BOILING SPRINGS — Carlisle had to celebrate its Senior Night at Boiling Springs, where they hosted the Bubblers Thursday night.
Seven Thundering Herd seniors were feted prior to the meet, which ended up being a split decision. The Herd boys won 109-75 and the Bubbler girls beat their Herd counterparts 107-75.
Carlisle normally hosts meets at Dickinson College, but the pool is undergoing some mechanical work and is not available. The Herd are currently practicing at Carlisle YMCA and will travel to all meets for another week or so, coach Tara Young said.
Herd stalwarts Isaiah Bell, a junior, and senior Devon Chenot each won two individual events and teamed up to win two relays. The Herd won all three relays in the meet.
Carlisle (4-4, 1-4 Commonwealth) also got two individual event wins from sophomore Casey Padgett in the 200 IM and 100 back. Freshman Nolan Chenot won the 100 breaststroke event. The two also were part of the relay teams that won along with junior Caleb Padgett and senior Gray Blacksmith.
Boiling Springs (6-2, 5-0 Colonial) got wins from Cole Ellis in the 500 free and Jack Still in diving.
The Bubblers finished second and third in numerous races; Evan Kase finished second in two events and Ellis took two seconds in the relays.
“I am very pleased with the meet today,” Herd coach Tara Young said. “My blood pressure should be a lot better now than when the meet started. The boys really stepped up today. Some of the kids were upset they didn’t drop times this week but I told them you are not going to drop times every meet.”
The Bubblers girls won their meet on the strength of numbers and sweeping the 100 free. Madeline Bubb led Melanie Searle and Suzy Hillary to the finish. And Lily Reighard and Megan Landwehr finished one-two on the diving board.
The girls also went one-two in the 400 free relay with Maggie Biss, Bubb, Brianna Progar and Liza Capozzi winning the race.
Carlisle (2-6, 1-4 Commonwealth) won most of the individual races but lost to the depth of the Bubblers.
Sophomore Sierra Young, senior Maddison Young and freshman Lauren Musser each won two individual events and teamed on two relays for the Herd. Sierra won the 200 IM and the 100 fly. Maddison won the 50 free and the 100 back, while the youngster won the 200 and 500 free.
“It is not easy to be a coach and a parent when your kids are swimming races,” Tara Young said. “You have to think about what you are saying because I don’t want to push them too hard and don’t want to take the meet home either. I have caught myself doing that and that is the hardest part as a coach. They usually give me a thumbs up to show me they are ready. Then I try just to be a parent.”
Junior Alice Messina won the 100 breast and participated on two winning relays for the Herd as she just returned from a season-long injury this week.
“We won a huge meet the other night and our kids swam really well in a divisional meet,” Bubblers coach Matt Brenner said, prior to getting dumped in the pool by his swimmers. “Tonight, in a non-divisional meet, we didn’t swim as well as I would have liked. Carlisle swam some very good times and I got to see some very good swimming tonight. Our team has an excellent group of kids who work hard and have fun; they have good chemistry with each other, and this has been an excellent group to be around.”
In a rarity with the hundredth of a second clock, Bubblers Evan Kase and Kevin Barnes tied for second in the 100 back at 1:05.87.