BOILING SPRINGS — The Boiling Springs swim team has the same goals as everyone else as this time of year: drop times, improve postseason seeding and prep for the conference championships.
Yet that wasn’t all Billy Webber and his Bubbler teammates were looking to do in their final go-round this season in their home pool; included in their to-do list was getting a win over neighbor Carlisle and maybe bagging a record along the way.
Webber and the Bubblers checked off all the boxes Thursday, as the senior turned in a pool-record time in the 200 free and well-balanced Boiling Springs claimed a sweep of Carlisle in the teams’ Mid-Penn Conference crossover meet at a crowded Boiling Springs High School pool. The Bubbler boys took a 106-77 win and the girls claimed a 96-87 victory.
“We have 13 seniors, and this was going to be their last time in this pool,” Boiling Springs coach Matt Brenner said. “I was really happy to see them step up and lead by example. I think the momentum started going our way and more and more people rose around the seniors. It was a great atmosphere and I’m really happy they finished their careers here that way.”
No one set an example quite like Webber, who had already set the school record in the 200 free as a sophomore. Yet the pool record, a 28-year-old mark of 1:47.67, had eluded him until his final home meet. He came in just under the mark, clocking a 1:47.63, and it set the stage for a busy day that included a win in the 500 free and spots on two winning relay squads.
“That was something that I was focused on,” Webber said. “Going 1:45 (for the school record), I knew I had the capability to go 1:47. That’s been a goal of mine for two years. To finally get it in the last meet here is nice.”
But the record may not have been the most exciting part of Webber’s day. The meet was close with a duel in the 400, where Webber teamed with Zach Orris, Kevin Barnes and Peter Greenbaum. That trio handed him a lead for the final 100 meters, where Webber squared off with Carlisle ace Devon Chenot, who had earlier won the 100 free and 200 IM.
The finish between two of the state’s best brought the highest volume level of the night, and it was Webber who touched the wall first by the slimmest of margins: the Bubblers recorded a time of 3:24.74, while the Herd clocked in at 3:24.83.
“I’ve trained with (Chenot) before, and we’re best friends and know each other really well,” Webber said. “This year he’s done really well time-wise, so I knew he was going to be right there. I had a little bit of lead from my teammates. I knew he was going to be coming, and I saw him on the last lap. I just had to sink my head down and finish it.”
Greenbaum was another key cog in the boys’ win, with the senior recording victories in the 50 free and 100 fly. The girls’ victory was a product of a team-wide effort, as the Bubblers recorded a single individual victory: Kirsten Strayer’s win in the 100 breast. Boiling Springs also picked up a victory from the 200-meter relay team of Chloe Eltringham, Brianna Progar, Strayer and Maddie Dombroski.
Carlisle had a trio of two-time winners: Meg Tate (200 free, 100 free), Sierra Young (200 IM, 100 fly) and Maddison Young (50 free, 100 back).