O’Connor takes gold for Shore at district swimming
Jersey Shore’s Jordan O’Connor is headed back to states in her second individual event after defending her District 4 title in the 100 back Thursday evening. O’Connor, who won the 50 free Wednesday, has now won back-to-back district titles in the events.
O’Connor won with a time of 58.59 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by just under two seconds.
“It was a confidence thing. I came here knowing what I can do, what I’ve been training for this entire season,” O’Connor said. “Confidence really is the key to this. It can really make or break your swim, so I think coming in here strong knowing what I can do helped that.”
O’Connor will head to states along with teammate Meaghan Keegan, who secured an automatic bid after taking first in the 100 fly Wednesday.
“Jordan is ultimately a hard worker. She pushed in the hours and reaps the benefits from everything that she does. Going out your senior year and taking first places in the same events you did your junior year is exceptional. I’m excited to see where she’ll end up, and hopefully back in states on the podium,” Jersey Shore coach Jenna Brooks said. “Her and Jordan have been sidekicks this entire season, so it’s nice to see both of them put the time in and see they both can finish out their season together at states.”
Jersey Shore’s Alex Butzler medaled again on Thursday in the boys 100 free after securing a second-place victory Wednesday. Butzler finished in 49.47 in the 100 free.
“I came in knowing that it wasn’t really about placing, but getting my personal bests and getting a good time. Coming in here it feels good again and I have a chance at making it to states with a time,” Butzler said. “I’m looking back on it and leading up to the end of districts you’re with everyone you’ve been swimming against and it’s really fun and you look forward to next year.”
Danville dominated both days of district competition in impressive fashion and captured team titles in boys and girls. The Lewisburg girls team made an impressive push and finished in second place with 284 points while Bloomsburg rounded out the top three on the boys side with 275. The Bulldogs finished districts in fifth place with 221.
On the boys side, Central Columbia took home second place with 274, Bloomsburg ended its district run in third with 234 points. Jersey Shore followed up a rough Day 1 with a better performance and finished in sixth with 165 points.
Jersey Shore captured 11 medals and had several swimmers secure state berths. Brooks is more than pleased with her team’s season and stand-up performance at districts.
“Overall, everyone exceeded my expectations and had time drops across the board whether it was relays or individuals. Pretty much everyone moved up and overall it was a great season. We had a lot of PR times,” Brooks said. “It’s very stressful because you have to wait until all the other districts are done and hope and pray everyone else has hundredths of a second slower than what you are.”
Lewisburg’s Delaney Humphrey had another impressive swim in the girls 500 yard freestyle Thursday night finishing in second place behind six-time state medalist Abigail Doss of Shamokin. Doss won in 4:54.53 and Humphrey took second in 5:22.44.
This was the second runner-up finish for Humphrey, who finished in second behind Doss in the 200 IM on Wednesday.
“I wanted to go a faster time today. I had big goals in mind and hopefully this bid will get me into states,” Humphrey said. “I feel like training with her is always helpful to me. It makes you realize things don’t come easy. You have to work hard for things. It’s never going to be thrown at you and to have someone like that push you is amazing.”
Lewisburg’s Anna Batkowski took third in the girls 100 free and teammate Jewels Hepner was right behind her for a fourth-place finish. Alexandra Decker was a fourth-place finisher in the girls 100 breast (1:09.31).
Muncy’s Madesyn Brelsford medaled with a fourth-place finish in the girls 100 back in 1:01.65.
Lewisburg had success as well on the boys side, as Thomas Haynos took fifth in the boys 100 free in 50.31. Mitchell Mausis of Lewisburg finished fifth in the 100 back in 1:02.18.
Also in the 100 back, Hughesville’s Landon Corbin took sixth with a time of 1:02.92 to reach the podium. Wellsboro’s Hayne Webster finished eighth (1:07.14).
