Haines captures three medals
By: Staff Reports, Staff Writer
Cocalico junior swimmer Collin Haines was probably one of the few who were happy when Friday’s snow led to the postponement of the L-L Boys Meet.
Sacked with a sinus infection last week, Haines used the weekend to get healthy. And when the meet was finally here Tuesday night at the Lititz recCenter, he delivered.
Haines collected a pair of individual medals Tuesday, including a bronze in the 200 I.M. and a fifth-place medal in the 100 free. He also was part of the Eagles’ 200 free relay, which earned sixth.
"Right when I heard that it was postponed to Tuesday, I actually felt pretty good about myself," a healthy Haines said after Tuesday’s meet. "I prayed to God because I didn’t really want to swim Friday, and when I read (it was going to be) Tuesday, I was like, ‘I got enough time to rest, stay healthy for the week and hydrate. Over the weekend, I rested well, got enough hours of sleep, stayed hydrated most of the time and it started dying off. I actually felt pretty good."
He looked good too, particularly in the I.M. where he finished behind only winner Everett Albert of Lancaster Catholic (1:56.28), and runner-up Ethan Gehenio of Northern Lebanon (2:00.88).
Haines shaved a little off his seeding time of 2:03.58, finishing in 2:03.25 in the finals.
"I felt comfortable," he said of his swim. "During the first 100, I felt very comfortable and then during the last 50-yard breaststroke, I started dying down a little bit. But then in freestyle, I gave it my (best) shot and had a pretty good time. But for when I go to Districts, I’m planning to probably go like 2:00.0 flat. I’m comfortable about my time right now."
"As long as you drop time, you feel pretty good about yourself," continued. "After all the hard you did during practices, it all pays off."
In the 100 free, Haines was seeded fifth with a seeding time of 49.69. And he broke 50 seconds once again, finishing in a time of 49.45.
"That time that he did in the 100 free I think he did once at an invitational, so it was pretty good conditions," Cocalico Coach Matt Woods said. "He wasn’t under a 50 at all for the rest of the season, so that’s a good time for him. I think he can go a 47-high on a taper, so that will put him in a good spot at Districts, I think."
In the 200 relay, Haines teamed with Jay Ilgenfritz, Jake Keifer and Sean Worrall to capture the final medal of the night for the Eagles as that squad finished in sixth place with a time of 1:34.35.
Cocalico also just missed in the 400 free relay, as that same foursome placed eighth with a time of 3:29.95.
"Our 200 and 400 free relays really did what they needed to do," Woods said. "They dropped time and they’re right on the border for Districts this year, so I think they swam well and put themselves in a good position to hopefully move on."
Cocalico finished eighth in the team standings Tuesday with 18 points. Manheim Township finished with 114 points to capture the title, well ahead of second-place Warwick (73).
Ephrata went medal less on the night and did not score any points in the team standings. More HAINES, page B-2