Norwich swimmers send Coach Marchant to final home win

Boys’ Swimming

Norwich 93, S-E 69

NORWICH – Norwich head coach, Rick Marchant, who has piloted either the boys’ or girls’ teams since 1976 – sometimes both the same season – went out a winner in his final home meet.

Norwich captured all but two events for its second win over Sherburne-Earlville this season. “They are inexperienced (S-E), but they have a great group and will get better,” said Marchant.

Norwich won six of the first seven events getting two wins from Ryan Marchant, while Evan Wendt posted a 234.70 to win in diving. Cole Adams’ 51.68 easily won the 100 freestyle. Travis Thompson (500 free) and Christof Knappe (100 breaststroke) won for the first time this season for Norwich, and Dan Wenzel took the 100 backstroke. “This was our last home meet, and it was a chance to say goodbye to the seniors who started with me in seventh grade,” Marchant said.

Adams, Mike Delmonico, Ethan Hitchcock, Knapp, Ryan Marchant, Jared Nichols, Mark Ros, Kane Streichert, Thompson, and Wendt were seniors recognized prior to the meet along with team manager, Kerzia Hopson.

Wendt, incidentally, became the third Norwich diver in 15 years to qualify for the state swimming and diving meet last weekend at the Vestal Invitational. Wendt made the cut-off score for 11 dives totaling a 401.80.


200 medley relay: (N) D. Wenzel, C. Knappe, R. Cambron, C. Adams, 2:00.93. 200 free: (N) R. Marchant, 2:04.90. 200 IM: (SE) Andrew Ashton, 2:28.10. 50 free: (N) K. Streichert, 23.91. Diving: (N) Evan Wendt, 234.70. 100 fly: (N) R. Marchant, 58.94. 100 free: (N) Cole Adams, 51.68. 500 free: (N) Travis Thompson, 6:18.24. 200 free reay: (SE) Mettler, Sheddon, Ashton, Enscoe, 1:47.28. 100 back: (N) Dan Wenzel, 1:02.50. 100 breaststroke: (N) Christof Knappe, 1:18.76; 400 free relay: (N) Mike Delmonico, Jared Nichols, T. Thompson, E. Wendt, 4:00.98.

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