The waters have been churned up and the Cape swim teams are in the frothy mix. Shaking off the droplets of being only "the best downstate team," Cape has become one of the state's best after defeating powerful Saint Mark's Feb. 4 at the Sussex Family YMCA.
The victory was in sight then put away wet with three events to go when a Delmarva Power crew got off the outside pole and came inside to evacuate the building. Saint Mark's, always a classy crew across all their sports, conceded they were unlikely to swim back against the alternating current of the Cape lead and headed back to Newark.
Cape will next swim at the Henlopen Conference championships this weekend.
"Things went our way early with some of the changes we made in the lineups," coach Bill Geppert said. "You know, so much depends on your frontline people battling their top swimmers, but with Saint Mark's you have to have depth, and you have to win relays. Beating Saint Mark's is a high accomplishment for ourprogram."
The girls' meet got off with Cape setting a new school record in the medley relay with a team of Sarah Rambo, Sarah Hyde, Amelia Nigh-Johnson and Molly Weeks 1:54.97, breaking the previous record by three seconds.
Freshman Molly Weeks was back in the pool to win the 200 freestyle in 2:08.20, and Cape power surged to the front and stayed there.
The boys also went up early, winning the medley relay with Jack Weeks, Charlie Burton, Nate Griffith and John Dean in1:49.2 with Danny Myers coming back to capture the 200 freestyle in 1:59.95.
The girls' score was Cape 69, St. Mark's 55. Winners were as follows: 200 medley relay: Cape, Sarah Rambo, Sarah Hyde, Amelia Nigh-Johnson, Weeks; 1:54.97 (school record); 200 freestyle: Molly Weeks, Cape, 2:08.20; 200 individual medley: Meghan Jones, STM, 2:17.50; 50 freestyle: Courtney Clarke, STM, 25.78 (JMU signee); 100 butterfly: Clarke, STM, 59.03; 100 freestyle: Weeks, Cape, 58.68; 500 freestyle: Jones, STM, 5:29.88; 200 free relay: Cape, Hyde, Rambo, Weeks, Nigh-Johnson, 1:49.75; 100 backstroke: NT; 100 breaststroke: NT; 400 free relay: NT.
Cape Henlopen boys won by a 77-46 margin. Top honors went to the following: 200 medley relay: Cape, Jack Weeks, Charlie Burton, Nate Griffith, John Dean, 1:49.25; 200 freestyle: Danny Myers, Cape, 1:59.95; 200 individual medley: Jack Weeks, Cape, 2:03.78; 50 freestyle: John Dean, Cape, 24.68; 100 butterfly: Charlie Burton, Cape, 1:02.08; 100 freestyle: Cameron Dixon, STM, 55.61; 500 freestyle: Cullen Robinson, STM, 5:12.27; 200 free relay: STM: Connor Panaccione, Robinson, Brendan Jones, Dixon; 100 backstroke NT; 100 breaststroke NT; 400 free relay NT.