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SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — For Shippensburg’s Madison Osanitsch finding the right routine to get through the grueling 500 free takes practice.

Osanitsch finished fourth, and on the podium, in the 500 in 5:12.62 as part of a strong day for Greyhounds swimming in the second day of the Mid-Penn Conference Swimming Championships at Cumberland Valley High School.

Tyler Distenfeld, in his home pool, claimed boys silver (4:45.63) behind Chambersburg’s Jacob Greenwood in the 500, the second event of Saturday’s session. The Hershey girls and the State College boys went on to win the team titles.

Osanitsch has learned her routine quickly. Entering the season, she planned to focus on the backstroke, but a freshman-year 5:23 in the 500 during a dual meet, she said, carved out a new path.

“My mental preparation is simply thinking about the race — visualizing the race and repeating it. I think good splits have to do with training to keep the splits even,” Osanitsch said. “My workouts included swimming splits within a certain point and repeating that.

“The 500 races can get boring, but it really depends upon where you are swimming it. The race does go by pretty fast. I just focus on my strokes.”

“I don’t do much with Osanitsch — she is so focused on her work, and what impresses me most is her splits are so close,” Shippensburg head coach Chandler Johnson said. “She works at it.”

She was not the only Greyhound with a good day.

Julia Strine won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.78, breaking her own school record, and Madelyn Facchiniei took 13th. Strine took fourth in the 100 free and Makenna Morris took fifth, just less than a second behind Strine.

Shippensburg also earned third place in the 400 free relay race as Strine, Facchinei, Osanitsch and Morris combined to swim a 3:40.65, finishing behind Hershey and Cumberland Valley.

“We have been successful the past two years and really look forward to next year as well,” Osanitsch said. “We are a really close and supportive group, and most of us are back again next year.”

“They are a really close group that can be very competitive but in a good way,” Kaminski said. “They are focused and work hard.”

Facchinei and Teddi Powell are the only seniors.

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Mom gets best out of Young

Carlisle’s Sierra Young has a unique set-up, and she can ask for pointers at any point of the day. Her mother Tara is her swim coach at Carlisle.

Sierra sees it as something special.

“I love having her as a coach, because I can talk to her about anything,” Sierra said. “I am naturally very shy, but I think with her there, I have been able to come out a bit more. She just coaches me in swimming — I couldn’t imagine my mom being my coach in other sports, especially soccer. Mom is definitely tougher on me in my opinion. It makes me a better swimmer.

“I probably am harder on her, but I need her to be the one to lead by example,” Tara said. “I try not to bring swimming home, but I know I do, so I try to keep it to a minimum. It is hard to coach your kid’s teams, but it is so wonderful to be there when they succeed.”

Young, a junior, closed out Mid-Penn’s with a 10th-place finish in the 100 free (55.08) and helped the 400 free relay team finish 10th. She came in fourth in the 50 free Friday.

State College’s Matt Brownstead edged out Carlisle’s Isaiah Bell for the boys gold medal in the 100. Brownstead set a new Mid-Penn record of 44.43, but Bell rallied to keep the race close. CV’s Wade Turlington took fourth.

“I have swum a bit faster in [YMCA] swimming, but this was a season personal record for me,” Bell said.

Other notes

The Eagles’ Carolyn Bolden won a close contest with Hershey’s Tori Tafulo to grab the gold medal in the 100 freestyle. She swam a 52.04 while Tufalo swam a 52.47. Bolden took over on the third of four legs and

Cedar Cliff’s Zack Gallagher grabbed the gold medal in the boys 100 breaststroke in 58.55, the only swimmer under one minute, setting a new Colts record as well. He left Mid-Penn’s with four medals in total: winning the 200 individual medley, 100 breast and picking up medals in the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay.

Teammate Tucker Ball finished fifth in the 100 back.

CV’s 400 free relay quartet of Distenfeld, Kyle Farrow, Turlington, and Logan Skiles won gold to end the day.

CV, Northern, Shippensburg and Trinity girls finished 3-6, respectively. The Eagles boys took second and the Thundering Herd took seventh.


Editor’s note: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story online included a quote that was attributed to Cumberland Valley’s Tyler Distenfeld. The quote actually belonged to CV’s Naeem Sbaiti, according to players on the team. The quote has been removed and the story edited with the correct information. It was also incorrectly stated that Shippensburg's head coach was Jeff Kaminiski. He was the former coach, replaced by Chandler Johnson. The Sentinel apologizes for these mistakes.

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