Senior swimmers recognized at Jersey Shore High School

JERSEY SHORE – A typical high school swim meet is broken up in the middle with diving events. But since Jersey Shore High School removed their boards several years ago, that section of the meet is a chance for swimmers to jump in and do a short warm-up.

Last night was different as the swimming community recognized the senior high school swimmers. As with any Senior Night, in any sport, there were plenty of tears as the crowd recognized Ethan Alexander, Luke Engel, Dakota Gardner, Gabbie Moore, Briar Lehman, and Alexa Shadle. “I am going to miss all of them,” said head coach Jenna Brooks. “They brought great morale to the team with a lot of bonding, hardwork, and reaching out to struggling swimmers.”

Sandwiched on each side of the recognition event was a swim meet and the girls easily took care of business, 138-30. The girls won all eight individual events and three relays. Most of the competition really took place lower down in the placings, between teammates.

Taylor Fleming won the 200 meter freestyle but the battle was for the next two spots. Shore’s Stephanie Steinbacher sprinted to a 3.5 second lead over teammate Natalie Charnego in the first 50 meters. For the rest of the race, Charnego chipped away time in the next three 50s and came within .89/100s of second place.The 100 meter breaststroke was another 1-2-3 finish for the girls. Shore’s Kendra White won the race but it was neck-in-neck with Leslie Shadle and Arizona Schreck for the two spot. Shadle was able to close out the race by just over a second ahead of Shreck.

Relays are always an exciting race. While Shore’s top 200 free relay team captured first, it was their second team that really had to work. Montoursville’s Lacy Kimberling opened up the race with an almost five second lead over Shore’s Arizona Shreck. Teammates Steinbacher, Lehman, and Gabbie Bellomo steadily chipped away at the lead to finish in second place by .65/100s.

The boys lost 72-61 but were able to capture two of three relay during the meet.