La Plata swim teams split in sea­son opener

La Plata swim teams beat Calvert, lose to Leonard­town

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­

Three days into the 2016-17 high school swim sea­son and Leonard­town has four vic­to­ries.

After sweep­ing McDonough and Patux­ent on Mon­day, the Raiders re­turned to the Ed­ward T. Hall Aquatic Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick to take on La Plata and Calvert, each swim­ming its first meet of the win­ter sea­son, on Wed­nes­day night in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test.

And the night ended with two more wins for the Raiders (4-0 over­all/SMAC).

In boys, Leonard­town de­feated La Plata 154-113 and Calvert, 170-103, while the War­riors (1-1) gained a split with a 138129 over the Cava­liers (0-2). In girls, Leonard­town knocked off La Plata 180-83 and Calvert 190-83 and the War­riors (1-1) edged Calvert (0-2) 135-128.

Leonard­town ju­nior Hay­ley New­ton set a new team record in the girls 200-yard freestyle, win­ning the event in 1 minute 57.95 sec­onds. New­ton was a dou­ble win­ner with a first­place fin­ish in the 100 but­ter­fly (1:01.91) and also swam the third leg of the win­ning 200 med­ley re­lay (2:00.28) and the first leg of the win­ning 400 free re­lay (3:56.50).

“I’m pretty ex­cited about it,” New­ton said of the new record. “Go­ing into it, I was hon­estly

not feel­ing like I was go­ing to break a record. I wasn’t feel­ing su­per good to­day, but it was a pleas­ant sur­prise.”

New­ton said she wants to have more fun this sea- son.

“I want to be se­ri­ous too like the last two sea­sons, but I know all of the girls are do­ing well, so I’m hon­estly look­ing for­ward to the sea­son and hav­ing fun,” she said. “A lot of it [the mo­ti­va­tion] has

been get­ting closer with the team and mak­ing me want to step it up and do the best I can for ev­ery- body.”

Ben Car­rigg, Kyle Rock, a new­comer to the high school scene, and Ja­cob Harris also took home wins for the Leonard­town boys. Car­rigg won the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley in a time of 2:15.13. Rock, a fresh­man, won the 100 free, touch­ing the wall in 54.58. Harris, a ju­nior, won the 100 break in 1:09.57.

Leonard­town sopho­more Emma Car­rigg

joined team­mate New­ton as a dou­ble win­ner, tak- ing the 200 IM in 2:27.35 and the 100 breast­stroke in 1:14.11. Leila McC­los- key, a ju­nior, also claimed two events, tak­ing the 50 free in 26.28 and the 100 back­stroke in 1:07.43.

Calvert head coach Bri- an Dryer and La Plata head coach Chase McClure said it was a good first meet as their teams broke records and set per­sonal bests.

“I’m happy with all of my swim­mers,” McClure said. “I’m happy with the records bro­ken and the

hard work and ded­ica- tion that’s show­ing. It’s def­i­nitely a good place to start the sea­son and drop some time.”

Se­nior Liam Vi­en­neau set a new record in the 100 fly with a time of 55.22, just edg­ing Leon- ard­town ju­nior Alec Ba- con (55.24).

Conor Vi­en­neau, fresh­man and brother to Liam, set a new record in the 100 back, touch­ing the wall in 55.09. Calvert fresh­man Ben Voelker took sec­ond in 59.05.

Conor and Liam teamed up with Michael Bowlin

and Osly Me­len­dez to win the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:45.60) and the 200 free re­lay (1:34.24), set­ting new records in each.

“It was a good meet. Def­i­nitely a solid start to the year,” Liam Vi­en­neau said. “We saw a lot of good swims from every­body.”

The Cavail­ers saw four new records on the boys side, ac­cord­ing to Dryer.

The 200 med­ley re­lay of Voelker, se­nior Paul Gold­smith, ju­nior Wal­ter Kuha­neck and se­nior Con- nor Glea­son set a new record with a third-place fin­ish time of 1:50.35.

“They broke their record from last year by over four sec­onds.” Dr yer said of the 200 med­ley re­lay. “Wal­ter roke a record in the 50 free (23.19). It’s a record he’s been chas­ing for three years. He fi­nally got it to­day.”

“Ben broke the record in the 100 fly (1:00.06), which be­longed to his team­mate Wal­ter.”

The boys 200 free re­lay of Voelker, Kuha­neck, Michael Red­den and Glea­son broke a 2002 record with a time of 1:39.30, plac­ing third over­all.


La Plata ju­nior Wil­liam Gor­don swims the 100-yard back­stroke Wed­nes­day evening in the War­riors’ sea­son opener with Calvert and Leonard­town at the Ed­ward T. Hall Aquatic Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick. He fin­ished in 1 minute 14.09 sec­onds.

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