Adamstown cruises to fifth-straight league crown

By on August 2, 2017

 

Adamstown’s Zachary Sherk competes in the 50 meter breaststroke during the Lancaster County Summer Swim League Championships at Manheim Pool this past Saturday. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

Adamstown’s Zachary Sherk competes in the 50 meter breaststroke during the Lancaster County Summer Swim League Championships at Manheim Pool this past Saturday. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

While the weather may have wrecked havoc on the schedule for the Lancaster County Summer Swim League championship meet, there was no derailing Adamstown once it finally got started Saturday morning.

With the water splashing on the deck of the Manheim Community Pool coming from the kicks of area swimmers instead of the previous day’s storm, the Gators powered their way to their fifth consecutive league title.

Winning 20 of the meet’s 36 individual events, Adamstown built a comfortable 249-point lead heading into the relays before finishing with 1,077 points for first place.

Overlook finished second with 742 points, followed by Woodridge with 669.5 points. Skyline (579) and Mount Joy (462.5) rounded out the top five.

Locally, in addition to Adamstown, Ephrata turned in a solid sixth-place finish with 436 points. Denver was 19th with a score of 57½, while East Cocalico was 21st with 15 team points.

While Adamstown head coach Kim Evans was surprised to hear it was her squad’s fifth straight championship, she wasn’t shocked by the strength of her squad’sperformance.

“It’s exciting,” said Evans. “I mean, these kids just work so hard that it’s a great summation of their hard work.”

“Yeah, we’re a family,” added assistant coach Kelly Wasielevski. “They come every single day, rain or shine, and they love it. They stay and help with the little kids and all of the kids that come after, and the different age groups and it’s awesome. They work hard and their hard work paid off.”

Adamstown started quickly off the blocks with seven different swimmers each winning two events and breaking nine pool records in the process.

Annie Gao set a new mark in the 25-meter breaststroke (17.43) for girls ages 9-10. In the 11-12 age group, Chad Corson posted top times in the 50 freestyle (27.07), 50 backstroke (30.97) and 50 butterfly (29.66), while Sydney Gring won the 50 backstroke in 32.48.

Marlee Rickert capped it off with a record time of 29.80 in the 15-over 50 backstroke, but Adamstown’s biggest performance of the day may have come in the 8-under age group.

The Gators’ Madelyn Klinger kicked off the meet by winning gold in the 25 freestyle (15.99) for her first of three record-breaking wins.

Her largest margin of victory came in the backstroke, where she clocked in at 19.35 to best the previous record by almost half a second, before swimming the 25 butterfly in 17.03.

“She’s been working hard all season,” Wasielevski said of Klinger, “and it just paid off. A lot of timesit’s hard to constantly keep improving your 25 sprint times, but she had those goals and she met them today.”

With the league title all but locked up, the focus shifted to second place.

The relays, which were moved from Friday to the end of Saturday’s session due to the rain, became even more important as Woodridge held just a 17.5-point advantage after the individual events.

The lead proved not to be enough, however, as Overlook came back to collect 468 points in the relays and overtake Woodridge for second place.

Also of note, Ephrata’s Jack Martin led his team with a pair of golds. Competing in the boys 8-and-Under Division, Martin won both the 25 free (16.75) and 25 fly (18.73) events.

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