Sandwich Swimmers Successfully Defend Title
By: Dan Crowley
The Blue Knights successfully defended their Cape Cod Classic title Saturday with a first place finish on Nantucket. Sandwich finished first with 162 points, Nauset was a distant second with 84 points, while Nantucket (62) and Barnstable (21) rounded out the scoring.
Barnstable won the girls’ competition with 127 points.
The Knights hit the water with a splash, winning the opening medley relay. The team of Trey Kamb, Nick Crossman, Tom Cundiff and Alex Simpson swam a team best time of 1:51.35.
The third place team of Brian Hann, Christian Hassler, Beau Stanton and Mo Sykes also posted a team best time of 1:58.45.
Simpson then won the 200 freestyle (1:57.60) swimming another personal best. Kellen Comer was fourth with a personal best mark of 2:05.24.
Crossman took second in the individual medley with a personal best time of 2:12.10. Hann swam fourth in a personal best time of 2:23.54 and Andrew Wilson posted a personal best, taking fifth in a time of 2:33.54.
Cundiff won the 50 freestyle in a personal best time of 23.50. Sykes also posted a personal best, taking fourth in a time of 25.07. Stanton finished in sixth at 25.84.
Knights swept the diving with Grady Bergin winning the event with a score of 203.45. Bergin set a meet scoring record and was named the diving MVP of the meet. Sam Scott was second for the Knights off the one-meter springboard with 186.50 points and Chris Steele (153.70) took third.
Cundiff posted his third win of the day taking the butterfly in a time of 59.98. Beau Stanton swam third for the Knights at 1:05.56. Kamb (55.77) took second in the 100 freestyle. Sykes swam a personal best, taking fifth in 56.94 in the 100, and Mike Deptula was eighth with a personal best mark of 59.54.
Simpson collected his third victory of the day with a win in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:15.94 setting a new meet record. Comer swam second in the 500 for SHS posting a personal best time of 5:42.58.
Sandwich and Nantucket tied for first in the 200 freestyle relay. The Blue Knight squad of Sykes, Comer, Stanton and Hann swam a team best mark of 1:42.60. The team of Max Drake, Wilson, Scott and Deptula finished fourth with a team best time of 1:49.40.
Kamb took second in the backstroke with a personal best swim of 1:01.04. Brian Hann (1:07.60) placed third with Deptula (1:15.67) fifth.
Crossman collected his third win of the day in the breaststroke with a first place personal best finish of 1:09.73. Christian Hassler (1:10.34) swam second posting a personal best and Wilson (1:18.18) was sixth, also with a personal best.
Kamb, Crossman, Cundiff and Simpson then added to their successful day with a win in the final event posting a team best time of 3:40.05 in the 400 freestyle relay. The squad of Wilson, Comer, Deptula and Drake was fourth at 4:12.72 and the team of Chris Crowley, Evan Denmark, Brad Collins and Scott delivered a fifth place finish posting a time of 4:16.21.
“It was their time to put their stamp on this team,” Coach Tony Compton said of his squad. “We are one of the smaller teams, but we’re so much deeper. It was a fine showing by our boys. They were motivated to win.”
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