DC swimming set for first home meet of the season

Darton swimming coach Molly Gilbert

Darton swimming coach Molly Gilbert

ALBANY — Molly Gilbert doesn’t just expect her Darton swimming team to have one of its fastest meets of the season Saturday.

The coach of both the Cavs and Lady Cavs swimming teams expects records to be broken in the home meet against Daytona State and Savannah College of Art and Design.

“These two teams are both very fast, so there will definitely be some fast, exciting races,” Gilbert said. “Daytona State is somebody we will compete with at nationals, so this will give us a feel for how fast they are.

“I know we will have more records broken this weekend.”

Darton, led by freshman and Germany native Anna Macht, has been breaking school records nearly every time the team has jumped in the pool this season.

Macht alone holds six school records, and most recently set a new mark with her leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay Saturday, finishing at 52.63.

Also competing Saturday for the Lady Cavs will be Lee County grad Kali Eigenberg, who swims in sprinting events and is the lone women’s diver.

The Cavs are glad to be back home after four away meets to open the season, but Gilbert’s focus is still set on the national meet in March in Fort Pierce, Fla.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing how they are progressing,” said Gilbert, whose women’s team finished fourth at nationals last season, while the men’s team finished fifth.

“We have less than two months till nationals, and this will be our last big meet as far as competition goes. I am excited to see how they will race.”

Darton also swims at home Feb. 3 in the Region XVII championship and Feb. 4 in the Darton Invitational.