Cape swimming coach Bill Geppert is entering his 23rd season at the helm and is looking for his squads to make a big splash in the Henlopen Conference.
The Cape girls’ swim team is going for its eighth straight Henlopen Conference Meet Championship; they went 10-3 last year and ended their conference season with their seventh meet championship. There are 30 girls out for the squad.
“Sky Dunmyer, Gianna Vayda, Anna Stancofski, Abby Kane, Melanie Fritchman and Sierra Gloria are our strong seniors,” said Geppert. “The Daisey twins [Aya and Amaya], Lindsay Rambo, and Erin Morrissey are some of our strong junior contingent. We have some good freshmen and sophomores that will score points for us, too. We have a good strong nucleus of young girls. Some YMCA and Mako club team swimmers will be swimming for us.”
“I think we have a lot of really great swimmers,” Dunmyer said. “We have good freshmen coming in and a lot of people getting better since last year. I think we have a great chance at the title this season. Everyone is working really hard.”
“We’re very young and inexperienced on the boys’ side,” said Geppert. “We have 22 boys out for the team.”
The boys’ team went 11-1-1 last season and returns Tanner Dade, Jonah Goode, Josh Reinhold, Thomas Weeks, Adam Gorecki and Sam Schoenfeld.
“We lost a few guys to graduation,” Dade said. “But I feel we are going to come back strong.”
Cape finished second at the conference championship meet last year.
Geppert feels that Sussex Tech, Caesar Rodney, Indian River and Sussex Academy will be their toughest competition.
“We coach for the conference meet,” Geppert said. “So we continue to get better as the season goes along.”
Cape will open the season Thursday, Dec. 5, hosting Polytech.