The roar inside the humidor at the Sussex Family YMCA had that empty drum amplification effect as the Cape swimmers not in the pool ran to the far end to support Charlie Burton, who was crushed on the first two legs of the individual medley. Burton was into his strength, the breaststroke, and ate up the third 50 yards of the race to bring it home in 2:17 for a Cape victory.
The Jan. 14 boys' meet was a show up and showdown event, and the Vikings came through with a 90-80 victory while setting school records by Jack Weeks in the 100 butterfly, 55.18, and 100 backstroke, 55.90; and by Charlie Burton in the 100 breaststroke, 104.9.
A personal best was recorded by Dan Myers in the 200 freestyle, 2:02.6. Myers also swam a best in the 500 free but placed second.
John Dean, who anchored the winning 200 medley relay, also won the 50 freestyle with a personal best 24.77.
The boys recorded their 11th straight conference dual-meet win. The Cape senior class of swimmers is 28-1 in the conference and 35-2 overall over four years.
Caesar Rodney star junior Aaron Green won the 100 freestyle and anchored winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
An early showdown in the meet was sophomore Weeks versus Green in the 100 butterfly, which Weeks won in school record time, outtouching Green at the wall.
Boys' winning performances: 200 Medley Relay: Cape, Jack Weeks, Charlie Burton, Nathan Griffith, John Dean; 1:48.67; 200 Freestyle: Daniel Myers, Cape, 2:02.26 (PB); 200 Individual Medley: Burton, Cape, 2:17.10; 50 Freestyle: Dean, Cape, 24.77 (PB); 100 Butterfly: Weeks, Cape, 55.18 (SR); 100 Freestyle: Aaron Green, CR; 54.19; 500 Freestyle: Alexander Stauff, CR; 5:34.48; 200 Free Relay: CR, Kamren Tinsley, Stauff, Robert Zipp, Green; 1:39.25; 100 Backstroke: Weeks, Cape, 55.90 (SR); 100 Breaststroke: Burton, Cape; 1:04.93 (SR & PB); 400 Free Relay: CR; Stauff, Theodore Kruppa, Talon Gerber, Green; 3:36.08.
Cape girls handed Caesar Rodney its first loss of the season, winning easily 129-41. The victory was Cape’s 19th straight conference dual-meet win.
The senior class of swimmers is 26-3 conference and 32-5 overall over four years.
"This is the deepest girls' team we’ve ever had and we’re young," coach Bill Geppert said. “There’s a real competition just to get on a starting relay or be top in an individual event.”
Girls' winning performances: 200 Medley Relay: Cape, Kaitlin Philcox, Sarah Hyde, Amelia Nigh-Johnson, Grace Brokaw; 2:00.42; 200 Freestyle: Molly Weeks, Cape, 2:08.20; 200 Individual Medley: Hyde, Cape, 2:17.84; 50 Freestyle: Nigh-Johnson, Cape, 26.97; 100 Butterfly: Nigh-Johnson, Cape, 1:03.54; 100 Freestyle: Weeks, Cape, 59.4; 500 Freestyle: Elena Campbell, Cape; 6:16.55; 200 Free Relay: Cape, Nigh-Johnson, Sarah Rambo, Hyde, Weeks; 1:49.09; 100 Backstroke: Rambo, Cape, 1:04.57; 100 Breaststroke: Hyde, Cape, 1:15.53; 400 Free Relay: Cape, Romy Stancofski, Philcox, Hannah Schrock, Brokaw; 4:16.45.