Indians’ swimming confident they have right pieces
The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team was very fortunate to have some amazingly talented swimmers on last year’s Henlopen Conference South Division Championship team.
But gone are the likes of Mitch McGee, Michael Barnes and Max Kohr, who were a part of the third-place winning 200-free relay team at the DIAA State Championships. That trio was joined by a senior member of this year’s team, Will Douds, on the medal stand.
Douds is one of three seniors, along with three juniors, who will look to continue last season’s success in the pool for the Indians, into the 2019-2020 campaign. Douds will be involved in the sprint-free events for IR, with classmates Ethan Forrey and Lian Adkins manning the butterfly and breaststroke events, respectively.
“With the loss of such great leaders this season, we have roles that need to be filled,” said head coach Colin Crandell, who is back for his 11th season with the program. “The group we have this year will certainly need to fill those roles and train hard, but the outlook looks great.
“The season is off to a great start, and I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made in our first week. There are a lot of swimmers with potential to make the state meet, and a few who have the chance to final at that meet. With the right approach and the right effort, I think we may surprise ourselves and many other teams.”
The Indians completed their dual meet season with a 9-3 mark last year. They finished in fourth place in the team standings at the Henlopen Conference Championship meet behind the three teams that also bested them during the dual meet season — Sussex Tech, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney.
Other key returning members for this year’s team include juniors Declan Burke (middle-distance and sprint free events), Zach Lingenfelter (middle-distance and sprint free events) and Jackson Donnelly (distance free events). Newcomer Shane Hall, a freshman, will be involved with the individual medley events.
IR will only have three home meets this year, at the Howard T. Ennis School. Those meets will be on Thursday, Dec. 12, Thursday, Jan. 9, and Tuesday, Jan. 28. They will open the season with a tri-meet at Caesar Rodney against the Riders and Milford.
By Jason Feather