In a highly contested Henlopen Conference South Division swimming meet, the Indian River High School boys edged out host Sussex Academy, 91-79, last Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Indians won seven of the 11 events overall, which included six in the freestyle stroke.
Senior Michael Barnes was a four-time winner for the Indians, with first-place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. In the 200 relay, he teamed with Patrick Banks, William Douds and Mitch McGee for a winning time of 1:53.89. In the 400 relay, Barnes joined up with McGee, Declan Burke and Max Kohr as the quartet covered the distance in 3:45.59. Barnes swam the 50 free in 23.08, posting a time of 52.39 in the 100 free.
Burke was top dog in the 500 free, with his time of 5:41.20. McGee was first in the 200 free, with a time of 2:00.53.
IR’s other winning finish came in the 200 medley relay, where Burke, Banks, Kohr and Ethan Forrey clocked in at 1:53.34.
On the girls’ side of things, IR dropped a 131-37 decision to the Seahawks. Sophomore Emma Barthelmess won the only event topped by the Indians girls, the 100 breaststroke, with her time of 1:19.57.
Woodbridge 54, Indians 16
Julia Jordan led the Indians with seven points in a Dec. 6 contest against Woodbridge that was close after the first quarter of play.
The visitors turned up the heat in the second quarter, outscoring IR 21-5, to take a commanding 35-13 advantage into the halftime intermission.
Another impressive scoring effort in the third quarter for the Blue Raiders made it 51-15. Woodbridge has rolled to easy wins in each of their first four games.
The Indians traveled to Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and came up short in a 42-37 decision to the Blue Jays. The loss dropped IR’s record to 1-4 on the season.
A date with Delmar on Thursday, Dec. 13, was next on their schedule. With the game to be played after Coastal Point press time, results from that contest will be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
By Jason Feather