SILVER SPRING TWP. — Entering Friday’s first day of the District 3 Class 3A Swimming Championships as the top seed in the 50 freestyle, Carlisle senior Devon Chenot relied on experience.
“I’ve been there before,” he said. “It’s learning how to deal with it, and as a senior, it’s the last time around, so you give it what you’ve got and live with the results.”
Chenot gave his all during the race, swimming a 21.15 to capture a gold medal. He touched the wall .19 seconds ahead of Thundering Herd teammate Isaiah Bell, who earned silver.
The fact he was on the podium with Bell made the moment more special for Chenot.
“As a senior, being able to have somebody behind you on your team is pretty special,” he said. “We got to do something I don’t think many people can say they’ve done.”
Unfortunately, the day ended in disappointment when the Herd’s third-seeded 200 free relay disqualified. But Chenot kept things in perspective.
“I put a lot of that on myself,” he said. “I think in the end, it was a good season with these guys. We broke school records and accomplished some good things.
“I don’t think any one of us have anything to be disappointed about. We put in a good swim, it just didn’t work out the way we thought it would.”
For Cumberland Valley’s Logan Skiles, the decision to swim the 100 butterfly proved to be the right call.
Originally planning to compete in the 50 free, the sophomore moved to the fly at the Mid-Penn Championships and ended up a district 3A champion after swimming a 49.95.
“It’s all coming together now,” Skiles said. “Mid-Penn’s went so well that I thought I was going to do the 100 fly and decided to go after it. Something magical happened. The third flip turn I felt I was ahead enough to get the time I wanted. It’s amazing.”
Skiles, Jack Dengler, Kyle Farrow and Wade Turlington teamed to win a silver in the 200 medley relay.
Luft, Osanitsch impress
Northern junior Kate Luft is known for being one of the fastest swimmers in the area. During Friday’s Class 2A girls meet, she surprised even herself.
Luft blazed her way to a 2:02.42, winning the 2A 200 individual medley by nearly nine seconds.
“I was shocked when I looked at the clock. I almost thought it was wrong,” she said. “That was three seconds faster than my goal time. I was ecstatic.
“It’s taken a lot of work and a lot of support from my coaches and teammates. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Luft closed the meet by teaming with Jackie Brettschneider, Abigail Soerens and Katelyn Boyce to win the 200 free relay in 1:39.92.
She wasn’t the only area swimmer to claim gold in the 2A girls competition. Only a sophomore, Shippensburg Madison Osanitsch handled the expectations of being a high seed and won the 200 free with a time of 1:57.58.
Osanitsch was also on the Greyhounds’ 200 free relay, combining with Julia Strine, Teddi Powell and Makenna Morris for a bronze medal.
Area top three finishes
In 2A boys, Sam Nonemaker of Shippensburg was third in the 200 free. Trinity’s Scott Majka was third in the 200 IM. Boiling Springs (Zach Orris, Kevin Barnes, Cole Ellis, Evan Kase) earned a bronze in the 200 free relay.
In 2A girls, Trinity (Mimi Chase, Sarah Wyant, Lila DiCarlo, Alexis Majka) scored a silver medal in the 200 medley relay.