Mak­ing mem­o­ries

Hawthorne swims to Prince-Mont win over Kings Land­ing

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­

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.

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