Local roundup: Downstaters combine for two top-3 finishes at state swimming

Downstate performers combined for two top-three finishes at the DIAA boys’ swimming state meet on Saturday afternoon.

Nick Hartmann of Caesar Rodney finished third in the boys’ 100–yard freestyle. Hartman recorded a time of 48.78.

Indian River High’s 200-yard freestyle relay team also finished third. The team of Mitch McGee, Max Kohr, Will Douds and Michael Barnes ended the race with a time of 1:30.67.

It was the first time in school history Indian River placed on the medal stand in the state meet.

Salesianum won the team title for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons. The Sals topped the standings with 397 points.

Sussex Tech totaled 65 points to lead downstate teams, good for an 11th-place finish.

Caesar Rodney and Indian River tied for 13th place with 62 points each. Cape Henlopen was 15th with 61 points.

Dover (24 points), Milford (seven) and Sussex Central (six) also earned points in the team standings.

College basketball

MEN, UMES 62, Delaware State 56: The Hornets led by eight points with seven minutes left to play, but faltered down the stretch.

DSU was outscored 15-1 in the final four minutes of the contest. The Hornets lost their third straight game to fall to 4-21 overall and 1-11 in the MEAC while the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-24 and 3-11.

The loss overshadowed a career performance by Delaware State senior Saleik Edwards, who led all players with 23 points, highlighted by seven three-point field goals, each a personal best.

The seven threes by Edwards also marked a single-game high for the Hornets this season and were the most by a DSU player since Kavon Waller tied the school record with eight in a 2016-17 contest.

UMES led 47-46 before Edwards scored nine straight points on three three-pointers to give Delaware State its biggest lead of the game. His third three gave the Hornets a 55-47 lead with 7:15 left.

WOMEN, Delaware State 65, UMES 62: The Hawks netted nine of the final 12 points of the contest but the Hornets hung on for the MEAC upset win on Saturday.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets (3-9 MEAC, 5-18 overall) while the Hawks fell to 11-3 MEAC, 15-12 overall.

Ra’Jean Martin’s three-point attempt for UMES clanked off the rim as time expired. Pollard made one of two free throws to give DSU a 65-62 lead with six seconds left.

DSU held a 62-53 lead with 4:41 left. The Hornets also started the game on a 15-4 run,

Lanayjha Ashe had a team-high 21 points and six assists for DelState with NaJai Pollard adding 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest was close throughout, with DelState leading 33-28 at halftime but trailing by a point going into the fourth quarter.

College lacrosse

MEN, Delaware 8, Monmouth 4: The Blue Hens grinded out a third straight win to start the year with a victory over MAAC-favorite Monmouth.

Goalie Matt DeLuca racked up 13 saves, his third straight game with double-digits and 17th in 30 career games. He now leads the country with a 5.10 GAA.

The Hens forced 19 turnovers from the Hawks, led by three from senior Austin Haynes. Delaware forced three failed clears from Monmouth to control the midfield.

Offensively, senior Dean DiSimone notched his second straight hat trick and seventh of his career. Junior Bryce Reid added two goals, while classmate Charlie Kitchen had a goal and an assist.

Wilkes 19, Wesley 7: Adam Tewey recorded a team-high three goals for his first career hat trick in the Wolverines’ loss.

Zach Farnell scored two goals while Leo Kelly and Kyle Mackall-Lloyd also netted a goal each for Wesley (0-1).

On defense, Jack Guzman and Dylan Sicca scooped up a team-high five ground balls each. Sicca also registered six saves.

WOMEN, Rutgers 12, Delaware 11, OT: Delaware led 11-6 at halftime but gave up five second-half goals, including one with 45 seconds remaining to force extra time.

Christine Long led the Blue Hens (1-2) with a season-high five goals for her sixth career hat trick. Sydney Rausa added a hat trick of her own to go along with a game-best four ground balls while Claire D’Antonio posted two goals for Delaware.

College softball

Hens drop two in Fla.: Delaware softball team fell to Harvard, 3-2, and LIU Brooklyn, 7-0, Saturday afternoon during the second day of the Jacksonville, Fla. Classic.

Halle Kisamore had a solo homerun for the Blue Hens against Harvard while Hanna Garber and Kisamore each had two hits.

Garber, Anna Steinmetz and Sarah Coyne had the three UD hits in the nightcap.

Swarthmore 10, Wesley 2: Ashley Royer homered for the Wolverines in their season-opening loss.

Royer and Amanda Curry each tallied a pair of hits. Brooke Retkowski belted a double and pitcher Jessica Anderson struck out four in six innings.

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