Hawthorne wins county swim meet ti­tle

Hawthorne wins county swim cham­pi­onships; Small­wood takes se­cond, West­lake fin­ishes third

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

One day af­ter many of the par­tic­i­pants had com­peted in their fi­nal Prince-Mont Swim League dual meets for the sum­mer sea­son, the five league teams from Charles County gath­ered at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata on Sun­day morn­ing for the an­nual Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter en­joy­ing a per­fect run through the Di­vi­sion B sched­ule of Prince-Mont, Hawthorne emerged best on Sun­day by ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 442 points to claim the ti­tle, fin­ish­ing well clear of run­ner-up Small­wood (373) which eas­ily earned the run­ner-up hon­ors over West­lake (154), In­dian Head (119) and Ban­nis­ter (82).

Hawthorne swim­mers com­bined to cap­ture 32 of the 49 events, in­clud­ing four of the five re­lays. Among the seven swim­mers who recorded triples, Hawthorne had four of them.

Clin­ton Cup­ples won the 10-and-Un­der boys 25-me­ter but­ter­fly in 17.28 se­conds fol­lowed by the 25 breast­stroke (22.38) and 25 back­stroke (21.40). Addy Don­nick took the 11- to 12-year-old girls 50 fly (34.87), 50 freestyle (31.25) and 50 back (37.53). Es­ther Du­gan won the 13-14 girls 50 free (29.57), 50 breast (37.69) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 12.60 se­conds). Conor Vi­en­neau cap­tured the 15-18 boys 100 free (56.81), 50 back (29.96) and 100 IM (1:06.31).

“I was re­ally hop­ing to come here and win three events and con­tinue to drop time,” said Conor Vi­en­neau, who set a new Charles County cham­pi­onships record in the 100 free and was part of the Ga­tors’ 18-U boys 200 med­ley re­lay with Kristopher Schueller, Mikel Reyes and Liam Vi­en­neau who opened the meet with a vic­tory in a record time of 1:58.87. “We just had a meet yes­ter­day (a 300-275 win over MVP Dol­phins of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.), so I was still a lit­tle tired from that. But I thought I did well to­day. I was glad to win all three events and help my team keep win­ning.”

Schueller also cap­tured the 15-18 boys 50 breast (32.16) to es­tab­lish a new pool record for that event.

Du­gan won the 13-14 girls 100 IM by more than 11 full se­conds and Don­nick started her morn­ing by win­ning the 11-12 girls 50 fly by nearly two se­conds over team­mate Kaeleigh Cup­ples, who re­bounded to win two events, de­spite a mod­est equip­ment fail­ure.

“I didn’t set any records, but in the fly I lost my cap,” said Don­nick, a ris­ing sixth-grader at Mil­ton Somers Mid­dle School. “It came off in the se­cond lap, so I couldn’t just go back and get it. I had to swim the rest of the event without my cap. I thought I did well in the free.”

Du­gan, Me­gan Schueller, Emma French and Chase McClure opened the meet by fin­ish­ing se­cond in the 18-U girls 200 med­ley re­lay (2:17.22)

and later Amy Huynh, Don­nick, French and McClure com­bined to cap­ture the 9-18 girls 200 free re­lay (2:14.50) by nearly eight se­conds. It was a fit­ting end to the meet for the Ga­tors.

“All sea­son long our re­lays have been re­ally strong,” said McClure, a ris­ing fresh­man at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. “We’re hop­ing to keep hav­ing the same suc­cess at di­vi­sion­als and then at all-stars. Both our med­ley re­lay at the be­gin­ning and our freestyle re­lay at the end have been re­ally good all sum­mer.”

Small­wood pro­duced the other three triple win­ners on Sun­day morn­ing. Clay­ton Jame­son cap­tured the 11-12 boys 50 fly (33.21), 50 free (29.47) and 100 IM (1:14.63). Justin Truitt pre­vailed in the 13-14 boys 50 fly (31.22), 50 free (27.47) and 100 IM (1:11.35). Kiera Salazar won the 8-U girls 25 free (20.72), 25 breast (28.29) and 25 back (27.69). Jame­son set a new team mark in the 50 free.

