High School State Championships: Delaware Boys and Girls

NEWARK, Delaware, March 2. TEAM title winning streaks continued for Charter School of Wilmington (girls) and Salesianum (boys) at the Delaware State High School Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 22-25 in Newark.

Charter School of Wilmington collected its fourth straight title with a 347-306 victory over St. Mark's. Ursuline edged out Tatnall for third (177-172) and Padua claimed fifth place by just two points over Newark (154-152).

Charter swept all three relays, with its 200 medley relay posting a 1:46.35 to better the team's 2010 record-setting mark of 1:47.37. Lily Dubroff, a freshman at Charter, lowered Kaitlin Brady's 2003 record of 23.62 to 22.93 and set a second mark of 50.28 in the 100 free. The previous record holder from 2010, Charter junior Annie Nunes, placed second in the event (52.25) and added a win in the 100 breast (1:03.88).

Tatnall junior Kaitlyn Jones lowered state records in the 100 back from 55.34 to 54.17 and in the 200 IM from 1:59.03 to 1:58.18. Elise Lankiewicz, a junior at Wilmington Friends, posted winning times in both the 500 free (5:05.59) and the 100 fly (57.34).

Sarah Braatz, a Newark sophomore, collected a victory in the 200 free of 1:53.82. The diving champion was Lake Forest junior Harbour Boots, who scored 325.50 in finals.

For the seventh straight year, Salesianum was the boys champion. This year's squad put together 362 points to Charter School of Wilmington's 334. Delaware Military Academy placed third with 256.5 points, with Newark and St. Mark's tying for fourth with 133 points apiece.

Two Salesianum swimmers picked up two wins each. Junior Matthew Stasiunas put up times of 1:42.46 in the 200 free and 4:34.37 in the 500 free. Senior Matthew Tankle was tops in the 100 free (47.34) and 100 back (51.70).

Delaware Military Academy senior Tanner Kurz erased Clifton Gordon's 1:52.09 from 2011 in the 200 IM with his 1:52.09. His second win just missed lowering the standard he set in the 100 breast last year by 5-hundredths (54.69).

Sean Baker, a junior at St. Mark's, splashed his way to a 3-hundredths margin of victory in the 50 free over Appoquinimink senior Nick Insley, 21.76-21.79. Archmere junior Ben Creekmore's time of 52.54 earned him a trip to the top of the podium stand. Charter senior Kevin Kruelle was the top diver with 317.20 points.

Delaware Military Academy relays picked up wins in both the 200 medley (1:37.43) and 200 free (1:27.51); Salesianum was the champion of the 400 free relay.

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