NEW KINGSTOWN - Chambersburg swimmers posted a school record and a personal best and produced a pair of high finishes at the District 3 Swimming Championships on Saturday afternoon.
James Buchanan sophomore Rachel Kimmel also came up with a top-10 finish in Class AA girls, taking seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
For the Trojans, Avery Barley (fifth, 100 backstroke) and Jacob Greenwood (sixth, 500 freestyle) - both freshmen - did well in Class AAA boys competition.
"We know that Avery's time is good enough to qualify for states, and we think Jacob's will be good enough, too," Trojan coach Chad White said. "Both guys missed out in Friday's events by about a tenth of a second."
Barley swam a time of 52.25 in the backstroke, much better than his seed time of 53.83. It was his personal best by two seconds and is just four tenths of a second off the school record held by his coach, White.
White said, "Avery keeps surprising us all. We thought he might do a 52 high, but he came in a 52 low, which is probably in the top 16 in the state. His underwater swimming and his endurance are improving, and he's focused on a lot on his dive. He is pleased."
In the 500, Greenwood broke his own school record by six seconds - it was 4:45.43, but Greenwood swam 4:51.37 Saturday.
"That was his best high school time, but not his personal best," White said. "He went out in 1:48 at the Mid Penns, and he hit 1:52 today and then gradually increased his speed. We were hoping his last 100 could have been about two seconds faster, and if he makes states, that's what we'll be working on."
Also in the AAA 500, Shippensburg's Sam Nonemaker placed 17th in 4:56.95.
JB's Kimmel dropped her seed time almost two seconds in the 100 breaststroke, but finished more than six seconds behind the winner, Nikolette Nolte of Kutztown.
Also for the Rockets, Annaleisse Hissong was 20th in the 500 free and the 400 free relay team of Kayla Snider, Amanda Montgomery, Kimmel and Hissong placed 10th.
For the JB boys in AA, Nick Garbinski (100 free) and Noah Shank (100 breaststroke each placed 16th.
District 3 Swimming Championships
at Cumberland Valley
1.Hempfield 256, 2.Warwick 222, 3.Cumberland Valley 220, 13.Chambersburg 60.
100 free — 1.Bryson Hunter (Hempfield) 45.79. 500 free — 1.Jose Jacome (McCaskey) 4:35.55, 6.Jacob Greenwood (Chambersburg) 4:45.43, 17.Sam Nonemaker (Shippensburg) 4:56.95. 100 back — 1.James Wilson (Conestoga Valley) 49.23, 5.Avery Barley (Chbg) 52.25. 100 breast — 1.Tre Fissella (Hemp) 57.22. 400 free relay — 1.Cumb. Valley (NingNing Liu, Ben Francis, Matt Zappe, Jacob Deckman), 3:09.23.
1.Trinity 233.5, 2.Boiling Springs 222, 3.Big Spring 210, 18.James Buchanan 18.
100 free — 1.Billy Webber (Boiling Springs) 47.19, 16.Nick Garbinski (James Buchanan) 50.39. 500 free — 1.Matt Daniel (Manheim Central) 4:37.54, 24.Austin Sheppard (JB) 5:40.26. 100 back — 1.Nathan Elzer (Wyomissing) 52.51. 100 breast — 1.Jarod Anderson (Big Spring) 58.76, 16.Noah Shank (JB) 1:06.47. 400 free relay — 1.Big Spring (Nicholas Boyd, Anderson, James Saracina, Greg Kinch), 3:15.19.
1.Hershey 360, 2.Wilson 201, 3.Manheim Twp. 197.
100 free — 1.Meredith Newman (Manheim Twp.) 51.12. 500 free — 1.Emma Schouten (Warwick) 5:00.39. 100 back — 1.Kacey Oberlander (Dallastown) 55.68. 100 breast — 1.Gabriella Johnson (Gov. Mifflin) 1:04.73. 400 free relay — 1.Hershey (Sally Tafuto, Caylene Rippon, Kaley Buchanan, Bailey Robertson) 3:30.68.
1.Northern York 293.5, 2.York Suburban 268, 3.West York 234.5, 13.James Buchanan 42.
100 free — 1.Carson Gross (York Suburban) 50.82 (district record). 500 free — 1.Hannah Schlegel (Twin Valley) 4:56.47, 20.Annaleisse Hissong (JB) 5:51.75. 100 back — 1.Kate Luft (Northern York) 57.27. 100 breast — 1.Nikolette Nolte (Kutztown) 1:04.85, 7.Rachel Kimmel (JB) 1:11.39. 400 free relay — 1.Northern York (Caitlynn Weeden, Luft, Rachel Eby, Gabby Lodovici), 3:36.75, 10.James Buchanan (Kayla Snider, Amanda Montgomery, Kimmel, Hissong) 3:58.02.