Ga­tors de­feat Mar­lins to stay un­beaten

Ga­tors de­feat Small­wood in Prince-Mont Swim League

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

Al­though the over­all team out­come had been de­cided well be­fore they dove into the pool along­side one an­other for the 15- to 18-year-old boys 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley, Hawthorne Coun­try Club’s Conor

Vi­en­neau and Small­wood Vil­lage’s Lawrence Sapp de­fined the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of Satur­day’s Prince-Mont Swim League’s Divi­sion B meet.

Vi­en­neau, a ris­ing sopho­more at La Plata High School, com­pleted a swim­ming triple on by cap­tur­ing the 15-18 boys 100 IM in 1 minute 3.85 sec­onds, in pool and team record fash­ion and de­feat­ing Sapp by less than a full sec­ond. Sapp, a ris­ing sopho­more at Ge­orge­town Prep in Mont­gomery County, had ear­lier set a Hawthorne pool record by tak­ing the 50 but­ter­fly (27.81 sec­onds) and was also sec­ond to Vi­en­neau in the 100 freestyle.

Hawthorne (3-0 over­all) stayed un­beaten on the sea­son by hand­ing vis­it­ing Small­wood (2-1) its first loss of the sum­mer, 316-263.

Vi­en­neau had ear­lier won the 100 free (56.06) to es­tab­lish a new team record and then won the 50 back­stroke (30.47) be­fore edg­ing Sapp for the sec­ond time on the morn­ing by tak­ing the 100 IM with his Ga­tors com­fort­ably ahead.

“He’s a re­ally good swim­mer and he’s com­pet­i­tive,”

Vi­en­neau said of Sapp. “It’s great hav­ing that type of com­pe­ti­tion. My goals are to keep drop­ping time and keep win­ning. I’m all about win­ning. It was nice to set the pool record to­day in the 100 IM. I would still like to keep drop­ping time in my events and keep break­ing pool records.”

Sapp, who spent his fresh­man sea­son at North Point and cur­rently swims year-round for the Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal Swim Club based in Vir­ginia and also par­tic­i­pates for the USA Par­a­lympics, set the Hawthorne pool record in the 50 fly just two weeks af­ter set­ting the Small­wood pool record in that event in the open­ing Prince-Mont meet.

“Conor is re­ally great com­pe­ti­tion,” Sapp said. “He’s def­i­nitely fast. I wanted to keep drop­ping time in the 50 fly. I went 27 high to­day and I’m hop­ing to get a sec­ond faster

be­fore the sea­son ends.”

Vi­en­neau was one of three Hawthorne swim­mers to com­plete a triple on Satur­day. Addy Don­nick cap­tured the 11-12 girls 50 fly (34.84), 50 free (30.91) and 100 IM (1:22.35). Es­ther Du­gan fought through a mild sick­ness to pre­vail in the 13-14 girls 50 free (29.53), 50 breast (37.88) and 100 IM (1:14.81). Hawthorne swim­mers also com­bined to sweep all five re­lays.

“I was re­ally happy with the way all the kids swam to­day,” said Hawthorne head coach, who also the head swim coach at La Plata High School. “Conor was re­ally good in his three events and both Addy and Es­ther also tripled and Es­ther even left a lit­tle early feel­ing sick. Our re­lays are re­ally strong this year. We have a lot of good swim­mers and a lot of depth and that al­ways helps the re­lays.”

Justin Truitt was the

lone triple win­ner for Small­wood on Satur­day, tak­ing the 13-14 boys 50 fly (31.62), 50 free (27.36) and 100 IM (1:10.00). Nathalie LaFon­tant, Clay­ton Jame­son and Kiera Salazar each won two events for the Mar­lins on a day when none of their re­lays pre­vailed. Jame­son had ear­lier set Small­wood team and pool records in the 11-12 boys 50 back (34.50).

“I was happy with the way the kids swam to­day,” said Small­wood head coach Jeff Riven­burg, who is also the head swim coach at North Point. “We had some re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion and Hawthorne has a lot of good swim­mers. Justin won three and a cou­ple of other kids won two and Lawrence won one and had two re­ally good races against Conor. They’re both re­ally fast and re­ally com­pet­i­tive.”

Hawthorne’s Cole Rapczyn­ski won both the 11-12 boys 50 fly (33.18) and 50 breast (38.50) and broke his own pool record in the lat­ter. The Ga­tors’ boys 18-and-Un­der 200 med­ley re­lay (1:59.56) quar­tet of Conor Vi­en­neau, Kris Schueller, Liam Vi­en­neau and David Du­gan set a new team record in that event, then the Hawthorne girls 18-U quar­tet of Me­gan Schueller, Es­ther Du­gan, Sage Scott and Chase McClure (2:17.22) com­bined to shat­ter the pool and team records in that event.

Small­wood’s Nathalie LaFon­tant, a ris­ing sopho­more at North Point, pre­vailed in the 15-18 girls 100 free (1:03.50) and the 100 IM (1:15.63), while her Mar­lins and North Point team­mates Mya Riven­burg, Tea­gan Rohrbaugh and Ju­lia Riven­burg com­pleted a sweep of the top three spots in 15-18 girls 50 fly.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Hawthorne swim­mer Conor Vi­en­neau com­pletes the 15- to 18-year-old boys 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley in pool and team record fash­ion of 1 minute 3.85 sec­onds for his third vic­tory of the day Satur­day as the host Ga­tors re­mained un­de­feated on the sea­son by down­ing Small­wood 316-263 in a Prince-Mont Swim League Divi­sion B meet.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Hawthorne swim­mer Addy Don­nick takes a peek over left shoul­der dur­ing the breast­stroke phase of the 11- to 12-year-old girls 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley on Satur­day.

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