IR swim team splits doubleheader on Dec. 14

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Dec. 22, 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s swim team split a doubleheader, winning against Delmarva Christian High School and losing against Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Dec. 14.After recording two wins in away meets at Sussex Academy and Polytech High School on Dec. 8 and 12, Indian River High School’s boys’ swim team split two home meets last Thursday, Dec. 14, suffering a 53-41 loss to Caesar Rodney and then beating Delmarva Christian High School at Sussex Academy’s pool.

“Caesar Rodney’s one of the top contenders in our conference,” said Indians head coach Colin Crandel. “C.R. is pretty much the top contender in our conference. They’re a solid, well-coached, respected team. We competed against them, and that’s what I wanted.

“We were awesome. I’m really, really, really proud of my guys. We had a lot of kids who are new to this. I told the boys I wanted them to race, and coming out of this we probably got eight or nine best times and we got three kids qualified for our state meet, so they did everything I asked them to do.

“So, I wasn’t worried about points,” he emphasized. “I wanted them to race, and they did.”

IR was ahead 20-14 at the break. With a time of 5:43, Indians junior Mitch McGee helped the Indians lead 500-yard freestyle.

“It felt pretty good. That was my best time ever,” said McGee.

After their 81-12 loss against Caesar Rodney, girls’ coach Dana Schafer said, “Our goal today was to give our girls an opportunity to improve the times of the first two meets that they’ve already raced in, and try to capture new best times in classes they haven’t raced in before today.

“Another bonus was, for those who have come to practice consistently, they saw their times dropping, and girls who’ve had commitments saw their times not dropping.

“We have a talented team of musicians,” Schafer noted. “Some performed in the Christmas concert, our band members had to perform in parades at Selbyville and Dagsboro and couldn’t make practice, and they can see tonight how missing practice affected their times. So there’s a new devotion to work harder and make practice.”