Prince-Mont swim teams set for divi­sion­als

Lo­cal swim teams set to com­pete in Prince-Mont divi­sion­als

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

The five weeks of the Prince-Mont Swim League sum­mer sea­son has been high­lighted by record-break­ing times.

And now with the dual meet reg­u­lar sea­son, five teams from Charles County are ea­ger to break or drop even more event times in this week­end’s di­vi­sional cham­pi­onships.

The win­ner of each event at the re­spec­tive di­vi­sional meet will earn an au­to­matic berth to the an­nual all-star meet, sched­uled for next Sat­ur­day at the West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel.

The Smallwood Mar­lins, who have claimed three di­vi­sion cham­pi­onships since 2010, won the Di­vi­sion B crown in 2014 and will be look­ing to win it again this time, along with county foe Hawthorne on Sat­ur­day at Strath­more Bel Pre in Sil­ver Spring. The Mar­lins fin­ished 3-2 in the reg­u­lar sea­son, fall­ing to Kings Land­ing of Calvert County and the MVP Dol­phins of Wash­ing­ton D.C. in close meets dur­ing the five-week reg­u­lar sea­son.

Smallwood, which also won the Charles County cham­pi­onships for the third time in four years on Sun­day at its home pool, have some mo­men­tum go­ing into the sea­son’s sixth week.

“We want to qual­ify as many swim­mers as pos­si­ble for all-stars,” said Smallwood head coach Jeff Riven­burg on Sun­day after the Mar­lins clinched the county ti­tle. “We had some close meets in our di­vi­sion, so I think the races can go ei­ther way. We have some very good teams in our di­vi­sion.”

Among the top swim­mers on the Mar­lins are Nathalie LaFon­tant (girls 13- to 14-yearold), Clay­ton Jameson (boys 11-12), Ni­cholas Sapp (boys 9-10) and Lawrence Sapp (boys 13-14) and Ni­cholas Raw­son (boys 15-18).

The older Sapp has the sec­ond fastest time in the league this sum­mer in the 50-me­ter but­ter­fly in 29.14 sec­onds.

The girls 200 med­ley re­lay team with

LaFon­tant, Jae­lyn Sapp, Tea­gan Rohrbaugh and Mya Riven­burg are com­ing off break­ing a team record in Sun­day’s county cham­pi­onships that was held since 2014, touch­ing the wall in 2 min­utes 19.91 sec­onds.

“I feel pretty good about my times,” said LaFon­tant after Sun­day’s meet. “I would like to get my [50] breast­stroke down to 36 sec­onds and cut my time down in the in­di­vid­ual med­ley. But I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to divi­sion­als. The races are go­ing to be re­ally tight.”

Lead­ing Hawthorne, which fin­ished 3-2 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, for the boys will be Conor Vi­en­neau (13-14), Liam Vi­en­neau (15-18) and Cole Rapczyn­ski. On the girls side, Es­ther Du­gan (11-12) and Ade­line Don­nick (9-10) will be lead the Ga­tors regime.

Don­nick, Du­gan, Me­gan Schueller and Chase McClure has the third fastest time in the league in the girls 200 free re­lay in 2:07.58.

“B Di­vi­sion has been tough,” said Hawthorne head coach Mary Jane Cup­ples. Each meet has been very close. We are 3-2 and it is any­one’s to win. It is very im­por­tant for the Ga­tors to make All-Stars. Our team is record driven and al­ways striv­ing for a best time.”

Conor Vi­en­neau has the top time in the league this sum­mer in the 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley at 1:05.13 and broke a league record in the 50 back­stroke with a time of 29.31 sec­onds. Don­nick has the top time in the league in the 25 fly (16.68) and 50 free in 32.75 sec­onds.

“I’ve been im­prov­ing on my turns and strokes,” said Conor Vi­en­neau after win­ning two events on Sun­day. “It will be very fun com­pet­ing about the best swim­mers in the di­vi­sion.”

Waves of Westlake (1-4 in the reg­u­lar sea­son) will be in the Di­vi­sion D cham­pi­onships at West Lau­rel and will be spear­headed by key swim­mers Ker­ri­gan McMillen (girls 1314), Emily Decker (girls 1518), Tyler Whit­sett (boys 1518) and Em­manuel Agra­vante (boys 15-18).

“I’m su­per ex­cited for our swim­mers to be go­ing to divi­sion­als. It has been a tough sea­son,” Westlake co-head coach Anise Fore­man sea­son. “This meet can al­ways show you where you stand within the [Prince-Mont] coaches. This week we’ve been do­ing a lot of pace work and we want our swim­mers to drop time as much as pos­si­ble. This will de­ter­mine if you make all-stars.”

Since 2008, Westlake has four di­vi­sion cham­pi­onships, its most re­cent was in 2014 in Di­vi­sion D.

Ban­nis­ter’s Jonathan Parham (boys 8-and-Un­der), who was a triple win­ner on Sun­day at the county meet will lead the Bar­racu­das. He has the third fastest league time in the 25 free in 17.18 sec­onds. Ban­nis­ter (0-5 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son) and In­dian Head will com­pete in the Di­vi­sion E cham­pi­onships at Be­lair Swim and Rac­quet in Bowie.

The key swim­mers for Tor­pe­does (2-3 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son) will be Shaun But­ler (boys 15-18), Zachary Will (boys 15-18), Adam Diehl (boys 11-12), An­to­nio Clark (boys 10U), Re­becca Proc­tor (girls 1518) and Kyla Smith (girls 9-10).

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Es­ther Du­gan of Hawthorne will swim in the 50-me­ter but­ter­fly, 50 freestyle and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley at Sat­ur­day’s Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion B meet at Strath­more Bel Pre in Sil­ver Spring. Du­gan has the fastest time in the league this sea­son in the IM with a time of 1 minute 16.84 sec­onds.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Smallwood’s Clay­ton Jameson (boys 11-12) will com­pete in the 50-me­ter freestyle, 50 back­stroke and the 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley in the Sat­ur­day’s Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onship meet. He was dou­ble win­ner on Sun­day at the Charles County Cham­pi­onships.

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