Boys Win 2011 DISC Championships

Posted February 5, 2011

The first week of February is always an exciting time for us because it means the Delaware Independent School Conference Championships are coming! This year's meet looked to be as exciting as ever -- especially so for the girls. Because we host the meet, we are in charge of all aspects of the meet from entries to officials to awards.

This year's meet was nothing short of spectacular. For us, it is a full shave meet. We reduced training yardage on Thursday by one-third and by about half on Friday -- so we were ready for some great swims. In all, there were 47 best times turned in by SAS swimmers. We have been "on" as a team since our dual meet with St. Mark's two weeks ago. In fact, for those of you who have been looking at the meet results and time progressions, the time improvements have re-defined us as a team, the way we look at ourselves right now and even as we look to the 2011-12 swim season.

What truly defines this team, however, is their willingness to work hard together and celebrate the accomplishments of the whole team. We had three swimmers who raced their first individual event today: Asia Cadet (100 fly), Ahn Doan (100 back), and Allison Wendt (100 free). The support and "high 5's" those three received by the team was as appreciated as those of our Conference champions: Pete Mihalcik (500 free), Tony Harding (100 back) and Jack Hain (50 free). In addition to those three, the boys 200 free relay team of Hain, Jonathan Witchard, Buie Fox, and Marco Peghini took first, as did our 400 free relay team of Witchard, Fox, Pete Mihalcik and Harding.

The following St. Andrew's swimmers won medals for finishing in the top three: Margaux Lopez (2nd in the 200 free), Katie Keating (3rd, 100 free), Pete Mihalcik (3rd, 200 free), Buie Fox (2nd in both the 200 IM and the 100 fly), Tony Harding (3rd, 200 IM), Jonathan Witchard (3rd in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free), and Jack Mihalcik (3rd, 100 back). The boys 200 medley relay came in 2nd (Harding, Hain, James Craig, and Jack Mihalcik), and the girls 200 free relay finished 3rd (Annie McClements, Kelsey Barolak, Katie Keating and Liz Pomeroy).

We will have a busy week preparing for our final dual meet against Middletown HS next Saturday, February 12. We are starting to get a clearer picture of our States qualifyers. The Middletown meet is the final opportunity to make a State qualifying time. This will also be the final meet for our seniors at the Genereaux Aquatic Center.

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