Indian River sweeps Royals, Bucs in the pool
The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team continued its early-season winning ways on Tuesday, Dec. 17, as they swept a tri-meet with host Milford and Delmarva Christian.
The Indians defeated the Bucs, 68-26, while cruising to the win over the Royals, 73-21. The results have been more than impressive considering the lack of actual in-pool training the team is getting without an actual “home” pool. IR shares the Howard T. Ennis School pool with neighboring Sussex Central, but that pool is reportedly going to be shut down sometime in the new year.
Several Indians were multiple-event winners in the meet: Declan Burke, Lian Adkins, Ethan Forrey, Shane Hall and Will Douds.
“It was a great night for our whole team,” said head coach Colin Crandell of Tuesday’s meet. “We saw improvements in times, techniques and strength. It shows that our training,” even without a pool two days a week, “is working and paying off. It’s a tribute to the convictions and determination of our team. They are very motivated and supportive of each other. Once those pillars are in place, growth is a certainty.”
Douds was the big winner in the meet, with a trio of first-place results. He swam a leg in the 400 free relay (4:10.62) with Finnegan Bellistri, Bastian Perry and William Winkler. Douds added a first in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle as well, with times of 24.12 and 53.11, respectively. Both of the latter times are state qualifying times for the DIAA state championships.
Burke picked up a pair of first-place finishes while swimming a leg in the 200 medley relay (1:57.86), with Zach Lingenfelter, Forrey and Adkins also in the event, and the 200 freestyle (1:59.70), an event in which he has already qualified for the DIAA state championships.
Adkins swam a 1:15.42 in the 100 breaststroke, which earned him an individual win. Hall was victorious in the 200 individual medley with a 2:29.11, then also swam a leg in the 200 free relay with Liam O’Leary, Jackson Donnelly and Forrey. They posted a time of 1:43.56 for the win.
Forrey added an individual win of his own in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:07.59.
The Indians (3-1 overall on the season) will now be off through the holiday break and not returning to competitive action until Thursday, Jan. 9, when they host Polytech in one of just three home meets they have this entire season. Their other home meets include Tuesday, Jan. 21, when Dover comes down, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, with Cape Henlopen visiting the Howard T. Ennis School pool.
By Jason Feather