The Sussex Family YMCA pool was splishing and splashing Jan. 31, as the Vikings took two from Stephen Decatur, with the boys’ squad swimming to an 87-83 win, while the girls won 103-67.
The Vikings took first in five of the 11 events, proving that second-, third- and fourth-place finishes are key to a successful meet.
Cape got a first-place finish from Ryan Bixler (1:58.10) and second from James Heid in the 200 freestyle. Dylan Kaplan took first in the 50 free in 23.36. The 200 free relay was won by Sam Schoenfeld, Marcus Gromofsky, Bixler and Kaplan in 1:37.24. Josh Toback took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.31, and the 400 free relay team of Bixler, Thomas Weeks, Heid and Toback took first to finish the meet in 3:32.24.
“I always look forward to the meet against Stephen Decatur because they are very good competition,” said Bixler. “We lost to them last year, and I definitely did not want to lose to them again at home. A lot of our swimmers matched up well against them, and it showed because we were close in points the whole meet. I was excited to pull it off in the end to win the meet. We had a lot of swimmers do very well by having a good intensity like we did against Sussex Academy. Now it’s time to start worrying about conferences. I’m very excited for that.”
“Decatur is great competition,” said Heid. “I am proud that we found a way to win this year after losing to them last year. It was a good meet to prepare us for the conference meet this upcoming weekend.”
The girls started the meet with a first place in the 200 medley relay from Madelyn McGreevy, Gianna Vayda, Aya Daisey and Julie Heffernan in 2:03.61. Amaya Daisey took first in the 200 IM in 2:34.65, while sister Aya won the 50 free in 26.83. Erin Morrissey won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.23. McGreevy took first in the 500 free. Heffernan, Daisey, Morrissey and Daisey took first in the 200 free relay in 1:50.91. Vayda won the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.90, and the 400 free relay team of Gabby Robertson, Morrissey, Aya Daisey and McGreevy ended the meet in 4:11.01 for a first-place finish.
“Stephan Decatur offered us some tough competition,” McGreevy said. “I always enjoy swimming against them before conferences because it gives us a chance to practice our relays and events that we are going to swim at the meet.”
“Stephen Decatur was a great meet for both boys and girls,” Vayda said. “We swam our best and ended up with two wins. Meets like that where the energy is so high and it all comes down to every single point are the meets I enjoy the most. With conferences coming up this weekend, we are more than ready to swim our best and end the season with another big win. Every year, conferences are such an exciting meet. Everyone is so competitive and does great. I can’t wait to see what all of our hard work will result in.”
The Vikings will host the Salisbury School Tuesday, Feb. 5.