Roundup: CR boys’ swimmers take fourth in state; DSU falls to Howard in basketball

Caesar Rodney High had one of its highest finishes ever in the DIAA boys’ state swimming meet, placing fourth in the team standings as the event concluded on Saturday.

The Riders finished second in a pair of relays before totaling 135 points in the two-day meet held at the University of Delaware’s Carpenter Center pool.

Salesianum won the team state title with 340 points, 83 points ahead of second-place Wilmington Charter.

CR’s team of Nick Hartmann, Tommy Pomatto, Ethan Herring and Xander Harfeld lost by just fractions of a second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Riders finished in a time of 3:17.39 compared to 3:17.19 for first-place Conrad.

The Riders’ team of Hartmann, Pomatto, Andrew Chen and Harfeld also was runnerup in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.86. Sallies won the event in 1:27.58.

CR’s Ethan Herring, Chen, Hartmann and Pomatto placed sixth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:43.39).

The Riders’ other swimmers in the finals included Hartmann (5th in 100-yard freestyle, 48.94) and Harfeld (7th in 50-yard freestyle, 22.62).

“What I find to be the most astonishing about that is we came in fourth with only five boys swimming on Saturday,” said coach Maureen VanOrman.  “Most of the boys put down their fastest swims of the season and we came out victorious as a result.

“As has been the case all season, they didn’t swim for themselves, but rather for each other. None of them wanted to let down their teammates.”

Indian River also made a strong showing, finishing eighth in the team standings with 80 points. The Indians’ Joe McIntire took third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.45) and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.42).

Also for IR, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Michael Barnes, Johnathan Kohr, Max Kohr and McIntire placed seventh (1:32.58).

Other downstate swimmers in the boys’ finals included Milford’s Ben Sobota (6th in 50-yard freestyle, 22.55); Dover’s Nathan Turner (6th in the 100-yard backstroke, 55.16); and Sussex Tech’s Justin Alloway, Jonathan Lee, Owen Pogwist and Garrett Richardson (7th in the 200-yard medley relay, 1:43.45).

In the girls’ meet, held on Saturday evening, CR’s Danielle Stewart took third in a pair of events to lead the Riders to a ninth-place finish in the team standings.

Stewart placed third in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.83) and 500-yard freestyle relay (5:14.25).

Also for the Riders, AnaLucia Villabona placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.24) while the team of Georgia May, Alex May, Villabona and Stewart finished seventh in the 400-yard freestyle (3:52.91) and the team of Kayla Seacord, Villabona, Alex May and Katie Maurer placed eighth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:57.30).

Cape Henlopen’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Amaya Daisey, Madelyn McGreevy, Erin Morrissey and Aya Daisey took sixth (1:44.42) with Aya Daisey also finishing eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (25.36).

Newark Charter won the girls’ team state title with 270.5 points wiwth Ursuline placing second with 248.

College basketball

MEN, Howard 93, Delaware State 74: The Bison jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead before handing the Hornets a MEAC loss on Saturday.

DelState (1-13 MEAC, 3-26 overall) was making their debut under interim head coach Keith Johnson, who replaced Keith Walker on Thursday.

Four players scored in double figures for the Hornets: Ameer Bennett (16 points), Jonathan Walker (15), Pinky Wiley (14) and Joe Lewis (13).

WOMEN, Howard 78, Delaware State 70: The Hornets couldn’t hold a 35-33 halftime lead as the Bison came back to post the MEAC victory.

DelState (4-10 MEAC, 5-22) was playing its first game under interim head coach Kyle Adams, who succeeded Barbara Burgess on Thursday.

Lanayjha Ashe and NaJai Pollard netted 27 points each to pace the Hornets.

College baseball

Florida Atlantic 2, Delaware 1: The Blue Hens (2-3) received another strong start from junior Kyle Hinton, who pitched six innings, allowing just a two-run home run in the loss.

The Hens, who recorded five hits, scored their lone run of the game in the seventh when designated hitter Mike Krusinski drove home Diaz Nardo (Cape Henlopen) from second base on a line drive single.

Stevenson 9, Wesley 7: The Wolverines took an early 4-0 lead before dropping their season opener.

Chris Bramble and Chris Seibert both registered four hits, two runs batted in and a run scored in the loss for Wesley.

In the ninth, the Wolverines loaded the bases with two outs, Seibert and Michael Piccirillo both scored on an error but Stevenson retired the next batter and hold on to the win.

College lacrosse

MEN, Delaware 15, Monmouth 11: The Blue Hens improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with the win.

Junior Jake Hervada won the first eight faceoffs and went 21-of-28 in the contest, the highest single game total in 11 years for Delaware.

Offensively, four different Blue Hens logged hat tricks on the day, led by Charlie Kitchen’s four goals and two assists. Will Hirschmann Joe Eisele and Bryce Reid all had hat tricks on the day as well.

Sophomore Matt DeLuca notched his third straight game with double-digit saves with 12 and limited the Hawks to just four goals through the first three quarters.

WOMEN, Rutgers 14, Delaware 10: Sophomore Sarah Bedard posted her second straight hat trick by logging a career-high five points on four goals and one assist in the Blue Hens’ loss.

Senior Becky Gohsler tallied three points on two goals and an assist to go along with four draw controls, four caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Wesley 25, Cedar Crest 3: The Wolverines broke the school record for goals in a game in the season-opening win.

Fallon Fore and Tiaziah Wright each netted six goals while Fore, Rodneisha Scott and Maddison Cypher each registered three assists in the game.

Paige Brehm found the back of the net four times while Bailey Grey and Brianna Bacon each recorded hat tricks for the Wolverines. Grey assisted on two Wesley goals.

College softball

Wesley splits in opener: Wesley opened the season by edging Swarthmore 4-3 before losing the nightcap, 8-4.

Trailing by one in the first, Ashley Royer and Dori Loukopoulos sent runners home on back-to-back RBI singles. Megan DiRubbio also had an RBI single before Karina Cardona scored the eventual winning run in the sixth inning on an error.

Brandi Dalious (Polytech) homered for Wesley in the second game.

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