Small­wood’s 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay quar­tet of Pierce Mus­sante, Clay­ton Jame­son, Justin Truitt and Kevin Rohrbaugh fin­ished se­cond be­hind an­other Ga­tors group­ing (2:01.40), but the Mar­lins set a new team record with their fi­nal clock­ing.

Mya Riven­burg com­peted in her third swim meet in the last four days, hav­ing also par­tic­i­pated in a Prince-Mont meet the day be­fore and a club meet two days ear­lier at Mid­dle­town High School in Fred­er­ick County. Riven­burg, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point High School where she swims, runs cross coun­try and out­door track, an­chored the girls 18-U 200 med­ley re­lay (2:16.65) that opened the meet with a vic­tory.

“It’s def­i­nitely been a very busy week­end for me,” said Riven­burg, who turns 16 on Wed­nes­day. “I thought we did re­ally well to­day in our events. Our re­lay was re­ally good and win­ning that event was so ex­cit­ing. I was hop­ing to drop time in my events, but I’m still tried af­ter those other meets. My club team com­peted at Mid­dle­town and that’s a long drive up and back.”

West­lake swim­mer Emily Decker, a ris­ing se­nior at West­lake High School where she swims, plays vol­ley­ball and soft­ball for the Wolver­ines, won the 15-18 girls 50 fly (32.97) and 100 IM (1:14.65) and was foiled in her bid for a triple by set­tling for se­cond be­hind Hawthorne’s Me­gan Schueller in the 50 breast (38.60). Decker, Ker­ri­gan McMil­lan, Tyra Agnew and Is­abella Smith com­bined for third in the 18-U girls 200 med­ley re­lay (2:17.25) but they es­tab­lished a new team record in that event.

“I was happy with all three of my events to­day,” said Decker, who plans to at­tend Mes­siah Col­lege (Pa.) in 2018. “We had a meet yes­ter­day (a 305-261 loss to Be­lair Swim & Rac­quet of Prince Ge­orge’s County), so to­day I was just hop­ing to maybe drop time in one or two of my events and do what­ever I could to help the team. I swam the first Prince-Mont meet, but then I missed two, so I’m in­ter­ested to see how close those other girls are to me now.”

The In­dian Head 18-U boys quar­tet of Shaun But­ler, RG Bolton, Brett Cul­hane and Bryan Mentzer fin­ished se­cond (2:07) be­hind the Ga­tors, but their fi­nal clock­ing es­tab­lished a new team mark. But­ler was also se­cond be­hind Vi­en­neau in the 15-18 boys 50 back (32.37).

Ban­nis­ter was un­able to record a first- or se­cond-place fin­ish, but Jonathan Parham fin­ished third in the 10-U boys 25 fly (18.54) and later the quar­tet of Jonathan Parham, Christo­pher Brown, Michael Parham and Carl Wa­chowski com­bined for third in the 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay (2:22.57).

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Mem­bers of the Hawthorne Coun­try Club swim team proudly gather around the tro­phy for cap­tur­ing the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day morn­ing at Hawthorne. The Ga­tors won the over­all team ti­tle with 442 points, fol­lowed by Small­wood (373), West­lake (154), In­dian Head (119) and Ban­nis­ter (82).

In­dian Head swim­mer Lo­gan Robert­son swims the open­ing leg of the 9- to 18-year-old boys 200-me­ter freestyle re­lay on Sun­day morn­ing in the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata. Robert­son and the Tor­pe­does placed fourth over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion with 119 points as Hawthorne claimed the ti­tle.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TED BLACK

Small­wood swim­mer Justin Truitt makes the turn off the far wall and heads into the fi­nal lap of the 9- to 18-year-old boys 200-me­ter freestyle re­lay on Sun­day morn­ing in the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata. Truitt and the Mar­lins fin­ished se­cond be­hind cham­pion Hawthorne with 373 points.

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