Small­wood wins county swim cham­pi­onships for 3rd time in 4

Small­wood claims third swim ti­tle in four years

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

The Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Club swim team has fea­tured im­mense tal­ent and depth in var­i­ous age groups across the board within the county over a num­ber of years.

Sun­day at the Charles County swim cham­pi­onships at their home pool in Wal­dorf, the Mar­lins showed why they have been a force to be reck­oned with by de­liv­er­ing with a team-high 424 points en route to their third county ti­tle in four years.

Hawthorne, which topped Small­wood 377-342 for the county cham­pi­onship in 2015, fin­ished run­ner-up this time with 379 points. West­lake fin­ished in third with 239 and Ban­nis­ter came in fourth with 115 points.

Small­wood won 17 of the 49 events in the an­nual county meet, in­clud­ing three of the five re­lay events.

As Small­wood cel­e­brated with the cham­pi­onship tro­phy, head coach Jeff Riven­burg and his wife Jamie, also the team’s as­sis­tant coach, were drenched with wa­ter while be­ing thrown in the pool by sev­eral mem­bers of the team.

“There was a lot of PRs and per­sonal bests,” said Riven­burg, also the head swim coach at North Point High School. “From our younger to our older kids, we swam fan­tas­tic across the board, es­pe­cially our re­lays. Ever yone has been work­ing hard and to­day was a tes­ta­ment to that. To­day was

a close meet, it could’ve went ei­ther way.”

On win­ning three ti­tles in four years since ar­riv­ing at the helm of the pro­gram, Riven­burg added, “We are blessed with re­ally good swim­mers and again the kids have worked re­ally hard. We have great par­ents that sup­port us and we have a great coach­ing staff that fo­cuses on the fun­da­men­tals of im­prov­ing our strokes and swims. That has been in a fa­vor and led us to a cham­pi­onship, so it has been a great sea­son. Hawthorne has a great team and re­ally bat­tled with us.”

With many team, pool and meet records bro­ken on the day, there were eight triple win­ners. Small­wood’s Ni­cholas Sapp (boys 9- to 10-yearold), Addy Don­nick (girls 9-10), Cole Rapczyn­ski (boys 11-12), Es­ther Du­gan (girls 11-12) and Liam Vi­en­neau (boys 15-18), all of Hawthorne, Ker­ri­gan McMillen (girls 13-14) and Emily Decker (girls 15-18) from West­lake and Ban­nis­ter’s Jonathan Parham (boys 8-and-Un­der) all touched the wall first in three events.

Small­wood also had four dou­ble win­ners in the meet with Nathalie LaFon­tant (13-14 girls), Clay­ton Jame­son (11-12 boys), Lawrence Sapp (13-14 boys) and Ni­cholas Raw­son (15-18 boys).

“I think I re­ally did well this meet after I was sick all week,” said LaFon­tant, who won both the 50-me­ter freestyle and 50 breast­stroke, set­ting a meet record in the freestyle event with a time of 29.37 sec­onds. “I was barely at prac­tice and to come back and be right around my times was re­ally good and I’m happy.”

LaFon­tant also led the girls 200 med­ley re­lay team, con­sist­ing of Jae­lyn Sapp, Tea­gan Rohrbaugh and Mya Riven­burg to a come-from-be­hind win, break­ing a team and pool record with a time of 2 min­utes 19.91 sec­onds.

“I was able to make up a lot of ground on my leg be­cause we were be­hind,” LaFon­tant said, “but I’m happy that we were able to come back and win that event.”

Con­nor Vi­en­neau col­lected top fin­ishes in the 50 back and 100 individual med­ley for Hawthorne, break­ing his own pool records in the med­ley event in 1:04.72 and the 50 back in 29.57.

Vi­en­neau was go­ing for a third win on the day, but Lawrence Sapp edged him out in the 50 free in 26.22, win­ning by six one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond and both swim­mers broke Vi­en­neau’s pool record of 26.29.

“Over­all, it was a good day, but I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed about the 50 free be­cause I got out touched,” Vi­en­neau said. “I was happy about the 50 back and I im­proved my time in that. We had a [di­vi­sion] meet the day be­fore, so I was a lit­tle tired.”

Sapp also won the 50 but­ter­fly in 28.19, set­ting a new meet, pool and team record.

“We al­ways have our bat­tles, we’ve raced against each other for a cou­ple years now,” he said. “In the freestyle, that was real tight race, glad I was able to win it. In the last stretch of the med­ley he got me in the end.”

Satur­day morn­ing, each team will take part in their re­spec­tive PrinceMont Swim League di­vi­sonal cham­pi­onship meets. Small­wood and Hawthorne will com­pete in the Di­vi­sion B meet at Strath­more Bel Pre in Sil­ver Spring. West­lake will be in the Di­vi­sion D meet at West Lau­rel Swim Club in Lau­rel, while Ban­nis­ter is sched­uled to travel to Be­lair Swim and Rac­quet in Bowie to com­pete in the Di­vi­sion E meet.


Lawrence Sapp of Small­wood won the 50 but­ter­fly and 50 freestyle in the boys 13- to 14-year-olad age group on Sun­day at the Charles County cham­pi­onships at the Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Cen­ter pool in Wal­dorf.

The Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Swim Club cap­tured the Charles County Cham­pi­onship first-place tro­phy for the third time in four years on Sun­day at its home pool in Wal­dorf.


Hawthorne’s Con­nor Vi­en­neau claimed first-place fin­ishes in the boys 13 to 14-year-old 50 back­stroke and 100 individual med­ley events at the Charles County Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day at Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Club pool in Wal­dorf. He also took sec­ond in the 50 freestyle.

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