Numerous swimmers from York, Adams and Franklin counties have earned top seeds in the District 3 swimming championships set for this weekend. Jessica Sprenkle, GameTimePA.com
Cedar Crest swimmer Eli Gryboski had already enjoyed a superb freshman season before he even reached the pool deck at the District 3 Championships on Saturday.
Then he hit the water at Cumberland Valley High School and made it even better.
Fresh off a surprise win in the breast stroke at the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet a few weeks back, Gryboski added a AAA district silver medal to his collection Saturday, finishing second in his specialty event to Hershey standout Jason Young with a time of 1:00.36.
Gryboski, who won his L-L title out of the 'slow' heat, came into the event seeded fifth and earned the silver after shaving more than a second off his seed time of 1:01.54.
Gryboski's medal-winning performance highlighted a solid second and final day of district meet efforts by Lebanon County competitors.
Palmyra's Samantha St. Clair led the Cougar girls to a top 10 finish in the AAA team standings with an 8th place swim in the 100 freestyle in 53.25 seconds, before teaming with Maddie Wolfe, Shealyn Trostle and Ellie Keck to take 8th in the 400 freestyle relay.
Keck added an 11th place finish in the breast stroke as Palmyra placed 9th with 89 points.
Other notable Lebanon County performances on Saturday came from: the Palmyra boys 400 free relay of Nick Mosby, Ryan James, Joe Bushta and Stephen Lyons (10th in AAA), Annville-Cleona freshman Julie Strickler (10th, AA 100 backstroke), Cedar Crest senior Caitlyn Gelgot (15th, AAA 100 freestyle) and the Cedar Crest girls 400 freestyle relay of Gelgot, Krysta Weik, Jadyn Bord and Megan Weik, which took 12th place in AAA.
Other than Gryboski, the top Lebanon County boys individual performer was Cedar Crest's Matthew Moffitt, who finished 17th in the AAA boys 100 backstroke.
The Palmyra boys' best individual effort came from Nick Mosby, who finished 22nd in the 100 freestyle.
The Palmyra boys placed 16th in the team competition, just ahead of 17th place Cedar Crest. The Cedar Crest girls were 20th.