NEW KINGSTOWN — Chambersburg’s C.J. Pong and Waynesboro’s Lauren Wetzel each claimed a first-place finish at the Mid Penn Conference swimming & diving championships at Cumberland Valley H.S. on Friday and Saturday.
In addition, the Shippensburg girls placed fourth in the team standings, while the Trojan boys took sixth.
Chambersburg boys coach Chad White said, “I am very pleased with the races. We achieved a lot of best times and many races will qualify us for districts in three weeks.”
Pong zipped to a time of 50:43 to capture first in the 100 backstroke, while teammate Aidan McMillen was sixth. In the 100 butterfly, Pong came in second with a time of 50:36, while Logan Skiles of Cumberland Valley won in 50:08.
McMillen also placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:47.01), Michael Johnson took fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.84) and Colby Estep was sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:57.40).
The Trojans also took fifth in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Pong and McMillen were on both teams, Johnson and Robert Pong were on the medley team and Estep and Gavin Vink were on the 400 free squad.
White said, “With more time for preparation, we should see even more time drops at districts, with the final goal of qualifying a bunch of boys for the state meet. I was inspired by their attitudes and encouragement for each other.”
The highest finishes for the Chambersburg girls were 15th by the 400 free relay team and 16th by Emily Stroble (200 free) and Liv Terrazas (backstroke).
Trojan coach Donnie Miller said, “The last two weeks have been tough on the team, with girls coming down with one illness after another. But we did have some great effort and personal best times.
“This has been a year of challenges and overcoming obstacles and valuable lessons were learned.”
Waynesboro’s Lauren Wetzel captured first place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.20. She also placed third in the 200 free.
The Shippensburg quartet of Madison Osanitch, Julia Strine, McKenna Morris and Jillian Strine were quite busy. They combined to place second in the 200 medley relay (1:48.01) and third in the 200 free relay (1:39.15).
Julia Strine was also third in the breaststroke (1:08.10) and seventh in the 100 free (54.06). Her sister Jillian was sixth in the 50 free (24.95) and ninth in the 100 free (1:01.18).
Osanitch took third in the 200 free (1:56.47) and fourth in the 500 free (5:14.07), while Morris was fourth in the fly (1:00.84) and 10th in the 200 IM (2:13.77).
James Buchann’s team of Madison Price, Kortny Green, Sarah Kimmel and Sadie Garbinski was 10th in the medley relay in 1:57.99.
Mid Penn Championships
Team standings: 1.Hershey 539; 4.Shippensburg 169; 13.Waynesboro 36; 18.James Buchanan 18; 21.Chambersburg 8.
200 medley relay — 2.Shippensburg (Madison Osanitch, Julia Strine, McKenna Morris, Jillian Strine) 1:48.01; 10.James Buchanan (Madison Price, Kortny Green, Sarah Kimmel, Sadie Garbinski) 1:57.99
200 freestyle — 3.Lauren Wetzel (Waynesboro) 1:55.24; 4.Osanitch (Ship) 1:56.47
200 IM — 1.Wetzel (Way) 2:06.20; 10.Morris (Ship) 2:13.77
50 freestyle — 6.Ji.Strine (Ship) 24.95
100 butterfly — 4.Morris (Ship) 1:00.84
200 freestyle relay — 3.Shippensburg (Ju.Strine, Osanitch, Morris, Ji.Strine) 1:39.15
100 freestyle — 7.Ju.Strine (Ship) 54.06
500 freestyle — 4.Osanitch (Ship) 5:14.07
100 backstroke — 9.Ji.Strine (Ship) 1:01.18
100 breaststroke — 3.Ju.Strine (Ship) 1:05.10
Team Standings: 1.State College 343; 6.Chambersburg 168.5; 19.Shippensburg 2.5; 20.Greencastle-Antrim 1
200 medley relay — 5.Chambersburg (C.J. Pong, Michael Johnson, Robert Pong, Aidan McMillen) 1:38.76
200 freestyle — 4.McMillen (Chbg) 1:47.01
100 butterfly — 2.C.J. Pong (Chbg) 50:36
500 freestyle — 6.Colby Estep (Chbg) 4:57.40
100 backstroke — 1.C.J. Pong (Chbg) 50:43; 6.McMillen (Chbg) 54.58
100 breaststroke — 5.Johnson (Chbg) 1:00.89
400 freestyle relay — 1.5.Chambersburg (C.J. Pong, Estep, Gavin Vink, McMillen) 3:18.38