Smallwood tops Hawthorne in Prince-Mont Swim League opener
Marlins start Prince-Mont Swim League with win over Gators
The Prince-Mont Swim League kicked off the summer 2016 season Saturday and Smallwood Village Aquatic Club and Hawthorne Country Club did not disappoint.
In what was a back-and-forth battle for most of the meet, Hawthorne led by 19 points through 30 events, but the Marlins rallied to beat the Gators 290.5-281.5 in a Division B meet at the Smallwood’s pool in Waldorf.
Despite moving down to Division B this year, Smallwood has been a team on the rise over the past several seasons. The Marlins won Division D in 2013 and Division B in 2014 before peaking in Division A last year.
“I been saying all week that this is the best day of the week,” Smallwood head coach Jeff Rivenburg said. “Let’s get this going and it felt great to finally get this show on the road. This was a good way to open the [season] up. I can’t ask for anything more, the kids swam great. We had some first-time swimmers and they did fantastic.”
In a competition where several meet and pool records broken by both teams, eight swimmers were triple winners, five by Hawthorne.
Nathalie LaFontant was one of the three triple winners for Smallwood. LaFontant won the 50-meter freestyle, 50
breaststroke, and 100 individual medley in the girls 13- to 14-year-old age bracket. She set new pool record with a time of 37.00 seconds in the 50 breast that was held by M. J. Brown back in 1984. LaFontant set another pool record in the 50 free, breaking Page Lester’s 2013 record with a time of 29.53 seconds.
“I’ve been working hard all year round and it feels good to start the summer off strong,” LaFontant said. “In the breast I would like to get my time down to 36 seconds. Hawthorne has a great team and they have people on the team that I’ve been swimming against for a long time.”
Also tripling for Smallwood were Teagan Rohrbaugh in the girls 15-18 50 butterfly, 50 breast and 100 IM and Nicholas Sapp in the boys 9-10 25 fly, 25 breast and 25 backstroke.
The Marlins had three double winners in Booker Brown (boys 8-and-Under 25 free, 25 back), Clayton Jameson (boys 11-12 50 free and 50 back) and Nicholas Rawson (boys 15-18 50 breast and 50 back). They also won three out of the five relay events, capturing first-place finishes in the girls 200 medley relay, boys 200 free relay and the mixed 100 free relay.
Triple winners for Hawthorne were Cole Rapczynski in the boys 11-12 50 fly, 50 breast and 100 IM, Esther Dugan in the girls 11-12 50 fly, 50 free and 100 IM)], Liam Vienneau in the boys 15-18 50 fly, 100 free and 100 IM, Conor Vienneau in the boys 13-14 50 free, 50 back and 100 IM and Addy Donnick in the girls 9-10 25 fly, 50 free and 25 back.
Conor Vienneau broke set two new pool records in the 50 back (30.35 seconds) and 100 IM (1:05.13). He also set a new team record in the 50 free, touching the wall in 26.29 seconds.
“It was really good competition today, [Smallwood] Lawrence Sapp will be one of my biggest competitors this season, he is very fast,” said Conor, referring to Sapp, who placed second behind Vienneau in both of those events. Sapp placed first in the 50 fly, setting a new team record in 29.59 seconds. “I swam well today, I just want to drop in the backstroke.”
In the 50 fly, Dugan set a new team record with a time of 33.63 seconds, breaking a record that lasted since 1996.
Hawthorne will host Pointer Ridge of Prince George’s County on Saturday, while Smallwood heads to Calvert County to face Kings Landing.
Smallwood’s Nathalie LaFontant won three events in the girls 13-14 age bracket in Saturday’s Division B Prince-Mont Swim League meet versus Hawthorne, including pool records in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle.
Hawthorne’s Conor Vienneau (boys 13-14) was a triple winner in Saturday’s Division B Prince-Mont Swim League meet versus Smallwood. Vienneau captured first-place wins in the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter individual medley, setting two pool records and a team record on the day.