Chambersburg roundup: Swim teams hit fast times in losses to CV

Cumberland Valley 135, Chambersburg 49: The Trojans earned one first-place finish and three runner-up places in a Mid Penn Commonwealth defeat at the hands of the Eagles on Thursday afternoon.

Maddie Shifler

“Although the score may not show it, we had a great competition tonight against Cumberland Valley,” Trojan coach Donnie Miller said. “Chambersburg’s 15 athletes competing today could not match the outputs of the 50-plus Eagle swimmers and divers, but individual success was a plenty.”

Maddie Shifler picked up the lone victory for Chambersburg (2-1, 2-1 MPC), swimming a time of 5:53.98 to win the 500 freestyle.

Emily Stroble was second in that event, Layne Rydbom took second in the 200 IM and Kate Etter earned a runner-up place in diving.

Miller said, “The girls team had six swimmers record a total of 12 personal bests in their individual swims. Faith Asbury, Layne Rydbom, Megan Brandt, Abby Caltrider, Hailey Fegan and Chase Johnson all recorded two best times tonight, and Emily Stroble, Maddie Shifler and Audrey Kough each had strong swims in their events.

“The unpredictability of our season has kept us on our toes, but determination and persistent efforts at practice have allowed our team to take a step in the right direction. I look forward to the remainder of our competitions and we will all strive to unlock the potential in our athletes.”

Cumberland Valley 119, Chambersburg 38: The Trojans managed to pick up three individual wins against CV, but the Eagles took a victory in a Mid Penn Commonwealth meet Thursday afternoon.

Aidan McMillen won the 50 free in a time of 22.36, and also placed first in the 100 backstroke in 53.91 for Chambersburg (2-1, 2-1 MPC), which was almost 8 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In both of those races, McMillen swam his best time ever for a high school meet.

In addition, Joseph Decker also had two personal-best times, including 1:05.61 in the 100 breaststroke to capture a win, and he was second in the 500 free.

“It was really great for our team to realize success tonight in their swims,” Chambersburg girls coach Donnie Miller said. “I am happy for them. Tonight was a nice reminder that the time, energy, focus and efforts in practice will translate into the competitions.”