Both Appoquinimink and Middletown high schools will hit the pool this Saturday morning at McKean High School along with 11 other schools in the 2016 Blue Hen Conference Swimming Championships.
Along with Appo and Middletown, the other competing schools include A.I. duPont, Brandywine, Charter School of Wilmington, Christiana, Concord, Dickinson, Glasgow, Mt. Pleasant, Newark, William Penn and host McKean.
The Appo boys come into Saturday’s conference championships with a 2-8 mark as a team. However, several standouts including Jackson Forman and Connor Feinour look to make some noise at McKean.
“Jackson and Connor have been staples of the program,” said Appo boys head coach David Shinton. “They compete hard each meet and practice day in and day out. Garrett Parthemore and Andrew Pao have been great additions in their respective races, distance and sprint. We look to build off of those individuals in the next couple of years.”
Meanwhile, on the girls side, Alexis Delonno, Jo Marsh and Kristina Newton all look to make an impact on Saturday for the Lady Jags who have posted a 5-5 record as a team this season.
“Alexis, Jo and Kristina have been lights out, winning almost every one of their races thus far,” said Appo girls head coach Marina Ventreca. “All three compete at a very high level and are fun to watch come race day. A few surprise performances have come from our freshman Ali Candy and Abby Morris, previous club swimmers who have made a huge impact on the team this year.”
For the Cavaliers, several standouts hope to make a name for themselves on Saturday morning.
On the boys side, Ryan Freeburg, Will Nylander, Blake Robinson, Gabe Nichols and Ethan Holcroft will be among those leading Middletown.
For the Lady Cavaliers, Hanna Mears, Madison Keller, Joan Mitchell and Alex Zeller lead the way.
“Hanna, Madison, Joan, and Alex have led the team in points this year,” said Middletown girls head coach Sandra Prather. “Abby Serbu and Kaitlyn Wright have also had a very good season. I would keep an eye on Hannah, Madison, Alex and Joan this weekend.”
The Blue Hen Conference Championships begin at 9 a.m. at McKean High School starting with the boys races followed by the girls.
For photos and results, check middletowntranscript.com on Saturday afternoon.