Montoursville’s best finish on Day 2 of districts was from Angelo Silvagni, who earned a silver medal thanks to a time of 1:02.66 in the boys 100 breast, finishing just a second behind Bloomsburg’s Colten Bennett. Wellsboro’s Brennan Warner took fourth in the event and Montoursville’s Blade Snyder finished eighth.
Montoursville’s Evan Hamm saw success in the boys 500 free by placing fourth with a time of 5:22.12.
Jersey Shore will look to get back to work in the coming days to reach the next rung of personal goals in an impressive season.
“As far as their practices, they’ll go up a little bit and we’ll drop them back down before they have to compete. I think the stressful part is out of the way because you know you’re guaranteed a spot. So now it’s the fun part of the season,” Brooks said.
O’Connor is excited and anxious to finish out her swimming career with yet another personal accomplishment in the coming weeks.
“Hopefully podium at states is next. Last year I got fifth, even doing fifth again, making podium again would be awesome,” O’Connor said. “Bettering that time, I did better this districts than last time, so hopefully improving the time. I want to taper, taper back up, and back down again, preparing fully for the state competition.”
Team results: 1. Danville, 322; 2. Lewisburg, 284; 3. Bloomsburg, 275; 4. Central Columbia, 238; 5. Jersey Shore, 221; 6. Shamokin, 195; 7. Athens, 181; 8. Towanda, 101; 9. Mount Carmel, 72; 10. Sayre, 68; 11. Muncy, 42; 12. Millville, 28; 13. Milton, 28; 14. Hughesville, 22; 15. Selinsgrove, 16; 16. N.P.-Mansfield, 12; 17. Warrior Run, 7.
100 free: 1. Coyla Bartholomew, Danville, 54.53; 2. Annabell Reck, Bloomsburg, 55.52; 3. Anna Batkowski, Lewisburg, 55.60; 4. Jewels Hepner, Lewisburg, 56.74; 5. Kaylee Kane, MCA, 57.64; 6. Zoe Zola, Danville, 58.98; 7. Veronica Sander, Jersey Shore, 59.16; 8. Joy Zhang, Danville, 59.27.
500 free: 1. Abigail Doss, Shamokin, 4:54.53; 2. Delaney Humphrey, Lewisburg, 5:22.44; 3. Taegan Williams, Athens, 5:34.15; 4. Riley Noss, Central Columbia, 5:34.16; 5. Caroline Spahr, Danville, 5:37.17; 6. Erica Locke, Towanda, 5:38.52; 7. Jillian Shay, Sayre, 5:39.69; 8. Emma Morgan, Central Columbia, 5:44.31.
100 back: Jordan O’Connor, Jersey Shore, 58.59; 2. Sarah McHenry, Central Columbia, 1:00.16; 3. Campbell Reck, Bloomsburg, 1:01.44; 4. Madesyn Brelsford, Muncy, 1:01.65; 5. Emma Welsh, Central Columbia, 1:03.11; 6. Leah Tessarvich, Danville, 1:04.65; 7. Dana Lee, Bloomsburg, 1:06.67; 8. Danyel Noss, Central Columbia, 1:08.32.
100 breast: 1. Gabrielle Doss, Samokin, 1:06.18; 2. Trinity Neff, Bloomsburg, 1:06.75; 3. Brenna Ross, Danville, 1:08.36; 4. Alexandra Decker, Lewisburg, 1:09.31; 5. Meaghan Keegan, Jersey Shore, 1:10.09; 6. Gretchen Hinkle, Millville, 1:11.79; 7. Madison Bridy, Shamokin, 1:15.16; 8. Brooke Kopatz, Athens, 1:15.28.
