Brett Keener breaks down every Sentinel-area boys swimming program ahead of the 2017-18 season. Top returners plus insights into the upcoming season, which begins over the next week for many teams.
HS Swimming Previews: Carlisle's Isaiah Bell
HS Boys Swimming: Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division preview
Carlisle Thundering Herd
Coach: Tara Young
Last year: 5-4-1 (2-3-1)
Postseason: 8th in District 3 Class 3A Championships; tied 25th in PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Devon Chenot, sr.; Isaiah Bell, jr.; Caleb Padgett, jr.; Casey Padgett, soph.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Central Dauphin, 4
Breakdown: There’s plenty to be optimistic about in Carlisle. Senior Devon Chenot, a Penn State commit, claimed District 3 gold in the 50 and 100 freestyle last year and nabbed state medals in both events. Isaiah Bell took bronze in the 50 free at the district meet; he also teamed with Chenot on medal-winning performances in the 200 and 400 free relays. Junior Caleb Padgett and sophomore Casey Padgett also bring postseason experience from a team that finished eighth in the District 3 team points race.
Cumberland Valley Eagles
Coach: G. Michael Gobrecht
Last year: 10-3 (5-2)
Postseason: Tied 4th in District 3 Class 3A Championships; 12th in PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Logan Skiles, soph.; Jack Dengler sr.; Kyle Farrow, soph.; Chris Furlong, soph.; Jordan McVeigh, jr.; Wade Turlington, jr.
Opener: Friday with Dallastown at Wilson, 4:15
Breakdown: The Eagles, who finished third in the team race at the Mid-Penn Championships and fourth at the District 3 Championships, are without old reliable Jacob Deckman, who’s now at Penn State. But there’s still plenty in the cupboard, including three members of a state medal–winning 400 free relay squad in senior Jack Dengler and sophomores Kyle Farrow and Logan Skiles. Dengler and Skiles also claimed multiple individual medals at the District 3 meet. Freshman Tyler Distenfeld could make a postseason impact.
HS Swimming Previews: Mechanicsburg's Brandon Maxwell
HS Boys Swimming: Mid-Penn Keystone Division preview
Cedar Cliff Colts
Coach: David Horton
Last year: 4-6 (4-3)
Postseason: 29th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Tucker Ball, jr.; James Thompson, jr.; Myron Prograis, sr.; Eric Zygmunt, soph.; Colin Wilson, soph.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Bishop McDevitt, 4:15
Breakdown: The Colts have a single-digit roster, which makes for a challenging dual-meet season, but Cedar Cliff does return some experience. Junior Tucker Ball was the Colts’ lone district qualifier last season, making the cut in the 100 fly and the 100 back. He had top-10 finishes in both events at the Mid-Penn Championships.
Coach: Mike Glumac
Last year: 6-6 (4-3)
Postseason: did not qualify
Key returners: Jonathan Tucker, jr.; Joe Kovach, sr.; Brandon Maxwell, sr.; Sam Orner, jr.; Mason Duncan, jr.; James Wetherhold, soph.
Opener: Monday at Red Land, 4:15
Breakdown: Graduation cost the Wildcats their lone district qualifier from a year ago, Jimmy Karagiannis (50 free, 100 free). Seniors Brandon Maxwell and Joey Kovach bring some versatility, having competed in multiple strokes and relay squads at last year’s Mid-Penn Championships.
Red Land Patriots
Coach: Chris Sherbo
Last year: 3-10 (2-5)
Postseason: Tied 24th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Michael Ciavarella, jr.; Nicholas Anderson, soph.
Opener: Monday vs. Cedar Cliff, 4:15
Breakdown: The Patriots don’t have big numbers, with four of the 10 swimmers on the roster being freshmen. Junior Mike Ciavarella is the lone returning District 3 qualifier on the boys side, having qualified in the 100 free last season. He was also a top-20 finisher in the 100 fly at the Mid-Penn Championships.
HS Swimming Previews: Big Spring's Jackson Penner
HS Boys Swimming: Mid-Penn Colonial Division preview
Big Spring Bulldogs
Coach: Les Stover
Last year: 12-1 (6-0)
Postseason: 5th in District 3 Class 2A Championships; 6th in PIAA Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Jackson Penner, sr.; Brennan Flory, sr.; Mason Thrush, sr.; Dain Vallie, jr.; Quinton Egger, jr.; Ian Ward, soph.; Levi Fertig, jr.; Connor Greene, sr.; Mason McCullough, jr.; Gavin Reynolds, jr.
