Making a splash: Dover, Phila swimmers meet for first time in a dual meet

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Dover makes a splash after warmups during their first ever known dual meet against rival New Philadelphia Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
Dover makes a splash after warmups during their first ever known dual meet against rival New Philadelphia Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

DOVER -- The Dover-Phila rivalry hit the Tuscarawas County YMCA pool Wednesday night.

The Dover High School swim teams hosted their first ever Dover-Phila swim meet and came away with a sweep.

The Crimson Tornado girls were victorious with the final score of 128-41 and the Dover boys topped the Quakers with a score of 126-35.

Leading the team with four first-place finishes for the Tornadoes were Reagan Durbin, Elizabeth Lane, Lucas Lane, Cameron Marshall, and Holly Perkowski.

Dover's Lucas Lane swims in the meet against New Philadelphia Wednesday night at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
Dover's Lucas Lane swims in the meet against New Philadelphia Wednesday night at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

"Both teams did a great job tonight at a very packed YMCA," said Dover first-year head coach Matt Petricola. "The Dover students did not disappoint and brought a ton of energy to the first-time meet. The girls team won every event and the boys won every event but one. It was great to watch them support each other early on, and that success just kept building throughout the meet."

"The teams had a lot of fun too," Petricola added. "It was great that we could come together, have a fast meet, and walk away as competitors and friends. Both Dover and Phila use the same pool, and for years, practiced at the same time. It was awesome to see the two teams come together to share the pool in a competitive way. The Dover Phila rivalry has the way of bringing teams together. I saw that come through tonight as our team got behind each other and cheered each other on until the last swimmer finished. We are hoping to ride that wave of togetherness into a fast February as we approach our championship meets."

"We are looking forward to a new era of swimming with an old-standing rivalry."

New Philadelphia sixth-year head coach Nathan Levengood was proud of the way his Quakers competed despite the loss in the first time event.

"I was really happy with how everything went," said Levengood. "It's something I wish happened when I was a swimmer at Phila. We were the only sport to never compete head to head against each other, so it's great to start a new tradition and play our part in the history of the two schools."

There was standing room only during the first swim meet between New Philadelphia and Dover Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
There was standing room only during the first swim meet between New Philadelphia and Dover Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

"Dover has a great program and every invite and conference meet we attend, they always provide great competition," added Levengood. "It's another reason why I wanted them on our schedule. It's also great to see the pool area filled with hometown spectators. Anything that'll help get more eyes on the local programs is a win in my opinion. We competed hard today and I was proud of them. Quite a few of them had season best, and even personal best, times. Overall, the kids are trending in the right direction, and they got to be part of something historic tonight, and I'm quite proud of that."

Scoring first place finishes were as follows:

DOVER GIRLS

200 Medley Relay – 1:58.16 (Reagan Durbin, Cassy Connare, Holly Perkowski, Annie Wright); 200 Freestyle – 2:11.55 – Durbin; 200 Individual Medley – 2:21.43 – Perkowski; 50 Freestyle – 26.19 – Elizabeth Lane; 100 Butterfly – 1:02.75- Perkowski; 100 Freestyle - :57.72 – Lane; 500 Freestyle – 5:56.56 - Olivia Noretto; 200 Freestyle Relay – 1:46.47 (Annie Wright, Riley Schie, Perkowski, Lane); 100 Backstroke – 1:05.34 – Durbin; 100 Breaststroke – 1:16.23 - Connare; 400 Freestyle Relay- 3:58.95 (Durbin, Schie, Jenna Leeper, Lane)

Dover's Holly Perkowski swims in the women's 200 yard individual medley Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
Dover's Holly Perkowski swims in the women's 200 yard individual medley Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

DOVER BOYS

200 Medley Relay- 1:52:10 (Cayden Fix, Richard Tolloti, Kasey Ruegsegger, Cole Howell); 200 Freestyle- 1:44.30 – Lucas Lane; 200 Individual Medley- 2:10.42 - Cameron Marshall; 50 Freestyle- :23.36 – Blaze Burris; 100 Freestyle- :47.92 - Lane; 500 Freestyle- 5:36.95 - Marshall; 200 Freestyle Relay-1:36.55 – (Burris, Lorentz, Marshall, Lane); 100 Backstroke- 1:04.59 – Cayden Fix; 100 Breaststroke- 1:09.52 - Tolloti; 400 Freestyle Relay- 3:33.22 (Burris, Ruegsegger, Marshall, Lane)

NEW PHILA BOYS

100 Butterfly -- Steven Simpson.

New Philadelphia's McKalynne Helmke swims in the women's 200 yard medley relay against Dover Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.
New Philadelphia's McKalynne Helmke swims in the women's 200 yard medley relay against Dover Wednesday at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

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