The Glen Mills swim team captured their seventh Del Val League championship in the past eight years with a tight 87-77 victory over host Chichester on January 30th.
“As a coaching staff, we’re really proud of the entire team,” Glen Mills coach Russ Bustamante said. “We won two events in this meet but this was a total team championship. We did really well getting a lot of second, third, and fourth places and picked up a lot of team points that way. That’s a testament to the work ethic of this team.”
Frankie Clark won the 100 fly while Zunir Walker, Xavier Osuna, Michael Cramer, and Omar Hopkins teamed up to win the 200 free relay.
“Omar really gutted that out and outswam their guy to the finish,” Bustamante said.
. The Bulls picked up important second, third, and fourth place points in the 50 free, 100 free, 100, and 100 backstroke to get the job done against Chichester
Avery Ford also picked up a big second place finish in the butterfly.
“In order to win, I knew we needed to get points anywhere we could,” Ford said. “It feels great to be a champion.”
“Avery has done a real nice job all season and he really swam a great race there,” Bustamante said.
Assistant Glen Mills coaches include John Niefer, Nate Casswell, Kirk Hinton, and Andy Groce.
“Just about all of our guys have never swam before, let alone at the varsity level,” Bustamante said. “This championship is a credit to their desire and their ability to be coached.”
PHOTO: Frankie Clark and his teammates won the Del Val League championship.