Girls Athlete of the Year
Kate Luft, sr., Northern: The only local to win state gold this year, defending her 100 backstroke title with a 54:45. She’s been one of the most dominant swimmers in the Mid-Penn in recent years and heads to South Carolina in the summer. PIAA championships: 200 free silver (1:49.15); 400 free relay 5th (3:35.44); District 3 championships: 200 free gold (1:49.97), 100 back gold (54.16); 400 free relay silver (3:37.11), 200 medley relay silver (1:47.81).
Boys Athlete of the Year
Jack Still, sr., Boiling Springs: The Bubblers swept the top two spots in the District 3 Class 2A Diving Championships, with Still leading the charge. His finishes at states and districts this year tied his medals from his junior year, while be bumped up his scores considerably in his final varsity campaign. He also impressed at states, finishing fourth with a 419.30 to graduate as the Mid-Penn’s top boys 2A diver. Districts: diving gold (466.50).
Coach of the Year
Bill Resser, Northern: The Polar Bears pulled off a not-all-too-common sweep, with both the boys and girls teams going 6-0 to win the Mid-Penn Colonial. On top of that, the girls team was a force in the postseason with multiple relay teams medaling at the state and district level. Having Luft helped, for sure, but Resser got a lot out of his swimmers. Others getting consideration: Cumberland Valley’s Michael Gobrecht.
Girls First Team
Julia Strine, so., Shippensburg: Strine is establishing herself as a rising contender after tying for fourth in the 100 breaststroke at states (1:03.67). States: 100 free 16th (54.42), 200 free relay 9th (1:40.07); Districts: 100 breaststroke 4th (1:05.33), 100 free 5th (53.67), 200 free relay silver (1:39.88), 400 free relay 4th (3:41.97).
Carolyn Bolden, sr., Cumberland Valley: The best 3A girls swimmer in Cumberland County this year, finishing 14th at states in the 500 free (5:05.08) and 200 free (1:54.28) as a steady-as-she-goes distance swimmer. Districts: 200 free silver (1:52.11), 500 free bronze (5:06.32), 400 free relay 5th (3:38.18), 200 free relay 6th (1:38.87).
Isabella Kil, fr., East Pennsboro: Kil finished in the top 15 in both her state races, taking 10th in the 200 IM in Class 2A (2:09.11) and 13th in the 100 free (53.23), a second ahead of Strine in that race. Districts: 200 IM 5th (2:12.84), 100 free 7th (53.86), 200 medley relay 4th (1:55.75), 200 free relay 7th (1:44.52).
Erica Kenski, sr., Trinity: Kenski had a pretty impressive season on the diving board, claiming silver at the state Class 2A championships with a 382.35, the top local on the board in any classification. Districts: diving gold (370.55).
Lily Reighard, jr., Boiling Springs: The past few years have been kind to local divers in the postseason. While no local took gold for the first time in a while, the Bubblers had three state medalists, including Reighard: 5th (334.60). Districts: diving silver (318.30).
Girls Honorable Mentions
Mattea Penner, Big Spring; Rylie Ward, Big Spring; Sierra Young, jr., Carlisle; Zoe Gallagher, Harrisburg Academy; Ilana Jacobson, jr., Mechanicsburg; Dahna Yoon, Northern; Abigail Soerens, jr., Northern; Katelyn Boyce, sr., Northern; Sydney Stupka, Red Land; Madison Osanitsch, jr., Shippensburg; Makenna Morris, jr., Shippensburg; Apple Burton, Trinity; Lila DiCarlo, so., Trinity.
Boys First Team
Isaiah Bell, sr., Carlisle: His district performance in the 100 free was a bit disappointing, but the Delaware-bound Bell recovered in the PIAA Class 3A championships with an eighth-place medal in the 50 free (21.05). Districts: 50 free silver (21.02), 100 free 8th (47.45), 200 free relay 15th (1:31.27), 400 free relay 15th (3:20.57).
Logan Skiles, jr., Cumberland Valley: The area’s top sprinter capped his high school career with two state medals (and nearly a third) and multiple awards at districts. States: 50 free 4th (20.74), 100 free 12th (45.93), 200 free relay 7th (1:26.50), 400 free relay DQ; Districts: 50 free gold (20.96), 100 free silver (45.94), 400 free relay silver (3:08.85), 200 free relay 4th (1:26.86).
Wade Turlington, sr., Cumberland Valley: The Eagles relays continue to be among the strongest in the Mid-Penn, and Turlington was a big reason why. States: 200 free 16th (1:44.03), 200 free relay 7th (1:26.50), 400 free relay DQ; Districts: 200 free 4th (1:42.38), 100 free 13th (47.96), 400 free relay silver (3:08.85), 200 free relay 4th (1:26.86).
Matt Raudabaugh, fr., Big Spring: Class 2A local boys struggled in the postseason this year, but not Raudabaugh, who was the area’s best breaststroke swimmer, finishing 13th in the event at Bucknell University with a 1:00.82. Districts: 100 breaststroke silver (1:01.83), 200 IM 7th (2:05.31), 200 free relay 8th (1:33.62), 400 free relay 8th (3:27.27).
Jordan Morrett, sr., Boiling Springs: The second half of the Bubblers diving duo also finished his varsity career in style, following Still throughout the postseason. States: diving 6th (394.00); Districts: diving silver (382.85).
Boys Honorable Mentions
Cole Ellis, jr., Boiling Springs; Evan Kase, so., Boiling Springs; Kevin Barnes, sr., Boiling Springs; Zack Gallagher, sr., Cedar Cliff; Tucker Ball, sr., Cedar Cliff; Tyler Distenfeld, so., Cumberland Valley; Kyle Farrow, jr., Cumberland Valley; Alexander Seman, Harrisburg Academy; Noah Spencer, jr., Northern; Gavin Stuckey, Northern; Elijah Zinn, sr., Shippensburg; Scott Majka, jr., Trinity; Tommy Chase, jr., Trinity; Rece Shelly, Trinity; Harrison Ziegler, Trinity.