Indian River boys top Henlopen South swimmers

The Indian River High School boys’ swim team are the 2018-2019 Henlopen Conference South Division champions. The boys went undefeated in their division meets and posted a 9-3 overall mark during the dual-meet season.

Their most recent contest was a bit of a disappointment, but the Indians were battling some injuries to several of their main roster members. IR managed just two event wins in the 102-65 setback to Sussex Tech in Wednesday, Jan. 30, swim meet at the Sussex Academy Aquatic Center. It was both teams’ Senior Recognition Night.

Senior Michael Barnes won the Indians’ lone individual event with his time of 23.21 in the 50 freestyle event.

The team of Declan Burke, Liam Adkins, Ethan Forrey and William Douds combined for the win in the 200 medley relay with their time of 1:52.76 for the other IR event victory.

Girls’ swimming: Sussex Tech 130, Indians 40

The IR girls’ swim team was able to win just one event in their 130-40 loss to the Ravens in this week’s Henlopen Conference divisional crossover meet.

Sophomore Alex Hall was the lone winner for IR, with her 7:02.46 in the 500 freestyle event.

Both IR swim teams are gearing up for the Henlopen Conference Swimming Championships, which will be held this Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Sussex Academy Aquatic Center.

Over the course of the season, the IR boys have seen several of their swimmers post state-qualifying times, and nine of them qualified for the conference championships:

• Michael Barnes, senior — 50 free (22.47), 100 free (50.77);

• Declan Burke, sophomore — 200 free (1:58.35), 500 free (5:35.76);

• Mitch McGee, senior — 200 free (2:00.07), 100 fly (1:00.83);

• Patrick Banks, senior — 100 breast (1:08.08), 200 IM (2:16.32);

• Max Kohr, senior — 50 free (23.66), 100 free (54.37);

• Will Douds, junior — 50 free (23.96), 100 free (55.73);

• Zach Lingenfelter, sophomore — 50 free (25.05);

• Dylan Tuttle, senior — 100 breast (1:08.82); and

• Liam O’Leary, junior — 50 free (25.09).

IR girls who qualified include:

• Emma Barthelmess, sophomore — 50 free (28.03), 100 breast (1:17.45); and

• Lexi Hall, sophomore — 50 free (28.36).

The DIAA State Swimming Championships will be held at the University of Delaware on Feb. 20, 21 and 23.


Jason Feather

Staff Reporter