A sophomore on the Cape swim team, Aya was a winner in the Henlopen Conference Championships in both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Aya also swam the butterfly leg in the first-place 200 medley relay and swam a leg of the first-place 200 freestyle relay. “Last winter I did track and swimming, but I decided to concentrate on swimming this season before running track in the spring,” she said. “Now looking toward states, I’d like to make it into the pool for the A final in both my events.” Aya is an honors student who also takes an Academic Challenge class at Del Tech. Her dad Blaine was a sprinter and jumper for Cape track back in the early ’80s.
A Cape senior who swims and plays lacrosse, JP took two for the team Feb. 9 at the Henlopen Conference Championships, swimming both the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. He also swam on the 200 freestyle relay that broke the school record and placed second, and was on the 4-by-100 team that placed third. “I think I was involved in contributing 19 points to the team,” Heid said. The Cape boys finished second in the team competition. JP takes honors and AP classes, and plans on attending the University of Delaware to major in psychology. JP plays midfield on the lacrosse team. “I’m better at lax,” he said. “But I love both sports.”
A sophomore swimmer straight off the volleyball team, Erin was a major contributor in the girls’ Henlopen Conference Championships win Feb. 9. She swam on the winning medley relay, was third in the 50 freestyle, fifth in the 100 freestyle and swam a leg on the first-place 200 freestyle relay. “Last year was more of a surprise when we won the conference swim meet, but this year not as much,” she said. “We knew we have the quality to spread out in a big meet.” Erin takes honors and Academic Challenge classes. She swims for the Lewes Yacht Club in the summer. “I want to work as a lifeguard for the state parks this summer,” Erin said. “Getting paid to work out while getting tan and living here at the beach is just the best.”
Eduardo started his senior season as an upper weight fill-in – he just slides between 182 and 192 – and all he has done is win most of his matches. “It’s crazy, really,” Eduardo said. “I’ve only lost like four matches all season, and I have like 15 pins. My speciality is fighting off my back and coming back and winning by pin.” Eduardo will super slide this weekend, sliding all the way up to 220 for the Henlopen Conference meet. “We have Chris [Handlin] at 182 and Billy [Ott] at 195, so I may be best suited to move up,” he said. “The 220 guys are slower with less endurance. I think I can do OK.” Eduardo will go to Del Tech in the fall, taking advantage of the SEED program. Then he would like to move to a four-year school that has varsity wrestling.