Jacob Stoner said he was tired after swimming in the 100-yard butterfly during the first night of the YAIAA boys’ championships. Then he reconsidered.
“Adrenaline kind of kept me going. It’s really special, I love the county meet,” the Dallastown junior said.
Yet no one could blame Stoner if he was exhausted on the pool deck of Central York High School. After all, he swam in three events on Thursday – and took home two gold medals and one silver for his efforts.
Stoner and his Wildcats teammates started the meet in style. He combined with Spencer Hill, Grant Wertz and Logan Brockway to not only win the 200 medley relay, but set YAIAA meet and league records with their time of 1 minute, 36.92 seconds.
“We didn’t have any idea in our heads,” Stoner said when asked about chasing the record. “It’s the best feeling when you swim that kind of race and share it with your best friends. It propels you through the meet.”
Later, Stoner won individual gold with his 21.82 in the 50 freestyle. He followed that race by placing second in the next event, the 100 butterfly, won by fellow Wildcat Spencer Hill.
Hill’s time of 51.37 set pool and meet records. Stoner’s 51.56, along with bronze medalist Jesse Tate of Central (51.85), all swam faster than the previous league best set by Hill last season.
Youth served: After the great start by Dallastown, a pair of younger athletes blazed their way to gold.
Northeastern sophomore Drew Wilson continued his rapid improvement since his rookie season by going 1:48.04 while winning the 200 free. Wilson finished 1.86 seconds ahead of a great swim by Jacob Lorenzen of Red Lion.
Not to be outdone, Red Lion freshman Alex Sun — one of the league’s top breaststroke swimmers — followed that by swimming a 1:55.48 to win the 200 individual medley, three-and-a-half seconds in front of Central York's Jess Tate.
“The IM is one of my stronger events,” Sun said. “I just wanted to do my best. It doesn’t matter if I get gold.”
Home pool: Seeded No. 1 entering Thursday’s final boys’ race, host Central’s 200 free relay foursome of Tate, Will Hartzell, Anthony Gemma and Alec Peckmann put on a clinic while swimming a 1:27.82. That time was more than three seconds ahead of South Western.
Speaking of the Mustangs, Alex Yokem had a terrific first day, placing second in the 50 free and was on the silver medal winning 200 free relay.
Behind Sun and Lorenzen, Red Lion had a solid first day as well. The Lions also got off to a great start by taking silver in the medley relay.
YAIAA championships Day 1 boys' results
200 medley relay — 1. Dallastown (A), 1:36.92. 2. Red Lion. 3. Central York. 4. New Oxford. 5. Spring Grove. 6. York Suburban. 7. Susquehannock. 8. Dallastown (B). 200 free — 1. Drew Wilson, Ne, 1:48.04. 2. Jacob Lorenzen, RL. 3. Casey Marshall, Do. 4. Chandler Desotelle, Get. 5. Jared Herr, Get. 6. Patrick Dunnigan, Dt. 7. Logan Hyde, Get. 8. Patrick O’Neill, CY. 200 IM — 1. Alex Sun, RL, 1:55.48. 2. Jesse Tate, CY. 3. Logan Brockway, Dt. 4. Kyle DuPree, NO. 5. Grant Wertz, Dt. 6. Patrick Jacobson, Dt. 7. Jared Hicks, CY. 8. David White, RL. 50 free — 1. Jacob Stoner, Dt, 21.82. 2. Alex Yokem, SW. 3. Aidan Fryar, YS. 4. Anthony Gemma, CY. 5. Will Hartzell, CY. 6. Ben Shoul, SW. 7. Collin Ruby, SG. 8. William Wise, Dt. 100fly — 1. Spencer Hill, Dt, 51.37. 2. Jacob Stoner, Dt. 3. Jesse Tate, CY. 4. Alec Peckmann, CY. 5. Casey Marsahll, Do. 6. Matt Spinello, YS. 7. Justin Reed, Sus. 8. Josiah Kline, SG. 200 free relay — 1. Central York, 1:27.82. 2. South Western. 3. Dallastown (A). 4. Susquehannock. 5. Gettysburg. 6. Spring Grove. 7. Dallastown (B). 8. Dover.