WILMINGTON – Salesianum opened the in-state portion of its dual-meet swim season with a win over Delaware Military Academy on Dec. 12 at Charter School of Wilmington. The Sals won a close decision, 86-74. Ursuline also defeated the Seahawks, but by a bigger margin, 109-60.
The Sals took first place in each event. There were three double winners for Sallies. Brian Hochman captured the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Tommy Janton placed first in the individual medley and the 100 free, and Alek Elder won the 500 free and the 100 breaststroke. Other individual winners were Cameron Marion in the 50 free, and Brendan Lewis earned honors in the 100 backstroke.
In the relay events, the team of Carson Axtell, Aidan Collins, Justin Hausler and Greg Weidner opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley. Axtell, Marion, Chris Weidner and Justin Fitzpatrick won the 200 free relay, and Daniel Alvarez, Michael Barnett, Cooper Brown and Antonio Ciotti ended the afternoon in first in the 400 free relay.
Salesianum evened its record at 1-1. The Sals are off until Jan. 5, when they visit Gilman School (Md.) for an 11 a.m. start.
The Raiders had three double winners. Mackenzie Brandt took the 200 and 500 free events. Reese Thompson won the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly, and Rylee McGonigle did the same in the 50 and 100 free. Sophia McAneny-Droz was the other individual winner, in the 100 breast.
Ursuline swept the relays. The 200 medley relay consisted of Abigail Poole, McAneny-Droz, Thompson and Brandt. Poole teamed with Bridget Lugg, Margaret Macauley and McGonigle in the 200 free relay. The 400 free relay included McGonigle, Thompson, Macauley and Brandt.
The Raiders do not have another meet until Jan. 10, when they meet Tatnall at the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington. That is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.