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Willowood Wins Its Own Invitational, Loses to Heatherfield

It was a busy week for the Willowood Swim Club, as the Bluefins competed in three different meets across five days, coming away with a moderate amount of success in each of them.

Five Willowood swimmers participated in Devon Crest’s annual novice meet on Tuesday, July 10. The top finisher for the Bluefins was Madison Conway, who took second in both the 13-14 girls 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter individual medley, as well as third in the 50-meter freestyle. Nolan Houp got fourth both in the 6-and-under boys 25-meter freestyle and the 25-meter backstroke. The remaining Bluefin swimmers included Isla Mayhue (fourth in the 6-and-under girls 25-meter backstroke, eighth in the 25-meter freestyle), Aiden Gubbins (fifth in the 8-year-boys 25-meter backstroke, ninth in the 25-meter freestyle) and Jack Mayhue (eighth in the 6-and-under boys 25-meter backstroke, 12 in the 25-meter freestyle).

The next day, Willowood held its 37th annual invitational meet, with 13 other teams sending swimmers to compete. The Bluefins ended up winning the meet with a team score of 1,058. Hailey Dougherty led the way with two victories in the 9-10 girls 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly, along with a second-place finish in the 100-meter individual medley. Her sister Sarah also won the 8-and-under girls 25-meter backstroke and took second in the 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter butterfly. The other two Bluefins winners were Morgan Conway (first in the 11-12 girls 50-meter breaststroke, third in the individual medley) and Trevor Nolen (first in the 11-12 boys 50-meter breaststroke, third in the 50-meter butterfly).

There were numerous swimmers for Willowood who had multiple top-five placements. They were Logan Conway (second in the boys 9-10 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley), Daniel Mueser (second in the 15-andover boys 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle, fifth in the boys 50-meter freestyle), Everett Rachael (second in the 11-12 boys 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley, third in the 50-meter freestyle), Oliviah Rachael (second in the 15-and-over girls 50-meter freestyle, fourth in the 50-meter backstroke), Riley Runnels (second in the 13-14 boys 50-meter backstroke, third in the 50-meter freestyle, fourth in the 100-meter freestyle), Kylie Wilkinson (second in the 11-12 girls 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter freestyle), Tyler Wilkinson (second in the 15-and-over boys 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley), Andrew Donahue (third in the 13-14 boys 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle), Sierra Kapcsos (third in the 13-14 girls 50-meter breaststroke, fourth in the 50-meter butterfly), Mackenzie Shubert (third in the 8-and-under girls 25-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 25-meter freestyle), Ben Azzalina (fourth in the 15-and-over boys 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 100-meter freestyle), Megan Handshew (fourth in the 1314 girls 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley) and Jordyn Cronin (fifth in the 8-and-under girls 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter breaststroke).

Lastly, Willowood held its final home swim meet of the season on Saturday, July 14, against the visiting Heatherfield Hurricanes, falling by a final score of 617-415. The loss drops the Bluefins to 1-3 on the summer.

In the 15-and-over division, Daniel Mueser and Oliviah Rachael once again notched three wins each, with the former taking the boys 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly, while the latter was victorious in the girls 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.

Tyler Wilkinson scored two second-place finishes for the boys in the 50-meter backstroke and the 100-meter individual medley, as well as third in the 100-meter freestyle. He and Mueser broke a team record in the 200-meter freestyle relay alongside Ben Azzalina (fourth in the boys 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke) and Aedan Wilkinson (fourth in the boys 100-meter individual medley, sixth in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke), in spite of a second-place finish. Camille Donahue was the next best for the girls, placing third in the 50-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 50-meter butterfly and the 100-meter individual medley.

The rest of the top finishers in the 15-and-over division for Willowood consisted of Sam Azzalina (third in the boys 50-meter breaststroke), Jake Cavender (fifth in the boys 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter breaststroke), Brooke Heisey (fourth in the girls 50-meter backstroke, sixth in the 100-meter freestyle), Emmy Kriner (fourth in the girls 100-meter freestyle, sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly), Abigail Alspaugh (fifth in the girls 50-meter backstroke), Rachel Handshew (fifth in the girls 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle), Erin Kraskewicz (fifth in the girls 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle and100-meter individual medley), Andrew Young (fifth in the boys 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley), Caeli Connolly (sixth in the girls 50-meter backstroke) and Stuart Readinger (sixth in the boys 50-meter butterfly).

Gabriella Dabbs was the top swimmer for the 13-14 girls, finishing first in both the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle, as well as second in the 50-meter butterfly. Megan Handshew and Sierra Kapcsos each had wins in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke, respectively. Handshew was also second in the 100-meter freestyle and third in the 100-meter individual medley, while Kapcsos got second in the 100-meter individual medley and third in the 50-meter butterfly. The three also won the 200-meter freestyle relay alongside Madison Conway (second in the 50-meter breaststroke, third in the 100-meter freestyle, fourth in the 50-meter freestyle).

