Brett Keener breaks down every Sentinel-area girls 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 Meg Tate
HS Girls Swimming: Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division preview
Carlisle Thundering Herd
Coach: Tara Young
Last year: 7-4 (3-3)
Postseason: 17th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Maddison Young, sr.; Meg Tate, jr.; Sierra Young, so.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Central Dauphin, 4
Breakdown: The Carlisle girls squad has been trending upward in recent years, and the Thundering Herd will look to keep that momentum going. The trio of senior Maddison Young, junior Meg Tate and sophomore Sierra Young has played a big role in making Carlisle a strong dual-meet squad, and this year the three returning District 3 qualifiers will attempt to nab some postseason hardware. Freshman Lauren Musser and War College transfer Alice Messina will give a boost.
Cumberland Valley Eagles
Coach: G. Michael Gobrecht
Last year: 10-3 (6-1)
Postseason: 5th in District 3 Class 3A Championships; Tied 45th in PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Lindsey Berra, sr.; Liza Jackson, sr.; Payton Perry, sr.; Carolyn Bolden, jr.; Riley Hester, so.
Opener: Friday with Dallastown at Wilson, 4:15
Breakdown: The Eagles were their usual solid selves last season, placing second in team points at the Mid-Penn Championships and fifth at the District 3 Class 3A Championships. Senior Liz Jackson claimed a pair of district medals (200 free, 500 free), and sophomore Riley Hester will look to build on a strong freshman campaign in which she earned a district medal in the 100 fly. Both swimmers were also part of two medal-winning relay squads.
HS Swimming Previews: Mechanicsburg's Megan Crow
HS Girls Swimming: Mid-Penn Keystone Division preview
Cedar Cliff Colts
Coach: David Horton
Last year: 2-8 (2-5)
Postseason: 21st in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Lily Markley, jr.; Katie LaFaver, jr.; Veronica Pearson, jr.; Rachel Lyden, jr.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Bishop McDevitt, 4:15
Breakdown: The Colts don’t have deep numbers, and they also must account for the graduation loss of Ava Arnold, who qualified for districts in two events last season. Junior Lily Markley placed seventh in the 100 back at the Mid-Penn Championships and was a district qualifier. Junior Katie LaFaver was a district diving qualifier.
Coach: Mike Glumac
Last year: 8-4 (6-1)
Postseason: 28th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Ilana Jacobson, so.; Megan Crow, so.; Averi Orner, jr.; Molly Snyder, so.; Olivia Moyer, jr.
Opener: Monday at Red Land, 4:15
Breakdown: Graduation took a bite out of the Wildcats, but they do return a number of underclassmen who played key roles a year ago. Sophomore Megan Crow is the only returnee to have competed in individual postseason events.
Red Land Patriots
Coach: Chris Sherbo
Last year: 6-7 (4-3)
Postseason: Tied 25th in District 3 Class 3A Championships.
Key returners: Caitlin Fox, sr.; Sydney Stupka, so.; Paige Richards, jr.
Opener: Monday vs. Cedar Cliff, 4:15
Breakdown: The Patriots have good enough numbers to garner some dual-meet points, although they do not return any District 3 qualifiers. Sophomore Sydney Stupka will look to build on a solid freshman campaign, while senior Caitlin Fox leads Red Land’s solid contingent of upperclassmen.
HS Swimming Previews: Big Spring's Shannon McCabe
HS Girls Swimming: Mid-Penn Colonial Division preview
Big Spring Bulldogs
Coach: Les Stover
Last year: 7-6 (3-3)
Postseason: 12th in District 3 Class 2A Championships; Tied 28th in PIAA Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Shannon McCabe, sr.; Chloe White, jr.; Erin Brandeburg, jr.; Lauren Shank, jr.; Ella Pagel, jr.; Alicia Canaday, so.; Hanna Durff, jr.; Caitlyn Feathers, jr.; Taylor Gibboney, jr.; Gemma Laverty, so.; Quincey Myers, sr.; Sydney Palmer, sr.; Alexa Walter, sr.
Opener: Saturday at Dover Tournament, 9 a.m.
