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Darton swimmers, divers cruise to victory

Darton long-distance swimmer JD Rosseau rests in the pool Saturday during the Cavs’ meet against Emmanuel College. Rosseau, a Columbus native, won both the 1,000 and 500 freestyle races. (David Mann/Special to The Herald)

Darton long-distance swimmer JD Rosseau rests in the pool Saturday during the Cavs’ meet against Emmanuel College. Rosseau, a Columbus native, won both the 1,000 and 500 freestyle races. (David Mann/Special to The Herald)

ALBANY — Darton State College had no trouble leaving Emmanuel College in its wake Saturday as the Cavs dominated a swimming and diving dual at home.

Darton had a combined team score of 288 to outscore Emmanuel by more than 100 points. The Cavaliers won 23 of 26 events to score 159 points to Emmanuel’s 72, while the Lady Cavs scored 129 points to Emmanuel’s 99.

Despite being in the thick of intense winter training, Darton’s swimmers managed to crank out some fast times. Lady Cav Ashley Delgado won three events with a personal record time in the 200 free, the 100 free and the 500 free.

“Ashley has certainly been putting in the work at practice,” Darton swimming coach Will Breehl said. “To get a lifetime best in all three events is especially great at this time of year.”

Sophomore JD Rosseau continues to dominate in the long distance events for Darton. The Columbus native won both the 1,000 free and 500 free.

“I didn’t think he was going to swim that fast,” Breehl said, “as we’ve been training pretty hard.”

Rosseau had no trouble taking the 1,000, but was challenged in the 500 by Emmanuel’s Santi Aguilar, who trailed by five seconds in the final.

“That came from within,” Breehl said of Rosseau’s 500 victory. “He just decided to win this.”

Darton continued to look especially strong on the boards with defending national champions Crawford Berry and Sarah Hoop. The crowd grew noticeably quiet before each of Berry’s dives as he swept the 1- and 3-meter competitions with athletic prowess.

Hoop, having led the 50 free in the pool, went on to win the 3-meter competition as well. Diver Kelsey Carniglia showed her ability as well and won the 1-meter competition.