Carlisle Thundering Herd
Coach: Tara Young
Last year: 7-4 (3-3)
Postseason: 17th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Maddison Young, sr.; Meg Tate, jr.; Sierra Young, so.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Central Dauphin, 4
Breakdown: The Carlisle girls squad has been trending upward in recent years, and the Thundering Herd will look to keep that momentum going. The trio of senior Maddison Young, junior Meg Tate and sophomore Sierra Young has played a big role in making Carlisle a strong dual-meet squad, and this year the three returning District 3 qualifiers will attempt to nab some postseason hardware. Freshman Lauren Musser and War College transfer Alice Messina will give a boost.
Cumberland Valley Eagles
Coach: G. Michael Gobrecht
Last year: 10-3 (6-1)
Postseason: 5th in District 3 Class 3A Championships; Tied 45th in PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Lindsey Berra, sr.; Liza Jackson, sr.; Payton Perry, sr.; Carolyn Bolden, jr.; Riley Hester, so.
Opener: Friday with Dallastown at Wilson, 4:15
Breakdown: The Eagles were their usual solid selves last season, placing second in team points at the Mid-Penn Championships and fifth at the District 3 Class 3A Championships. Senior Liz Jackson claimed a pair of district medals (200 free, 500 free), and sophomore Riley Hester will look to build on a strong freshman campaign in which she earned a district medal in the 100 fly. Both swimmers were also part of two medal-winning relay squads.