Smallwood wins Prince-Mont swim opener
Smallwood downs Kings Landing in Prince-Mont swim opener
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.”
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.
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.
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.