As another winter sports season ends, let’s take a look back at how some local swim teams did and where they may be headed in the future.
Caesar Rodney Riders – Boys (6-3) Girls (5-4)
Both the boys and girls swim teams for Caesar Rodney had successful seasons in the pool this year. Both took huge strides and improved their standings within the state.
Aaron Green, Alexander Stauff, Kamren Tinsley and Noah Negrete all took home All-Conference honors for the Riders boys squad.
While Julia Haynes and Same Leite took home honorable mention All-Conference honors for the girls team.
“This season, we had one of the strongest boys teams that we’ve had in the past few years,” said Caesar Rodney Head Coach Leah Brooks. “For the girls team, it was more of a rebuilding year; we were really young this year. Overall, the coaching staff has been very proud of both teams for their accomplishments of the 2012-2013 season.”
For the boys team, they had a number of standouts, most of whom will return next season.
“This year, the top 3 swimmers for the boys would have to be Talon Gerber, Aaron Green and Alexander Stauff,” said Brooks. “All 3 of them have qualified in multiple events for states this year and I’d watch out for all 3 next year.”
For the girls, they showed they have some up and coming standouts ready to come back next season even stronger.
“The top girl swimmers would be Katie Bole, Sloan Barton and Sarah Dunham,” said Brooks. “Again, these girls will all be back next year, ready to win!”
Dover Senators – Boys (6-3) Girls (4-5)
Both the boys and girls swim teams from Dover had strong seasons in the pool this year. Nathan Valenti, Dillon Marier and Anthony Lang took home All-Conference honors for the Senators boys team. While Conner Reader, Brianna Soloman and Paige Casto received All-Conference honors on the girls side.
“I think both teams did very well this season,” said Dover Head Coach Molly Phillips. “The boys team had a great deal of depth and we were able to swim very well at the state meet. Our boys 200 Free relay was undefeated in the conference and place 11th at the state meet. Three boys swimmers made All-Conference and 9 swimmers qualified for the state meet.”
Phillips gives the credit for the team’s success to the core leadership on both the boys and girls teams.
“We had a good group of senior boys who helped the younger swimmers at practice and at meets this season,” said Phillips. “Nathan Valenti has been the backbone of our boys team for the last 4 years and he ensured that the younger swimmers are prepared to lead the team after graduation.”
Page 2 of 2 - “Rebecca Lazzeri was our only senior girl this season,” said Phillips. “She helped to motivate the younger swimmers at practice and helped give them the confidence at swim meets this season. She was a four year member of the team and helped our girls team be competitive this season.”
With many swimmers returning, Phillips believes many of them are worth watching for come next season.
“Junior Dillon Marier had a great season and we are expecting him to be even better next year,” said Phillips. “Freshman Devin Hagaman barely missed qualifying for the 50 freestyle as a first year swimmer with no prior competitive swimming experience so we expect he will replace a senior on the free relays and think he will rise to the challenge.”
On the girls side, they have a number of returning swimmers ready to improve even more next season.
“Brianna Soloman, Paige Casto and Conner Reader will all return,” said Phillips. “They’ve been the core of our 200 Free relay which set a new school record last season and finished in the top 16 at states this season.”
Lake Forest – Boys (5-5) Girls (5-5)
Both the Lake Forest boys and girls swim teams had respectable seasons in the pool this year, both finishing at 5-5.
Alan Bundschuh continued his dominance within the state earning yet another All-Conference First-Team honor. Along with Bundschuh, Eathan Simpson and Lucas Schurman both earned Second Team All-Conference honors for the Spartans.
On the girls side, Jessalynn Kenton and Ashley Melvin earned Second Team All-Conference honors for the Spartans.
St. Thomas More – Boys (0-8) Girls (0-7)
While it wasn’t a banner year team wise for the St. Thomas More swim teams, they did have some standout individually.
Both Dylan Vansant and Molly McElligott qualified for the 2013 DIAA State Championships.
Also, relay teams from both squads participated in the states as well.
Led by McElligott, Sara Monroe, Salina Masone, Maddie Rogers, Rachel Frebert and Morgan Ross participated in the state relays on the girls side.
While, Vansant, Billy Thomas, Zac Campbell, Kevin McLane, Richard Marsh, Michael Hammond and Ben Bole participated in the states for