garbinski and Jarred Moquin) was 15th in 1:49.79, a drop of about three seconds.
Chambersburg's Avery Barley, also a freshman, was 13th in the 50 free with a time of 21.97. He was seeded 21st and dropped his best time by about a half second.
"District 3 is really strong in the 50 this year - usually that time would have been in the top eight," White said. "Avery swam a great race and had a quick time, but it looks like he might miss states by two tenths of a second.
"It was exciting to see the boys do so well today - they have a bright future. And the events they have the best chance to make states in are tomorrow."
Also in AAA boys, Sam Nonemaker of Shippensburg swam a personal best time of 2:02.89 to place 16th in the 200 IM.
In AAA girls, the Trojans' Ashlyn Ellis posted her best time ever, 2:02.91, in the 200 free.
District 3 Championships
at Cumberland Valley
200 medley relay — 1.Cumb. Valley (Jack Dengler, Matt Zappe, Ben Francis, Jacob Deckman), 1:43.21 . 200 free — 1.Jose Jacome (McCaskey) 1:41.10, 6.Jacob Greenwood (Chambersburg) 1:44.98 . 200 IM — 1.Tre Fissella (Hempfield) 1:51.71, 16.Sam Nonemaker (Shippensburg) 2:02.89, 26.Darek Benchoff (Waynesboro) 2:07.19. 50 free — 1.Bryson Hunter (Hemp) 21.00, 13.Avery Barley (Chbg) 21.97. 100 fly — 1.James Wilson (Conestoga Valley) 49.23, 25.Benchoff (Way) 56.13. 200 free relay — 1.Hempfield (Ben Sahd, Fissella, Casey Lear, Hunter), 1:25.57.
200 medley relay — 1.Wyomissing (Nathan Elzer, Charlie Tonneslan, Chip Schroeder, Shuyang Wen), 1:36.55, 15.James Buchanan (Austin Sheppard, Noah Shank, Nick Garbinski, Jarred Moquin), 1:49.79. 200 free — 1.Colin Gwiazdowski (Schuylkill Valley) 1:45.77. 200 IM — 1.Matthew Daniel (Manheim Central) 1:53.77, 13.Shank (JB) 2:11.42. 50 free — 1.Dylan Knaub (Boiling Springs) 21.83, 9.(tie) Garbinski (JB) 22.37. 100 fly — 1.Colin Anderson (Lampeter-Strasburg) 52.83. 200 free relay — 1.Boiling Springs (Knaub, Peter Greenbaum, Alex Scheetz, Billy Webber), 1:29.89.
200 medley relay — 1.Warwick (Tyler Mandrell, Emma Schouten, Lauryn Ober, Katie Oberholzer), 1:46.42. 200 free — 1.Amy Yunginger (Manheim Twp.) 1:51.44, 29.Ashlyn Ellis (Chbg) 2:02.91. 200 IM — 1.Kacey Oberlander (Dallastown) 2:04.06. 50 free — 1.MacKenzie Gring (Muhlenberg) 23.18. 100 fly — 1.Caylene Rippeon (Her) 55.12. 200 free relay — 1.Reading (Olivia Iswalt, Annie Moser, Elizabeth Gaspari, Mikaela Lantz), 1:36.64.
200 medley relay — 1.Twin Valley (Taylor Ament, Hannah Schlegel, Rachel Gebhard, Reagan Wittorff), 1:49.37, 12.James Buchanan (Kayla Snider, Rachel Kimmel, Amanda Montgomery, Annaleisse Hissong), 2:02.09. 200 free — 1.Carson Gross (York Suburban) 1:50.67, 20.Hissong (JB) 2:09.42. 200 IM — 1.Taylor Hoover (West York) 2:08.78. 50 free — 1.Sarah Wyant (Trinity) 24.38, 12.Megan Beam (Greencastle-Antrim) 25.86. 100 fly — 1.Becca Luft (Northern York) 55.97, 11.Kimmel (JB) 1:03.09, 19.(tie) Snider (JB) 1:08.84, 22.Greta Kriner (JB) 1:09.09. 200 free relay — 1.York Suburban (Keelie Walker, Madie Devaney, Cara Zortman, Gross), 1:38.64.