Gators defeat Marlins to stay unbeaten
Gators defeat Smallwood in Prince-Mont Swim League
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.
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.
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.