Dover High’s girls swimming team worked a little harder and trained a little more this past summer. The result? A new school record.
Led by Coach Molly Phillips and graduating senior Amane’ Solomon, the Senators set the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay in their meet against Sussex Tech.
“Setting the record really brought our team together,” Solomon said.
Solomon was joined on the relay team by sophomore Connor Reader, sophomore Paige Casto and freshman Briana Solomon. They finished first in the conference and sixth in the state competition. Amane’, Connor and Briana also qualified for the state championship for individual events as well, finishing in the top 16.
“We worked so hard for the record and we got closer and closer every meet,” Casto said. “Amane’ kept us on track and made us work harder.”
Dover finished the season with a record of 6-3-1 in Phillips’ fourth season since taking over for Coach Benny Divita, who passed away after the 2007 season.
As the team continues to grow, Phillips hopes more swimmers will help the team compete for more total points.
“We won many of the first place races this past season, but we need to improve our depth in order to challenge for the second-, third- and fourth-place points,” Phillips said.
Phillips named Amane’ Solomon the squad’s MVP after her second successful season as team captain.
“Amane’ really wanted to have a great senior season, and took the lead to improve her skills in the off season,” Phillips said. Solomon spent her summer improving her times by swimming for the Central Delaware YMCA.
As Solomon leaves Dover behind and heads to North Carolina A&T University on a swimming scholarship, she’s even more focused to succeed in the pool.
“This is my life,” Solomon said. “I’m just focused on school and swimming.”