Chambersburg roundup: Trojan swim teams open with sweeps of Huskies, Panthers

Trojans pick up 2 victories: Chambersburg scored a 70-21 decision over Mifflin County and a 76-13 win over Central Dauphin East on Wednesday as their Mid Penn Commonwealth season finally got underway.

Emily Stroble

“After months of waiting to compete, our athletes (on both teams) took full advantage of their first opportunity,” Trojan girls coach Donnie Miller said. “We had competitive swims tonight and good results, but what stood out to me the most was the leadership and character of our team. In spite of no spectators and the athletes being relocated out of the pool area, our program (led by our captains) began to work cohesively as a team. The athletes helped with the meet set up and tear down and our boosters assisted with the meet operations.”

The girls won every individual race, as well as all three relays.

Emily Stroble won the 200 freestyle (2:28.51) and 100 butterfly (1:18.84), Layne Rydbom took the 200 IM (2:37.03) and 100 breaststroke (1:22.40) and Maddie Shifler won the 100 free (1:08.33) and 50 free (30.70), and all three were on two winning relay teams.

Also picking up wins were Chace Johnson (400 free, 5:29.27) and Hailey Fegan (100 backstroke, 1:20.40).

Miller said, “Abby Caltrider came back on the final length of her swim to grab second in the 200 IM, and Audrey Kough had a personal best in the 400 freestyle where she placed third.”

Sam Spiese

Chambersburg wins a pair: The Trojans captured wins over Mifflin County (44-6) and Central Dauphin East (44-30) on Wednesday to finally kick off their Mid Penn Commonwealth season.

For Chambersburg, Sam Spiese (200 and 400 freestyle), Aidan McMillen (50 free and 100 backstroke), Jacob Shifler (200 IM and 100 free) and Joseph Decker (100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke) each picked up two individual wins to help their team to first place in each event. The times were 2:45.11 and 5:57.05 for Spiese, 2:41.42 and 1:02.70 for Shifler, 26.08 and 1:03.46 for McMillen, and 1:09.50 and 1:16.76 for Decker.

The same group also posted wins in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.



Gettysburg 33, Chambersburg 23: The Warriors stormed to a 33-6 lead after eight bouts and weathered a five-match win streak by the Trojans to end the non-league meet Wednesday night, to earn its second win over Chambersburg this season (39-23 at the Gettysburg Duals).

Tate Nichter’s pin at 172 over Gettysburg’s Nathan Ridgely were the only points mustered by the Trojans (5-3) in the first eight bouts, while the Warriors (14-0) piled up four pins and a forfeit.

“It was a tough place to start, because it was right in the strength of their lineup,” Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said. “It was like two matches — they won the first half and we won the second, but they got more bonus points.”

Chambersburg ran off wins in the final five matches — major decisions by Karl Shindledecker (126) and Luke Mentzer (132) and decisions by Rylan Carter (113), Cesar Montolongo (120) and Anthony Colangelo (138).

Carter, Shindledecker, Mentzer, Colangelo and Nichter remain unbeaten so far this season.

The wildest bout came at 160, with Gettysburg’s Jacob Cherry outscoring Ryder Davenport, 14-11. Davenport led 3-2 after one period, but Cherry emerged with a 10-8 lead after two, thanks to a pair of three-point nearfalls. Two takedowns in the third sealed the high-scoring decision for Cherry.

Mentzer said, “I thought Tyler Jones, Aiden Hight and Ethan Faytol were all competitive tonight — that’s two sophomores and a freshman against three seniors. Two got pinned in the final minute and Hight was down only four points. They hung in there.

“The kids are rounding into shape. This is still kind of like preseason — we’re working on some things and I saw some improvement tonight.”

Gettysburg 33, Chambersburg 23
145 — Tyler Withers (G) d Kelby Mixell, 5-2
152 — Jared Townsend (G) p Tyler Jones, 5:25
160 — Jacob Cherry (G) d Ryder Davenport, 14-11
172 — Tate Nichter (C) p Nathan Ridgely, 1:43
189 — Max Gourley (G) p Aiden Hight, 2:54
215 — Samuel Rodriguez (G) p Ethan Faytol, 5:09
285 — Trevor Gallagher (G) d Zach Evans, 12-5
106 — Reed Miller (G) won by forfeit
113 — Rylan Carter (C) d Gabriel Pecaitis, 4-0
120 — Cesar Montelongo (C) d Montana Delawder, 3-2
126 — Karl Shindledecker (C) md Jacob Fetrow, 9-1
132 — Luke Mentzer (C) md Jaxon Townsend, 12-2
138 — Anthony Colangelo (C) d Ethan Dalton, 12-5