By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- With the District 4 Class AA swimming meet on the horizon, Danville and Lewisburg came into Tuesday's Heartland Athletic Conference Division I dual hoping to improve on their overall season performance.
Danville's boys led by two points going into the diving section of the meet, 30-28. The Ironmen won the diving and went on to win five of the final seven events for a 98-72 win.
"All of the boys went in an raced all the way to the wall and if one of the Lewisburg kids was getting close, they were able to push faster and get the win," Danville coach Ryann Kishbaugh said. "We have a broad mixture of swimmers that have lots of experience and some who are new to swimming."
Danville won the 200 freestyle, 200 individual, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
Andrew Smith of Danville scored one of the closest wins of the night in the 50 freestyle edging Michael Sumfest of Lewisburg by a half second.
"In each race, we had swimmers step up either in finishing a spot up from their last outing, some who swam their fastest times of the year," Kishbaugh said.
"We had some good swims tonight but Danville has some really talented swimmers and we just came up a bit short in our effort," said Lewisburg coach Derek Updegraff about his boys team. "In the past few meets, I've seen improvement in our boys. I was very impressed with Danville's boys, they really have some good swimmers. Right now, we are just trying to make it through these last few meets and make it to districts."
Lewisburg is 2-4 on the season.
While the boys' side of the meet was close for a while, it was all Lewisburg on the girls' side who scored a 116-60 win. Lewisburg is 3-3 on the season.
Lewisburg won three of the first four events and then six of the last seven.
"I think our upperclassman showed a lot of poise and swam very well," Updegraff said. "It was an overall team effort and I can see an improvement this week."
While no one event stood out for Updegraff, sophomore Caitlin Foley had a good night for the Green Dragons as she led off the 200 medley win while also winning the 100 butterfly.
"We're a close knit team and we work very hard," Foley said "I like racing against Kasey (Getkin), she pushes me really hard."
Foley nipped Getkin in the 100 butterfly by .53 seconds after Getkin led the first leg of the 100 by .12 seconds.
Despite being low in numbers for her girls team, the effort they put forth against Lewisburg was not lost on Coach Kishbaugh.
"They swam great," she said of the girls' performance. "Nicole (Difilippo) swam her best times of the year and Kasey (Getkin) raced really well."
A positive result for Danville was the effort of Alexis Patterson.
"Alexis was fourth at one point and came back to finish second," Kishbaugh said. "We were very pleased with they way the girls battled today."
In the 100 breaststroke, Difilippo edged Emily Maxwell of Lewisburg by just under a second after being ahead by .08 seconds at the 50 mark.
"I never swam that fast before," said Difilippo who also won the 200 freestyle. "I didn't know that I had won until I looked up at the board and then I was able to smile"