Chambersburg

Preview: District 3 swimming

Franklin County swimmers have earned three top seeds for the District 3 Swimming Championships, which begin Friday afternoon at Cumberland Valley H.S.

The Chambersburg boys have two — Jacob Greenwood in the 500 freestyle and Avery Barley in the 100 backstroke — and the Shippensburg girls have one, with Madison Osanitsch in the 200 free.

Friday’s schedule at CV includes the Class 2A boys at noon, 2A girls at 2:15, 3A boys at 5 and 3A girls at 7:30.

On Saturday, the starting times are 10 a.m. for 2A boys, 12:15 for 2A girls, 3 for 3A boys and 5:30 for 3A girls.

Greenwood is the defending District 3 champion in the 200 and 500 free. This year, he is seeded No. 1 in the 500 with a time of 4:35.82, and No. 2 in the 200 in a 1:43.67 time. Barley’s top seed time in the backstroke is 49.89; he was a runner-up last year.

Also for Chambersburg, C.J. Pong is seeded No. 6 in the 200 IM, and a pair of relays have top-five seeds — the 200 medley is fourth (1:37.90) and the 400 free is fifth (3:14.34). Greenwood, Barley and Pong swim on both relays, with Michael Johnson in the medley and Aiden McMillen in the free.

The Trojans, having already secured first-place points from Nick Cover in the diving last Saturday, could also be in contention in the team race. Last year, Chambersburg was 10th with two firsts, two runners-up and a ninth, with almost zero relay points.

Ship’s Osanitsch leads a strong local representation in Class 2A girls and the Lady Hounds could finish high in the team standings.

Osanitsch’s time for the 200 free is 1:57.54, and she also has a No. 3 seed in the 100 back (1:00.08). Teammate Makenna Morris holds a No. 3 seed in the 100 butterfly (1:00.97) and No. 4 in the 200 IM (2:13.80), while Julia Strine is seeded in the 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:08.14) and 50 free (8th, 25.23).

Shippensburg has top-four seeds in all three relays — No. 3 in the 200 medley, No. 4 in the 200 free and No. 4 in the 400 free.

For James Buchanan, Rachel Kimmel has gained a pair of No. 2 seeds, in the 200 IM (2:12.82) and breaststroke (1:06.87), and the Rockets have a sixth seed in the medley relay and ninth in the 200 free.

Greencastle-Antrim’s Megan Beam holds a No. 7 seed in the 50 free (25.20).

In boys 2A, JB’s Nick Garbinski and the Hounds’ Sam Nonemaker both hope to make some noise. Garbinski is seeded No. 2 in the 50 free (21.81) and breaststroke (1:01.19), and Nonemaker is second in the 200 free (1:46.88) and 100 free (47.99).

Also for Ship, the relay teams are seeded No. 5 (medley), No. 7 (200 free) and No. 5 (400 free), Elijah Zinn is No. 7 in the 100 free (51.08) and No. 9 in the 50 free (22.85), and Caleb Eveland is No. 9 in the 100 fly (57.00). JB’s Austin Sheppard is listed at No. 9 in the backstroke (58.13).

The only county 3A girl to gain a top-10 seed was Waynesboro’s Lauren Wetzel, ranked No. 10 in the backstroke in 1:00.21.