Trojan boys edge CV in swimming

Chambersburg 87, Cumberland Valley 83: The Trojans took 1-2 in four events, including one of the relays, and recorded a big Mid Penn Commonwealth victory over the Eagles on Thursday afternoon at the Chambersburg YMCA.

Colby Estep

Colby Estep

Chambersburg (4-1, 3-1 MPC) had five different swimmers claim first place in an individual event — Colby Estep in the 200 IM (2:20.45), Aidan McMillen in the 50 freestyle (26.22), Robert Pong in the 100 butterfly (1:02.08), C.J. Pong in the 100 free (55.78) and Gavin Vink in the 100 backstroke (1:04.80).

The Trojans also grabbed first and second in the 200 medley relay to get the meet started on a good note, with C.J. Pong, Michael Johnson, Robert Pong and McMillen clocking a winning time of 1:56.75.

Also taking second place were Vink (IM), Jacob Shifler (50 free), McMillen (backstroke), Estep (400 free) and Johnson (100 breaststroke).

Chambersburg has now beaten Cumberland Valley (8-4, 2-2 MPC) twice in the last three seasons. Two years ago it came down to the final event and the Trojans won the 400 free relay. On Thursday, all Chambersburg needed was a second in that event, and it got that with ease.

Cumberland Valley 128.5, Chambersburg 41.5: The Eagles captured first place in every event except one to earn a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory over the Trojans on Thursday.

Alea Burkholder

Alea Burkholder

“We just can’t match their depth,” Chambersburg coach Donnie Miller said. “We have 14 girls on our team and they have 14 seniors. However, 12 of our 14 girls swam a best time today.”

The lone first for Chambersburg (0-5, 0-4 MPC) came in the 200 freestyle relay, when the team of Alea Burkholder, Emily Stroble, Layne Rydbom and Liv Terrazas turned in a time of 2:05.93.

The Trojans also had a pair of individual second-place efforts against Cumberland Valley (8-3-1, 3-1 MPC) — Rydbom in the 200 IM and Terrazas in the butterfly.

Miller said, “This meet was about overcoming mental obstacles and confronting challenges. We had many great swims even competing in races they aren’t as confident in.”