Trojan swimmers finish 12th in PIAA team standings

LEWISBURG — Chambersburg had a banner day Friday at the PIAA Swimming Championships with Derek Estep taking a gold medal in the 200 freestyle.

Joseph Decker

The Trojans kept the momentum going Saturday as Estep placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay took a ninth, helping Chambersburg to place 12th in the Class 3A team standings.

“A 12th-place finish is amazing,” Chambersburg coach Chad White said.

Estep was seeded No. 6 with a time of 46.13 in the 100 free, but improved that to fifth in 46.02 with his performance in Saturday morning’s preliminary swim.

In the final, he pulled off a time of 45.75, which is a team record, but he finished behind Shane Eckler of Ridley (44.21), Carlos Hildalgo of Lebanon (44.56) and Marcus Papanikolaou of Central Bucks East (45.20).

Brandon Estep

White said, “Derek had a wonderful 100 to move up to fourth.”

The 400 relay team of Alex Kaczmark, Brandon Estep, Derek Estep and Joseph Decker had a seed time of 3:12.51. In the prelims, the squad posted a 3:12.51, which was the 14th-best time.

That put the Trojans in the consolation final, and they had their best race of the season to hit the wall in 3:10.57. That tied for first in the race with Owen J. Roberts and put them in a tie for 9th place overall.

“All four boys came together for a wonderful race,” White said. “It was a great way for our two seniors (Brandon Estep and Decker) to end their high school swimming careers. Both Brandon and Joseph were lights out. The team dropped almost 3 seconds from their prelim time and broke the team record.

“Derek had enough left to go into overdrive in that race.”

Waynesboro’s Eve Phillips competed in the 100 freestyle in Class 3A. Her time of 53.10 in the prelims was the ninth-best, putting her into the consolation final and she swam better (52.03), but dropped to 11th place.