Ban­nis­ter rolls past Oxon Hill in Prince-Mont Swim League

Ends reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule with two straight wins

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

Fol­low­ing its first win of the Prince-Mont Swim League reg­u­lar sea­son last week over Prince Ge­orge’s Park and Recre­ation, the Ban­nis­ter swim team did not dis­ap­point on Satur­day in their reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale.

The Bar­racu­das cruised to a 285-46 vic­tory over Prince Ge­orge’s County out­fit Oxon Hill at Ban­nis­ter pool.

Ban­nis­ter (2-3 over­all) was win­less in Di­vi­sion F through its first three meets of the reg­u­lar sea­son, but ended it with a se­cond straight win.

Ban­nis­ter had 39 first-place fin­ishes, in­clud­ing all the re­lay events on the day. The Bar­racu­das had five triple win­ners.

Christo­pher Brown won three events in the 11- to 12-year-old boys, col­lect­ing vic­to­ries in the 50 but­ter­fly (45.79 se­conds), 50 back­stroke (45.31) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 40.22 se­conds). Tay­ton Ho­ef­ferle was a triple win­ner in the 15-18 boys 50 fly (36.84), 50 back (38.72) and 100 IM (1:24.41).

On the girls side, Marissa Parks tripled in the 15-18 girls 50 fly (54.10), 50 breast­stroke (1:01.21) and 50 back 53.65), while Amira Wright won the 8-and-Un­der girls 25 free (24.38), 25 breast (46.67) and 25 back (32.92) and Alyssa Rios was a triple win­ner in the 13-14 girls 50 free (34.53), 50 breast (44.89) and 100 IM (1:28.51).

“Win­ning the fi­nal meet of the sea­son was the cherry on top. We came into this meet know­ing that the other team had a very small amount of swim­mers but my team still pushed to beat their own times and not dis­qual­ify,” said Ban­nis­ter head coach Ju­lia D’Alessan­dro via email to South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers on Mon­day night. Swim­mers such as Tay­ton Ho­ef­ferle dropped a se­cond on his 100 IM race. Tay­ton is very com­pet­i­tive, and I was proud to know that he pushed hard even when there was not an op­pos­ing swim­mer to race against.”

Ban­nis­ter had sev­eral dou­ble win­ners in Jayla Bell (10-U girls 25 fly 25.34, 50 free 49.77), Ai­den Fri­er­son (8-U boys 25 free 33.75, 25 back 37.13), Jonathan Parham (9-10 boys 50 free 40.46, 25 breast 27.02), Amara Kazim (15-18 girls 100 free 2:04.41, 100 IM 2:21.89) and Emily Padilla (11-12 girls 50 back­stroke 46.87, 100 IM 1:40.90).

The Bar­racu­das won the 18-U boys and girls 200 med­ley re­lay events. Ho­ef­ferle, Ni­cholas Brown, Jared Smith and Bryce Sim­mons teamed up to win the boys (2:30.63), while Padilla, Amiya Bell, Rios and Grace Adams claimed the girls win (2:49.85).

Jonathan Parham, Christo­pher Brown, Michael Parham and Carl Wa­chowski teamed up to win the boys 9-18 200 free re­lay (2:39.92). In the 8-U mixed 100 free re­lay Ban­nis­ter won that race led by Ti­mothy Brown, Chloe Parham, Dy­lan Whet­zel and Zaniya Ma­son (2:14.40).

Ban­nis­ter had in­di­vid­ual wins from Eli­jah Green (9-10 boys 25 fly 38.39), Jared Smith (13-14 boys 50 fly 37.47), Amiya Bell (13-14 girls 50 fly 41.63), Sim­mons (13-14 boys 50 free 31.83), Wa­chowski (15-18 boys 100 free 1:13.06), Ni­cholas Brown (13-14 boys 50 breast 41.85), Keyon Gronau (9-10 boys 25 back 31.88), Padilla (11-12 girls 50 back 46.87), Keira Chest­nut (9-10 girls 25 back 45.60), Do­minic Rios (13-14 boys 50 back 43.80) and Grace Adams (13-14 girls 50 back 50.62).

The Bar­racu­das will com­pete in the Di­vi­sion F cham­pi­onships on Satur­day at Brandy­wine pool in Up­per Marl­boro.

“The sea­sons get bet­ter each year. Even though this is only my se­cond sea­son with the Ban­nis­ter Bar­racu­das, I find my­self lov­ing the swim­mers and sport more and more. Hav­ing a small team is tough, but when you have a team of fo­cused swim­mers, they make my job eas­ier and more fun. This 2017 sum­mer sea­son was amaz­ing,” D’Alessan­dro said. “I had kids who couldn’t swim join the team and they worked their hard­est to swim across the pool. All my new swim­mers achieved that goal. I’m so proud of the re­turn­ing swim­mers. They all pushed them­selves and kept their fo­cus on shav­ing off time.”

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