Hawthorne swims to Prince-Mont win over Kings Landing
This is a special summer for Chase McClure.
Having competed for the Hawthorne Gators in the Prince-Mont Swim League since she was eligible to be on the team, McClure is aging out this year.
On Saturday, in the team’s meet against visiting Kings Landing, McClure added another memory with three individual wins while also helping to set a new team record in the 18-and-Under girls 200-meter medley relay.
Competing with Megan Schueller, Esther Dugan and Sage Scott, McClure swam the final leg of the group’s relay, finishing in 2 minutes 20.90 seconds to eclipse an 8-yearold Hawthorne record. That performance, in just the second event of the meet, was a sign of things to come for the hosts, as they proceeded to defeat Kings Landing 337-231 in the Division B meet.
“I did pretty well in the freestyle and we obviously did pretty well in the relay, smacking that record,” said McClure, who also took home wins in the 15- to 18-year-old girls 100 freestyle (1:07.09), 50 breaststroke (43.12) and 50 backstroke (37.97). “I love this team. This has been my family. Aging out, it’s my last year, so it’s pretty exciting.”
Dugan joined McClure as a triple winner for Hawthorne (2-0) on
Saturday, reaching the wall first in the 13-14 girls 50 butterfly (33.44), 50 free (30.81) and 100 individual medley (1:15.86) to go along with her contribution to the medley relay win.
“It went OK,” Dugan said of her day. “I didn’t do my best, but we always have days when we aren’t going to. We all have off days, but I’m happy triple-winning.”
Addy Donnick and Kaeleigh Cupples brought home two wins for the Gators girls on Saturday. Donnick won the 11-12 50 free (31.75) and 50 back (39.50), while Cupples took the girls 11-12 50 breast (42.69) and the 12-U 100 IM (1:24.49).
Single winners for the Gators girls were Autumn Murphy (13-14 50 back 40.50), Alexandra Tompkins (13-14 50 breast 41.31) and Jadyn Woolsey (9-10 25 back 22.13).
Kings Landing (0-2) boasted a trio of double winners, as Aspen, Cedar and Laurel Gallaudet each won two races. Laurel broke her own team mark in with her winning swim in the 15-18 girls 50 fly (31.90) and also won the age group’s individual medley (1:16.97). Cedar was first in the 8-U 25 free (21.65) and 25 breast (31.89), while Aspen won the 10-U 25 fly (17.69) and 9-10 50 free (34.75).
“It was great. The whole team has been pumping me up,” Aspen Gallaudet said of her day, which also included a part in the team’s win in the girls 9-18 200 free relay with Madeline Swann, Nyah Hartwell and Laurel Gallaudet (2:22.53). “The team just made me feel so good. When I went in my race I was just like, ‘I have to sprint this.’ I really wanted our team to win, so I just sprint everything.”
Also earning wins for Kings Landing’s girls were Allie Ament (9-10 25 breast 25.16), Emma Biehn (11-12 50 fly 35.06) and Olivia Richardson (8-U 25 back 28.89).
The hosts’ boys enjoyed a successful morning, as the Gators boasted three triple winners in Samuel Dugan, Cole Rapczynski and Conor Vienneau.
Dugan won the 13-14 50 fly (32.03), 50 breast (38.60) and 100 IM (1:15.47). Vienneau was first in the 15-18 100 free (56.91), 50 back (30.22) and 100 IM (1:06.20). For his part, Rapczynski nabbed first in the 11-12 50 fly (33.94), 50 breast (38.55) and 12-U 100 IM (1:17.31).
“I feel like I did pretty good,” Rapczynski said. “The fly, I dropped a little bit. I was hoping to drop more. The breaststroke I managed to get a pool record here, which I’m very proud of. The IM I think I did pretty good.”
Winning twice for Hawthorne’s boys was Gavin Abelende (10-U 25 fly 19.19, 9-10 50 free 36.13, six one-hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Clinton Cupples), while seven other Gators won a race with Mikel Reyes (15-18 50 fly 29.66), Landon Abelende (8-U 25 free 18.00), Devin Posey (13-14 50 free 34.53), Bryce Johnson (8-U 25 breast 27.44), Clinton Cupples (9-10 25 breast 23.40), Kris Schueller (15-18 50 breast
35.09) and Trey Tompkins (8-U 25 back 26.69) doing the honors.
Hawthorne also nabbed a win in the 18-U boys 200 medley relay as Conor Vienneau, Schueller, Reyes and Liam Vienneau with a pool record 2:00.87. Gavin Abelende, Rapczynski, Samuel Dugan and Liam Vienneau won the 9-18 boys 200 free relay (2:04.00) and the hosts also won the 8-U mixed 100 free relay (1:31.09) with Julianna Conte, Trey Tompkins, Molly Reisinger and Landon Abelende.
King’s Landing’s boys won four events, with Tommy Biehn (11-12 50 free 35.76), Denver Link (9-10 25 back 22.61, six one-hundredths of a second over Clinton Cupples), Stephen Lepine (11-12 50 back 46.36) and Benjamin Wagner (13-14 50 back 42.30) each earning wins.
Undermanned for the meet, Kings Landing coach Kandia Spain was nonetheless impressed with the effort her team put forth.
“They were awesome today. Everyone stepped up,” Spain said. “We were missing a lot, but everyone stepped up and did their very best. I had no one say, ‘I can’t do this.’ Everyone tried their best and we had fun.”
Hawthorne’s Conor Vienneau swims in the boys 15- to 18-year-old 100 individual medley during the Gators’ meet with visiting Kings Landing on Saturday. Vienneau won the event in 1 minute 6.20 seconds, while Hawthorne defeated its guests 337-231.
Hawthorne’s Esther Dugan swims the backstroke portion of the girls 13- to 14-year-old 100-meter individual medley during the Gators’ meet with visiting Kings Landing on Saturday. Dugan won the event in 1 minute 15.86 seconds, while Hawthorne won the meet 337-231.