NEWVILLE — Big Spring-Shippensburg is always one of the best rivalries in the Mid Penn area in any sport.
The schools are similar in size, and sharing a border means plenty of neighbors grow up to become rivals.
But a close one this swim meet was not. The Bulldogs struggled with a team-wide, and Shippensburg was able to take both matches on Tuesday afternoon. The Greyhound girls won 121-65 and the boys won 102-84 at Big Spring High School.
“We swam Gettysburg last night and mixed some things up last night so we were fresher tonight,” Greyhounds coach Jeff Kaminski said. “We had some guys that really attacked the pool; Sam Nonemaker broke the school record in the 100 fly last night and broke the school record in the 100 breast stroke tonight. Our depth on both sides really picked it up. We had several [personal records] today.”
Shippensburg (6-3, 4-2 Colonial) won all but one event in each meet. Jackson Penner won the 200 IM for the Bulldogs boys and Shannon McCabe won the diving competition.
“We had three swimmers out today with the bug and they are all scorers for us,” Bulldogs coach Les Stover said. “I thought we gave them a good battle with what we had. They had to work for [the points], but they swam some very good times.”
Caleb Eveland and Elijah Zinn each won four events for the Greyhounds. Eveland won the 100 fly and the 100 back and participated on two relays. Zinn won the 50 and 100 free and two relays.
Nonemaker won three events, and Kaiden Estep also won three events and finished second in the 200 IM.
Alvin Dalida helped to win two relays and then won the 50 free while Alec Sites won on diving board.
Shippensburg girls (8-1, 5-1 Colonial) got four wins from Julia Strine, Madison Osanitsch and Makenna Morris. Teddi Powell and Madelyn Faccinei each won three events. Powell also finished third in the 200 IM, and Facchinei took second in the 100 breast.
Big Spring boys (6-3, 4-2 Colonial) got a win from Penner, who also finished second in the 100 breast.
Quinton Egger, Penner, Mason McCollough and Ian Ward each placed in four events for the Bulldogs. Brennan Flory placed in three events.
The Bulldog girls (5-4, 2-4 Colonial) got four place finishes by Erin Brandeburg. Three-place winners were Lauren Shank, Rylie K. Ward and Chloe White.
Both teams return to action Thursday evening for their respective Senior Nights. Big Spring host Susquehanna Twp., while the Greyhounds host Mechanicsburg. Both matches start at 6.