While the winter weather doesn’t seem to be subsiding, the winter high school sports season is winding down toward state tournament time. The first step toward the state finals are conference championships; and the Henlopen Conference held their swimming championships over the weekend at Lake Forest High School.
Cape Henlopen entered as the favorite, and with good reason. The Vikings entered Saturday’s championships undefeated and stayed that way after Saturday’s events, winning both the boys and girls Henlopen Conference Championships.
The Milford High School girls had a nice showing in the championships Saturday, posting 125.50 points placing fifth out of nine teams, meanwhile the boys place seventh out of eight teams with 27 points.
The Lady Bucs were led by Sara Lingo, Leigh Ann Rosseti, and Ali Sanders, all of whom had top-five finishes in individual events Saturday.
Lingo led the way for Milford, posting two first-place finishes at Lake Forest in the 200 meter freestyle and 400 meter freestyle. Rosseti and Sanders combined for three third-place finishes Saturday, Rosseti placed third in the 100 meter backstroke while Sanders placed fourth in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter freestyle respectively.
Sanders, Lingo, Rosseti and Megan Wolfe combined to place second in the 400 meter freestyle relay with a time of 4:36.71.
On the boy’s side of things, Milford’s top finisher on Saturday was Zachary Legg who placed eighth in the 100 meter butterfly. Cole Davis took tenth place in the 400 meter freestyle, and Dustin Reeder placed twelfth in the 50 meter freestyle to pace the boys’ effort.
Cape Henlopen’s Charlie Burton, John Dean, Jack Weeks, and Nate Griffith took first place in the 200 meter medley relay, while another relay team made up of Weeks, Myers, Dean, and Luke DiGuglielmo placed second in the 400 meter freestyle relay.
Burton and Weeks had two first-place finishes apiece on Saturday for the Vikings. Burton won the 200 meter race, and the 100 meter breaststroke, while Weeks took first place in the 100 meter butterfly and backstroke.
Myers had two individual top finishes for the Vikings, tying for first with Caesar Rodney’s Alex Stauff in the boys 400 meter freestyle and a second place finish in the 200 meter freestyle.
The first place girls Cape, who outscored second-place Sussex Tech by 135 points, also had a number of top finishers including Sarah Rambo, Hannah Schrock, Kaitlin Philcox, Molly Weeks, Amelia Nigh-Johnson, Grace Brokaw, and Romy Stancofski.
Individually, Rambo, Nigh-Johnson, and Weeks all had first-place finishes for the Vikings.
Rambo took first in the girls 100 meter backstroke, and second in the girls 200 meter freestyle. Nigh-Johnson took the top spot in the girls 100 meter butterfly, while Meeks finished with two first-place finishes in the 200 meter and 100 meter breaststroke.
The team of Rambo, Schrock, Philcox, and Weeks placed first in the 400 meter freestyle relay to help pace the Lady Vikings effort.
After the event Bill Geppert of Cape Henlopen was named Coach of the Year, while Aaron Green of Caesar Rodney and Brianna Hall of Sussex Tech were awarded the Vince Morris Outstanding Swimmer of the Year honors.