Cocalico swimmers head to Districts

By on February 25, 2015

Sam Marino and Sidney Evans have collected a lot of hardware through their high school swimming careers.

And as their senior seasons wind down, both are in position to add a few more medals to their respective trophy cases.

Cocalico’s Sam Marino hopes to make a big splash at the District Three Meet this weekend. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Cocalico’s Sam Marino hopes to make a big splash at the District Three Meet this weekend. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

That twosome leads a slew of Cocalico swimmers into the District Meet, which gets underway this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at Cumberland Valley High School.

The Cocalico girls and boys will have a combined 14 individuals and five relays competing at the championships. The Lady Eagles will compete at the AAA level while the Eagle boys will enter Class AA for the first time in a while.

On the girls’ side, both Marino and Evans will look to make one final big splash at Districts. Marino is seeded third in the 200 free (1:54.87) and is rated fourth in the 100 back (59.05). As for Evans, she is the third seed in the 500 free (5:04.64) and is fourth in the 200 free (1:55.74)

Both are also members of two prominent relays for the Lady Eagles. The Cocalico 400 free relay, which also includes Lydia Bearinger and Morgan Haines, is seeded second behind only Hershey with a time of 3:37.37. And the Lady eagles 200 medley squad (which also includes Sophie Guthridge and Bearinger) is ranked fourth (1:50.20) going into the competition.

“I just want to see them both succeed,” Cocalico coach Matt Woods said of Marino and Evans. “They are both seeded very well, they are both swimming great. I want to see them continue to have a great postseason, have great times, and hopefully get to that state meet.”

Two other Cocalico girls who show some of the same promise as Marino and Evans did a few seasons ago, are Haines, a sophomore, and Guthridge, a freshman, who is seeded fifth in the 100 fly (58.28) and 22nd in the 100 back (1:03.13).

Woods said he is looking for both of them to make a huge impact this weekend.

“I have nothing but extremely high expectations for both of them,” he said. “I think the league meet showed Morgan that she is capable of performing at a very high level. Every event her confidence grew and her times got faster. I’m hoping she can ride that momentum into the district meet. Sophie has extremely high expectations for herself and has really come on strong at the end of the season. She looked the best I’ve seen her at the league meet. We changed her events up a little, replacing 200 IM with 100 back. I’m hoping she’ll be able to move up quite a bit from where she is seeded in that event.”

As far as girls relays are concerned, Woods said he believes both should be in the running for a medal and quite possibly challenge for a State berth. Cocalico hasn’t had a relay team qualify for States since the ‘07-’08 season

“I’m hoping they break that streak this year,” Woods said.

The Cocalico boys will have a total of nine swimmers competing in individual events, thanks in part to the switch to AA.

Woods is hopeful that move boosts his team’s chances to bring home some medals.

“(Moving to) AA has definitely allowed us to get more guys into the district meet,” Woods said. “We have a lot of kids swimming individual events at districts for the first time. The team responded to the league meet really well, I’m hoping they will do the same at districts.”

Junior Eric Guthridge leads the way for the Eagle boys with a pair of four seeds in the 100 back (56.62) and 100 fly (55.28). He’ll also swim on the sixth ranked 400 free relay squad (with Hunter Keck, Jay Ilgenfritz and Michael White) and the seventh-seeded 200 medley relay (with Keck, Collin Higinbotham and Luke Ilgenfritz).

“Eric had an amazing league meet, and saw some serious time drops,” woods said. “I just want to see him continue to be aggressive and attack every portion of the race. If he does that, he’ll have a few medals at the end of the weekend.”

And Keck will look to make his mark as the fourth seed in the 100 breast (1:04.71).

“Same thing as with Eric, (I want Hunter to) attack every portion of the race,” Woods said. “Hunter is an extremely hard worker, and has the ability to pop a really fast time this weekend.”

The rest of the Eagles swimmers who will compete at Districts, along with their seedings and times, include: White, seventh in the 200 free (1:53.80) and 13th in the 100 free (51.20); Jay Ilgenfritz, 19th in the 200 free (2:00.58) and 20th in the 100 fly (1:00.09); Keck, 12th in the 200 IM (2:12.44); Jake Musselman, 23rd in the 500 free (5:43.22); Mark Ilgenfritz, 20th in the 200 IM (2:17.92) and 22nd in the 100 breast (1:10.18); Randall Moser, 21st in the 100 back (1:05.71); Luke Ilgenfritz, 17th in the 50 free (23.86; and Higinbotham, 10th in the 100 fly (58.11) and 18th in the 50 free (23.87).

One other Cocalico relay &tstr; the 200 free team of Luke Ilgenfritz, Higinbotham, White and Jay Ilgenfritz&tstr; is seeded seventh with a time of 1:34.79.

Boys AA action will get underway Friday at 2:15 p.m. while the AAA girls hit the pool, beginning at 5 p.m. The competition will resume on Saturday with the 100 freestyle kicking things off. The boys will start at 12:15 p.m., followed by the girls at 3 p.m.

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