SILVER SPRING TWP. — Jack Dengler made the most of his final competitive swim in his home pool at Cumberland Valley during the District 3 Class 3A Swimming Championships.
The Eagles senior went third on the team’s 400 freestyle relay and swam a split of 46.51. Moments later, sophomore Logan Skiles (45.90) brought it home as Cumberland Valley not only won the event, but set a district record in the process.
The time of 3:07.23 posted by Wade Turlington, Kyle Farrow, Dengler and Skiles shaved .11 off the mark set by Hershey in 2013.
Dengler said the foursome had some extra incentive with graduated CV star Jacob Deckman coming down from Penn State to root for his former mates.
“It’s an amazing way to go out,” Dengler said. “Having one of our long-time anchors back, having him here cheering us on and knowing he was here was an amazing feeling.”
Up next is the PIAA Swimming & Diving Championship at Bucknell University.
“I am happy where we are, but I know that as an individual and as a team, we have a lot more to strive for,” Dengler said.
Earlier in the meet, Dengler and Farrow earned bronze medals in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
Luft breaks record
That relay wasn’t the only district record set by an area swimmer on Saturday.
Only a few years removed from not knowing if she would ever swim again, Northern’s Kate Luft did something amazing.
Luft not only earned her second individual gold medal of the championships, but broke a 100 backstroke district record in the process with her time of 54.65.
“It was definitely a goal for me to break 55 and then for me to break a district record as well. It was amazing,” she said.
Prior to her junior season, Luft was on vacation in Cape May when a dive into the ocean waves ended up with two vertebrae in her neck needing to be fused together.
That experience put Saturday’s performance in perspective.
“What happened to me could put a lot of people in a wheelchair, and I am so thankful I get to still do what I love and be successful at it,” Luft said. “To be faster than what I was when it happened is astonishing.”
Katelyn Boyce was one of three Polar Bears to reach the medal stand in the girls 500 free (5:212.71). The junior was third.
Dahna Yoon and Jackie Brettschneider combined with Boyce and Luft for a silver in the 400 free relay.
“We had so many amazing times,” Luft said. “We had a girl that dropped almost 20 seconds in her 500 free. I am so proud of them. They have been working so hard.”
Shippensburg’s Madison Osanitsch, who won gold on Friday, placed third behind Luft in the backstroke.
Other notable finishes
Carlisle’s Devon Chenot notched his second gold medal in as many days in Class 3A, this time winning the 100 freestyle.
One day after winning the 50 free, the Penn State-bound senior opened the second day of competition by swimming a 46.14, which was .27 ahead of Skiles.
SILVER SPRING TWP. — Entering Friday’s first day of the District 3 Class 3A Swimming Championships as the top seed in the 50 freestyle, Carlis…
“Even warming up I felt a lot looser than yesterday,” Chenot said. “That first 50 felt really good, bringing it back was harder. But I am good with that time.”
Teammate Isaiah Bell was fifth in that race.
Trinity senior Sarah Wyant followed up a slightly disappointing 50 free on Friday with gold in the 2A girls 100 free, with a terrific 52.92.
“The 50 is a really hard race and there was a lot of great competition,” she said. “After the 50 I was really focused on my 100 and what I could do better. My start was slow, and my turns was slow, so I really focused on that today during warm ups.
“I wanted to have a really good seed for states. I wish I could have gone a little faster, but that’s alright. It will be a lot better,” she said.
Shamrocks teammate Mimi Chase earned a silver medal in the 500 free in 5:18.79.
Wyant anchored Trinity’s 400 free relay team of Alexis Majka, Chase and Lila DiCarlo that earned a bronze medal.
Shippensburg’s Sam Nonemaker scored a second-place finish in the 2A boys 100 free (46.77).
Northern girls finished second in 2A as a team (233 points), behind Schuylkill Valley. Trinity (215) and Shippensburg (174) were third and fourth, respectively. In 3A, Cumberland Valley finished second with 199.5 points, a distant second to Wilson’s 356.