When Jacob Jenkins took to the pool Friday for the 500-yard freestyle as Spring Grove hosted Dover, he was doing so for the first time all season.

Even though Jenkins is a junior, he is in his first year swimming for the Rockets. Jenkins had been swimming for the Northern York YMCA.

He was determined to go out, set the tone and earn a win for the Rockets, and that is exactly what he did.

Jenkins went out and set a blistering pace on his way to win by almost 34 seconds with a time of 5:08.92, helping the Spring Grove boys earn a 125-60 win over Dover.

"My strategy was to not go out too fast," Jenkins said. "You just need to keep that constant pace. Normally, I do my last push at the last 100 yards. My goal was to get under five minutes. I just missed it. I have a little work to do.

Jenkins also had his hand in victories in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

"Jake is a very talented swimmer," Spring Grove coach Peggy Kile said. "That was a very good swim for him. We are fortunate he came out for the team this year. We weren't sure what he would do. We knew he would be fast. We just weren't sure how fast."


Nicolas Trettel also had a big day for the Rockets as he won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke and swam legs on the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays.

The Rocket relay teams came in first and third in the 200 medley to give them a 10-4 lead over Dover, a lead they would never relinquish.

"We were very pleased with what we saw out of the boys," Kile said. "We tried to mix things up a bit and get the kids to swim some off events. We had done real well at the Dover Invitational, taking second out of 15 teams. (Dover) had some guys who really pushed our kids. We had some very fast times."

On the girls' side, Dover set two pool records on their way to defeating Spring Grove, 105-81.

Rachel Spaulding, Mia Becker, Nicole Smith and Aniella Janosky set the record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.61, breaking the record from 2009 that was held by Dallastown with a time of 1:44.05.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Spaulding, Summer Dacheux, Smith and Janosky set the record with a time of 3:44.32, breaking the record of 3:46.62 held by Dallastown.

The Rockets received a strong performance from Abby Kling, who earned victories in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

"We thought Abby would win," Kile said. "We had her in the 500 free and the 200 IM and she did what we kind of expected her to do."

Spring Grove s Courtney Perry competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Friday s meet against Dover at Spring Grove High School.
Spring Grove s Courtney Perry competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Friday s meet against Dover at Spring Grove High School. (THE EVENING SUN KALANI GORDON)

For Kling, the goals are bigger than just winning the race.

"I want to get the record in the 500 free and I am working on that," Kling said. "I had an OK swim."

The 500 free is a 20-lap race that truly tests swimmers' endurance, something Kling prides herself on.

"I swam for the York YMCA and, when I tried sprint races, I wasn't any good," she said. "I have so much endurance that the 500 suits me perfectly. Swimming it makes me feel good."

Despite the loss, Kile was impressed with what she saw.

"They have eight girls that they can put anywhere," she said. "Most of our girls had personal bests today, so they did a great job even though the results might not show it."

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Friday's Boys' Result
at Spring Grove
   200 medley relay -- 1. Spring Grove (Nick Trettel, Jacob Jenkins, Taylor Myers, Isaac Smith), 1:46.07; 200 free -- 1. Casey Marshall, Do, 2:04.4; 2. Boyles, SG; 3. Zumbrum, SG; 200 IM -- 1. Nolan Kling, SG, 2:12.61; 2. Link, Do; 3. Seitz-Brown, SG; 50 free -- 1. Alex Pelaia, SG, 25.36; 2. Sterner, Do; 3. Roberts, SG; Diving -- 1. Jake Riddle, Do, 136.0; 2. Beckman, SG; 3. Smith, SG; 100 fly -- 1. Trettel, SG, 59.01; 2. Myers, SG: 3. Link, Do; 100 free -- 1. Austin Liberatore, SG, 52.42; 2. Smith, SG; 3. Sterner, Do; 500 free -- 1. Jenkins, SG, 5:08.92; 2. Roberts, SG; 3. Boyles, SG; 200 free relay -- 1. Spring Grove (Liberatore, Kling, Pelaia, Smith), 1:37.6; 2. Spring Grove; 3. Dover; 100 back -- 1. Trettel, SG, 56.00; 2. Marshall, Do; 3. Zumbrum, SG; 100 breast -- 1. Liberatore, SG, 1:11.54; 2. Seitz-Brown, SG; 3. Harman, Do; 400 free relay -- 1. Spring Grove (Trettel, Kling, Jenkins, Smith), 3:31.30; 2. Spring Grove; 3. Dover.

Friday's Girls' Result
at Spring Grove
   200 medley relay -- 1. Dover (Summer Dacheux, Bree Link, Shea Beierschmitt, Mia Becker), 1:59.97; 2. Spring Grove; 3. Spring Grove; 200 free -- 1. Rachel Spaulding, Do, 2:01.42; 2. Staub, Do; 3. Staub, SG; 200 IM -- 1. Abby Kling, SG, 2:19.32; 2. Smith, Do; 3. Link, Do; 50 free -- 1. Aniella Janosky, Do, 25.8; 2. K. Miller, SG; 3. Cable, SG; Diving -- 1. Morgan Stambaugh, Do, 217.25; 2. Bahoric, Do; 3. Trettel, SG; 100 fly -- 1. Janosky, Do, 1:01.09; 2. Dacheux, Do; 3. Hoffnagle, SG; 100 free -- 1. Nicole Smith, Do, 56.13; 2. K. Miller, SG; 3. Cable, SG; 500 free -- Kling, SG, 5:24.81; 2. Spaulding, Do; 3. Staub, Do; 200 free relay -- 1. Dover (Spaulding, Mia Becker, Smith, Janosky), 1:43.61; 2. Spring Grove; 3. Spring Grove; 100 back -- 1. Dacheux, Do, 1:03.12; 2. R. Miller, SG: 3. Beierschmitt, Do; 100 breast -- 1. Link, Do, 1:13.72; 2. Lecrone, SG; 3. Senft, SG; 400 free relay -- 1. Dover (Spaulding, Dacheux, Smith, Janosky), 3:44.32; 2. Spring Grove; 3. Dover.