Shore boys pick up second win over Bellefonte, chants emerge in crowd

H. Lucas of Jersey Shore High School swims during a high school swimming meet against Bellefonte and Towanda. (Photo Provided)

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore High School boys and girls swim team hosted both Bellefonte and Towanda in their home pool on Thursday night. The Jersey Shore boys swim team has not produced a lot of wins this year. Undermanned and overwhelmed against many of their competitors, the Jersey Shore boys have a difficult time winning meets. But lately, there have been some bright spots.

The boys picked up their first win last week when they beat Sayre, 45-43, on the final 400 freestyle relay. Using that momentum, the group was able to pick up their second win last night over Bellefonte. Or maybe it was the shouts of ‘Backstoke Bower’ echoing around Jersey Shore High School’s swimming pool that got the team motivated.

Bower only started swimming competitively last year. “My teammate Tyler Worth was talked into swimming on the team a few years back,” said Bower. “After he joined, he just turned around and then convinced me to give it a go.”

And Bower was game for anything.

At first, he mostly competed in freestyle, the easiest and fastest stroke to learn for new swimmers. But watching the rest of the team in practice and meets gave him other ideas. “I asked coach to be put in the backstroke a few days before a meet,” said Bower. “Meet day came around and coach notified me that I was in the 100 backstroke.”

Ironically, that stoke is not what he is best at. Leading off both freestyle relays last night, he was able to qualify in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Bower joins Alex Butzler and Nash Berfield as the three male district qualifiers.

The girls bounced back from their nine point loss to Bloomsburg last week with wins over Bellefonte and Towanda.