Downstate swimmers earn honors at state championships

Maughan, Wright take home gold medals
March 2, 2023

Several Cape Region swimmers earned high finishes at the DIAA Swimming and Diving Championships held Feb. 25 at the University of Delaware in Newark. 

Sussex Academy’s Gracie Maughan was crowned state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.65, two seconds faster than the second-place swimmer. She also took third in the 200-yard individual medley. 

The Sussex Academy 200-yard medley relay team of Victoria Evans, Gracie Maughan, Sanne Elling and Addison McKay finished third. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Maughan, Eve Mundok, McKay and Elling took eighth place. 

Ursuline Academy won the girls’ meet with 298 points, just six points ahead of Charter School of Wilmington. Sussex Academy finished seventh overall, with Cape Henlopen in 16th place. 

On the boys’ side, Sussex Central’s Breyden Wright won the 100-yard butterfly with a blazing time of 49.19. He also earned sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.  

The boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Evan Peterson, Shane Hall, Themo Rigakos and Alexander Arnold from Indian River took fifth place. They also teamed up to take fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. Hall also added an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Rigakos finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and seventh in the 100-yard freestyle. Hall took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. 

Cape’s 400-yard freestyle relay of Shane Toback, Andrew Criswell, Brian Fleming and Holden Tighe earned a sixth-place finish. Cape’s 200-yard freestyle relay of Tighe, Mack Leonhartt, Criswell and Kevin Lewandowski placed eighth. Individually, Fleming took seventh in the 500-yard freestyle. 

Salesianum won the overall team title with 343 points, topping second-place Charter School of Wilmington by 112.5 points. Indian River finished seventh overall, while Cape was ninth. 


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