In what is largely an individual sport, the Shippensburg high school girls swim team showed what strong teamwork can do with an outstanding showing at the District 3 2A Swimming Championships Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.
The Greyhounds swam to a top-3 finish in the District 3 2A girls team standings. They placed third overall with a team score of 198 points, behind District 3 2A champs Schuylkill Valley (274) and second place Northern (233).
Ship's greatest success came in relays. They medaled in all three relay events, including a silver medal in the 200 yard freestyle relay Friday.
Julia Strine, Madelyn Facchinei, Madison Osanitsch, and Makenna Morris set a new school record with their time of 1:39.88. District 3 2A team champs Schuylkill Valley placed 1st at 1:38.19.
The next day, those same four swimmers – Strine, Facchinei, Osanitsch, and Morris – combined for a fourth place medal in the 400 free relay (3:41.97).
Additionally, the foursome of Teddi Powell, Mia Estep, Emily Smith, and Rachel Connor began the meet with a 6th place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:59.38).
The Greyhounds weren't done there. All told, the swim team finished with 17 medals, including five individual accolades.
Morris, a junior, set a new SASHS record in the 100 yard butterfly, reaching the wall in 4th place with a time of 58.71. She also added an 8th place medal in the 100 free (54.04).
Strine, fresh off winning Mid Penn Conference gold in the 100 yard breaststroke, garnered a 4th place medal in that same event at the district meet (1:05.33). The sophomore swimmer also placed fifth in the 100 free (53.67).
Osanitsch, a junior, added to her medal count with a pair of fifth place individual medals in the 200 free (1:57.38) and 500 free (5:18.92).
Elsewhere, Eli Zinn scored his fastest ever time in the 3A boy's 100 free. He touched the wall in 48.4, good enough for 19th place.
Osanitsch (200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Strine (100 free, 100 breast, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Morris (100 fly, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Facchinei (200 free relay, 400 free relay), and Powell (200 free relay, 400 free relay) each qualified for the state meet next weekend.
All five advanced to the state meet a season ago. Strine earned a state medal as a freshman, taking 7th place in the girl's 100 breast.
The 2019 PIAA Swimming Championships will take place March 13-16 at Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University.