Indians swimmers continue to fight hard

The Indian River High School swimming team has continued to impress each time out this season, and with every dual meet they are battling to the very last event, whether ahead on the scoreboard or behind.

That’s the mark of a quality program with great leadership from coaches and the veteran members of the squad. All while having no swimming pool to train in or prepare for these meets.

The Indians’ boys team rolled to a 125-41 win over Lake Forest on Friday, Jan. 17, with junior Declan Burke snapping a school record in the 500 freestyle by nearly 8 seconds. Burke was a three-time winner in the meet overall.

Burke joined forces with Evan Peterson, Shane Hall and R.J. Senseny to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:17.39. He also was victorious in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:14.38.

Freshman Shane Hall was the big winner for the Indians, picking up four first-places. In addition to the 200 medley relay win, he also won the 100 butterfly (27.05) and 100 breaststroke (1:25.51), and swam a leg on the 200 free relay team with Liam O’Leary, Zach Lingenfelter and Kyle Topper (1:54.64).

Lingenfelter also was in on the 400 free relay with Jackson Donnelly, Ethan Forrey and Will Winkler as they clocked in at 4:28.25. Forrey picked up an individual win in the 50 freestyle with his time of 27.05. Will Douds was a winner as well in the 200 freestyle (2:18.37).

The girls — they fought hard, but came up short against the Spartans, 100-70. Emma Barthelmess was a triple winner, taking two individual events, as well as a relay.

The Indians’ junior out-touched the competition in the 50 and 100 freestyle events with her times of 29.72 and 1:05.81, respectively.

She was joined by Maelyn Bryan, Madison Bemis and Lauren Carter for the win in the 200 free relay with their time of 2:17.33.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Indians squared off with Polytech and Dover in a tri-meet. Both the Indians’ boys’ and girls’ teams swept their way to wins. The boys took down Polytech, 75-19, and Dover, 83-11. The girls cruised as well, with scores of 59-34 and 73-15 over Polytech and Dover, respectively.

The boys swept all 11 events in the meets, with Burke, Hall, Douds and Forrey all three-time winners. Lingenfelter picked up a pair of wins as well.

Burke’s firsts came in the 200 medley relay with Douds, O’Leary and Hall. He added individual wins in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.

Douds was on the winning 400 free relay with Derek Hills, Bastian Perry and Lingenfelter, while adding an individual win in the 100 freestyle. Forrey was a winner in the 200 free relay with Donnelly, Hall and Topper. He was also first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Lingenfelter’s solo win came in the 50 freestyle, while Evan Peterson was first in the 100 backstroke, and Hall was tops in the 100 breaststroke.

As for the Indians girls, Barthelmess and Lexi Hall figured in on four different event wins out of the seven the team won overall.

The junior’s individual win came in the 100 backstroke. She swam legs in three different relay races as well. Barthelmess and Hall teamed up with Mya MacDonald and Isabella Scharp in the 200 medley relay win. The duo was joined by Lauren Carter and Scharp in the 200 free relay, and then wrapped up their day with the victorious 400 free relay with Jordan Gonzalez and Nadia Czyzewski.

Hall’s individual win came in the 100 freestyle. Scharp added a pair of solo wins of her own in the 50 and 500 freestyle events.

The wins snapped a three-meet losing streak for the IR girls and improved their record back above the .500 mark at 5-4 overall.

The boys’ sweep has them sitting at 6-2 just behind Henlopen Conference South Division-leading Sussex Academy.

Not bad for not having a pool to practice in every day. Their efforts continue to be beyond impressive each time out.

The Indians were set to travel to the West Sussex Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, Jan. 23, for a meet with the Sussex Tech Ravens. Results can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page as they are made available.


By Jason Feather
Staff Reporter