Indian Head edged by New Carrollton
Relays the difference in Prince-Mont Division E meet
The Prince-Mont Swim League Division E clash between Indian Head and New Carrollton Recreation went down to the wire on Saturday.
With three events remaining on the day, Indian Head led 247-246, but the Dolphins rallied in three straight relays to prevail with a 272-265 victory over the Torpedoes at the Hawthorne Country Club pool in La Plata.
New Carrollton won in the 8-and-Under mixed 100 freestyle relay as well as the 9- to 18-year-old boys and girls 200 free relays to cap off what was a back-and-forth meet throughout.
Since earning a win in the Prince-Mont season opener over Northridge on June 17, the Torpedoes (1-3 overall) have dropped three straight swim meets.
“We were up one point going into the relays,” Indian Head head coach Jo Proctor said. “I knew it was going to be a close meet because of the times. I don’t have a lot of 9- to 10-year-old swimmers to field the relays and it makes it very tough. We are very top heavy with the older group. The last time Indian Head faced this team was 1996 and we beat them, so they got a little bit of the revenge today. We had some silly disqualifications and twohand touches but it was a very exciting meet.”
New Carrollton, which won 29 events on the day, had four triple winners in Nate Donoghue (15-18 boys), Isaiah Willis (10-U boys), Moose Bailey (1314 boys) and Patrick Willis (8-U boys).
Indian Head’s lone triple winner was Luke Machnicki in 11-12 boys, who collected first-place finishes in the 50 butterfly (43.58), 50 freestyle (33.57) and 50 backstroke (46.52).
New Carrollton also had five double winners, while Indian Head had three with Abigail Vanasse (11-12 girls 50 fly 42.13, 50 free 38.44), Rebecca Proctor (15-18 girls 50 back 39.00, 100 free 1:10.71) and Kyla Smith (11-12 girls 50 back 44.02, 100 individual medley 1:41.95).
“My time dropped in the freestyle, so I was very happy about that,” said
Rebecca Proctor, who is a rising senior at Northern High School. “I was happy with my performance today. I love swimming in the summer time and it is so much fun. We are a smaller team and we are very close and it is easy to get to know everyone. The summer is less stressful than the high school season and I’ve just been focusing on improving my times and getting stronger.”
The Torpedoes, who won 20 events in the meet, won the 9-18 boys and girls 200 medley relays. Shaun Butler, Garrett Batchelor, RG Bolton and Brett Culhane teamed up to win the boys (2:15.29), while Proctor, Savannah Santos, Vanasse and Renae Rohde claimed the girls win (2:43.78).
Indian Head received individual wins from RG Bolton (15-18 boys 50 breast 39.25), Sydni Robertson (13-14 girls
50 fly 41.37), Catherine Sylvain (13-14 girls 50 free 37.71), Devontae Isreal (13-14 boys 50 free 37.26), Caleb Batchelor (11-12 boys 50 breast 55.49), Isabelle Bogart (9-10 girls 25 back 30.20), Butler (15-18 boys 50 back 32.89), Billy McConnell (12-U boys 100 IM 1:41.75) and Michael Ahern (13-14 boys 100 IM 1:43.25).
Culhane, a Lackey High School graduate, finished runner-up in the 15-18 boys 50 back, 50 fly and 100 IM. He was a four-sport athlete for Lackey, where he maintained a 4.9 GPA, and will be attending Colorado School of the Mines this fall and major in chemical engineering.
“I love the atmosphere. It is very family-like and we have very hard practices,” said the 17-year-old Culhane. “Swimming builds different muscles and stamina. This summer has been fun. We haven’t won every meet, but we always stay together and root each other on.”
Indian Head’s Billy McConnell won the 12-and-Under 100-meter individual medley in 1 minute 41.75 seconds in Saturday’s PrinceMont Swim League Division E meet versus New Carrollton at Hawthorne pool in La Plata. New Carrollton won the meet 272-265.
Indian Head’s Sydni Robertson won the 13- to 14-year-old 50-meter butterfly in 41.37 seconds in Saturday’s Prince-Mont Swim League Division E meet versus New Carrollton at Hawthorne pool in La Plata. Indian Head fell 272-265 in the meet.