Indians swim past Blue Jays for first win of the season

It was a clean sweep of all 11 events for the Indian River High School girls’ swim team on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as they rolled past Seaford 127-25 for their first win of the young season.

Junior Emma Barthelmess has jumped off the blocks quickly this season, already posting a state-qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke event with her 1:17.12 in the Indians’ Wednesday, Dec. 4, meet against Caesar Rodney at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club pool.

Against Seaford, Barthelmess was victorious several times over, with wins in the 200 free (2:14.02) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.27), while teaming with a trio of freshmen in Mya McDonald, Jordan Gonzalez and Isabella Scharp to take first place in the 200 free relay (2:02.40).

“Emma has thrilled us right out of the gate with this exciting achievement in her favorite event,” IR girls head coach Dana Schaefer said. “Emma came out with her full force in that first meet. She wanted to beat her best times from last year, and she hopes to set records this year. I fully expect Emma to qualify again in the 50 free — and maybe in more events, if she chooses. She is on track for a season of big achievements.

“Emma is an athlete of power and focus. She proves that determination, hard work and openness to coaching result in realized goals. She is not only competitive against other girls, but also against herself. She thrives on the challenge of racing. Then she responds to extra motivation from her cheering teammates with a greater performance.

“It’s a joy to watch this team be part of Emma’s success. What a role model she is for her teammates! And what a wonderful family of supporters we have in her fellow swimmers.”

Also against Seaford, Lexi Hall was a four-time winner, with first-place finishes in the 50 free (29.90) and 500 free (7:13.74), while joining forces with Emma Richards, Nadia Czyzewski, and Emma Kelly for the top time in the 400 free relay (5:08.61).

Hall would join Scharp, Maelyn Bryan, and Gonzalez in the winning 200 medley relay with their time of 2:28.39. Scharp added an individual win to her ledger with a first in the 200 IM (2:50.50).

Kelly, a senior, picked up a pair of individual wins for IR, with a first in the 100 butterfly (1:31.52) and 100 backstroke (1:26.37). Czyzewski also picked up an individual win in the 100 free with her time of 1:13.73.

The win over Seaford evened the Indians’ mark at 1-1 on the season after dropping their season-opening meet to CR, 74-20.

IR has one more meet before the holiday break, when they travel to the Milford Boys & Girls Club pool for a Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division clash with Milford on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m.


By Jason Feather
Staff Reporter