Small­wood tops Hawthorne in Prince-Mont Swim League opener

Marlins start Prince-Mont Swim League with win over Ga­tors

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

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