Smallwood loses close one to Kings Landing in Prince-Mont Swim League
Place 1-2 in final event to pull out Prince-Mont win
If there’s a swimming equivalent as winning a meet in the bottom of the ninth inning, then the Kings Landing swim team accomplished that with a come-from-behind 290-287 win over visiting Smallwood Village Aquatic Club on Saturday at Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown.
The Lionfish (1-1) led the Prince-Mont Swim League Division B meet by as many as 15 points early on until Smallwood charged back to tie the meet at 260 after the 46th event. Kings Landing rallied to take a 3-point lead after Event 47, but the Marlins finished 1-2 in the boys 9- to 18-year-old 200-meter freestyle relay to grab a two-point lead, 280-278, with one event left.
“We were really hyping up the other girls who were swimming and we hyped each other up and we hyped ourselves up,” said Kings Landing’s Rebekah Clark, who swam the third leg in the final event. “And as we saw how close it was, we became more and more excited.”
“I was getting really excited at the end. I was jumping up and down and screaming really loud with all my teammates,” Smallwood’s Sydney Marohn-Johnson said.
Despite some late lineup changes, Kings Landing’s girls A 9-18 200-meter free relay team of Aspen Gallaudet, Taylor Labella, Margaret Foulkes and Abby Johnson won the race in 2 minutes 21.53 seconds. But the Lionfish also needed to place second to earn the win and head coach
Kandia Spain found herself short-handed.
“Because some people had left and one girl wasn’t feeling well, I said, ‘Jill, you have to go here,’” Spain said, referring to Jill Patterson, who was scheduled to swim on the C team but moved up to anchor on the B squad. “I knew we had to get first and second and couldn’t let them sweep. We had to make sure we scored some points.”
Lyla Smith swam the lead leg and Olivia Hudson swam the second leg.
“I got a really good push off and good underwater dolphin kick and I just went for it,” said Clark, a rising sophomore at Huntingtown High School who swam the third leg on the second-place B team. “I was trying not to breathe as much as I usually do because then you go faster. I got a good flip turn and then I saw I was coming ahead of the girl who was next to me, so I just kept going faster because I wanted to keep that lead for Jill.”
“[Clark] gave me a great lead so I thank her for that,” said Patterson, a rising sophomore at Northern High School. “I did my flip turn and I was just focused. I used every ounce of energy I had left in me to just swim.”
Patterson helped Kings Landing eke out the needed second-place finish, just 75-one hundredths of a second ahead of Smallwood’s A team of Mallory Thompson, Camden Perella, Sara Jarboe and Emily Coleman.
“We fought all the way to the end and last week was the same thing. It came all the way down to the relays and we ended up pulling out a win [290.5-281.5 over Hawthorne Country Club],” Smallwood head coach Jeff Rivenburg said. “This week hat’s off to Kings Landing, they swam fantastic. It was an exciting meet, a good meet and it came down to the wire. My kids kept fighting and you can’t ask for more from those kids.”
Kings Landing’s top individual swimmer on the day was Laurel Gallaudet, who won the 15-18 50 butterfly (34.15 seconds), 50 backstroke (36.53) and 100 individual medley (1:19.75).
Katherine Cuebas took home the 8-U 25 free (25.25) and 25 back (27.86) and Aspen Gallaudet swam to wins in the 9-10 25 fly (19.38) and 50 free (36.81) for the Lionfish.
On the boys side, Isaiah Johnson won the 15-18 50 back (31.94) and 100 free (pool record 1:00.13) and Lincoln Johnson claimed the 9-10 25 fly (20.87) and 50 free (40.06). Luke Hawit touched the wall first in the 8-U 25 free (19.53) and 25 back (24.44) and Philip Means was victorious in the 13-14 50 back (team record 33.59) and 50 breast (40.94).
“Our strongest events are in the beginning with the fly and the breaststroke and backstroke we just had some silly mistakes, so we’ll fix those this week,” Spain said. “[My team] has some nice skills. We have a lot of new kids and it’s just continuing to work on things. And we’re trying to get everyone here.”
Last week in a 309-264 loss to Montgomery County’s Strathmore Bel Prep, the Lionfish were missing 45 swimmers. Saturday, it was missing 35. Luckily, Kings Landing has a roster of 140.
“It’s really good we have people who can fill in,” Spain said. “They’re definitely showing their depth and they’re willing to step up, which is awesome.”
Smallwood had four swimmers each win three events. Cora Jameson claimed wins in the 11-12 50 fly (40.96), 50 back (38.93) and 100 IM (1:26.85). Lawrence Sapp touched the wall first in the 13-14 50 fly (pool record 29.78), 50 free (28.41) and 100 IM (team record 1:09.28), while Clayton Jameson helped the Marlins by claiming top spot in the 11-12 50 free (32.93), 50 back (team record 37.78) and 100 IM (1:24.78). Nathalie LaFontant earned wins in the 13-14 50 free (pool record 30.91), 50 breast (pool record 40.03) and 100 IM.
Nicholas Sapp won the 9-10 25 breast (24.91) and (25 back) 21.46.
“I did pretty well,” said Ethan Chung, who won the boys 15-18 100 IM (1:10.06). Chung recently graduated from La Plata High School and will attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the fall. “I was really excited for this race because it looked like the guy next to me might beat me. Before I was really pumping myself up and during the race I felt pretty good.”
“I got a good start and all of the other swimmers and my teammates pushed me,” said Marohn-Johnson, a rising sophomore at North Point High School, of her win in the 13-14 50 back in 37.19. “I was really excited to go into the meet and try and beat them and they had an amazing meet, and we did too. A lot of our relays did very well and I am very proud of my team.”
Smallwood’s Lawrence Sapp (13-14 boys) won the 50 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley in Saturday’s meet at Kings Landing. The Marlins were edged by the Lionfish, 290-287.
Smallwood’s Nathalie LaFontant swam to wins in the girls 15-18 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 100 individual medley in Saturday’s meet at Kings Landing. The Marlins were edged by the Lionfish, 290-287.