Schouten, Ober combine for three District medals

By on March 4, 2015
Warwick sophomore Emma Schouten won two medals at the District Three Triple-A Girls Championships, including a bronze in the 500 free in 5:03.97. In that race, Schouten held off Hershey fourth-place finisher Bailey Robertson (5:04.59) for the final automatic berth to the State Championships. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Warwick sophomore Emma Schouten won two medals at the District Three Triple-A Girls Championships, including a bronze in the 500 free in 5:03.97. In that race, Schouten held off Hershey fourth-place finisher Bailey Robertson (5:04.59) for the final automatic berth to the State Championships. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Warwick’s Emma Schouten had flashbacks to the 2014 Lancaster-Lebanon League Girls Swimming Championships last Saturday.

On that night in her freshman season, she found herself battling fatigue in the second half of the 500 free, but dug deep and won the gold medal.

Currently in her sophomore season, Schouten was in a similar situation with the stakes a bit higher at the District Three Triple-A Meet at Cumberland Valley High School last weekend.

Again, she overcame.

Feeling the effects from a fast start, which helped propel her to the lead after 50 yards, Schouten persevered late in the 500 free to claim the District bronze medal in 5:03.97 and clinch an automatic berth at States.

“You saw the last 50 and it was close. There were two or three other girls right there and that was jut reaching back, finding it somewhere inside and saying, ‘OK, I am going to get third in this race,’ and she did,” Warwick coach Mark Daum said of Schouten, who also won a fifth-place medal in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.79.

Freshman Lauryn Ober did some reaching back of her own, earning her first District medal with an eighth-place finish in 100 breaststroke in 1:05.78. She missed a medal in the 200 IM by just one spot, taking ninth in 2:08.76 on Friday.

The top three finishers in each event punched their ticket to the PIAA Triple-A Championships, to be held March 13-14 at Bucknell University, but Ober advanced with her time in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, as did Schouten in the former.

“As a freshman, two individual events at States is not shabby,” Daum said. “Emma did it last year, but there haven’t been too many kids who do that.”

Taking home a bronze medal wasn’t too shabby for Schouten, who placed fifth in the both the 500 free and 100 breastroke at Districts last year.

Seeded 2nd in the 500 free in 5:03.69, her split of 26.77 seconds after 50 yards put her out front, just 33-hundredths of a second in front of Cocalico’s Sidney Evans and Hershey’s Maggie Lee (27.10).

“I regret that, I went out too fast,” Schouten acknowledged later.

By the end of 200 meters, Evans and Lee had overtaken Schouten, while Chambersburg’s Abby Stauffer and Hershey’s Sally Tafuto and Bailey Robertson were closing ground fast.

“It happened last year at Leagues. I died at the 200 and I was like, ‘What am I doing? I’ve got to get back in there,’” Schouten said. “I didn’t want anything to happen, so I just came up, tried to do my best and get the best place I could.”

Mission accomplished.

In the end, she held off fourth-place finisher Robertson (5:04.59) for the bronze medal.

“It was a little deja vu from last year,” Daum said. “Her family was here (including brother Colin and sister Maddie) and I just think she let the bridal go a little too much in the beginning there. But the goal coming in here was to make it to States and that’s what she did … I was glad she kept her wits about her and said, ‘OK, the goal was to get there &tstr; I got my goal.’”

Schouten also got her goal in the 100 breaststroke. Seeded fourth in 1:05.88, she lowered her time by more than a second while taking fifth in 1:04.79. Hershey’s Tafuto (1:01.16) edged her teammate, Allie Raab (1:01.35) for the gold medal.

“I was really happy with it,” Schouten said. “A lot of the girls are shaved and tapered, so it’s nice knowing that I can stay up with them. This year, it’s so much faster, so everyone has their work cut out for them.”

Not far behind Schouten in the 100 breaststroke was Ober, who won the third of four heats in 1:05.78 and jumped into the top eight.

“I really just put my mind to it and tried to believe in myself,” Ober said.

She edged out Wilson’s Kenzie Klee (1:06.47) for the final medal.

“It’s really exciting,” said Ober, whose time was nearly two seconds faster than her 10th-place seed time of 1:07.62. “All of these people are so fast, and I never thought I’d be top eight in the District.”

“I think (the 100 breaststroke) was one of the most contested, fastest events in the whole meet,” Daum said. “Lauryn is as competitive as they come and she brought her A-game. There were a lot of nerves the first year up here &tstr; you can’t replicate this environment. There’s no way. And Lauryn responded magnificently.”

Ober and Schouten were within a whisker of winning more hardware. On Friday, they joined freshmen Tyler Mandrell and Katie Oberholtzer on the 200 medley relay which placed 9th in a season-best 1:50.53, which was more than a second faster than their seed time of 1:51.86. Manheim Township won the 8th-place medal in 1:49.87.

“You’ve got to remember that the medley had three freshmen and a sophomore on it,” Daum said. “If they stay healthy &tstr; and from the neck up stay healthy &tstr; that bodes well for down the road.”

In the 200 IM, Hempfield’s Maddie Popalis (2:08.68) squeaked past Ober (2:08.76) for the 8th and final medal.

“It made me realize how fast and talented all of these girls are,” Ober recalled. “I noticed that we had to put ourselves in that place.”

In other action, senior Danielle dePerrot was 16th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.41) and 20th in the 200 IM (2:14.42), sophomore Anna Lance took 29th in the 200 free (2:02.92) and 23rd in the 500 free (5:25.21), senior Emily Wyand finished 30th in the 200 free (2:03.47), Mandrell placed 13th in the 100 back (1:00.24) and 18th in the 50 free, Oberholtzer claimed 27th in the 50 free (25.80), sophomore Ella Schnupp was 25th in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.87) and freshman Allison Wyand was 31st in the 500 free (5:39.26)

In addition to the 200 medley relay, Warwick’s 200 free relay, consisting of Schouten, dePerrot, Emily Wyand and Oberholtzer, took 11th in 1:41.73, while the 400 free relay, with Mandrell, Emily Wyand, dePerrot and Ober was 11th in 3:41.67.

“Danielle dePerrot had a rough note and she finished on a high, high, high note,” Daum said. “Season-best times in the breaststroke and a lifetime best in the IM. That’s just the kind of kid that she is that she battled back from being down and came through. Great job. Ella Schnupp just continues to amaze. She just keeps dropping her time and that’s work ethic. She missed one practice all year. All our relays were season-best times.”

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