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Cocalico girls claim third-straight crown
As expected, what amounted to the Section Two title meet was tight as a tick Tuesday as the Cocalico girls swim team traveled to Lampeter-Strasburg.
This one lived up to its billing as the end result was in question until the final event of the day where the Lady Eagles’ 400 relay team earned a win to clinch an 89-80 victory.
Sam Marino (100 back & 100 fly), Sidney Evans (100 breast & 200 IM) and Lydia Bearinger (50 free & 100 free) also staked claim to two wins apiece on the day while Morgan Haines picked up a big win in the 500 free.
What it all means is Cocalico (6-0), the two-time defending section champions, clinched a third-straight title with Tuesday’s win. The Lady Eagles (6-0 Section Two) have completed their season while L-S (4-1) face Conestoga Valley in its final meet of the season on Thursday.
“It was a great win,” Cocalico Coach Matt Woods said. “Our roster is down to eight girls, so for the eight of them to be able to win a big meet like this is a huge accomplishment. All eight of them scored points and contributed to the win which makes it something a little extra special.”
“(Winning the section) is extremely impressive,” Woods continued. “Winning close meets only being able to enter two girls in individual events and one relay is tough. It makes every event, and every swim important. Having Sam, Sid and Morgan is huge. Those three girls, I think, are hands down the best trio in the league. They routinely out-duel the other teams’ best swimmers. For example tonight, L-S had two very strong breaststrokers, and Sid won the event. Morgan, not a distance swimmer, won the 500, And once again the three of them won two individual events and guided our relays to wins.”
On the boys’ side, it came down to the 400 relay as well but L-S’s Colin Anderson held off Cocalico’s Collin Haines to clinch the relay win and give the Pioneers an 86-84 victory.
Haines (500 free) and Hunter Keck (100 breast) both won key individual events on the day for Cocalico, and the Eagles also added a pair of relay wins in the loss.
As for Ephrata, the Mounts closed out dual meet regular season action last Thursday afternoon on the road at home vs. Conestoga Valley.
Unfortunately, the home squad suffered losses on both ends as the CV girls claimed an 84-60 victory while the Buckskin boys prevailed, 112-57 over Ephrata.
In girls’ action, Makenzie Colton picked up Ephrata’s lone win on the day, swimming to victory in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.24.
On the boys’ side, Ephrata did earn three wins on the afternoon.
Chris Husson claimed the 50 free in a time of 24.59. Stone Brunner captured the 100 free, touching the wall in a time of 56.93, and Darren Schlemm was a winner in the 500 free (5:26.32).
Swimmers will now begin preparation for the post-season, which is slated to begin with the L-L League Meet set for Feb. 13-14 at the Lititz Rec Center. The boys’ competition will be held Thursday with the girls taking the pool on Friday evening.