Jersey Shore (PA) Swim Blog

Jersey Shore (PA) Swim Blog

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jersey Shore YMCA vs Lock Haven

This write-up was not posted until a scoring discrepancy was resolved from the December 10 swim meet.

Going to a YMCA swim meet between Lock Haven and Jersey Shore is like one big family event.  There are rivalries (what family doesn’t have them) and there is a lot of intermingling between swimmers and parents.  The distance over Pine Creek and the West Branch of the Susquehanna is short so these swimming families get to know each other on a regular basis.  Whereas Jersey Shore has had the upper hand the past several years in these ‘family gatherings’, Lock Haven was able to prevail at the December 10 swim meet, 6-4.

Jersey Shore head coach Dave Keegan
watches over swimmers during
The Lock Haven Loggerheads captured all the boy’s groups from the 10-and-ups to the 15-and-overs.  The opening relay for Lock Haven set the tone as the 15-and-over foursome of Phil Rodo, Ben Jones, Tyler Sheets, and Jordan Suter swam a 2:03.21 which was fast enough to qualify them for YMCA Western Districts in March.  

The competition was high in the 14-and-under boys as the teams split the individual events.   Lock Haven’s Nolan Dale took firsts in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle while his brother captured the 100 yard breaststroke.  Shore’s Cody Schwoyer touched the wall first in the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard backstroke while teammate Luke Engel won the 100 yard butterfly.  It was the relays that decided this age group as Brandon Kibler, E. Dale, N. Dale, and Mark Myers won both the 200 yard medley and freestyle relays. 

“The 13-14 boys were a pleasant surprise,” said Shore head coach Dave Keegan, “considering we had only four swimmers in that age group for the meet.”  “We have one new swimmer in that age group (Zach Lehman) who had never swim before and he turned in a couple of good swims and a strong leg in the relay”.

While Lock Haven took all the boy’s groups from the 10-and-ups to the 15-and-overs it was Jersey Shore that did the same on the girl’s side.   The 12-and-unders dominated their age group as they won all the individual events and both relays.  The only exception was Loggerheads Saddie Powers who won the 50 yard freestyle as Shore’s Hannah Stemler and Laura Zeigler pulled into second and third respectively.

It was the newest and youngest age groups that decided the meet as both the 8-and-under boys and girls were won by Lock Haven.  “The Lock Haven YMCA has had a lot of brand new swimmers that are excited about the sport and are improving after every meet”, said Lock Haven’s coach Joel Blesh.  
The 8-and-under Shore girls went on to capture four of the individual events to Haven’s two but it was the two relays that did the girls in as the Loggerheads Madison Bair, Caitlyn, Evie Jane Rembold, and Emily Bartlett won both the opening and closing events.

Lock Haven’s 8-and-under boys were a little more dominating but could not control the individual freestyle events.  Shore’s Caleb Stemler won the 50 yard freestyle while he and teammates Aaron Baker and Dylan Kitchen captured the top three slots in the 50 yard freestyle respectively.

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