Headed to all-stars
Prince-Mont swimmers looking to defend titles in final summer meet
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.