Headed to all-stars

Prince-Mont swim­mers look­ing to de­fend ti­tles in fi­nal sum­mer meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Last Satur­day morn­ing of­fered nu­mer­ous swim­mers a chance to shine at their re­spec­tive di­vi­sional meets and now the cream of the crop will be rep­re­sent­ing their pools at the an­nual Prince-Mont Swim League All-Star meet at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel at 8:30 a.m. this Satur­day where the events are con­tested in yards, not me­ters.

Hawthorne Coun­try Club saw three of its swim­mers record triples last Satur­day morn­ing in the Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships at Strath­more Bel Pre in Sil­ver Spring and now all three Ga­tors are hop­ing to use that suc­cess as a spring­board to All-Star tri­umphs this week­end.

One of those Ga­tors, Conor Vi­en­neau, is the top seed in the boys 13- to 14-year-old 50 freestyle (23.65 sec­onds) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (58.36) and the sec­ond seed in the 50 back­stroke (26.75). Vi­en­neau also es­tab­lished two pool records at Strath­more Bel Pre and now will look to du­pli­cate those ef­forts at West Arun­del on Satur­day.

“I know the com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be re­ally, re­ally tough at All-Stars,” said Vi­en­neau, a ris­ing fresh­man at La Plata High School. “I re­ally just want to keep drop­ping time. It’s al­ways exciting to win three events at any meet, but to do it at di­vi­sion­als means a lot. Now I am hop­ing to fin­ish up the sea­son strong at all-stars.”

Conor and Liam Vi­en­neau, a ris­ing se­nior at La Plata, are part of the boys 18-and-Un­der 200 med­ley re­lay (1 minute 46.70 sec­onds) along with David Du­gan and Mikel Reyes that is the sec­ond seed in the open­ing event of the meet. The older Vi­en­neau, a dou­ble win­ner at di­vi­sion­als, is seeded sixth in the boys 15-18 50 but­ter­fly (25.85), fourth in the 100 free (51.74) and fifth in the 100 IM (59.39).

Hawthorne’s Es­ther Du­gan won three events at di­vi­sion­als and heads into all-stars among the higher seeds in all three events. Du­gan is the top seed in the girls 12-and-Un­der 100 IM (1:10.85) by 1.6 sec­onds, seeded third in the girls 11-12 50 fly (30.49) and sixth in the 50 free (28.55). Du­gan fought through a bout with pneu­mo­nia to record a triple at di­vi­sion­als last week­end.

“There are a cou­ple of events where I am look­ing for­ward to fac­ing girls from Theresa Banks and Takoma Park,” said Du­gan, who is home­schooled. “I just want to drop times. I added times [at di­vi­sion­als] be­cause I was sick all week and I couldn’t prac­tice and I had trou­ble breath­ing, but I’m hop­ing to be healthy for all-stars.”

Cole Rapczyn­ski com­pleted a triple for the Ga­tors at di­vi­sion­als and this

week­end he is hop­ing to emerge vic­to­ri­ous in at least one of those three events. Rapczyn­ski is seeded sev­enth in the boys 11-12 50 fly (31.65) and ninth in the 50 breast (37.95) and sixth in the 12-U 100 IM (1:13.62).

Hawthorne’s Addy Don­nick also won two events at di­vi­sion­als and now is among the higher seeds in three events this week­end. Don­nick is rated as the fourth seed in the girls 9-10 25 fly (15.35), the sec­ond seed in the 50 free (30.86) and the fifth seed in the 25 back­stroke (17.32).

Hawthorne’s Kaeleigh Cup­ples is seeded 10th in the girls 11-12 50 breast (39.59). Reyes is seeded third in the 13-14 boys 50 fly (26.38). Me­gan Schueller is rated fifth in the girls 13-14 50 breast (35.25) and listed 10th in the 50 free (27.95). Bryce John­son is rated eighth in the boys 8-U 25 breast (25.22). David Du­gan is seeded sec­ond in the boys 13-14 50 breast (30.05) and fifth in the 100 IM (1:02.30).

Smallwood Vil­lage Aquatic Club, which fin­ished fourth in the Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships at Strath­more Bel Pre last week­end, will also be well-rep­re­sented at the All-Star meet on Satur­day morn­ing.

