Swim­mers place at states

Ea­gles shine at 4A-3A swim event

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

COL­LEGE PARK — South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence swim teams en­joyed hugely suc­cess­ful re­gional cham- pi­o­nships last week­end but found the sled­ding much tougher at the Class 4A-3A state swim cham­pi­onships Satur­day at the Univer­sity of Mary- land’s Ep­p­ley Re­cre­ation Cen­ter and Nata­to­rium.

Of the par­tic­i­pat­ing SMAC teams — North­ern, North Point, Leonard­town and Great Mills — the high­est fin­ish was Leonard­town’s Hay­ley New­ton’s ninth-place fin­ish in the 200-yard indi- vid­ual med­ley.

On the girls side, Leonard­town placed 15th with 31 points, while North Point tied for 22nd with Ein­stein of Mont­gomery County with 9 and Great Mills tied with Bowie of Prince Ge­orge’s County for 25th with 4. Wal­ter John­son of Mont­gomery County won the meet with 292 points.

The Raiders were SMAC-best in the boys meet as well when they ac­cu­mu­lated 10 points, good for 18th. North­ern tied for 19th with South River of Anne Arun­del County with 9 points, while North Point fin­ished 24th with 2. Mont- gomery County’s Richard Mont­gomery won the team ti­tle with 289 points.

Swim­mers had to place in the top 16 in an event to regis­ter a team point.

“We swam re­ally well; I’m very proud of them,” Leonard­town head coach Chuck Jacobs said, re­fer- ring to both his teams. “They did what we were look­ing for and fin­ished ahead of the other SMAC teams, which is usu­ally one of the goals we car- ry into the cham­pi­onship sea­son.”

But Jacobs was also not sur­prised at the lack of South­ern Mary­land ath­letes on the podium.

“Not re­ally,” he said. “I think in the SMAC we still have a lot of kids that don’t do full-time swim- ming, so I think we do re­ally well com­par­a­tively. A lot of these other teams; this is what they do. They swim all year and train prob­a­bly 300 days a year and it shows. And a lot of these kids will prob­a­bly go D-I.”

New­ton com­pleted the 200 IM in 2 min­utes 11.61 sec­onds. The cham­pion was Cather­ine Belyakov of Mont­gomery County’s Quince Or­chard, who set a state cham­pi­onships record in 2:03.81.

“I was hop­ing to do a lit­tle bet­ter,” said New­ton, a ju­nior who also placed 17th in the 100 but­ter­fly (1:00.33). “I’m happy with how the start went and I felt strong on my back, but my breast­stroke on my third leg is still a lit­tle weak. I added a lit­tle time [to my seed time] so I’m a lit­tle bummed about that.”

Leonard­town’s girls 400yard freestyle re­lay team of Hay­ley New­ton, Kaylee Sim­cic, Laur yn Ri­d­ley and Leila McCloskey fin­ished 10th in 3:51.96. The girls 200 med­ley re­lay team of New­ton, Sim­cic, Caitlin Jonasen and Emma Car­rigg placed 13th in 1:59.34. McCloskey, Sim­cic, Made­lyn Prelog and Kait­lyn Ng was 20th in the 200 free re­lay (1:49.92).

For the boys, Alec Ba­con, Ben Car­rigg, Nathan Duffie and Luke Rus­sell fin­ished the 200 free re­lay (1:33.92) in 14th and Ba­con, Car­rigg, Kyle Rock and Zachary Claus were 15th in the 400 free re­lay (3:28.99). Ba­con, Rus­sell, Ja­cob Harms and Austin Gray teamed up for an 18th-place fin­ish in the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:46.67).

“I’m pretty happy, but there’s def­i­nitely some things I can tweak to make it bet­ter,” Leonard­town’s Kyle Rock said, re­fer­ring to his 21st-place fin­ish in the 500 free. “I wanted to go out strong to start and keep that mo­men­tum go­ing the whole race.”

Ker­ri­gan McMillen, Carla Ar­quero, Mya Riven­burg and Natha- lie LaFon­tant turned in North Point’s best fin­ish when they placed 15th in the 400 free re­lay in 3:56.62. Riven­burg also added a 16th-place fin­ish in the 200 free (2:02.93).

“I’m happy with how it went,” Riven­burg said of the 200 free. “I went out with a good start and went out pretty fast and was able to hold my nor­mal pace so I was happy with that and how I fin­ished.”

The boys 200 med­ley re­lay team of Dar­iusz Mck- en­zie, Tyler Whit­sett, Lawrence Sapp and Kev- in Rohrbaugh (1:46.55) and the girls 200 med­ley re­lay team of Ar­quero, LaFon­tant, McMillen and Tea­gan Rohrbaugh each placed 16th (2:00.67).

The boys 400 free re­lay squad of Sapp, Rohrbaugh, Tyler Per­rie and Em­man- uel Agra­vante was 18th (3:34.11) and McMillen (500 free, 5:31.91), Whit­sett (100 breast­stroke, 1:05.50) and LaFon­tant (100 breast, 1:11.82) each fin­ished 19th.

“I felt pretty con­sis­tent, but I think I could have done bet­ter,” McMillen said of the 100 breast.

Great Mills’ Hay­ley and Jes­sica Mes­mer, Sa­man- tha Chan and Savannah O’Dell fin­ished the 200 free re­lay in 15th (1:47.60) and Chan, O’Dell, Hay- ley Mes­mer and Abby Sim­mer­man were 22nd in the 200 med­ley re­lay (2:04.40).

“[The re­lays] went well,” Hay­ley Mes­mer said of her fourth state ap­pear­ance. “They weren’t our best times, but it’s just nice to be up here with ev- ery­body and fin­ish off the sea­son.”

“We all pulled it to­gether [in the 200 free re­lay] and we all had some of our fastest times,” said O’Dell, who added a 23rd­place fin­ish in the 50 free (25.98). “Over­all, it’s been a re­ally good day.”

Nolan Dennes led the Pa­tri­ots with a team-high 13th-place fin­ish in the 100 back­stroke (55.90 sec­onds). Dennes, An­hKhoa Nguyen, John Bub­ser and James Har­mon took 15th in the 200 med­ley re­lay in 1:45.77.

“I think the dif­fer­ence was our first leg and our last leg be­cause the adren­a­line was pump­ing us up,” said Dennes, who swam the back­stroke leg in 25.82, a per­sonal record. “My swim was all right. I stayed up with ev­ery­one else so I was able to stay out of my drop zone. I felt re­ally good.”

Sopho­more Vic­to­ria Plaudis was 18th in the 100 breast­stroke in 1:11.20. She also swam the breast­stroke on the 200 med­ley re­lay team that con­sisted of Gabriela Har­mon, Nyah Hartwell and Cal­lie Heim. The quar­tet placed 23rd in 2:06.11.

“There’s a lot of en­ergy and a lot of tight­ness and stuff, but my [re­lay] team was like, ‘You got this, Vic­to­ria, you got this,’ so I let ev­ery­thing out and did my best,” said Plaudis, who swam her leg in 33.04, a per­sonal record. “My start was re­ally good, my turns were re­ally good and I felt my stroke was re­ally good, too.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID Ker­ri­gan McMillen teamed up with Carla Ar­quero, Mya Riven­burg and Nathalie LaFon­tant for a 15th­place fin­ish in the 400-yard freestyle re­lay at the Class 4A-3A state swim cham­pi­onships in Col­lege Park.

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