Opener: Saturday at Dover Tournament, 9 a.m.
Breakdown: Graduation has dinged the Bulldogs, who lost a decorated class of 2017 that included state champion Dillon Novak (diving) and state silver medalist Jarod Anderson (100 breast, 200 IM). That’s a lot of points to make up, but there is still talent in Newville. Jackson Penner and Brennan Flory were part of the 200 freestyle relay team that claimed fifth at states last year. Dain Vallie also nabbed a district fourth-place medal as part of the 400 freestyle relay squad.
Boiling Springs Bubblers
Coach: Matt Brenner
Last year: 9-2 (5-1)
Postseason: 4th in District 3 Class 2A Championships; 11th in PIAA Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Dalton Fink, sr.; Zach Orris, sr.; Kevin Barnes, jr.; Jack Still, jr.; Jordan Morrett, jr.; Cole Edwards, jr.; Garrett Asper, soph.; Cole Ellis, soph.; Joe Lynch, soph.; Matt Otto, soph.; Kyle Shively, soph.
Opener: Saturday at Dover Tournament, 9 a.m.
Breakdown: Boiling Springs finished fourth in team points at the District 3 Championships last season, and the Bubblers figure to be competitive again despite the loss of state medalists Billy Webber and Peter Greenbaum, the former of whom set school records in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Zach Orris and Kevin Barnes snagged state medals last year as part of the 200 free relay squad, and they will be supplemented by a crop of promising freshmen capable of nabbing some depth points.
East Pennsboro Panthers
Coach: Shannon Milstead and Kristyn Gross
Last year: 1-6 (0-5)
Postseason: 19th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Erik Brudowsky, sr.; Jacob DeGrange, soph.; Josh Wagner, soph.
Opener: Dec. 14 with Harrisburg Academy, Northern at Cumberland Valley, 4:30
Breakdown: The Panthers’ boys roster is only three strong, but among the group is senior Erik Brudowsky, who qualified for the District 3 championships last season in the 200 IM and the 100 breast.
Northern Polar Bears
Coach: Bill Resser
Last year: 5-5 (3-3)
Postseason: 13th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Jeremy Sampson, sr.; Nick Catalano, jr.; Zach Chavey, jr.; Ben Graham, jr.; Sean Clark, soph.; Shawn Cutright, soph.; Aric Graham, soph.; Noah Spencer, soph.
Opener: Tuesday at Central York, 4:30
Breakdown: The Polar Bears suffered some graduation losses, notably district medalist Ethan Spencer, but their depth will remain intact thanks to an influx of 12 new swimmers, half of whom are freshmen. Sophomore Noah Spencer claimed an eighth-place medal in the 100 back last year at the District 3 Championships, and junior Ben Graham and sophomore Shawn Cutright were both part of district-qualifying relay squads.
Coach: Jeff Kaminski
Last year: 3-4 (3-3)
Postseason: 10th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Sam Nonemaker, sr.; Eli Zinn, jr.; Caleb Eveland, sr.; Kaiden Estep, jr.; Alvin Dalida, sr.; Bailey Renfrew, sr.; Alec Sites, jr.; Cameron Cramer, soph.; Zach Massey, jr.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Trinity, 4:30
Breakdown: The Greyhounds will need to find some depth in order to compete in team races, but there is certainly some talent returning at the top of the lineup. Senior Sam Nonemaker claimed fourth-place District 3 finishes in both the 200 free and the 500 free, and junior Eli Zinn took seventh in the 50 free. Senior Caleb Eveland and junior Kaiden Estep were also district qualifiers.
Coach: Michael MacDonald
Last year: 4-6 (1-4)
Postseason: 12th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Riley Spahr, sr.; Tommy Chase, soph.; Rece Shelly, soph.
Opener: Tuesday at Shippensburg, 4:30
Breakdown: The Shamrocks were a young squad last season, but those underclassmen showed some promise. Senior Riley Spahr was a district medalist in the 100 back, and he also placed second in diving. Sophomore Tommy Chase was eighth at districts in the 200 IM, and he, Spahr and sophomore Rece Shelly were part of a 200 medley relay squad that finished sixth.