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2021 DIAA Swimming & Diving Championship Results
Dover, DE (March 1, 2021) – The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Swimming & Diving State Championships concluded after Tower Hill won the girls championship on Saturday and Salesianum won their 33rd boys swimming state championship since 1981 on Sunday. The format of this year’s Swimming & Diving State Championship included timed finals, rather than the traditional prelims feeding a consolation and championship heats. Events were limited to entries of the top 32 swimmers per event. Qualifying times for the relays were added and the top 24 times were taken. Team points were awarded for the top 16 places as championships have been in the past. The Championship was held at Sussex Academy.
Girl’s Championship Recap
Tower Hill’s Lainey Mullins, only a sophomore, starred in the meet, winning the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle events. Tower Hill also won the 200 Freestyle Relay which included Lainey Mullins and Hiller teammates Brooke Griffin, Sydney DeBaecke, and Grace Gilbert. Additionally, the Hilliers also took the top place in the 400 Freestyle Relay which was anchored by Mullins and teammates Griffin, DeBaecke, and Kayley Knackstedt. Sydney DeBaecke was the champion in the 200 IM. Tower Hill won their second straight DIAA Swimming Championship.
Charter School of Wilmington freshman Georgia Colborn was a champion in multiple events - 100 Butterfly and the 100 Backstroke. Rachel Bockrath, Brandywine freshman also won multiple events, the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle. Appoquinimink junior Jordan Tierney was the champion in the 100 Breaststroke. Ursuline Academy won the 200 Medley Relay, behind a team effort from Mackenzie Brandt, Mary Kate Keegan, Caitlin Horning, and Isabella Caraballo. Senior Gwen Radecki from Middletown was the 1 meter Diving Champion with a score of 383.15.
Tower Hill finished with 264 team points. Ursuline Academy was in second place with 249 points, followed by Charter School of Wilmington (209.5), Newark Charter (191.5) for 4th place and Padua Academy (174) in 5th place.
Boy’s Championship Recap
Salesianum won it’s 5th straight boys 2021 swimming state championship. Salesianum has won 15 of the last 16 boys swimming state titles, a streak only interrupted by Charter in 2016. The Sals have now won 33 swimming titles in the past 40 years. They broke the only record of the swim championship meet in the last event of the weekend. The 400 Freestyle Relay record, last set by Salesianum in 2001, was broke by Tommy Janton, Brandon Burke, Kyle Skelly and Alek Elder by a time 3:09:01. Janton, Patrick Boyle, Teddy Tsakumis, and Elder won the 200 Medley relay. Junior Alek Elder was the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke Champion. Junior Tommy Janton was the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke Champion.
Senior Kevin Lewke of Appoqunimink was the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle Champion. Thomas Conaty, Tower Hill sophomore was the 50 Freestyle Champion. Tower Hill was also the state champion in the 200 Freestyle Relay, with Matthew Spruance, Kieran Petrunich, William Zakielarz, and Conaty taking the top time in the event. Phillip Townsend, Middletown senior, was the 1 meter Diving Champion, with a score of 412.25. The 100 Freestyle Champion was Noah Reice, a junior from Charter School of Wilmington.
Salesianum finished with 335 team points. Charter School of Wilmington was in second place with 275 points, followed by Tower Hill (214), Appoquinimink (124) for 4th place and Sussex Tech (122) in 5th place.
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