Local college notebook: Former Rider Green shines for Widener swim team

Aaron Green

Aaron Green continues to add to his already-impressive resume for the Widener University swim team.

The sophomore from Caesar Rodney High was recently named the Middle Atlantic Conference Swimmer of the Year.

The award came after Green’s dominant performance in the MAC Championship meet,

Green won the 100-yard freestyle in a meet-record time 45.33 seconds. He later swam on the Pride’s winning 400 freestyle relay, which also set a meet record (3:04.29).

Green ended up making first-team all-conference in three individual events and four relays.

“He has greatly matured and has definitely stepped up his training this season which showed in his ability to win three individual events at the championships, break the 100 fly school and championship record, and be a part of four relays that broke school records,” said Widener coach Katy Steimer.

“Defending his title in the 100 back and 100 fly was not an easy feat, but he truly fought for it and persevered. We are very proud to have Aaron represent Widener and continue to reach new heights in the pool, classroom and community.”

Green’s time in the 100 freestyle put him in contention for the NCAA Division III championship meet before he missed the cut.

But Steimer said Green is determined to reach the NCAAs before his college career is over.

She said working with All-American teammate Ian Gaynor has really helped Green, who won a pair of state championships in his senior season at CR.

“They have really pushed each other this year with the goal of both getting to NCAAs and getting a few more teammates along with them on relays,” Steimer said about Green and Gaynor. “Aaron definitely has his sights set on making NCAAs and becoming an All-American.”

Thomas shines for Lightning

Dover High grad Tevin Thomas has gotten off to a fast start with the Goldey-Beacom baseball team.

The freshman was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Baseball Player and Rookie of the week after going 6-for-10 with a double and four RBI in the Lightning’s three-game series at Barton. Thomas had a hit in all three games.

This is Goldey-Beacom’s first season fielding a baseball program. Thomas is one of six former Henlopen Conference players on the roster. That group also includes Justin Hill (Sussex Tech), Cole Collins (Sussex Tech), Trent Hearn (Sussex Tech), John Barkley (Smyrna) and Holden Bailey (Milford).

Notes

• Sarah Hillman out of Polytech High broke her own University of Delaware shot put school record with a throw of 50-feet, 8-inches last weekend. It was the junior’s third shot put title of the indoor season and she earned a spot in the postseason Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Boston on March 4-5.

Fellow Blue Hen Jeanette Bendolph (Caesar Rodney) also qualified for the ECAC meet with a time of 2:12.35 in the 800-meter run.

• Caesar Rodney softball grad Rosa’Lynn Burton, now at Wilmington University, was named the Co-Player and Co-Rookie of the Week for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Burton had quite the first week, batting 10-for-20 with four doubles, five RBI, five runs, and four stolen bases from atop the batting lineup

• Whitney DeMora (Polytech High) hit a home run in her first collegiate at-bat for the Wilmington University softball team on Feb. 17.

• Smyrna High baseball product Jared Gillis is off to a quick start at Delaware State. He has started the first four games as a freshman and has recorded four hits, two runs, a double and an RBI.

• Juwan Gray, a Polytech High product, had five steals and three points against No. 1-nationally-ranked Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference men’s basketball contest Thursday night.

• Jordan Hutchins is supposed to be an infielder for the Delaware baseball squad. But the freshman from Dover High got to make his collegiate debut on the pitcher’s mound in the Blue Hens’ 15-10 loss to Ohio State last Saturday.

The outing didn’t go particularly well, with Hutchins giving up a grand slam. Things went a little better for another former Senator, junior Nick Spadafino, who gave up only four hits in 4.2 innings in the same game, leaving the contest with a 9-4 lead.

• Former Polytech High softball All-Stater Shaina Reed is in her first season as a pitcher/infielder at Western Carolina. At Florida State College last spring, she struck out 154 batters in 163.1 innings with a 1.93 ERA while adding 29 hits at the plate.

• Delaware State’s men’s basketball team goes into today’s 4 p.m. home game with UMES trying to work its way back into the top half of the MEAC standings.

The Hornets are tied for eighth place at 6-8 in conference (9-20 overall) while the Hawks (7-6, 10-18) are one of three teams just ahead of DSU with seven MEAC wins.

• Delaware’s men’s basketball squad closes the regular season tonight at Elon. The Blue Hens are locked into the ninth spot in the 10-team CAA standings and will face either Hofstra or James Madison in the first round of the league tournament.

• Delmar High grad Rachel Davis, a sophomore on the Goldey-Beacom softball team, was named to the CACC honor roll after going 8-for-19 in the Lightning’s first six games.

• It was no surprise that former Delaware football coach Dave Brock has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive assistant. He and Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn have been good friends since their days at Salisbury.

The Falcons also hired former Blue Hen offensive line coach Kyle Flood, who was more recently the head coach at Rutgers. Brock, Quinn and Flood were all on the Hofstra coaching staff together in the 1990s.

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