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WAHS defeats CM, Shamokin in swimming

The Williamsport swim team exemplifies the spirit of team camaraderie. While the stands poolside were not quiet on Tuesday evening, the Williamsport swim team drowned out any noise en route to a dual meet victory across the board against Central Mountain and Shamokin.

The boys won over Central Mountain, 100-44, and Shamokin, 107-37. On the girls side, Williamsport beat Central Mountain (123-58) and Shamokin (125-56).

“The more fun it is, the more we get, the more people we get and it just kind of snowballs. That’s something we’ve been pushing a lot: more team cohesion,” Williamsport coach Nate Witmer said.

“I think it went great tonight. We had some kids go close to their district times. We’re in a tough spot with our training right now. We’re doing a lot of yards, so it’s nice that the kids are going fast while they’re training hard. So maybe they’re just telling me it’s hard and we need to reevaluate our training a little bit.”

Ceclia Fink wound up .08 seconds away from her district time last year in the 500 free, and pecked away throughout the season closing in on her goal time. Fink recorded a time three seconds better than her objective keeping the ball rolling for the Millionaires on the evening. She took second in the race in 5:57.42.

Williamsport also got wins from Mallory Pardoe (200 IM), Isabelle Griswold (50 free), Alyssa Chestnut (1-meter diving) and picked up relay victories in the 200 medley , 200 free and 400 free relays.

On the boys side, Jack Beattie earned two individual wins in the 200 IM and 1-meter diving events. Matthew Beard won in the 100 and 200 free and Williamsport won the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.

Central Mountain was impressive in the meet, taking home victories over Shamokin in both the boys and girls races.

“We were a little overwhelmed by Williamsport, but we swam very well against Shamokin. Williamsport was a little too much for us, they have more people, more depthm” Central Mountain coach Jim Merinar said. “Our team is a little beat up right now, a little hurt, a little sore, but they swam really well.”

Derek Hughes had an impressive showing on the night on the boys side with two solid victories for the Wildcats in the 100 fly (1:00.85) and 100 back (1:02.34).

“We know the kids at Williamsport and we can match up with most of them. We just can’t match up with every stroke,” Merinar said. “Our kids know they can hang in with tough competition. This stigma ‘we’re just Central Mountain,’ we can do it. We can swim with anybody.”

Shamokin got the strong showing it expected from N.C. State-bound Abby Doss. She cruised in the 500 free, winning the event by 56 seconds.

“They pulled together, won some very close races. The way the points were, that’s what wins the meet for you. We had three or four of those that were very exceptional. Shamokin has two national caliber swimmers that we can’t match up with but we beat them in every other spot,” Merinar said.

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