GRANTHAM — Tuesday’s swim meet between Trinity and Boiling Springs was a contrast in methods.
On one hand, the host Shamrocks won all but two of the 22 races held at Messiah College. However, the Bubblers were able to garner many of the second through fourth places, keeping the meet scores close.
Three early events gave the Trinity girls the lead en route to an 88-81 victory, On the boys’ side, Boiling Springs accumulated enough points with its finishes to notch an 87-83 win.
Shamrocks coach Megan Greiner said it was an unusual meet in terms of how the scores differed. But she was quite happy with the results.
“It was good. We had a lot of good swims,” she said.
The Bubblers won the first race of the night, the girls’ 200-yard medley relay, but the next three events gave Trinity its edge.
Lila DiCarlo (2:12.66) and Nicole Lee took first and second in the 200 freestyle. Mimi Chase (2:21.35) and Alexis Majka did the same in the 200 individual medley, giving the Shamrocks a two-point lead.
Sarah Wyant went 25.90 to win the 50 free, and when teammate Laura Weiss came in second, Trinity’s advantage grew to 36-26.
“They did a terrific job,” Greiner said. “They went after it and it paid off. I looked at the lineup as close as I could and did what I needed to do. I was just hoping everything worked out. It did, so I am very pleased.”
DiCarlo (100 butterfly), Chase (500 free) and Wyant (100 breaststroke) also won other individual races. Wyant and DiCarlo were also on the victorious 200 and 400 free relays, while Chase was on the 400 relay that capped the meet.
Different story in boys’ meet
Boiling Springs boys captured first place in only the 200 free relay when Cole Ellis, Evan Kase, Kevin Barnes and Zach Orris combined to swim a 1:37.35.
That relay, combined with the Bubblers taking third place, turned a four-point deficit to a 63-61 lead.
When Boiling Springs took second, third and fourth place in the ensuing 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, it earned the team nine of the 16 available points in each event.
Ahead 81-75 after the breaststroke, the Bubblers took second and third in the 400 free relay for the meet victory.
“I knew (Trinity) had some good talent up top and I realized it was going to be a meet for second, third and fourth,” Boiling Springs coach Matt Brenner said.
“It’s a team effort and in dual meet season, this was a perfect example of having a team that works hard together. I am pretty happy about that, even though it wasn’t some of the fastest times.”
Scott Majka (200 and 500 free), Riley Spahr (50 free, 100 backstroke), Tommy Chase (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) and Rece Chelly (50 and 100 free) won a pair of races individually for the Shamrocks.
“We are always hurting [for depth] in the boys, so we took a loss, but that’s ok,” Greiner said. “They all did well and I am proud of them.”