Aidan McMillen wins Mid Penn swim race for Trojans

NEW KINGSTOWN — Chambersburg senior Aidan McMillen produced two fast swims Saturday afternoon at the Mid Penn Championships and picked up a first and a second.

Aidan McMillen

McMillen dropped his time for the 100 backstroke to 53.45 to win that event, and swam a quick time of 21.93 to place second in the 50 freestyle.

“I was happy to see Aidan win the backstroke,” Trojan coach Chad White said. “He stayed strong the whole race and really worked his underwaters. He should be set up for a high seed at districts. His 50 was a really fast swim — it was his first time under 22 seconds — he he still has some things to work on for districts.”

Chambersburg’s team of McMillen, Joseph Decker, Jacob Shifler and Sam Spiese placed fifth in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:34.96.

“We dropped a ton of time,” White said. “All four boys ended the meet on a high note. It was Sam’s last race for high school and he did amazing.”

Also for the Trojans, Decker placed seventh in the 200 free in 1:51.30 and had the same fate in the 500 free, seventh in 5:02.16. His places helped Chambersburg place seventh in the team standings.

White said, “Joseph had huge drops in both of his races. He was mentally tough and has a great chance to qualify for districts in both events.”

Earlier in the week, Bryce Smiley placed sixth in the diving event.

Waynesboro’s Noah Collier took eighth in the 100 backstroke (57.84) and eighth in the 200 free (1:54.55).

Shippensburg’s Jedidiah Ritchie posted a time of 4:56.14 to capture first place in the 500 freestyle relay at the Mid Penn Conference Class 2A swimming championships Saturday.

The Greyhounds, who placed third in the team standings, also scored a runner-up finish in the 200 free relay (1:36.13), took fifth in the 400 free relay (3:32.92) and was eighth in the 200 medley relay (2:10.05).

Individually for the Hounds, Ritchie was third in the 100 butterfly (54.22), and Colin Krause placed third in the 100 free (51.36) and eighth in the 50 free (23.61). Earlier in the week in diving, Ship’s Connor Falvey (216.40) placed first, Davin Wilson (204.15) was second and Kyle Bucheister (155.25) was third.

For Greencastle-Antrim, Brady Jackson notched a time of 55.85 to take third in the 100 backstroke, and then took fourth in the 50 free in 22.35. Teammate Dylan Herivieux was sixth in the 200 IM (2:08.04) and fifth in the backstroke (57.58). The Blue Devils placed seventh as a team.

For James Buchanan, which was 10th in the team race, the 200 medley relay team was sixth in 1:57.72 and eighth in the 200 free relay (1:46.45).