Whenever Sussex Academy and Cape take to the pool in head-to-head competition, the splashes and wakes fly, and the Jan. 28 meet was no different. Cape won the boys’ meet 104-66, while Sussex Academy took a close 92-78 victory in the girls’ meet. The Lady Seahawks remain undefeated at 10-0, while Cape moves to 9-3. The Cape boys move to 11-1, while the Seahawks are now 9-1.
Numerous personal-best times were recorded in the meet. Cape won 9 of 11 events on the boys’ side, while the Seahawks girls’ squad took first in 8 of 11 events, winning all relay races, none more important than the 400 free relay to finish the meet.
“Hats off to Cape,” said Sussex Academy head coach Tom Martiner. “Year in and out, they are a great program. Our girls entered the meet with a skeleton roster – injuries, illness and college interviews shrunk our lineup. Each girl needed to dig deep and find that next gear of determination for us to win. We made a conscious decision to gamble on our relays, knowing we needed those wins to win the meet. It’s far safer to bet on yourself when you know what a capable, prepared and tough group of ladies we have. Our boys, though they came up short, also did great, and new program records as well as personal records were set. This meet gave us a real taste of quality competition. It will no doubt propel us into the championship season and sets both teams up well to challenge for the conference title.”
“I was really proud of the way both the boys and the girls swam,” said Cape coach Bill Geppert. “There were many personal bests, and they all gave it everything they had. The meet is a barometer of where we are now. The kids have a great attitude. They said: How can we improve from here? I say we have to have great practices from here on out. There is a lot of unfinished business as we get ready for conferences and states. We will continue to push them to achieve all that is possible.”
The Seahawks host Sussex Tech at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, for Senior Day. The Vikings host Seaford at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Sussex Academy Aquatic Center.