Mak­ing a splash

La Plata boys win ti­tle at 3A-2A-1A South Re­gion swim meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

La Plata and Hunt­ing- town each earned team wins at the Class 3A-2A1A South Re­gion swim cham­pi­onships Satur­day at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports and Learn­ing Cen- ter in Lan­dover.

La Plata won the boys ti­tle with 322 points, 14 ahead of run­ner-up Lackey. Calvert and Hunt­ing- town tied for third place with 292 points and Mc- Donough (166) grabbed fifth.

In the girls com­pe­ti­tion, Hunt­ing­town earned 359 points while county ri­val Calvert took sec­ond with 308 points. La Plata (283), Lackey (180) and West- lake (173) rounded out the top-five fin­ish­ers.

“Oh ab­so­lutely [I’m ex- cited]. The girls were awe­some,” Hurricanes head coach Kan­dia Spain said. “They worked hard and it re­ally paid off.”

The top two fin­ish­ers qual­ify for state cham­pion- ships this week­end at the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Ep­p­ley Recre­ation Cen­ter in Col­lege Park, while the rest of the qual­i­fiers are de­ter­mined by their times.

“I am re­ally proud of th­ese kids as they were able to see all of their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion pay off to­day,” Calvert head coach Bryan Dryer wrote in an email to South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers. Dryer said his team set 10 new school records and had 27 PRs. “[And] many of them were sig­nif­i­cant drops from the SMAC meet. To [ac­com­plish all this] from last week was re­ally a great feel­ing for the team.”

The War­riors won 7 of 11 events and were paced by Liam and Conor Vien- neau, who each won two events. Liam, a se­nior, took the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute 50.40 sec­onds and won the 100 but­ter­fly in 56.18 sec­onds, which was a new re­gional record. It eclipsed the 59.06 set by for­mer War­rior Ethan Chung last year.

Conor Vi­en­neau won the 100 back­stroke (55.73) and the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 2:05.16. The lat­ter mark by the fresh- man set a new record, shat­ter­ing the 2:04.58 set by Patux­ent Chris Kahl in 2014.

La Plata also won the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:45.44) and the 200 free re­lay (1:34.77), both of which were new re­gional records. The War­riors also took third in the 400 free re­lay (3:53.22).

La Plata fresh­man Kris- to­pher Schueller set a new re­gional record when he won the 100 breast­stroke in 1:05.99, which beat the old mark of 1:08.33 set by Joseph Wat­son of Hun- tingtown in 2016.

Calvert had nine top-3 fin­ishes. Fresh­man Ben Voelker placed sec­ond in the 200 IM (2:08.58) and 100 back (56.20) and ju­nior Wal­ter Kuha­neck was run­ner-up in the 50 free (23.51) and 100 fly (57.37), while the 200 med­ley re­lay team (1:47.02) and 200 free re­lay (1:37.51) teams also placed sec­ond. Con­nor Glea­son was third in the 50 free (23.53) and 100 free (53.35) and Paul Gold­smith placed third in the 100 breast (school record 1:07.59).

The Hurricanes re­ceived a win from Con­nor Cur­rie in the 500 free (5:06.71), who also took third in the 200 IM (2:10.68). Hunt­ing­town was also run­ner-up in the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:52.60) and 400 free re­lay (3:46.65). Ethan Wil­liams (200 free, 1:55.87), Wat­son (100 breast, 1:06.86) and Car­los Balazs (500 free, 5:37.96), who was un­der the weather, each added one sec­ond-place fin­ish, while Michael Dun­phy was third in the 100 back (1:04.53).

“The boys were awe­some,” Spain said. “We had a few glitches in the road and some kids who weren’t feel­ing 100 per­cent. They all worked the best they could. I couldn’t ask for more; they gave ev­ery­thing.”

Lackey won the 400 free re­lay (3:42.01) and Shaun But­ler’s vic­tory in the 100 free (53.26), four

one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of team­mate Jer­maine Thomp­son. Garrett Batch­e­lor was third in the 200 free (2:02.18) and 500 free (5:48.56), while Brett Cul­hane placed third in the 100 fly (59.79). Lack- ey’s 200 free re­lay was also third (1:38.86).

Marc Landi­cho of Mc- Donough claimed a win in the 50 free in a re­gional record 23.48, three one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of Kuha­neck.

On the girls side, the Hurri- canes won seven events.

Ju­nior Sarah Cole took top spot in the 100 fly (1:07.18) and 500 free (5:34.80), while Olivia Cole (200 IM, 2:36.36), Re­bekah John­son (100 back, 1:02.25, which broke her own record from last year).

Hunt­ing­town’s 200 med­ley re­lay (record 2:03.73) and 400 free re­lay (re­gional record 4:11.07) teams also swam to wins. Oliv- ia Cole (200 free, 2:20.12) was sec­ond, while John­son (50 free, 25.71), Mar­garet Foulkes (500 free, 5:59.94) and Katie Wo­j­cieszek (100 breast, 1:20.01) all placed third.

“It’s been re­ally hard keep­ing them mo­ti­vated,” Spain said, re­fer­ring to the team com­pet­ing in just one meet — the SMAC cham­pi­onships last week­end — since the third week of Jan- uary. “It’s been very hard prac­tic­ing, prac­tic­ing, prac­tic­ing but they’ve man­aged to main­tain [their high level] and it’s been awe­some.”

For Calvert girls, sopho­more Melissa Ja­cobs won the 100 breast in a re­gional record 1:11.88. The Cava­liers also had run­ner-up fin­ishes in the 200 med­ley re­lay (2:05.23, which beat pre­vi­ous PR by five sec- onds), 200 free re­lay (1:56.40) and 400 free re­lay (4:39.41). Amara Sof­fos (100 back, 1:07.03). Tea­gan Gates (100 fly, 1:22.47) and Ja­cobs (100 free, 59.50) each had third-place fin­ishes.

La Plata won the 200 free re­lay in a re­gional record 1:51.01 and Me­gan Schueller was run­ner-up in the 50 free (25.48) and 100 free (57.75). The 200 med­ley re­lay team (2:06.82) and Sar- ah LaBar­bera (200 IM, 2:40.25) each placed third.

Emily Decker won a pair of events for West­lake and set two new re­gional marks in the process. The ju­nior won the 50 free in 25.37, break­ing the old mark of 26.21 set by Gabrielle Grif­fon of Friendly in 2012. And her 100 free time of 56.26 eclipsed the 56.66 by John­son set a year ago.

Patux­ent was led by se­nior Macken­zie Mor­gan, who won the 200 free in a re­gional record 2:09.41 and was sec­ond in the 500 free (5:40.78).

Lackey’s Calla Ziebell was sec­ond in the 200 IM (2:39.58) and third in the 100 back (1:13.12). The Charg­ers placed third in the 400 free re­lay in 4:44.48.

Sopho­more Bai­ley Duffield of McDonough was third in the 200 free (2:24.83) and the Rams took third in the 200 free re­lay in 1:58.48.

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