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WHS girls swimmers top Hempfield
The last time the Warwick girls swimmers defeated Hempfield in a dual-meet, Warwick’s Emily Cameron was just a first-grade student.
That occurred during the 2001-02 season.
Last Thursday, however, the Lady Warriors ended that 10-year drought, recording a hard-fought 91-79 win over the Black Knights in an L-L League meet at the Lititz recCenter.
Cameron, a junior, had a big part in the victory, winning two individual events, swimming with two first-place relay teams and shattering the school, League and Lititz recCenter marks while taking the 500 freestyle in 4:53.20. In the 100 backstroke, she touched the wall first in 58.94 seconds.
Sophomore Morgan Haney also stepped up big with a pair of individual wins — in the 50 free (24.50) and 100 free (55.54) — while also anchoring the first-place 200 free relay (1:43.85) and leading off the winning 400 free relay (3:45.64).
The Warwick girls, who improved to 4-0 overall (1-0 League) held just a six-point lead, 81-75, heading into the final event — the 400 free relay — but Haney teamed up with Danielle dePerrot, Emily Griest and Cameron to get the job done. Brianna Olivieri, Emily Wyand, Michelle Gray and Victoria Forbes took third place to give Warwick some breathing room.
Warwick led things off by taking the 200 medley relay, behind Cameron, Madeline Schouten, Tara Freeman and Gabby Brubaker in a time of 1:54.39.
In the boys competition, Hempfield salvaged a split by defeating Warwick 90-80.
Warwick, though, swept first place in all three relays and got a pair of individual wins from Justin Mitchell to give the Black Knights all they could handle.
Mitchell was solid in the freestyle events, touching the wall first in the 200 free (1:49.56) and 500 free (4:54.54). He also led off the 200 medley relay (1:44.55), with Nick Beard, Cole Cicala, and Ryan Mitchell behind him, and he competed with Jonathan Zartman, Ryan Mitchell, and Cicala to bring home the gold in the 400 free relay in 3:22.57.
Besides swimming on two winning relays, Cicala also took the 100 fly (56.31) and Beard was victorious in the 100 breastroke (1:03.08). The Warriors’ other relay win came from the foursome of Seth Cagno, Beard, Zartman and Ryan Mitchell in a time of 1:33.74.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Warwick boys and girls swimmers were dominant while taking both ends of a league swimming meet against Ephrata.
Justin Mitchell won two individual events in the freestyle to lead Warwick to a 109-39 victory in the boys competition. On the girls side, Cameron touched the wall first in two individual events and the Lady Warriors turned aside the Ephrata girls 108-61.
The Warwick girls also swept the relays while taking first place in seven of 11 events overall.
Cameron anchored the 200 free relay to victory in 1:42.69, in addition to grabbing top honors in the 50 free (24.00) and 100 butterfly (1:02.70). Others on the winning relay were Morgan Haney, Gabby Brubaker and Tara Freeman.
Other individual winners Brianna Olivieri in the 100 backstroke (1:09.51) and Haney in the 100 free (57.42).
Plus, Freeman and Brubaker teamed up with Danielle dePerrot and Madeline Schouten to win the 200 medley relay (1:59.67), while the foursome of Emily Wyand, Michelle Gray, Olivieri and dePerrot took the 400 free relay in a time of 1:12.55.
Turning to the boys, Justin Mitchell swam strong times in the 200 free (1:51.18) and 500 free (4:57.72) to set the pace in those events.
Tyler Steudel added a win in the 100 fly (1:00.31), Jack Lance took the 100 backstroke (1:03.62) and both of those swimmers brought home relay gold, along with Nick Beard and Alex McCord in the 200 medley relay (1:50.86).
In other action, Jonathan Zartman won the 200 I.M. in 2:17.17, Cole Cicala was first in the 100 freestyle (49.53) and Ryan Mitchell claimed top honors in the 100 breastroke (1:10.78).
Completing the scoring was the 400 freestyle, consisting of Cody Kimmel, Michael Needelman, Karl Bruhn and Peter McCord which took first place in 4:14.34.
In other action, the Manheim Central swimmers dropped both ends of a Section Two meet against Lampeter-Strasburg last Friday at the Lititz recCenter.
The Central boys dropped a 113-24 decision, with Ottens claiming the Barons’ only win in the 100 backstroke (1:19.35).
On the girls side, Paige Daniel won the 200 free (2:00.85) and the 100 fly (1:02.72), but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Barons suffered a 102-68 loss to the Pioneers. Daniel also anchored the 200 free relay to victory in 1:47.23, joining Fittery, Wagner, Iosue.
Wagner also won the 100 free in 1:01.03 and Rachel Lapp took the 500 free in 6:10.43.
In non-league action last Tuesday, Jan. 3 against Cedar Crest, the Manheim Central boys dropped a 135-14 decision and girls suffered a 100-70 loss. More SWIMMERS, page B-3