Lackey, La Plata, Stone shine in the pool
Warriors boys edge Huntingtown for sweep
The Leonardtown Raiders swim teams finished out the regular season in winning fashion on Friday evening after an emotional meet against North Point one week earli- er that ended the girls team’s 153-win streak.
The Raiders boys (12-1 overall/SMAC) defeated Northern 163-108 and Lackey 174-99 in the trimeet that took place at St. Charles High School. The Patriots (11-2) earned the split, knocking off the Chargers (66), 161-110, to finish its regular season.
For the girls, Leonardtown (12-1) won twice, taking home a 145-128 vic- tory over Northern and a 192-75 win over Lackey. The Patriots (11-2) gained the split by defeating Lackey (4-8) 190-77.
Leonardtown head coach Chuck Jacobs said his team is ready to get back in the pool and do what they know they can.
“It was an emotional defeat [against North Point] on both sides,” Leonardtown head coach Chuck Jacobs said in a telephone interview with Southern Maryland Newspapers on Sunday. “They were a little upset, but knowing the situation and how it all played out, they’re now getting ready for SMAC championships (scheduled for Feb. 11 at St. Mary’s College of Mary- land).
“They’re waiting for their opportunity to see if they can beat them [North Point] at SMAC, but also at regionals and states, so there’s opportunities there,” Jacobs said. “It just depends on what we can do now as far as training and the first step would be conference championships, so I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure. It was pretty emotional. I know I felt a little bit tired and the kids are the ones that that do all the work so I’m sure they were emotionally tired.
The wins on Wednesday [against Great Mills and Thomas Stone] were good, but we knew that this was going to be a close one, too. We were fortunate to come out on the winning end of this one, too. The kids dug pretty deep and did what they had to do and came out victorious.”
Jacobs said Friday’s trimeet versus Lackey and Northern was a reminder of the prior Friday with a back-and-forth lead.
“We had races going back and forth. We had a couple kids that really stepped up and were some difference makers for us.” Jacobs said. “The relays turned out well. Northern’s a tough team and Lackey has some swimmers that aren’t too bad. A lot of interesting races, close races.”
Jacobs said the girls 200-yard freestyle relay was very competitive. Northern captured the win in that race with Kelly Moton, Elisabeth Elbrecht, Rebecca Proctor and Laurel Gallaudet, who finished in 1:50.75.
Leonardtown finished second and third, with the second-place quartet of Kaitlyn Ng, Emma Carrigg, Lauryn Ridley and Alexis Holwerda just 47 one-hundredths of a second behind the Patriots. It was the only relay win for Northern in the meet, boys or girls.
“They really got us on their depth of their relays,” Northern head coach Car- rie Bradley said.
On the boys side, Leonardtown’s Ben Carrigg was a double winner in the 100 free (53.28) and 200 free (1:57.31) as was teammate Alec Bacon in the 100 fly (55.37) and 200 IM (2:10.48).
Nolan Dennes captured first in the 100 back (58.07) and was edged by Leonardtown’s Alec Bacon in the 100 fly by sixtenths of a second.
Lackey’s Jermaine Thompson won the 50 free in 23.64. The Chargers end their regular season with a dual meet versus Thomas Stone at North Point High School’s pool at 5 p.m. Friday. La Plata boys, Huntingtown girls sweep
Friday at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick, the War- riors (7-3) nipped the Hurricanes in boys 134-133 followed by a 153-79 win over Thomas Stone. Huntingtown (9-4) wrapped up its regular season with the split by defeating the Cougars (1-11), 166-73.
The Huntingtown girls (9-4) won twice, defeating La Plata 148-106 and Stone 167-88. The Warriors (7-3) picked up the split, edging the Cougars (1-11) 138-112.
The tri-meet featured multiple double winners and a 50 free event that ended in a tie on both sides.
The boys 50 free saw La Plata’s Osly Melendez and Huntingtown’s Michael Dunphy each touch the wall in 24.49. Then in the girls 50 free, La Plata’s Megan Schueller and Huntingtown’s Bekah Johnson tied in 25.79. Schueller and Johnson each won a race, Schueller the 100 free (1:00.42) and Johnson the 100 fly (1:07.07).
La Plata’s Liam and Conor Vienneau were double winners. Liam won the 200 free (1:53.75) and 100 fly (57.86), while Conor claimed the 200 IM (2:05.03) and 100 back (56.87). Sarah Cole was a double winner for Huntingtown, taking the 200 IM (2:25.52) and 500 free (5:47.73).
Huntingtown’s Mark Oller (55.61) edged La Plata’s Michael Bowlin by six one-hundredths of a second to win the boys 100 free.
Huntingtown’s girls 200 medley relay team of Amanda Lewis, Jordan Sims, Sarah Cole and Olivia Cole won in 2:11.17, 48 one-hundredths of a second over La Plata’s quartet of Schueller, Savannah Maddox, Sarah LaBarbera and Cameron Langley.
Stone picked up three second-place finishes. Adam Park, Neko Ennis, Parker Sabin and Douglas Goodell Jr. were runner-up in the boys 200 free relay (1:43.74), while the girls 200 free relay of Casey Nutter, Kerry Ward, Celeste Goodell and Alexis Hancher placed second as well (2:15.53). Nutter took second in the 100 back (1:22.22).
La Plata is scheduled to be back in action at 5 p.m. today in a tri-meet with McDonough and Westlake at Lackey High School’s pool. The Cougars end their regular season with a dual meet versus Lackey at North Point High School’s pool at 5 p.m. Friday.