Darton Roundup: Darton swimmers off to fast start; Darton wrestler takes second at Citadel meet

DOUGLAS -- Darton swimmers won 23 of 28 events at the South Georgia College Dual Meet on Saturday, and broke four school records.

Darton College freshman Anna Macht had an incredible day, breaking school records in the 400-meter IM (4:37.58), the 200-meter breaststroke(2:26.95) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.23).

Freshman Dennis Jariga broke Darton’s 200-meter men’s backstroke record, winning the race in 1:54.09.

“Our team was so beat down going in,” said Darton College coach Molly Gilbert. “They’ve been working their tails off. I mean, we didn’t back off on their training at all (before the meet).

“So for them to be training as hard as they are, and then break school records, it’s a great start to our season.”

The new 400 IM record set by Macht, a German-native, beat the former record by three seconds. The former record was held by Erin Colunga, who won a national championship title for Darton College in 2008.

More national championship finishes could well be within the grasps of these student-athletes, Gilbert said.

“But that’s not to say that those are the only two (that are capable), either,” she said of Macht and Jariga.

The swim team is scheduled to compete with a Darton College alumni team Saturday, in the program’s first DC Swimming & Diving Alumni Swim Meet.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Darton College sophomore Trey Hicks finished second in the senior competition at the Citadel Open in Charleston, S.C., Sunday.

The 184-pounder from Tifton set a standard for his teammates when facing the difficult field of NCAA Div. I, II and III wrestlers. It was Hicks’ first match in the 184-weight class, as he wrestled 174 during his freshman year.

“It sets a tone for the rest of the year, and shows our guys how they can compete with four-year schools,” Darton College Head Coach Chris Fleeger said of Hicks’ effort.

The Cavaliers are scheduled next for the Shorter Open, in Rome, on Saturday.