ALBANY – The Darton State College swimming program will face the nation’s top two teams Saturday at the Daytona State College Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Cavaliers will race Indian River State College and Daytona State, programs that have finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the NJCAA Championships since 2008.
“Indian River has won 38 straight NJCAA titles – the most national championships in any sport of any division in collegiate athletics,” Darton head men’s swim coach Will Breehl said. “We respect both Daytona and Indian River for the success they have had in the past. We have a lot of racers on our team that don’t like to lose, and with this level of competition, it’s only going to make us step up our game this week. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Darton performed very well at its last outing. The women’s swim program swept all but four of 19 events at the South Georgia College Invitational on Nov. 3. The Darton men won all but one event.
“We swam really well,” Breehl said. “South Georgia finished 5th at nationals and swam us tough last year. Add Lagrange, who’s assistant coach is former Darton Swimmer Chip Aplin, who is still Darton’s record holder in the 50 and 100 free, and we knew we were headed for some good competition. Plus Thomas University had two former NJCAA All-Americans transfers from Darton in Justin Aktkins and Nicole Hawkins, who we knew from them being here, were good.”
Darton won the SGC Invitational with an overall total of 312 points. South Georgia College was 2nd, with 217 points, Lagrange College finished 3rd with 88 points and Thomas University finished 4th with 40 points.