GameTimePA YAIAA girls' swimming all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2015-16 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
Meet the all-stars
First-team all-stars capsules, Coach of the Year and honorable mention list
Madie Devaney, York Suburban, sr.
A tenacious competitor, the senior sprinter anchored the Trojans’ 200 freestyle relay that not only won district gold, but also earned silver at states. She was fifth in the 50 at districts.
Maelyn Elder, West York, jr.
A fourth-place district medalist in the backstroke, the junior was also key on West York relays throughout the season, including the 400 free relay that made the top 10 in the state.
Meghan French, West York, fr.
Only a freshman, the distance swimmer notched 14th in the 500 free at the state meet, capping a rookie season that included the top 500 time in the league and a district bronze.
Carson Gross, York Suburban, sr.
The Duquesne commit broke a District 3 Class AA record in the 100 free, and she won district gold in the 200 free and as a member of the Trojans’ 200 free relay team. She went on to earn four more medals at states, individually finishing fourth in both the 200 and 100 free, as well as being on Suburban’s 200 free relay that placed second in the state and 400 that was sixth.
Taylor Hoover, West York, sr.
The West Chester recruit won Class AA district gold in the 200 IM and went on to place seventh at the PIAA meet. A relay standout, Hoover was also fourth in the 100 at districts.
Jenna Hufnagle, York Suburban, jr.
Her silver medal in the 100 butterfly at districts earned her a trip to states. She also swam on the Trojans' sixth-place 400 free relay at Bucknell.
Claudia Keller, West York, jr.
She qualified for states in the 100 backstroke after her third-place showing in districts. Keller was an integral part of the Bulldogs’ medley relay that was fifth in the district.
Madison Nalls, Eastern York, so.
Despite not having a team around her, the sophomore continued to stand out in the postseason. Nalls earned silver medals in the 200 and 500 freestyle races at districts and went on to medal in both at the state meet.
Kacey Oberlander, Dallastown, sr.
Headed to swim at Alabama, the do-it-all senior certainly managed to do just that. She won gold medals in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke at the district Class AAA meet. At states, she went on to earn bronze in the backstroke and seventh in the IM.
Lindsey Pope, Northeastern, sr.
The YAIAA diving champion closed out her career with a trip to the podium after her bronze medal-winning performance at the PIAA meet. She also took silver at districts.
Erica Sarver, West York, jr.
As she tends to do, the junior diver improved once again on the biggest stage. Sarver was a silver medalist at the PIAA championships after winning her second straight District 3 title.
Keelie Walker, York Suburban, so.
The sophomore swam on the district champion 200 freestyle relay team that went on to earn silver at states. Watch out for Walker next season.
Jena Woods, Dallastown, jr.
The junior was on two of the YAIAA’s top relay teams this season, one of which (the 200 medley) took home a medal from the district Class AAA meet.
Cara Zortman, York Suburban, jr.
A solid sprinter, the junior medaled in the 50 free at districts and swam on relays that won gold and silver. She also pocketed relay silver at the PIAA meet.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Nicole Flowers, West York
One of the league’s youngest coaches, Flowers showed that she belonged when she led the Bulldogs to a share of the YAIAA Division II title. But her prowess was really on display with the number of swimmers she sent to districts and states.
Central York: Sarah Spinney, Mackenzie Sopko. Dallastown: Sydney Hoover, Emma Balderson. Dover: Maddi Hetrick, Lindsay Brenneman. Gettysburg: Taylor Howery. New Oxford: Rachel Groden. Northeastern: Lauren Mummert, Abby Braswell. Red Lion: Jessica Sun. Susquehannock: Katlyn Baer. West York: Maddi Stoner, Rachel Hull. York Suburban: Havannah Suarez, Maddy Abel.
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See the rest of the fall all-stars and find out when to look for them in print.
In the York Daily Record on March 30 | In The Evening Sun on March 31
In the York Daily Record on March 31 | In The Evening Sun on April 3
In the York Daily Record on April 1 | In The Evening Sun on April 5
In the York Daily Record on April 2 | In The Evening Sun on April 5
In the York Daily Record on April 3 | In The Evening Sun on April 3
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