Small­wood wins Prince-Mont swim opener

Small­wood downs Kings Land­ing in Prince-Mont swim opener

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Even amid the hu­mid, muggy con­di­tions that tran­spired through­out the day as the Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Club top­pled vis­it­ing Kings Land­ing in an open­ing day clash among Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion B squads, there was am­ple cool re­flec­tion among ri­val swim­mers.

Small­wood (1-0 over­all) even­tu­ally pulled away from Kings Land­ing (01) for a 309-262 vic­tory be­hind a bevy of solid per­for­mances from swim­mers of both gen­ders and vary­ing age groups and nearly a dozen dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions handed down to Kings Land­ing swim­mers from dif­fer­ent in­frac­tions. But amid the set­back, Kings Land­ing got one triple from one of its top older fe­males, Sarah Cole, who gained in­stant and im­me­di­ate re­spect from Small­wood coun­ter­part Mya Riven­burg.

“I love com­pet­ing against Mya,” said Cole, a ris­ing se­nior at Hunt­ing­town High School who won the 15- to 18-yearold girls 50-me­ter but­ter­fly (34.28 sec­onds), 50 back­stroke (35.97) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 15.40 sec­onds) and also an­chored the 9-18 girls 200 freestyle re­lay (2:21.90). “We’re ac­tu­ally good friends. For me, the sum­mer is all about get­ting faster. I swim year-round and I’m used to com­pet­ing in dis­tance races, so the Prince-Mont helps me with my speed.”

Riven­burg, who en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son com­pet­ing for the North Point out­door track and field team in the spring where she spe­cial­ized in the dis­tance events, is grad­u­ally get­ting back into swim sea­son form. She­was un­able to at­tain a vic­tory on Satur­day, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Cole in the 50 fly (35.22), sec­ond in the

50 back (37.94) and third in the 100 IM (1:18.63) in her first ven­ture into the 15-18 girls bracket.

“It prob­a­bly takes me a cou­ple of weeks to tran­si­tion back into swim shape,” Riven­burg said. “I typ­i­cally swim two days each week even dur­ing the track sea­son, but I took a cou­ple of weeks off from swim­ming be­fore the SMAC cham­pi­onships. I’m get­ting back into shape and com­pet­ing against Sarah re­ally helps.”

Small­wood’s Lawrence Sapp recorded a triple of his own on Satur­day, tak­ing the 15-18 boys 50 fly (27.22), 100 free (57.22) and 100 IM (1:04.97). His Mar­lins team­mate, Nathalie LaFon­tant, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point, won the 15-18 girls 100 free (1:04.56) and took the 50 breast (39.63) then was sec­ond to Cole in the 100 IM (1:16.16).

“This sum­mer for me is about get­ting faster,” LaFon­tant said. “I re­ally just want to keep drop­ping time in the 100 free and 50 breast. By di­vi­sion­als [July 22] and All-Stars [July 29 at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel] I want to keep drop­ping my times. This sum­mer meets are a lot of fun.”

LaFon­tant, Riven­burg, Jae­lyn Sapp and Tea­gan Rohrbaugh com­bined to take the girls 18-and-Un­der 200 med­ley re­lay (2:23.35) and later the Mar­lins quar­tet of Pierce Mus­sante, Clay­ton Jame­son, Justin Truitt and Lawrence Sapp com­bined to win the boys 9-18 200 free re­lay (2:04.04). Jame­son was another triple win­ner on the day, tak­ing the 1112 boys 50 free (30.09), 50 back (34.50) and 100 IM (1:15.87).

Kings Land­ing had more than its fair share of win­nings in in­di­vid­ual events and also won three re­lays.

In the open­ing event of the day, Isa­iah John­son, Zack Spain, John Bub­ser and Bryan Loos com­bined to win the boys 18-U 200 med­ley re­lay (2:07.72). In the late por­tion of the meet, Noah Busch, Cedar Gal­laudet, Diego Ri­vas and Sofia Ri­vas com­bined to take the mixed 8-U 100 free re­lay (1:36.84), then Alexan­dra Uhlmann, Alexia Zaidi, Cailtin Mor­ton-De­board and Sarah Cole capped the pro­gram by tak­ing the girls 9-18 200 free re­lay (2:21.90).

Kings Land­ing swim­mer Isa­iah John­son, a ris­ing se­nior at Hunt­ing­town, ad­mit­ted to tak­ing some time away from the sport be­fore mak­ing his sum­mer re­turn on Satur­day. Over the next six weeks, John­son is hop­ing to hone his skills and en­hance his speed in the pool and Satur­day he cap­tured the 1518 boys 50 back and was sec­ond to Sapp in the 100 free (58.75) and 100 IM (1:07.56).

“I took six months off from year-round swim­ming, so now I’m just get­ting back into it,” John­son said. “Be­ing away from the wa­ter gave me some time to rest, but now I’m re­ally happy to be back. I’ve al­ways en­joyed swim­ming sum­mer meets and I’m look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing again in high school meets.”

Prince-Mont re­sults

Re­sults from other Prince-Mont Swim League action was not avail­able by press time. To be in­cluded in a fu­ture edition, head coaches should email meet re­sults to pwat­son@somd­news. com by 5 p.m. Mon­days for Wed­nes­day edi­tions or by 5 p.m. Wed­nes­days for Fri­day edi­tions.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Small­wood Vil­lage swim­mer Nathalie LaFon­tant, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point High School, cap­tured the 15- to 18-year-old girls 50-me­ter breast­stroke in 39.63 sec­onds on Satur­day morn­ing in the Prince-Mont Swim League sea­son opener. Small­wood de­feated vis­it­ing Kings Land­ing 309-262 to open the sum­mer with a vic­tory.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Small­wood Vil­lage swim­mer Mitch Park cap­tures the 13- to 14-year-old boys 50-me­ter breast­stroke in 40.18 sec­onds on Satur­day morn­ing in the Prince-Mont Swim League sea­son opener. Park and his team­mates pulled away late for a 309-262 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Kings Land­ing to be­gin the sum­mer 1-0.

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