Lawrence Sapp, who won one event and fin­ished sec­ond in two oth­ers at di­vi­sion­als, is among the higher seeds for all three of his events this week­end. Sapp is the sec­ond seed in the boys 13-14 50 fly (25.48), 50 free (23.93) and 100 IM (59.59), the lat­ter two be­hind Di­vi­sion B ri­val Conor Vi­en­neau.

Mar­lins swimmer Nathalie LaFon­tant is the sec­ond seed in the girls 13-14 50 free (26.34), 50 breast (34.32) and seeded third in the 100 IM (1:06.59). Mya Riven­burg, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point High School, is seeded sixth in the girls 13-14 50 free (27.23), 10th in the 50 fly (30.88) and sev­enth in the 100 IM (1:08.64).

Last week­end at di­vi­sion­als, the Smallwood quar­tet of Syd­ney Marohn-John­son, LaFon­tant, Tea­gan Rohrbaugh and Riven­burg cap­tured the girls 18-U 200 med­ley re­lay (2:18.93) to establish a new team record and are seeded fifth (2:05.16) in that event this Satur­day.

The Waves of West­lake, which placed fifth over­all at the Di­vi­sion D cham­pi­onships last week­end at West Arun­del, will have a hand­ful of swim­mers at all-stars this week­end and one of them will be ar­riv­ing in peak form.

West­lake’s Ker­ri­gan McMillen, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point, won three events last week­end at di­vi­sion­als and now will look for sim­i­lar suc­cess this Satur­day. McMillen is seeded fifth in the girls 13-14 50 fly (29.62), sec­ond in the 50 back (30.89) and fifth in the 100 IM (1:07.45).

The Waves’ Is­abella Smith is rated sixth in the girls 11-12 50 fly (31.78), 11th in the 50 free (29.52) and Emily Decker is seeded third in the girls 15-18 50 fly (28.81), fifth in the 50 breast (35.28) and sixth in the 100 IM (1:08.63).

West­lake’s Carla Ar­quero, an­other North Point prod­uct, is seeded sev­enth in the girls 15-18 100 free (59.09), fifth in the 50 back (30.75) and 11th in the 100 IM (1:09.89). Tyler Whit­sett is rated 10th in the boys 15-18 50 fly (26.52), fifth in the 50 breast (29.98) and is an al­ter­nate for the 100 IM (1:02.58).

Calvert County’s Kings Land­ing, which fin­ished fifth last Satur­day in the Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships, is send­ing more than a dozen swim­mers to the meet for in­di­vid­ual events and five re­lays.

Tommy Biehn is seeded fourth in the boys 9-10 25 back (18.66) and sev­enth in the 50 free (33.02). Benjamin Voelker is seeded fifth in the boys 13-14 50 back (30.01). Isa­iah John­son is rated sev­enth in the boys 15-18 50 back (27.84). Luke Hawit is seeded fifth in the boys 8-U 25 back (20.92) and sev­enth in the 25 free (16.72). Philip Means is rated ninth in the boys 13-14 100 IM (1:05.99). Sarah Cole is seeded 10th in the girls 1518 100 IM (1:09.77).

Kings Land­ing is also send­ing a trio of sis­ters to the meet, Aspen Gal­laudet, Cedar Gal­laudet and Lau­rel Gal­laudet. Aspen won three events at the meet last year in the girls 8-U bracket.

In­dian Head will send five swim­mers for in­di­vid­ual events and also the 18-U boys 200 med­ley re­lay.

Wil­liam Mick­nick, a triple win­ner at the Di­vi­sion E cham­pi­onships last week­end at Be­lair Swim and Rac­quet Club in Bowie where the Tor­pe­does placed fourth, is seeded 16th in the boys 13-14 50 breast (35.60), 12th in the 50 back (32.30) and 21st in the 100 IM (1:10.30). Adam Diehl is seeded 13th in the boys 11-12 50 back (37.53). Bryan Mentzer is seeded 23rd in the boys 13-14 50 fly (30.99).

Ban­nis­ter, which placed sixth in the Di­vi­sion E cham­pi­onships, will send Jonathan Parham for the boys 8-U 25 free (16.52) and 25 breast (24.47), while team­mates Takiya Hen­son and Michael Parham are al­ter­nates.

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