400 free relay: 1. Lewisburg (Delaney Humphrey, Alexandra Decker, Anna Batkowski, Jewels Hepner), 3:44.24; 2. Danville (Ana Keller, Joy Zhang, Leah Tessarvich, Caroline Spahr), 3:50.75; 3. Central Columbia (Emma Welsh, Danyel Noss, Emma Morgan, Sarah McHenry), 3:52.60; 4. Bloomsburg (Campell Reck, Trinity Neff, Dana Lee, Annabell Reck), 3:52.71; 5. Athens (Allyson Rockwell, Lauren Neville, Brooke Kopatz, Taegan Williams), 4:09.44; 6. Towanda (Erica Locke, Mackenna Maynard, Juliana Varner, Ava Gannon), 4:15.72; 7. Jersey Shore (Meagan Sorgen, Lily Dincher, Hunter Lucas, Emalee Haines), 4:20.60.
Team results: 1. Danville, 329; 2. Central Columbia, 274; 3. Bloomsburg, 234; 4. Lewisburg, 197; 5. Athens, 196; 6. Jersey Shore, 165; 7. Montoursville, 153; 8. Towanda, 82; 9. Mount Carmel, 68; 10. Mifflinburg, 62; 11. Wellsboro, 53; 12. Shamokin, 41; 13. N.P.-Mansfield, 24; 14. Hughesville, 13.
100 free: 1. Luke Stine, Danville, 47.96; 2. Ahmed Elbetagy, Bloomsburg, 48.35; 3. Alex Butzler, Jersey Shore, 49.47; 4. Reese Kurian, Central Columbia, 49.54; 5. Thomas Haynos, Lewisburg, 50.31; 6. Justin Riedhammer, Danville, 51.82; 7. Cole Hasenbalg, Danville, 53.02; 8. Cael Dick, N.P.-Mansfield, 53.53.
500 free: 1. Nick Kishbaugh, Central Columbia, 4:54.84; 2. Andrew Sponenberg, Central Columbia, 5:01.90; 3. Sam DeLuca, Mifflinburg, 5:04.15; 4. Evan Hamm, Montoursville, 5:22.12; 5. Josh Woodley, Bloomsburg, 5:32.33; 6. Holden Dent, Danville, 5:37.81; 7. Alexander VanNostrand, Central Columbia, 5:42.40; 8. Zac Gowin, Athens, 5:44.39.
100 back: 1. Luke Stine, Danville, 50.32; 2. Bryant LaCroix, Bloomsburg, 53.04; 3. Kaleb Hause, Danville, 55.03; 4. Ryan hause, Danville, 57.18; 5. Mitchell Mausis, Lewisburg, 1:02.18; 6. Landon Corbin, Hughesville, 1:02.92; 7. Kaden Gorsline, Athens, 1:07.08; 8. Hayne Webster, Wellsboro, 1:07.14.
100 breast: 1. Colten Bennett, Bloomsburg, 1:01.55; 2. Angelo Silvagni, Montoursville, 1:02.66; 3. Sean Witmer, Mifflinburg, 1:04.57; 4. Brennan Warner, Wellsboro, 1:07.16; 5. Peter Bellomo, Jersey Shore, 1:11.01; 6. Nick DelGotto, Danville, 1:11.99; 7. Seth Hart, Shamokin, 1:15.86; 8. Blade Snyder, Montoursville, 1:17.36.
400 free relay: 1. Central Columbia (Nathan Sponenberg, Andrew Sponenberg, Brady Madden, Reese Kurian), 3:18.18; 2. Bloomsburg (Colten Bennett, Josh Woodley, Bryant LaCroix, Ahmed Elbetagy), 3:23.80; 3. Lewisburg (Mitchell Mausis, Braden Davis, Vaughn Holthus, Thomas Haynos), 3:39.03; 4. Danville (Renzo Yuasa, Holden Dent, Nick DeLGotto, Cole Hasenbalg), 3:42.54; 5. Jersey Shore (Caleb Stemler, Blaine Mann, Owen Knepp, Alex Butzler), 3:45.70; 6. Athens (Mason Henderson, Zac Gowin, Nate Gorsline, Chris DeForest), 3:47.61.
* – Towanda was disqualified in the 400 free relay.