Wilson High School boys’ swim coach Roy Snyder attained his 600th–and 601st –career victory at the team’s season-opening tri-meet against Cumberland Valley and Dallastown on Dec. 2.
The Wilson boys dominated the meet at Mechanicsburg, scoring 136-47 to top host Cumberland Valley, and they also outscored Dallastown 158-25.
Wilson seniors Isaiah Eberly, Takoda Heckman, and Josh Woessner were part of the ‘A’ teams that won the 200 medley relay (1:37.88) and 200 free relay (1:27.63). The three seniors also had individual wins at the meet, with Eberly taking first in the 100 fly (52.07), Heckman claiming two victories in the 200 IM (1:55.73) and 100 free (48.22), and Woessner sprinting to first in the 50 free (21.76). Senior Brady Wolf contributed to the win in the 200 medley relay and also took first in the 100 breast (1:01.81). Finally, senior Ian Metzgar swam to two wins in the 200 free (1:49.13) and 500 free (4:48.76).
Since founding the program, Snyder has amassed 32 Central Penn League titles, winning the last eight; 22 District 3 championships, including the previous six; and four PIAA titles. Last season at the 2022 PIAA Boys 3A Championships, the Wilson Bulldogs ranked fourth out of 55 teams, totaling 150 points. They finished only five points behind the third-ranked North Penn High School swim team.
The 85-year-old Snyder, who is kicking off his 59th season as Wilson’s head coach, now holds a career record of 602-114-1, after the Bulldogs’ win against Muhlenberg on Dec. 8, with the final score of 131-51.
Roy is a class act. He has done so much for High School swimming in PA. Congratulations Coach Snyder!