York Manor's 254-245 upset victory over Stoneleigh — the Sharks' first dual-meet loss in six years (also to the Makos) under coaches George Kennedy and Brian Loeffler — could have a ripple effect across Freestate Swim League pools for the rest of the season.
That's because York Manor had already lost to Hampton, making each regular-season meet before the season-ending Trophy Meet all the more important.
The Makos made sure it happened, rallying in the relays to prevail in the Sharks' pool for head coach Dani Korman and assistants Jeni Zeigler and Andrew Hogan
Trailing by 16 points at the end of backstroke, York Manor came back to win eight of the 10 butterfly events to take a two-point lead.
The meet then came down the final five relay events, of which York Manor needed to win three to prevail.
The Makos took the girls mixed relay (Shea Boecker, Jamie Lieu, Alexa Nicolas and Bryana Radebaugh) and the boys mixed (Tiernan Brunner, Jake Reister, Matthew Jahries and James Ray) before Stoneleigh won the next two relays, the 8-and-under freestyle (Kate Merlo, Landon Jones, Ellie Scherer and Luka Broussard) and the girls mixed free (Cristiane Salvatori, Margaret McElroy, Lindsey Wiglesworth, and Lillian Lowenthal).
That meant the last event, the boys mixed free, would determine the winner and the Makos' Jack Connelly, Thomas Thomsen, Sam Garthright, and Robbie Schuetz touched home first.
York Manor swimmers who won both of their events include Thomas Thomsen (boys 13-14 100 free and 100 individual medley), Jack Connelly (boys 11-12 50 free and 50 fly), Tiernan Brunner (boys 11-12 100 IM and 50 backstroke), Sam Garthright (boys 9-10 50 free and 100 IM), Ayden Mann (boys 7-8 25 breast and 25 fly), and Molly Melito (girls 6-and-under 25 free and 25 back).
"After a tough loss to Hampton, it was exciting to see the team come together and swim at their best against the best to take home their first win against Stoneleigh in six years," Korman said.