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Adamstown takes third at Leagues
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
After winning the Division Two Meet a week ago, Adamstown coach Kim Evans focused her and her team’s attention on the League Championships.
"We’d like to prove we can compete with the Division One teams," she said at the time.
Well, when the waves finally settled Saturday at Overlook Pool, her Gator team did more than that. It proved it is one of the very best teams in the league.
Sitting in a respectable fourth place following relay competition Friday, Adamstown went out and stole the show Saturday. The Gators finished first overall in Saturday’s individual competition– a first in team history– and closed out the championships in third place overall with 661.5 points, behind only heavyweights Overlook (852) and Woodridge (810.5).
"Finishing first on Saturday was quite a surprise," Coach Evans said Tuesday. " I knew our kids were finishing at the top of many of the events and we had many multiple winners but they were only posting the combined points total for teams and we were in third all day. When they announced Adamstown as the winner I was shocked."
Individually, Sarah Wasielevski and Sam Marino led the way with a pair of first-place finishes. Wasielevski, competing in the girls 8 & under division, captured golds in both the 25 back (21.59) and 25 fly (19.21). Marino, swimming in the girls 13-14 division, placed first in both the 50 back (33.05) and 50 fly (21.15).
Other individual winners from Adamstown included: Morgan Haines, who took gold in the girls 11-12 50 free with a time of 29.85; Autumn Shaffer, who was a winner in the girls 13-14 50 free with a time of 28.18; and Olivia Evans, who claimed her gold in the girls 15 and over 50 back (31.02).
In Friday’s relay competition, the girls 11-12 200 free relay team of Brianna Bieber, Abigaile Fricke, Maggie Elgin and Haines led the way with a record-breaking swim to win gold. That foursome posted a new Overlook Pool record time of 2:03.00.
"That was very exciting, especially after they got touched out in the Medley Relay," Coach Evans said. "They are a great bunch of girls and it was a perfect end to their season."
Two other Adamstown relays were victorious on the night. The girls 9-10 100 free team of Kathryn Voler, Caroline Wasielevski, Elizabeth Lantz and Cameron Gring took gold in a time of 1:06.80. And the girls 13-14 200 free relay, which included Marino, Mikaela Lantz, Sidney Evans and Shaffer, captured first place as well with a time of 1:55.49.
Meanwhile, Ephrata had a solid weekend at the championships as well, finishing eighth among the 23 teams with 317 total points.
All told, the Tidal Waves captured four events (two relays and two individual) on the weekend. Individually, Kailee Freeman took top honors in the girls 8 & under 25 free, winning gold with a time of 17.58.Cameron Reeder captured the other individual gold, claiming the boys 8 & under 25 fly in a time of 19.87.
Friday night in the relays, Reeder helped the 8 & under Ephrata 100 free relay squad to a gold. The team, which also included Cole Freeman, William Pepper and Thomas McGillan, touched the wall first in a time of 1:19.95.
And the girls 15 & over 200 free relay of Caitlin Davies, Kayla Fritz, Katherine Zell and Kylee Parsons also took first with a time of 1:53.97.
East Cocalico placed 14th on the weekend with 122.5 points. Sophie Guthridge claimed the Dolphins’ only victory, swimming to first place in the girls 9-10 25 fly in a time of 16.11.
Denver closed out the season finishing 23rd with 41 points. Nicolas Molignoni placed in a pair of events, finishing second in the boys 8 & under 25 back (22.78) and third in the 25 fly (20.24).
The following are the top six finishers in each event from the League Championships: More LEAGUES, page B-2