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Eagle swimmers knock off Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Catholic visited the Cocalico swim team Tuesday afternoon in a battle that could go a long way in determining the Section Two boys title.
Cocalico Head Coach Matt Woods doesn’t like that his numbers are down for the boys team and wasn’t sure about his depth on the girls side.
Those concerns were erased yesterday as the Cocalico girls went onto win easily with a 119-50 victory while the CHS boys may have gained the inside track to the section, upsetting last year’s District champion with critical matchup finishes in the 91-79 verdict.
The Cocalico girls got a quick start and never looked back by winning every event as they improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Section Two. On the boys’ side, captain Sawyer Martin led the way with two individual wins in the 200 IM and breaking a team record in the 100 breaststroke.
Catholic jumped out to a quick start by winning a close race in the Medley relay. The Crusaders rolled the dice in the next event, placing their three best swimmers in the 200 freestyle. Fortunately for Cocalico, the Crusaders didn’t get the sweep as the Eagles’ Collin Haines placed second to keep his team within striking distance.
The Eagles started making their move with key first and second place finishes in the 50 free by Jake Keifer and Harry Major respectively, then first and third place finishes by Keifer and Gavin Lippold in the 100 free.
Chris Parish chipped in with a huge win in the 500 free, while Sean Worrall, Nick Marino and Nick Voutsinos also had very important finishes that began to separate the Eagles.
The clincher for Cocalico was winning the 200 free relay with the team of Haines, Jake Ilgenfritz, Worrall and Martin grabbing first and the squad of Lippold, Alex Kupp, Brian Mulligan and Voutsinos taking third.
Cocalico improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Section Two.
Monday afternoon at home, Ephrata hosted Elizabethtown in a Section Two meet at the Ephrata Recreation Center.
The Ephrata girls, sparked by a pair of individual wins by Kylee Parsons, squeezed out a hard-fought 89-80 victory over the Bears to improve to 4-1 overall.
Parsons claimed both the 200 free (1:53.94) and 500 free (5:08.21) events, and added a third victory on the day, swimming anchor on the Lady Mounts’ winning 200 relay squad. The foursome of Katie Zell, Maddie Walmer, Kyra Valent and Parsons swam to a first-place finish in a time of 1:47.12.
Walmer claimed the only other victory on the day for the EHS girls, winning the 50 free in a time of 27.93.
In boys’ action, Ephrata won seven events on the day but depth was an issue as E-town recorded a 101-66 team win.
Individually, Jon Husson was part of four of the seven wins to lead the way for the Mounts (0-5 overall). Individually, Husson claimed both the 100 fly (1:01.52) and 100 breast (1:07.48), and joined two victorious relays.
The team of Matthias Hoffer, Husson, Jesse Eshelman and Tanner Fox took the 200 medley title in a time of 2:00.76. And the foursome of Hoffer, Stone Brunner, Eshelman and Husson captured the 200 free relay with a winning time of 1:45.04.
Eshelman added two individual victories on the afternoon, claiming both the 200 free (2:16.32) and 500 free (6:16.24) titles. And Hoffer rounded out the Ephrata wins with a victory in the 200 I.M. (2:30.79).
Both Cocalico and Ephrata were in action last Thursday as the Eagles swept a home meet vs. E-town while Ephrata split its meet at Conestoga Valley.
In the Cocalico boys’ 96-74 victory, Martin and Haines both were double winners individually to pace the Eagles. Martin was a winner in both the 200 I.M. (2:02.84) and 100 back (57.92) while Haines claimed victory in both the 50 free (23.49) and 100 free (51.21) events.
Both swimmers also were on two victorious relays as well. The team of Haines, Sean Worrall, Ilgenfritz and Martin captured the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:49.97. And Haines and Martin bookended the victorious 400 free relay squad (3:43.47) which also included Chris Parrish and Keifer.
As for Parrish and Keifer, those two provided the final two Eagle wins on the day as Parrish took home the 500 free in a time of 6:01.52 while Keifer claimed the 200 free (2:13.09).
In the Cocalico girls’ decisive 102-68 win, Sidney and Olivia Evans paved the way with two victories apiece.
Sidney Evans earned wins in both the 200 I.M. (2:16.62) and 500 free (5:25.20) while Olivia Evans claimed both the 100 free (56.87) and 100 back (1:01.80) titles.
Other individual winners for the Lady Eagles included: Layne Gable in the 200 free (2:08.61); Tara Rakewicz in the 100 breast (1:13.36); and Sam Marino in the 50 free (26.0).
Cocalico added two relay wins to complete the team victory.
Ephrata’s girls captured a 98-72 victory over host CV last Thursday as Walmer, Parsons and Zell each won two individual events to lead the team. Parsons claimed the 200 free (2:03.02) and 500 free (5:25.76), Walmer captured both the 50 free (27.55) and 100 free (59.78) while Zell was a winner in the 200 I.M. (2:22.93) and 100 breast (1:12.28).
In boys’ action, Husson scored the lone two Ephrata wins on the day as CV earned a 116-46 victory.
Husson won both the 50 free (23.51) and 100 breast (1:06.81) events to pace the Mounts. More SWIMMERS, page B-3