Andrew Donahue had the best finishes for the 13-14 boys with two second-place finishes (50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley) and a third as well (50-meter backstroke). The remaining top placements in the division were Owen Gensemer (third in the boys 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle, fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke), Rachel Nolen (third in the girls 50-meter backstroke, fourth in the 100-meter individual medley, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle), Nevin Rutherford (fourth in the boys 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly), Connor Alspaugh (fifth in the boys 100-meter individual medley), Tyler Bell (fifth in the boys 50-meter backstroke, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle), Ethan Hall (fifth in the boys 100-meter freestyle, sixth in the 100-meter individual medley), Wyatt Rachael (fifth in the boys 50-meter butterfly), Maria Wohlbowne (fifth in the girls 50-meter backstroke), Nathan Yohn (fifth in the boys 50-meter freestyle), Mitchell Garber (sixth in the boys 50-meter butterfly), Caz Mikula (sixth in the boys 100-meter freestyle) and Caitlin Steffie (sixth in the girls 50-meter butterfly).

Everett Rachael and Morgan Conway had the lone victories for Willowood in the 1112 division, with the former winning the boys 50-meter freestyle in addition to taking second in the 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley, while the latter got first in the girls 50-meter breaststroke, as well as third in the 100-meter individual medley and fifth in the 50-meter butterfly.

Kylie Wilkinson nabbed three second-place finishes in the girls 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly. Trevor Nolen was the next best finisher for the boys, getting second in the 50-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley. The remaining top placements for the division were Stephanie Hall (third in the girls 100-meter freestyle, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle), Max Mikula (third in the boys 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke), Tessa Cronin (fourth in the girls 50-meter backstroke, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle), Nathan Erickson (fourth in the boys 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 50-meter butterfly), Dillon Ernst (fourth in the boys 50-meter backstroke, sixth in the 100-meter freestyle), Brennan Gochenaur (fourth in the boys 100-meter freestyle), Braden Newsome (fourth in the boys 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley, fifth in the 50-meter butterfly), Rene Oltmans (fourth in the girls 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley), Tyler Henry (fifth in the boys 100-meter freestyle), Morgan Rudy (fifth in the girls 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle), Hayden Best (sixth in the boys 50-meter backstroke), Julia Garber (sixth in the girls 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley), Elizabeth Kerin (sixth in the girls 50-meter backstroke) and Josie Spayd (sixth in the girls 100-meter freestyle).

The 9-10 division had just three first-place finishes spread out amongst the group. For the boys, it was Logan Conway in the 50-meter breaststroke, who also placed second in the 50-meter butterfly and third in the 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley. For the girls, it was Hailey Dougherty in the 50-meter butterfly, who added a second-place finish in the 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley and a thirdplace finish in the 50-meter freestyle, and Mallory Readinger in the 50-meter breaststroke, who also took fourth in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle.

Josephine Sirinides was able to get second in the girls 50-meter breaststroke. Reid Gilmore had three third-place finishes in the boys 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly. The rest of the top placements consisted of Landon Henry (third in the boys 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly), Audra Kuntz (fourth in the girls 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle), Benji Myers (fourth in the boys 50-meter backstroke and 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle), Luka Spayd (fourth in the boys 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle), Noa Williams (fourth in the girls 50-meter freestyle, fifth in the girls 50-meter backstroke and 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley), Olivia Kapcsos (fifth in the girls 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly, sixth in the girls 50-meter freestyle), Felix Mikula (fifth in the boys 50-meter freestyle and 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley), Haydden Miller (fifth in the boys 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle), Owen Good (sixth in the boys 10-andunder 100-meter freestyle), Susanna Fuddy (sixth in the girls 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle) and Caleigh Troop (sixth in the girls 50-meter backstroke and 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley).

For the 8-and-under division, Sarah Dougherty swept her three events with firstplace finishes in the girls 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly. Mackenzie Shubert also had a win in the girls 25-meter breaststroke, also taking second in the 25-meter freestyle and third in the 25-meter butterfly. Jordyn Cronin had a trio of secondplace finishes in the girls 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter breaststroke and 25-meter butterfly. All three girls additionally won the 100-meter freestyle relay alongside Sonoma Shull (third in the girls 25-meter freestyle, fourth in the 25-meter backstroke).

Barrett Newsome (second in the boys 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter breaststroke, third in the 25-meter butterfly) was the top swimmer for the 8-and-under boys. The rest of their top finishers included Aiden Gubbins (fourth in the 25-meter backstroke, fifth in the 25-meter freestyle), Cayden Troop (fifth in the 25-meter backstroke), Jake Brehm (sixth in the 25-meter backstroke) and Nolan Houp (sixth in the 25-meter freestyle).

The Bluefins will be competing in the finals for Division A of the Mid-Penn Swim League at the Hershey Recreation Center on Saturday, July 21. The top finishers for the event will then swim in the All-Star Event for the MPSL on Sunday, July 22, at the Annville-Cleona Community Pool.

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