Swim­ming to the win

Ga­tors fin­ish with per­fect reg­u­lar sea­son record in Prince-Mont

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Satur­day fea­tured a lit­tle bit of every­thing for Hawthorne Coun­try Club head swim­ming coach Mary Jane Cup­ples.

First, it was a suc­cess­ful day for the Ga­tors in their di­vi­sional meet against the vis­it­ing Max­i­mum Ve­loc­ity Propul­sion Dol­phins of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The host team earned first-place fin­ishes in 30 of the 49 events en route to a 300-275 vic­tory that capped a per­fect cam­paign in Di­vi­sion B of the Prince-Mont Swim League.

With the team’s re­cent suc­cess, which in­cluded win­ning the Charles County cham­pi­onships on Sun­day, a move to Di­vi­sion A, the most com­pet­i­tive Prince-Mont di­vi­sion, will likely be forth­com­ing for next sea­son.

Hawthorne also held a brief cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the ca­reers of five swim­mers who age out of the pro­gram this year, some of whom com­peted for the Ga­tors for most of their lives, to pro­vide a bit of a bit­ter­sweet feel­ing on an oth­er­wise happy day.

“It is sad for me,” said Cup­ples, who also coaches the La Plata High School swim team. “Some of them swam for me since they were lit­tle gup­pies. See­ing them go is very dif­fi­cult and some of them swam for me at La Plata, which makes it even harder. They did a great job. Hawthorne is swim­ming very fast. I’m look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row and to di­vi­sion­als and all-stars. They are def­i­nitely swim­ming like they de­serve

to be in Di­vi­sion A. There is no doubt about that.”

Hawthorne (5-0 over­all) boasted five triple win­ners in the win over MVP (3-2), while three other Ga­tors claimed two wins.

Tripling for the hosts were Clin­ton Cup­ples, Es­ther Du­gan, Sa­muel Du­gan, Cole Rapczyn­ski and Conor Vi­en­neau. Cup­ples earned the top spot in the 10-and-Un­der 25-me­ter but­ter­fly (17.72 se­conds), the 9- to 10-year-old boys 25 breast­stroke (22.07) and the 9-10 boys 25 back­stroke (22.84).

“I think I did good, but on my back­stroke I didn’t do too well be­cause I got wa­ter up my nose. I

couldn’t swim that well,” Cup­ples said of his morn­ing in the pool. “I think the team has been out­stand­ing. We went un­de­feated, so that’s re­ally good.”

Rapczyn­ski won the 1112 boys 50 fly (33.53) and 50 breast (40.94) and the 12-U boys 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1:18.31).

“I think my best swim was prob­a­bly fly to­day,” he said. “I dropped the most time in that, and we were de­cently close to break­ing the record for the [9-18 boys 200 freestyle] re­lay at the end . ... The team did pretty well. We won by 25, so that com­pletes our un­de­feated sea­son as a team, which I’m very happy about.”

Es­ther Du­gan swept through the 13-14 girls 50 fly (33.38), 50 breast

(39.39) and 100 IM (1:14.64). Du­gan’s meet got bet­ter as it went along.

“I was a lit­tle tired at the be­gin­ning. My breast­stroke, I re­ally wasn’t happy with,” she said, “but then the team, we started hav­ing fun in the tents and I got a lit­tle of my en­ergy back. I did pretty well in my IM, so I’m real happy about that. The team did great over­all this whole sea­son. I’m re­ally happy with the out­come.”

Sa­muel Du­gan reached the wall first in the 13-14 boys 50 fly (31.29), 50 free (28.06) and 100 IM (1:12.17).

“I didn’t re­ally like the wa­ter, but I felt pretty good in my swims,” he said of his day. “I did OK, not ex­actly what I was ex­pect­ing, not too bad.”

Vi­en­neau rounded out Hawthorne’s triple win­ners, claim­ing first in the 15-18 100 boys free (57.72), 50 back (30.33) and 100 IM (1:06.77).

“It was good. We won, so that’s al­ways a plus,” Vi­en­neau said of the meet. “I think every­one per­formed re­ally well. Mikel Reyes dropped a bunch. I didn’t drop much, but I think I still did pretty well. I was still close to my best times. We did well as a team. Most of the peo­ple were drop­ping. We did well and we won.”

Lan­don Abe­lende won two events for the Ga­tors, tak­ing first in the 8-U boys 25 free (18.65) and 25 back (24.95), while Addy Don­nick and Ja­dyn Woolsey each took two events on the girls side.

Don­nick won the 11-12 girls 50 free (30.98) and 50 back (36.78), while Woolsey took the 10-U 25 fly (17.63) and 9-10 girls 50 free (35.93).

Also win­ning for Hawthorne’s girls were Molly Reisinger (8-U 25 breast 28.91) and Me­gan Schueller (15-18 50 breast 38.56), while the Ga­tors also claimed the 9-18 girls 200 free re­lay with the quar­tet of Woolsey, Don­nick, Sage Scott and Chase McClure.

Ga­tors sin­gle win­ners on the boys side were Gavin Abe­lende (9-10 50 free 35.91) and Reyes (15-18 50 fly 29.02, five one-hun­dredths of a se­cond of Liam Vi­en­neau). The hosts also took the 18-U boys 200 med­ley re­lay with Conor Vi­en­neau, Kris Scheuller, Liam Vi­en­neau and David Du­gan (1:59.80) and the 9-18 200 free re­lay with Gavin Abe­lende, Rapczyn­ski, Sa­muel Du­gan and David Du­gan (2:02.62).

Af­ter putting the cap on the sum­mer’s reg­u­lar-sea­son slate as well as the county cham­pi­onships, Conor Vi­en­neau was look­ing for the Ga­tors to carry the mo­men­tum into the Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships and All-Star meet in the next two weeks. The Di­vi­sion B meet will take place Satur­day at Strath­more Bel Pre in Sil­ver Spring.

“I think it was re­ally good that we were able to [fin­ish un­de­feated],” he said. “I guess next year we’ll just have to start look­ing at how we’re go­ing to do in Di­vi­sion A.”


Hawthorne’s Conor Vi­en­neau swims in the boys 15- to 18-year-old 50-me­ter back­stroke on Satur­day in the Ga­tors’ meet with the vis­it­ing MVP Dol­phins. Vi­en­neau was a triple win­ner for the Ga­tors, who won the Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion B meet 300-275.

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