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Swimming & Diving Champions are crowned

302sports 502 Mar 2

On Saturday February 29th DIAA crowned there Swimming & Diving champions. The boys team we have heard numerous times including their fourth in a row, but as for the girls team it would be their first ever state championship.

Salesianum boys would walk away with their 4th consecutive state championship scoring 434 points on their way to victory. As a team they would take two first place victories in the 200 Medley Relay & the 400 Free Relay. Individually Salesianum was led by the duo if Junior Tommy Jonton & Sophmore Alek Elder. Both swimmers would take two first place finishes helping pace salesianum to a fourth straight state championship. Janton would take first place in the 100 Butterfly & the 100 backstroke, As Elder would take first place in the 200 IM & the 100 Breaststroke.   

As for the girls, there would be a new champion crowned, Tower Hill would go on to win their first ever swimming & diving state championship. It came down to the last event Saturday night at the Carpenter Sports Center on the campus of the University of Delaware. Going into the last race Ursuline academy had a 1 point advantage over Tower Hill & a 4 point advantage over last years state champion Newark Charter. The team from Tower Hill of Brooke Griffin Freshman, Sidney DeBaecke Sophmore, Kaylee Knackstedt Sophmore & anchor Freshman Lainey Mullins would pull out the victory with a time of 3:32:58 to seal the championship for Tower Hill's first state championship. 

Tower Hill would go to also set two state records en route to the championship. The 200 Freestyle relay team of Brooke Griffin Freshman, Sidney DeBaecke Sophmore, Grace Gilbert Eight Grader & anchor Freshman Lainey Mullins would post a time of 1:37:18 eclipsing the old record of 1:38:10 which was set by the 2010 Charter School of Wilmington. Freshman Lainey Mullins would also set a new state record in the 200 Freestyle as she posted a time of 1:48:32 surpassing the old record set by Christina Williams in 2004.