Swim Team Succeeds at Mid Penn Championships

Swim Team Succeeds at Mid Penn Championships
Posted on 02/16/2018
Riley Hester
Staff Writer

The CV Eagles swam to victory at the annual Mid Pennchampionship meet held onFebruary 9th and February 10th. Cumberland Valley competed against 25 teams, including twoof their toughest competitors, Hershey and State College.

After a successful two days of racing,the boys’ team gathered a total of 315 points, placing 2nd behind Hershey. The girls’ team alsoearned a successful 287 points, placing 3rd right behind State College (2nd), and Hershey (1st).

“Mid Penns is always a great meet for Cumberland Valley: everyone tends to do really,really well in their races. I think this year it was more of a team effort. There was a lot of motivation and everyone was having fun and that’s what makes you swim fast. We definitely sawa lot of fast racing from everyone on the team,” Coach Mike Gobrecht said.

The teams prepared for the Mid Penn meet with both morning and afternoon practices plus additional weight and agility training sessions. The week prior to Mid Penns the teamslowered the intensity of their workouts in order to have the right amount of rest needed to haverewarding swims at the meet.

“We practiced a lot harder this year than we have in many years, and we did have a lot ofswimmers this year who really stepped it up at practice,” Gobrecht said. “Also, I think everybodydid a much better job working together this year and pushing each other in practice. It was thelittle things swimmers worked on at practice that really showed in their races.”

Overall, CV had some very impressive time drops. Notable races from the meet include all of the boys’ and girls’ relays, and the boys’ 100 yard butterfly, where CV swimmers LoganSkiles and Jack Dengler took 1st and 2nd place.

“All of the relays did very well this year. They are always a lot of fun and they all hadgreat time improvements,” Gobrecht said. “We had some Mid Penn champions in the 400 freerelay and also a Mid Penn champion and a Mid Penn runner up with Logan Skiles and JackDengler in the 100 yard butterfly. We had some kids this year who worked really hard and hadsome drastic time drops such as Naeem Sbaiti in his 500 yard freestyle.”

“I definitely think everyone’s training showed at Mid Penns. The 100 yard butterfly was super close up until the last 25 yards, but it was Jack and I who ended up pulling ahead andplacing 1st and 2nd. We couldn’t have asked for anything better than that,” Sophomore LoganSkiles said.

From here, CV will have a large amount of swimmers move on to the annual District meet held on March 2nd and March 3rd. The results from the District meet will determine howmany swimmers will move on to represent the CV Eagles at the State Championship meet held atBucknell University.

“I would like to think that we continue to swim fast at Districts. We have about 20 swimmers that will be competing at this meet and it will be a lot tougher because it’s fourconference meets all in District 3. The biggest goal for our team this year is seeing how manyrelays we can get to States, and I think we have a good chance in almost all of them,” Gobrecht said.
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