After starting the season out with victories over Seaford, both the boys and girls Dover swim teams have now dropped three straight after losing to Sussex Tech on Thursday afternoon.
The boys narrowly lost to Seaford, 99-71. Anthony Lang helped lead the way for the Senators winning both the 200m Freestyle and the 500m Freestyle events. Cedric Barnes took first in the 200m Individual Medley, while Dillon Marier won the 50m Freestyle. The Ravens were victorious in the remaining seven events including the 200m Medley Relay, the 200m Free Relay, and the 400m Free Relay, which was just enough to pull them ahead of the Senators.
It was more of a rough go for the Lady Senators who fell to Sussex Tech 106-64 on Thursday. Brianna Solomon and Conner Reader still had impressive days for Dover. Solomon won the 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke, while Reader took first place in the 200m Individual Medley and the 500m Freestyle. Solomon and Reader were also a part of the winning 400m Free Relay team including Paige Casto and Savannah Edmonds.
The loss for both the boys and girls teams drops them to 1-3 on the season but head coach Molly Phillips believes they can turn things around.
For the boys, standouts like Lang, Barnes and Marier continue to pull their weight something that should pay off in the form of wins for the Senators.
“Lang and Barnes step up and provide leadership to a young team,” said Phillips. “Marier expects to compete at the state level in the 50m and 100m free. He’s committed to swimming year-round this year in hopes of making it back to the top 8 at states in February.”
As for the girls, even in losses the strong-points of the team have shined through. All-Henlopen Conference swimmers Casto, Reader and Solomon have been solid again this season. With leadership from all, including Solomon who has impressed during her first two full seasons, the Senators should be in great shape heading forward.
“These girls make up the core of our 200m Free Relay which finished in the top-ten in Delaware last season,” said Phillips. “Solomon finished sixth in the 100m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle last year at states and was a second team all-state selection as a sophomore. She has worked hard in the off season to make it to the podium at states this year.”
While the season isn’t off to the kind of start the Senators might have hoped, there is still time left to turn things around and Dover has the talent to do it. With four of their next five against conferences foes, with a few wins the Senators could find themselves in great shape heading into the Henlopen Conference Championships in February.
“With almost 40 swimmers in our program we are excited that many of our swimmers have competitive experience prior to high school,” said Phillips. “We have always had top-ten swimmers in the conference but lacked the depth to score points against established opponents. With increased experience in our younger swimmers, we are going to be competitive in our conference and make an impact at states.”