Adamstown wins first-ever summer league swim title Guthridge, Evans part of seven key wins
TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adamstown has been knocking on the door the last few seasons.
And this past Saturday at Manheim Community Pool, the Gators finally knocked it down.
Sparked by the contributions of quadruple winner Sophie Guthridge and triple winner Olivia Evans, Adamstown captured the overall team title at the Lancaster Summer Swimming League Championships, a first for the program.
Adamstown scored a total of 895.5 points to edge defending champ Woodridge (888.5). Overlook (662) took third place while upstarts Mountville (514.5), Skyline (436.5) and Ephrata (367.5) rounded out the top six in the 23-team field.
"It’s very exciting," Adamstown Coach Kim Evans told Lancaster Newspapers following the win. "This was just fun. "It feels really good, finally winning it.
The Gators, who finished second in Division One during the regular season behind Woodridge, have come close to winning a league title in recent years, placing third in the team standing the previous two seasons. In both of those years, Adamstown did capture the individual segment of the meet, as they did again this past weekend.
Certainly, Guthridge and Olivia Evans were huge factors. Guthridge, who joined Adamstown this year after previously competing for East Cocalico, set both meet and pool records in winning the girls’ 11-12 50 fly in a time of 30.82. She also claimed the 50 free in 28.82, and was part of both the winning 200 free (2:04.91) and 200 medley (2:21.14) relays.
Olivia Evans, meanwhile, set a pair of individual pool records in claiming both the girls’ 15-18 50 back (30.79) and 50 fly (29.35), and was part of a third pool and meet record as a member of the 200 medley relay, along with Sam Marino, Sidney Evans and MacKenzie Gring. That squad turned in a record time of 2:01.57.
According to Guthridge, the team started to believe they could win the whole thing around the midway point Saturday.
"We knew we had a chance but we didn’t actually think that we’d win," Guthridge said. "I think toward the middle of the meet, everyone just kind of pulled together and we just all focused on winning it."
"Everyone was really excited," Guthridge added. "It’s my first year on the team at Adamstown so it felt really good to be able to accomplish it."
Other Adamstown individual winners included: Chad Corson, boys’ 8-&-under 25 back, 20.97; Cameron Gring, girls’ 11-12 50 back, 33.70; and MacKenzie Gring, girls’ 15-18 50 free, 27.57.
Additional relay winners included the team of Sam Marino, Olivia Iswalt, Sidney Evans and MacKenzie Gring, who set a pool and meet record in the girls 15-18 200 free with a record time of 1:51.99. And the girls’ 8-&-under 100 free relay squad of Sydney Gring, Madison Cunningham, Morgan Valeriano and Emily Cherrie (1:18.19).
Ephrata earned a total of five event victories for the two-day meet en route to its solid sixth-place finish.
Cole Freeman, competing in the boys 8-&-under division, led the way with three wins. Freeman took home the 25 free title in a time of 15.96, and also was part of a pair of victorious relays. The 100 free relay squad of Troy Chedraoui, Chad Jones, Joey Myer and Freeman earned a winning time of 1:12.92, and the 100 medley team of Freeman, Chedraoui, Jones and Myer captured a win in a time of 1:27.92.
Kailee Freeman took home the other two Ephrata victories with wins in the girls’ 9-10 25 back (18.47) and 25 fly (16.55).
Two other local squads participated this past weekend. East Cocalico placed 15th overall with 100 points, while Denver was 22nd with a total of 30 points.
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