Breakdown: The Bulldogs return a solid core that’s led by senior diver Shannon McCabe. She placed second at both the District 3 and the PIAA Championships last season. Sophomore Alicia Canady joined her on the district medal stand, taking fourth. A strong crop of juniors including Chloe White, Erin Brandenburg, Lauren Shank and Ella Pagel will give the Bulldogs some point-scoring ability and will be contenders for the district podium.
Boiling Springs Bubblers
Coach: Matt Brenner
Last year: 8-3 (3-2)
Postseason: 10th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Heather Bakermans, sr.; Chelsea Bickle, sr.; Chloe Eltringham, sr.; Bri Progar, sr.; Melanie Searle, sr.; Maggie Biss, jr.; Liza Capozzi, jr.; Kenleigh Mowe, jr.; Megan Landwehr, so.; Lily Reighard, so.
Opener: Saturday at Dover Tournament, 9 a.m.
Breakdown: The always-competitive Bubblers will be in the mix again this season, though this year’s edition will have to make up for a few key graduation losses. Seniors Chloe Eltringham and Bri Progar and junior Maggie Biss all bring District 3 experience, with all three of them having qualified in individual events last season. Biss and Progar were part of a 200 medley relay squad that took eighth.
East Pennsboro Panthers
Coach: Shannon Milstead and Kristyn Gross
Last year: 1-6 (0-5)
Postseason: 17th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Rachel Rineer, sr.; Jackie Karoly, so.; Anna Kauffman, sr.
Opener: Dec. 14 with Harrisburg Academy, Northern at Cumberland Valley, 4:30
Breakdown: The Panthers have decent numbers, and they bring back a handful of swimmers who picked up some postseason experience last year. Sophomore Jackie Karoly and senior Rachel Rineer were part of a 200 free relay squad that qualified for districts.
Northern Polar Bears
Coach: Bill Resser
Last year: 7-5 (5-1)
Postseason: Tied 3rd in District 3 Class 2A Championships; 20th in PIAA Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Morgan Starliper, sr.; Nicole Andrews, jr.; Katelyn Boyce, jr.; Lauren Eby, jr.; Kate Luft, jr.; Mary Secord, jr.
Opener: Tuesday at Central York, 4:30
Breakdown: The bad news for the Polar Bears is that graduation cost them three district medalists. The good news is that there is still enough talent for the Bears to contend in a strong Colonial Division. Junior Kate Luft was a district champ in the 200 IM and a district and state silver medalist in the 100 back. Fellow junior Nicole Andrews claimed a district medal in the 100 breast and was part of two medal-winning relay squads.
Coach: Jeff Kaminski
Last year: 11-0 (6-0)
Postseason: 7th in District 3 Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Madison Osanitsch, so.; Makenna Morris, so.; Madelyn Facchinei, jr.; Jordan Seymore, jr.; Jadyn Glunt, jr.
Opener: Tuesday vs. Trinity, 4:30
Breakdown: The Greyhounds powered to a division title last season thanks to an effective mix of senior leaders and talented underclassmen, and they hope to repeat the feat again this season. They have plenty back, including in the relays. Madison Osanitsch and Makenna Morris had standout freshman campaigns, with both swimmers registering top-five individual finishes at districts. Junior Madelyn Facchinei claimed a district medal in the 100 breast.
Coach: Michael MacDonald
Last year: 5-5 (1-4)
Postseason: 5th in District 3 Class 2A Championships; 27th in PIAA Class 2A Championships.
Key returners: Sarah Wyant, sr.; Mimi Chase, sr.; Alexis Majka, jr.; Laura Weiss, sr.; Stella Baron, so.; Elise Shore, so.; Nicole Lee, jr.
Opener: Tuesday at Shippensburg, 4:30
Breakdown: Trinity nabbed a fifth-place team finish at last year’s District 3 Championships, and underclassmen were responsible for a lot of those points. Sarah Wyant is a state medalist in the 100 free and a district runner-up in the 50 free, and Mimi Chase nabbed a pair of individual medals at the district meet. The 'Rocks can also run out a strong and experienced group in the relays.