Shin­ing in Di­vi­sion E

In­dian Head takes fourth, Ban­nis­ter sixth in Prince-Mont swim meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

BOWIE — Wil­liam Mick­nick thought it would be wise to rest his in­jured hip be­fore the Prince-Mont Swim League’s E Di­vi­sion championships Satur­day at the Be­lair Swim and Rac­quet Club. It turned out to be a great idea.

Mick­nick won a South­ern Mary­land-best three events to help In­dian Head win six events and cap­ture fourth place with 185.5 points.

“I’m re­ally happy with the kids and we got [just] one DQ in the meet, which I’m re­ally happy with,” In­dian Head head coach Jo Proc­tor said. “We had a lot of best times and that’s what I keep telling my kids that’s what it’s all about.”

Ban­nis­ter placed sixth with 123 points, thanks in large part to dou­ble winner Jonathan Parham.

Ban­nis­ter head coach Ju­lia D’Alessan­dro said, “Oh my good­ness I’m so ex­cited how they did to­day. They beat their

own times, they did what they could do, the fastest they wanted to do. If you want some­thing, you go for it and that’s what they did.

Sev­ern Cross­ing of Prince Ge­orge’s County won the meet with 259.5 points, barely ahead of run­ner-up Ac­co­keek, also of Prince Ge­orge’s, which to­taled 243 points and host Be­lair Swim and Rac­quet grabbed third with 232.

The meet was not with­out some drama. Ac­co­keek was forced to with­draw its re­lay team for the fi­nal event — the girls 9- to 18-year-old 200 freestyle re­lay — and Sev­ern Cross­ing promptly won the event and the 14 points that went with it to clinch the win.

Mick­nick led In­dian Head by win­ning the boys 13-14 50-me­ter breast­stroke, 50 back­stroke and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

“I thought I swam very well,” said Mick­nick, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point High School. “I thought I had some very good com­peti­tors to­day. They all worked very hard and I knew when I woke up this morn­ing that all the train­ing and practices I did and all my team­mates cheer­ing me on were for th­ese swims to­day, so I’m glad I got to suc­ceed and go on to all-stars (at 8:30 a.m. Satur­day at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel).”

Mick­nick fin­ished the 50 breast in 39.52 sec­onds, needed 35.85 sec­onds to claim the 50 back and won the 100 IM in 1 minute 18.03 sec­onds.

“I wasn’t sure I’d be able to swim it,” Mick­nick said of com­pet­ing in the breast­stroke with his hip in­jury. “It’s one of my best events so I let [the in­jury] rest and wasn’t re­ally sure if I was go­ing to do well in the event, but I did so I’m glad I rested it.”

Mick­nick said he had suc­cess be­cause he fo­cused on his swim alone.

“Usu­ally when I swim I find I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self when I’m look­ing over at peo­ple and see­ing where I am in com­par­i­son to ev­ery­one else,” he said, “so my mind­set is to beat my own time and to just go from there. That way I feel like I’m not rac­ing against any­one. I’m only rac­ing against my­self and that way I can re­ally go for speed and go my fastest.”

Team­mates Adam Diehl won the boys 11-12 50 back (41.66), placed sec­ond in the 11-12 50 fly (40.07) and took third in the 12-U 100 IM (1:31.12). Bryan Mentzer claimed the boys 1314 50 but­ter­fly (34.40) and also added a sec­ond in the 50 back (38.58 on judge’s de­ci­sion) and third in the 50 free (30.34).

Kyla Smith added a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the girls 9-10 25 back (22.08) and was third in the 10-U 25 fly (22.29), while Arien Gatling was run­ner-up in the boys 11-12 50 breast (49.77) and third in the 50 back (52.00). Made­lyn De­soto (girls 13-14 50 free, 35.61) and Zachary Will (boys 15-18 50 breast, 36.12) each added a sec­ond-place fin­ish.

“I’ve been work­ing hard on my stroke tech­nique and I felt very good with that to­day,” said In­dian Head’s Re­becca Proc­tor, a ris­ing ju­nior at North­ern High School, who swam the lead leg in the girls 200 med­ley re­lay, which along with Cal­lie Cul­hane, Anne Elise Bolton and De­soto placed third. Proc­tor also placed third in the girls 15-18 50 back in 39.37.

“We’re a smaller team and we don’t have any year-round swim­mers,” Jo Proc­tor said of the Tor­pe­does, who has a ros­ter of 79 swim­mers. “I’m re­ally proud of them. I had a lot of first-year swim­mers that did re­ally well and were rep­re­sent­ing here to­day and it’s about the times and im­prov­ing and feel­ing good so I’m happy.”

Jonathan Parham led Ban­nis­ter to wins in the boys 8-U 25 free (18.34) and 25 breast and was third in the 25 back (28.69). Christopher Brown won the boys 9-10 25 breast (24.90, six one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of Ac­co­keek’s Justin Sch­walm) and was run­ner-up in the 25 fly (21.07) and 50 free (37.76). Michael Parham won the boys 12-U 100 IM (1:29.97), was sec­ond in the 50 free (34.31) and third in the 50 fly (41.66).

“I was los­ing at first in the but­ter­fly and then on the back­stroke I started to catch up,” Michael Parham said of the IM, in which he nudged out Thomas Reed of Sev­ern Cross­ing on a judge’s de­ci­sion. “The breast [portion of the swim] I came back [again] and then in the freestyle ev­ery­body else was tired but I just kept push­ing.”

Ni­cholas Brown won the boys 11-12 50 breast in 43.32 and was third in the 50 free (34.44) and Christopher Alexan­der was sec­ond in the boys 11-12 50 back (48.56).

“I dove in and had a great pull­out and came out stroking hard,” said Ban­nis­ter’s Da’Sean Gas­s­away, a ris­ing fresh­man at Steven­son Univer­sity, of his sev­enth-place fin­ish in the boys 15-18 50 breast, which he fin­ished in 40.25. “I hit the wall, had a great pull­out and just fin­ished the race. I felt good. We’ve worked hard all sum­mer and swam ex­tremely hard in practices and I feel we did a good job.”

D’Alessan­dro added the boys 9-18 200 free re­lay team of Gas­s­away, Michael Parham, Bryce Sim­mons and Christopher Brown, which placed sec­ond (2:16.22) and chopped six sec­onds off their best time, “had a lot of en­ergy.”

“Def­i­nitely a lot of improvement,” D’Alle­san­dro said of the Bar­racu­das. “We had a lot of first-year swim­mers and some were here at di­vi­sion­als and for the fo­cus they had, even the re­turn­ing swim­mers, they de­creased their times so dra­mat­i­cally. Their tech­nique got bet­ter and they took our lead on things — we are new coaches on this team — but they were able to adapt to us and say yes we’ll do what you need to do. It was a great sea­son.”


In­dian Head’s Wil­liam Mick­nick won the boys 13-14 50-me­ter breast­stroke, 50 back­stroke and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley at Satur­day’s Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion E championships.

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