In­dian Head edged by New Car­roll­ton

Re­lays the dif­fer­ence in Prince-Mont Di­vi­sion E meet

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

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