Darton swimming coach Molly Gilbert
ALBANY — Molly Gilbert’s Darton swimming teams may have gotten swept in their dual meets at home Saturday against Daytona State College and Savannah College of Art and Design, but Gilbert was still able to find plenty of positives from her first home meet of the season.
“I think we did pretty well,” Gilbert said. “It gave us a lot better understanding of how Daytona performs, so we can go into nationals and compete with them. We had a lot of season-bests. This meet was a lot faster than our last meet as a team. We were a little more rested for this meet because of the winter training we had last time.”
The Darton men lost to Daytona, 160-75, and SCAD, 131-88, and the Lady Cavs lost to Daytona, 113-97, and SCAD, 109-103.
The men’s 200-yard medley relay and five individuals, including freshman phenom Anna Macht from Germany, won events for Darton.
Macht broke two of her own school records Saturday with a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.00) and the 200 individual medley (2:07.42). She also won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:32.27 — less than a second away from her school record in the event.
Other winners for Darton were Nicole Hawkins in the 1650 freestyle (18:16.27), Americus-Sumter grad Karina Malmquist in the 100 butterfly (59.76), T.J. Bland in the 100 breast stroke (57.61), Deniss Jariga in the 100 backstroke (52.59) and Jariga, Bland, Justin Akins and Ben Smith in the 200 medley relay (1:36.34).
“Several of those are potential national champions in those events,” Gilbert said, referring to Macht, Bland and Jariga. “They are already ranked in the Top 5 in those events, based on the other junior college times.”
Darton swims again Friday in an intersquad meet and then will host the Region XVII Championship on Feb. 3.