Small­wood loses close one to Kings Land­ing in Prince-Mont Swim League

Place 1-2 in fi­nal event to pull out Prince-Mont win

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

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.

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