The Appoquinimink Jaguars swim team had some school-best record breaking performances at this year’s DIAA Swimming and Diving State Championships, putting an exclamation point on an already successful season.
By the end of the championships, two Appo swimmers walked away with state championships, including freshman Kevin Lewke for the boys team and sophomore Emma Forman for the girls team.
Forman was the state champion in the 100 Backstroke, finishing with a time of 57.96. The sophomore standout also finished ninth in the 100 Freestyle, pacing the Lady Jags fourth-place finish as a team, their highest ranking in program history and the highest ranking in this year’s state championships by a public school.
Joining Forman as state-qualifying swimmers were Alexis DeIonno, Marissa Bittner, Ali Candy, Kourtney McNatt, Alexa Dolan, Avery Thomas and Abby Morris.
DeIonno capped off her senior season reaching the state finals in both of her events, finishing second in the 100 Freestyle and third in the 50 Freestyle.
Meanwhile, Bittner ended her sophomore campaign also reached the finals in both of her qualifying events, placing sixth in the 100 Backstroke and eighth in the 200 Individual Medley.
In the state final relay events, the Lady Jaguars reached three of them.
Forman, DeIonno, Bittner and Thomas placed third in the finals of the 200 Medley Relay and broke a school record for their second place finish in the 400 Free Relay finishing just behind Newark Charter.
Dolan, McNatt, Candy and Morris placed 15th in the finals of the 200 Freestyle Relay.
Forman and DeIonno were also named to the All-State Swimming First Team, while Bittner received All-State Swimming Second Team honors.
On the boys’ side, Lewke helped lead them to a 12th place finish as a team at states.
Lewke reached the finals in both the 500 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle. The freshman won the state title in the 500 Free with a time of 4:47.26 and followed that up with a fourth place finish in the finals of the 200 Free.
Joining Lewke as state-qualifiers on the boys team were Garrett Parthemore, Ben Miller, RJ Dawson and Andrew Pao.
Parthemore, Pao, Lewke and Dawson broke the Appo school record in the 400 Free Relay, placing 10th overall in the finals.