Indian River boys' swimming off to a strong start in pool
The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team swept all 11 events en route to a 128-29 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division tilt at the Boys & Girls Club in West Sussex.
In the process, three IR swimmers were able to post state-qualifying times for the DIAA meet that will take place at the end of the season. Senior Will Douds, as well as juniors Declan Burke and Zach Lingenfelter, all have qualified in multiple events for the state competition. All three have qualified for the 50 free and 100 free events, while Burke has added a qualifying time in the 200 free as well.
In the win over Seaford, Douds was a four-time winner in relay and individual events combined. Burke was a triple winner, as was Lingenfelter.
Burke and Douds teammed with Lian Adkins and Ethan Forrey for first place in the 200 medley relay (1:59.09). In the 200 free relay event, Lingenfelter, Shane Hall, Liam O’Leary and Jackson Donnelly posted a time of 1:43.26 for top honors, while in the 400 free relay it was Lingenfelter, Douds, O’Leary and Bastian Perry picking up first place with their time of 4:07.58.
“Out of the gate, I’ve been very encouraged and pleased with our swims,” IR head coach Colin Crandell said. “We’ve had very limited time in the pool, and even less now that [Howard T.] Ennis [the Indians’ home pool for practices and meets] has broken down. Despite the limitations, we look very strong and sound in the water. My hope is for this trend to continue, and for the boys to keep their positive attitude. They are a fun bunch to coach.”
Douds picked up individual wins in the 100 free (55.20) and 100 backstroke (1:15.81). Burke added individual wins in the 200 IM (2:26.68) and 100 butterfly (1:10.58). Forrey’s individual win came in the 200 free (2:20.62), while Lingenfelter added a solo win in the 50 free (24.30).
Hall and Adkins wrapped up the Indians’ winning efforts with victories in the 500 free (6:37.89) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.66), respectively.
IR dropped their first meet of the season to Henlopen Athletic Conference power Caesar Rodney back on Wednesday, Dec. 4, by a score of 66-28. The Indians picked up two wins overall in the meet, with Douds touching the wall first in the 50 free (24.04) before joining forces with Burke, O’Leary and Lingenfelter for a win in the 200 free relay (1:39.76).
The Indians have one final meet before the holiday break, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, when they will travel to Milford for a tri-meet with Delmarva Christian and Milford, which will get under way at 3:30 p.m.
By Jason Feather