BOILING SPRINGS — With Colonial Division implications hanging in the balance, the Boiling Springs’ boys swimming team overwhelmed Northern on their way to an impressive 114-71 Mid-Penn Conference win.
Boiling Springs (6-1, 5-0 Colonial) used a balance of young kids and veterans to win some key races, each of the three relays and the diving event as the Bubblers put another victory between them and the Polar Bears in the standings while they remained unbeaten in divisional meets.
In the 200 free, Boiling Springs’ Cole Ellis went stroke for stroke with fellow sophomore Noah Spencer of Northern before a strong closing lap gave the race victory to Ellis by .01 seconds. The next event, the 200 IM, featured another tight contest as Bubblers’ freshman Evan Kase held off Ben Clarke by 0.39 seconds.
The two wins, both by a fraction of a second, were the turning point to a commanding performance by the Boiling Springs’ boys.
“I knew there was going to be a lot of close races tonight,” Boiling Springs’ coach Matt Brenner said. “That got us going, and after that, every single boy stepped up around them. There’s not one event I look back and I feel like we should have done something different or I wish someone performed better. Every single person stepped up because of the tone they set.”
Northern (5-7, 4-2 Colonial) got individual wins from Ben Clarke, Noah Spencer and Gavin Stuckey in the 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 back, respectively, but couldn’t make up the deficit as Boiling Springs used their depth to counter the points in each race.
By the 100 breast the result was a foregone conclusion, but the Bubblers took the top three spots behind Dalton Fink’s win to put an exclamation point on the match.
“The boys are gelling together really well and pushing themselves at practice,” Brenner said. “It showed up tonight. They let it all hang out in the water, and it was pretty cool to see them all rise up on the same night.”
Northern girls remain unbeaten in division
On the flip side, the Northern girls’ team dominated Boiling Springs with a 106-77 meet victory over the Bubblers as their top six swimmers were unstoppable.
Northern (7-5, 6-0) won every swim event as Kate Luft, Katelyn Boyce and Dahna Yoon each took home top honors in two individual races along with two relay races. Jackie Brettschneider, Abigail Soerens and Morgan Starliper each had multiple wins for the Polar Bears.
“They’ve been tough for years,” Brenner said. “I think the first half they did to us what we did on the boys’ side, and they set the tone. I think we were a little timid in the first half before we started to swim and compete.”
Boiling Springs’ (3-4, 2-3) lone victory came in the diving competition as Lily Reighard bested the field.
“I was happy with the way our girls responded after the break,” Brenner said.