York, PA -
The Central York swimming and diving teams did all they could during Thursday's senior night, having great swims, solid times and even breaking a couple of school records along the way.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, they were swimming against Dallastown, with YAIAA Division I titles on the line.
The Wildcats finished the day clinching both the boys and girls titles by completing a pair of unbeaten league seasons in convincing fashion.
Central's girls kept things close for awhile, until Dallastown went up by double digits after a one-two finish in the 500 freestyle. The Wildcats never looked back after that event and went on to post a 103.5 to 79.5 victory.
Dallastown's boys were every bit as dominating as all season, winning all but two events, en route to a lopsided 134-52 win.
Both teams wrapped up Division I titles. The boys improved to 4-0 in the league and 9-0 overall. The girls are now 4-0, 5-4.
The final boys margin was a bit surprising, but Wildcats coach Rich Howley was quick to say how often his boys team did the unexpected this season.
"Every day," he said. "I would love to take credit. They push from within, competing against each other every day. They really get it done."
Juniors Corey Stauffer and Trevor Hine won a pair of individual events and were on two winning relay teams. Stauffer won the 200 free in 1:49.65 and the 100 free in 48.45. Hine took the 200 individual medley (1:58.66) and 500 free (4:41.77).
Noah Brockway placed first in the 100 butterfly in 55.93 and Mason Tate won the 100 back with a 55.16. Brockway won on two winning relays and Tate one.
But it's not just winning events that propels Dallastown, the team earns plenty of second and third places because of incredible depth and balance.
On Thursday, the Wildcat boys grabbed the top three spots in the 200, 100 and 500 free, and they also finished first and second in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free relay, 100 back, 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay.
And this came against a Panther (3-1, 7-1) squad that hadn't lost a dual meet this season, plus started the night by establishing a school record.
Erik Peckmann, Brad Wilson, Jesse Tate and Ian Johnson combined to swim a 1:43.77, setting a Central 200 medley relay record, though the foursome finished second to Brockway, Mason Tate, Hine and Stauffer (1:40.25).
Stauffer said winning dual meets never gets old, even as the postseason is set to begin next week.
"Every win is great, and there is still a lot of competition out there," he said. "This is a fast pool. We always do great times here. It was amazing. It really was."
"It's really fun. It's more competition and everyone goes hard at practice," senior co-captain Steven Paine said. "All the guys are competitive, but we are friends."
Knowing the talent that Central possess, Howley called it a perfect storm coming together for his team.
"Without their team we wouldn't be doing what we are doing. Coach (Jim) Gingrich has been putting quality lineups together for many years," Howley said of the Panthers. "This is a fast pool, great competition. They all are hungry."
Jade Arganbright set a Central girls record in the 50 free with a great time of 24.85, however Arganbright was nudged out by Dallastown's Alyssa Bixler's 24.64.
Bixler also won the 100 free in 53.20, giving the Wildcat girls a 58-49 lead. The meet was pretty much determined in the next even when Justina Thornley earned her second win with a 5:38.52 in the 500 free and teammate Julia Randolph came in second, for a 69-54 lead.
That was Thornley's second win of the day. Earlier in the meet, the freshman won the 200 free with a time of 2:03.44, that combined with Julia Casolo's second place in the race, put the Wildcats ahead to stay.
"We had a transformation from the first day to today," Howley said of his girls team that finished the season on a five-meet win streak. "We are awfully proud of them."
Central (2-2, 6-2) had Haley Vaughn record two wins, with her times of 2:19.62 and 1:03.91 in the 200 IM and 100 fly respectively. The junior also combined with Mackenzie Sopko, Mia Michaels, Vaughn and Arganbright that opened the evening by giving the Panthers a victory in the 200 medley relay.
DALLASTOWN 103.50, CENTRAL YORK 79.50
200 medley relay -- 1. Central York (Mackenzie Sopko, Mia Michaels, Haley Vaughn, Jade Arganbright), 1:57.26; 2. Dallastown; 3. Central York. 200 free -- 1. Justina Thornley, Dt, 2:03.44; 2. Julia Casolo, Dt; 3. Theresa Burgess, CY. 200 IM -- 1. Vaughn, CY, 2:19.62; 2. Anna Hess, Dt; 3. Julia Randolph, Dt. 50 free -- 1. Alyssa Bixler, Dt, 24.64; 2. Arganbright, CY; 3. Erica Wise, Dt. Diving -- 1. Elizabeth Rothrock, Dt, 218.40; 2. Courtney Seitzinger, CY; 3. Braelen Kralowetz, CY. 100 fly -- 1. Vaughn, CY, 1:03.91; 2. Casolo, Dt; 3. Mikaelie Gonzalez, Dt. 100 free -- 1. Bixler, Dt, 53.20; 2. Arganbright, CY; 3. Wise, Dt. 500 free -- 1. Thornley, Dt, 5:38.52; 2. Randolph, Dt; 3. Burgess, CY. 200 free relay -- 1. Dallastown (Wise, Casolo, Thornley, Bixler), 1:42.24; 2. Central York; 3. Central York. 100 back -- 1. Hess, Dt, 1:04.02; 2. Danielle Weeks, CY; 3. Gonzalez, Dt. 100 breast -- 1. Michaels, CY, 1:15.93; 2. Taylor Reed, CY; 3. Nancy Marston, Dt. 400 free relay -- 1. Dallastown (Casolo, Thornley, Gonzalez, Bixler), 3:52.70; 2. Dallastown; 3. Central York.
DALLASTOWN 134, CENTRAL YORK 52
200 medley relay -- 1. Dallastown (Noah Brockway, Mason Tate, Trevor Hine, Corey Stauffer), 1:40.25; 2. Central York; 3. Dallastown. 200 free -- 1. Stauffer, Dt, 1:49.65; 2. D.J. Boyer, DT; 3. Steven Paine, Dt. 200 IM -- 1. Hine, Dt, 1:58.66; 2. M. Tate, Dt; 3. Ben Chu, CY. 50 free -- 1. Erik Peckmann, CY, 22.40; 2. Braxton Erne, Dt; 3. Ashton Hensel, Dt. Diving -- 1. Gabe Patil, CY, 162.15; 2. Josh Meisenhelter, CY, 3. Benjamin Staub, Dt. 100 fly -- 1. Brockway, Dt, 55.93; 2. Spencer Hill, Dt; 3. Jesse Tate, CY. 100 free -- 1. Stauffer, Dt, 48.45; 2. Erne, Dt; 3. Keith O'Conor, Dt. 500 free -- 1. Hine, Dt, 4:41.77; 2. Boyer, Dt; 3. Paine, Dt. 200 free relay -- 1. Dallastown (Erne, O'Conor, Paine, Stauffer), 1:29.38; 2. Dallastown; 3. Central York. 100 back -- 1. M. Tate, Dt, 55.16; 2. Brockway, Dt; 3. Chu, CY. 100 breast -- 1. Vincent Defelice, Dt, 1:04.35; 2. Sreshtha Sing, Dt; 3. Brad Wilson, CY. 400 free relay -- 1. Dallastown (Hine, O'Conor, Paine, Brockway), 3:21.04; 2. Dallastown; 3. Central York.