SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — Wade Turlington could hardly believe that Tuesday was his senior night at the Cumberland Valley natatorium.
“It came a lot faster than I thought it would,” he said. “You always hear seniors talk about that the four years came and passed really fast. They just kind of escape. All the hard work is fun and it’s made the time go by pretty fast.”
Hosting Carlisle in their second-to-last home meet of the season, the Eagles made sure their times were fast as well.
Cumberland Valley scored the top spots in all but four of the overall 24 events, and added plenty of other high finishes en route to sweeping the Thundering Herd, 129-56 in girls and 120-60 in boys.
It started fast, too, as the Eagles garnered the top two spots in both the girls and boys 200-yard medley relays to open the night in style.
Seniors Carolyn Bolden and Turlington won the next two races, their respective 200 freestyles, impressively — Bolden by more than 12 seconds and Turlington by more than four.
“At the beginning of the season, I didn’t have any expectations for the 200,” Turlington said. “I improved so much last year that I didn’t know where I was going to start off.
“I started off the season going 1:47 — that was pretty nice — and I just kept going faster and went my best time against Chambersburg [last week].”
Led by Tyler Distenfeld (2:02.28), the Eagles swept the top three spots in the 200 individual medley and took a 36-10 lead. Distenfeld later won the 100 butterfly in 54.30, helping the advantage increase to 54-34.
Cumberland Valley swept girls diving behind Grace Diskin (185.35), which helped stretch that lead to 53-24. The girls went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, opening up a 106-49 margin.
Eagles coach Mike Gobrecht said that the team swims for 90 minutes before school to prepare for meets, adding that staying healthy is key.
“We swim a lot of meets, I think 14 dual meets between the beginning of December and end of January,” he said. “But it’s a grind right now. The kids come to school and it’s dark outside and it’s now dark outside after and that plays with these students mentally. The only time they see daylight is when the look out of the classroom.”
Bolden also won the 500 free by nearly 30 seconds with a 5:18.56. Teammate Chae Stier raced her way to a pair of first-place finishes in the girls 50 free (26.35) and 100 free (56.88).
Logan Skiles won back-to-back races on the boys side, in the 100 free (48.10) and 500 free (5:01.09).
Sierra Young, Isaiah Bell and Andrew Pesile picked up wins for Carlisle, as did the Herd girls 200 free relay. Young swam the fastest girls 200 individual medley (2:19.98), Bell won the boys 50 free in 22.15 and Pesile was the top boys diver with a 167.05.
Carlisle coach Tara Young was not disappointed with the showing.
“I wasn’t paying attention to the score. I wanted best times and we did a lot,” she said. “The kids pulled out some really good swims, and I am super happy with that. That is what we were looking at.”
The coach added that swimming at Cumberland Valley, the site of the District 3 championships, is a bonus.
“That was the big thing with getting into events that you might swim, so you can get a good time. That was the focus of the meet,” she said. “Getting a good time, one that might get us to the next stage.”
Although the score appears lopsided, Gobrecht said that Carlisle provided plenty of compelling races.
“All of our neighboring schools are such great competition,” he said. “They have great races, and as a coach, one of the things I like to do is set up some good races, especially the relays.”