Swimming: Sussex Academy earns 50th varsity win in tri-meet with DCHS, Salisbury School

GEORGETOWN – Friday afternoon, Sussex Academy’s swim program picked up four wins to surpass the 50-win milestone.

During the team’s Jan. 19 tri-meet with Delmarva Christian and Salisbury School, Sussex Academy picked up a pair of boys’ wins (75-18 over DCHS and 70-22 over Salisbury) and a pair of girls’ wins (81-12 over DCHS and 56-38 over Salisbury) to reach the impressive milestone.

Following the meet, the swim team pushed head coach Tom Martiner in the pool in celebration.

“This meet marked our 50th varsity win,” coach Martiner said. “The cool thing is we started this team four years ago with 12 kids and we’re up to 61 kids now.”

While coach Martiner credited the new facility as playing a role in the growth of the program over the last few years, he also believes the program is establishing a winning tradition in Georgetown.

The Sussex Academy relay team of Jake Mundok, Charles Mitchell, Gabriel Gonazlez and Johnathan Kent won the 200 medley relay in Friday afternoon’s tri-meet (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“Obviously, having the facility helped tremendously,” he said. “Plus, the kids just spread – by word of mouth – that there’s a winning tradition going on and that goes a long way, I think.”

Delmarva Christian, a much smaller school in terms of enrollment, has also been building up its swim program over the last five years or so.

Ahead of Friday afternoon’s swim meet, DCHS hadn’t been in the pool for competition in over a month (Thursday, Dec. 14) and many of the student-athletes have spent the last few weeks traveling out of the state or, for some, out of the country.

“I think they did a good job today,” said DCHS head coach Jessica Hart. “We’re overcoming J-term, which means most of our kids weren’t even in the state for the last few weeks. So, this is kind of our get-back-in-the-swing of things.”

J-term at DCHS is a two-week program in which students have the opportunity to learn outside of the normal classroom environment. Many students use that time to travel for courses or mission trips.

“We had some students go to different countries,” coach Hart said. “I think some went to China, some to Israel. Then we had others in Florida or Pennsylvania. We were literally all over the world.”

Now that the team is back together in the state of Delaware, coach Hart and her swimmers are working towards getting back into the swing of things at the pool.

DCHS sophomore Christina Flaherty competes in the 100 backstroke (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“This week we focused on getting our endurance back up, because some of them hadn’t swam in a while, and then we also worked on some technique because, again, a lot of our kids haven’t swam before so we’re teaching as we go along.”

In the program’s fifth year, DCHS is up to 13 swimmers on the boys’ roster and 12 swimmers on the girls’ roster. The girls’ team more than doubled from last year’s roster of just five.

The full list of winners from Friday can be found below.

Tri-meet boys’ winners:

200 medley relay: Jake Mundok, Charles Mitchell, Gabriel Gonzalez, & Johnathan Kent (Sussex Academy) – 1:55.26
200 freestyle: Evan Davis (Sussex Academy) – 2:01.82
200 individual medley: Scarbourough (Salisbury School) – 2:11.30
50 freestyle: Parker Shawver (Sussex Academy) – 24.71
100 butterfly: Scarborough (Salisbury School) – 57.89
100 freestyle: Buenano (Salisbury School) – 52.26
500 freestyle: Evan Davis (Sussex Academy) – 5:39.55
200 freestyle relay: Cooper Shawver, Jake Mundok, Johnathan Kent, & Parker Shawver (Sussex Academy) – 1:42.52
100 backstroke: Noah Strong, (Delmarva Christian) – 1:10.58
100 breaststroke: Charles Mitchell (Sussex Academy) – 1:09.36
400 freestyle relay: Parker Shawver, Kirschner, Hunter Smith, & Cooper Shawver (Sussex Academy) – 3:59.87

Tri-meet girls’ winners:

200 medley relay: Padilla, K. Marcum, Robertson, & A. Marcum (Salisbury School) – 2:09.78
200 freestyle: A. Marcum (Salisbury School) – 2:13.20
200 individual medley: K. Marcum (Salisbury School) – 2:22.38
50 freestyle: A. Marcum (Salisbury School) – 27.26
100 butterfly: Robertson (Salisbury School) – 1:08.42
100 freestyle: Samantha Oliver (Sussex Academy) – 1:02.97
500 freestyle: Mari Dopler (Sussex Academy) – 6:10.4
200 freestyle relay: Tessa Ellling, Claudia Carey, Samantha Oliver, & Lindsey Guida (Sussex Academy) – 1:55.96
100 backstroke: K. Markum (Salisbury School) – 1:03.36
100 breaststroke: Nina Criniti (Sussex Academy) – 1:24.88
400 freestyle relay: A. Markum, Padilla, Robertson, & K. Markum (Salisbury School) – 4:20.39

Next up for Sussex Academy is a home tri-meet against MOT Charter and Sussex Central Tuesday, Jan. 23. Then they’ll host Sussex Tech Thursday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Delmarva Christian will travel to Cambridge-South Dorchester (MD) for a road meet Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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