Schouten four gold

By on February 18, 2016

WHS girls place second at L-L Meet

Emma Schouten had something to prove.

The Warwick junior wanted to show that she could defend her L-L League crowns in the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.

Warwick junior Emma Schouten mined four golds in last Friday’s L-L Meet. In addition to individual victories in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke competitions, Schouten joined teammates to earn top podium spots in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Warwick junior Emma Schouten mined four golds in last Friday’s L-L Meet. In addition to individual victories in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke competitions, Schouten joined teammates to earn top podium spots in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Mission accomplished.

Plus, Schouten and her teammates on the 200 medley and 200 free relays set out to establish that, despite their youth, they shouldn’t be overlooked.

Check. Check.

Golds in both.

Of her four titles, Schouten’s favorite was the 200 medley relay, as she teamed up with sophomores Tyler Mandrell, Lauryn Ober and Katie Oberholtzer to touch the wall in 1:47.42, shattering the school, pool, league and meet records.

“I feel like we proved ourselves, because we’re so young, and it was pretty awesome,” Schouten said. “We’re all shocked at our time. It was a lot of fun.”

In the final event of the L-L Girls Meet, Warwick’s (left to right) Maya Hartzler, Emma Oberholtzer, Miki Kamei, and Lauryn Ober combined their talents to capture silver in the 400 freestyle relay silver in 3:45.59. (Photo by Mike Shull)

In the final event of the L-L Girls Meet, Warwick’s (left to right) Maya Hartzler, Emma Oberholtzer, Miki Kamei, and Lauryn Ober combined their talents to capture silver in the 400 freestyle relay silver in 3:45.59. (Photo by Mike Shull)

That relay set the tone for what turned out to be a pretty awesome night overall for the Lady Warriors, who finished runner-up in the team standings with 106 points, only 27 behind a deep Manheim Township team (133). Cocalico was third with 59.

When the final waves settled, the Warwick girls had five golds, including one from Mandrell in the 100 back in 58.93 seconds, and 20 total medalists.

“We only finished 20-some points behind Township, which was amazing,” Schouten said.

“At least in my 10 years, it’s hard to pick a meet that a group of our kids came through (like that),” Warwick coach Mark Daum said. “They surpassed all expectations, all 11 of them, and gave it everything they had effort-wise. Whether they got on the podium or not, they were all in it for each other and it was a great night. One of the highlights, I think, in the history of Warwick girls swimming.”

Warwick fans were certainly treated to a highlight with the 200 medley relay breaking their own pool record of 1:49.43, set on Jan. 19 in a 112-58 drubbing of Hempfield. It also shattered the school mark of 1:48.6 established by an Emily Cameron-led relay, the league record of 1:50.20 swam by Cocalico’s Sam Marino, Sophie Guthridge, Lydia Bearinger and Sidney Evans in 2015, and the meet standard of 1:50.24, set by Cameron, Tara Freeman, Morgan Haney and Maddie Schouten in 2012.

“It was the grand slam,” Daum said.

“We were so pumped,” Ober remarked. “We knew about all the records from the beginning, but honestly, we couldn’t have done it without Mark. He pushed us to do our best.”

After the medley relay, Schouten had a bit of a break until the 500 freestyle, where she and junior teammate Anna Lance finished 1-2. Schouten’s winning time of 5:08.93 was more than two seconds ahead of her seed time (5:11.06). Lance took the silver medal in 5:15.47, just ahead of MT bronze-medalist Paige Newman (5:15.78). Lance also took a sixth-place medal in the 200 free in 2:01.51.

“Just watching Anna’s reaction was probably the highlight of my night,” Schouten said. “She was so happy and it was awesome to see her do so well.”

From there, it was a quick turnaround until the 200 free relay. But the short recovery didn’t bother her, as Schouten joined Mandrell, along with Katie and Emma Oberholtzer, to finish first in 1:40.17, edging out Hempfield (1:41.79) for top honors.

“We were all very excited about that,” Schouten said. “Tyler Mandrell was on that team and she led off with an amazing time and then came back and won the 100 backstroke, which was awesome.”

Indeed, Mandrell did, not only taking gold in the 100 back, but doing so in 58.93, which was easily ahead of Garden Spot’s Autumn Shaffer (1:00.15).

“She’s just coming out of her shell,” Daum said of Mandrell, who also claimed a sixth-place medal in the 50 free in 24.92 seconds, just ahead of teammate Katie Oberholtzer, who was eighth in 25.46. “Every meet this year, (Tyler) has regained confidence and just keeps getting better and better. I mean, she had a phenomenal performance when you come back-to-back like that.”

Next, in the 100 breaststroke, the Warwick girls had yet another 1-2 finish, this time from Schouten (1:06.07) and Ober (1:07.09), as they outscored Township 16-11 in the event and pulled a little closer to the Lady Streaks.

“Lauren’s one of my best friends and being able to do that with her was awesome,” Schouten said.

“We’re such great friends, and just being able to go 1-2 with her in an event is awesome,” Ober added. “… I was really nervous coming into the Meet, but I think I came out with some really good finishes, so I’m pretty happy.”

Earlier, Ober came within a fingernail of taking gold in the 200 IM. Down the stretch in that race, Manheim Township’s Griffin Relford edged out Ober for the gold in 2:08.57, with the WHS sophomore taking silver in a time of 2:08.76. Junior Ella Schnupp added an eighth-place finish (2:22.06) in that event for Warwick.

“My time was pretty good, that’s my exact District time from last year, so just knowing that I’m ahead from last year, that makes me happy,” Ober said. “I was a little upset coming in short from her, but I’m really happy for her. She’s one of my Five Star teammates, so it was good that Five Star was well-known at that meet.”

Wrapping things up, the Lady Warriors’ 400 free relay foursome of freshman Maya Hartzler, Emma Oberholtzer, junior Miki Kamei and Ober took the silver medal in 3:45.59.

Shaving nearly nine seconds off their seed time of 3:54.66, it was the exclamation to a big night for the Lady Warriors.

“They certainly stepped up their game,” Daum said.

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