Derek Estep earns medal: Chambersburg’s Derek Estep had a fine day Wednesday at the PIAA Class 3A Swimming Championships at Bucknell University.
Estep, a sophomore, captured a fourth-place medal in the 200 freestyle event and came very close to a second medal in the 100 butterfly.
“Derek had such a fantastic meet,” Trojan coach Chad White said. “He is a phenomenal athlete with a very strong mental toughness.”
Estep entered the meet ranked No. 6 in the 200 free with a qualifying time of 1:40.69. In Wednesday morning’s preliminaries he swam a 1:40.70 to earn a place in the final with the third-best time. Then, in the final, he posted a time of 1:40.83 to place fourth. The winner, Ben Gerhard of Governor Mifflin, had a time of 1:38.88.
In the 100 fly, Estep was seeded No. 7 with his qualifying time of 50.20. He swam 50.69 in the prelims, which placed him in 10th and put him in the consolation final. In that race, he posted a season-best time of 49.92, which gave him 9th place. That 49.92 time was better than two swimmers in the finals, so it was the seventh-best time overall.
White said, “Placing in the top eight as a sophomore is an incredible achievement. It’s going to be very exciting to see what he can accomplish over the next two years.”
In the girls Class 3A competition, Waynesboro freshman Eve Phillips entered the meet with the 11th-best time in the 100 fly (57.61). In the prelims, she swam 58:50 and that was the 17th-best time, so she just missed swimming in the consolation final.
Palmyra 5, Chambersburg 0: The Trojans opened their season Wednesday afternoon against a tough non-league opponent in Palmyra at Norlo Park, and the Cougars swept the matches.
In fact, Palmyra did not allow Chambersburg to win any games.
The Trojan players included Ian Flores at No. 1 singles, Paul Hanse at No. 2 and Noah Yost at No. 3. The No. 1 doubles team included Bradley Stahl and Lance Jacobs.
“It was a beautiful day for our opener, but we faced a great opponent,” Chambersburg coach Nico Mucci said.