DOVER -- If there is a theme for this year's Dover girls' swim team, it is this -- complete redemption.
Coming off two consecutive undefeated dual meet seasons, the team's four seniors -- Bree Link, Aniella Janosky, Morgan Stambaugh and Bari Boyd -- can still vividly remember losing to both Dallastown and York Suburban during their freshman year. Not surprisingly, all four had a goal to prevent a repeat from that happening again in their final campaigns.
After taking care of business last month against the Wildcats -- a team they hadn't faced since that loss -- the Eagles quickly turned their attention toward a Trojan squad they've dispatched the past two seasons.
Janosky, for one, recalls a lot of little details about that meet vs. Suburban three years ago. She felt that her team may have been a little too confident as freshman and paid for it in dropping a close bout against the Trojans.
With focus, and a lot of help from her underclassmen teammates, the Eagles can finally feel a sense of major accomplishment after claiming complete redemption Thursday night at Dover Middle School. The host Eagles not only won 11 of the 12 individual events, they also got a number of better-than-expected results from their second- and third-lane swimmers to cruise to a relatively comfortable 111-72 triumph.
Suburban, however, earned a split of the meet as its boys' team rolled to a 115-65 victory.
Still unbeaten: The Dover girls improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in York-Adams Division II with the victory, while the Trojans fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the division.
"I think our freshman year that the girls went out there expecting to win and I think that's where we got into trouble," said Janosky, who bested Suburban's Erin Merkle during the 100 fly in what turned out to be the highlight event of the night.
"This year we put no expectation on it. We said, 'we don't want to rest on what we think we can do, we want to go out there and do what we know that we can do.'"
Janosky's coach and father, Rich, also recalled that meet and admitted he had some regrets.
"As a coach, I felt that we should have won (that one)," he said. "So I'm really glad for this senior group to come back and go undefeated in the league so far and have only two losses over four years."
The Eagles got off to a blazing start as the quartet of Summer Dacheux, Link, Shea Beierschmitt and Mia Becker won the 200 medley relay by over five seconds. Junior Nicole Smith followed that up by setting a new class record in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.71.
Record-setting effort: After Merkle won the 200 IM in 2:14.36, Aniella Janosky claimed the next two swim events -- the 50 free and the 100 fly. It was the latter event that was worth the price of admission alone. After leading through the first 50, Merkle closed over the final 50 but couldn't catch up. Both standouts broke the 59-second mark as Janosky touched in at a school-record 58.29 while Merkle finished a half-a-second later.
"I know it's my daughter, but she just had a phenomenal meet," said Coach Janosky of Aniella's two individual and two relay (200, 400) victories.
Aniella, however, seemed more excited for the all-around night that her team executed.
"I was so excited for my teammates," Janosky said. "Nicole broke the junior record when she won that race. And there were so many other girls that did their part."
Rewarding win: While the Eagles will have to wait a couple more weeks to officially claim another division title, their victory did earn them one immediate reward -- a Friday free of practice.
"We'll have a celebration tomorrow," Coach Janosky said. "I gave them off practice tomorrow and I'm taking them to Infinitos. I know they're all pretty excited about that."
Junior also has big night: Smith joined her teammate Janosky with four victories on the night. The junior won by the 100 and 200 free while playing a key part in both the 200 and 400 free relay victories.
Rachel Spaulding added a triumph in the 500 free to her two relay (200, 400) victories, while Dacheux won the 100 back to go with her team's wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relay.
Suburban boys shine in win: The trio of Will Massey, Kyle Posenau and Nolan Walker led the Trojans to a big victory on the boys' side. Massey was a part of both the 200 free and 200 medley relay teams in addition to capturing the 200 IM and 100 free.
Walker won both the 100 back and the 100 fly and was a part of both the 200 medley and 400 free relay squads. Posenau added wins in the 200 and 500 free to go with a victory in the 400 free relay.
Curtis Harman won the 100 breast and Jake Riddle claimed first in diving to account for the Dover boys' two individual triumphs.
OTHER BOYS' SWIMMING
SPRING GROVE 98, RED LION 72: At Red Lion, the Rockets captured 28 team points between the three relay events to help them secure the York-Adams League Division I victory. Individually for the Rockets, Isaac Smith won the 50 and 100 free. For the Lions, Chance King won the 200 free, 100 back, Dylan North won the 200 IM, 500 free, while Callum Brandt won the 100 fly, 100 breast. With the victory, Spring Grove improves to 1-1-0 in the division and 5-1-0 overall, while Red Lion falls to 0-2 in the division and 3-2 overall.
WEST YORK 96, NEW OXFORD 74: At Graham Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs secured 30 team points in the three relays to help them capture the York-Adams League Division II meet. With the victory, West York improves to 1-1-0 in the division and 1-4-0 overall. West York's Reed French and Dayne Brindle each won an individual event and swam on all three relay teams. French captured the 200 freestyle, and Brindle won the 100 butterfly.
CENTRAL 111, SOUTH WESTERN 72: At Central, the Panthers broke three school records en route to the Division I victory. Jesse Tate established a new mark in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.95. Tate also captured the 500 freestyle and was part of the 200 medley team that put up a record time of 1:44.25. Erick Peckmann, Brad Wilson and Ian Johnson were the other members of the medley team. Gabe Patil also delivered a record-setting performance when he captured the diving competition with a score of 187.20 points.
NORTHEASTERN 96, SUSQUEHANNOCK 73: At Shrewsbury, Northeastern swimmers won seven of 11 events including two of three relays. Devin Soop (50 free, 100 free) and Tristan Irvine (200 free, 500 free) earned two first-place finishes each for the Bobcats. Susquehannock's Kyle Shaffer put up the winning times in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke.
OTHER GIRLS' SWIMMING
SPRING GROVE 100, RED LION 70: At Red Lion, the Rockets used a team effort in securing the York-Adams League Division I victory by picking up 22 points between the three relay events. For the Lions, Courtney Schaefer won the 200 free, 100 fly, while Jesse North won the 200 IM and 100 free. With the victory, Spring Grove improves to 2-0 in the division, and 5-1 overall, while Red Lion falls to 0-2-0 in the division and 2-3-0 overall.
NEW OXFORD 97, WEST YORK 72: At Graham Aquatic Center, New Oxford captured seven of the 11 events in the Division II meet. Devan Bateman (200 free, 100 butterfly) and Regan Chalk (500 free, 100 back) each won two individual races for the Colonials. Taylor Hoover captured the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke for the Bulldogs.
CENTRAL 133, SOUTH WESTERN 53: At Central, the Panthers' Danielle Weeks earned first-place finishes in two distance events, the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Central's MacKenzie Sopko and Jade Arganbright each won an individual event and swam on two winning relay teams. Sopko took the 200 IM and Arganbright prevailed in the 100 backstroke.
NORTHEASTERN 118, SUSQUEHANNOCK 52: At Shrewsbury, Northeastern's Nike Price continued to break records. The junior star set a Northeastern school mark along with a pool record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.51 and established a pool mark in the 100 freestyle with a 52.93 performance. The Bobcats also received two double-win efforts from Hali Eckenrode and Renae Luckenbaugh. Eckenrode took the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Luckenbaugh recorded an sprint-distance double by winning the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
-- Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.