If you have silicone crease handy, you could try to goop a bunch of that in there, not sure if it would hold, but best option I have. Only other idea is to try to pack the groove in the cap with twine soaked in silicone grease and then try. I don't really think either would work very well though. Not sure where you are in NY, but i would assume a pool store (or industrial supply store ) near you would have the right size/material oring available. The real question though, is why is it stretching out like that, it should last longer than a year.