Swim­mers pre­pare from Prince-Mont di­vi­sion­als

Sev­eral ea­ger to do well and go to All-Stars

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Satur­day morn­ing, af­ter five weeks of com­pe­ti­tion in dual meets, nu­mer­ous swim­mers from the six South­ern Mary­land pools which com­pete in the Prince-Mont Swim League will look to be­gin putting the fin­ish­ing touches on their sum­mer sea­son by com­pet­ing in var­i­ous di­vi­sional meets and per­haps earn a spot in the All-Star meet next Satur­day.

Many of those were on hand Sun­day morn­ing at the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata. Fol­low­ing a per­fect run through their Prince-Mont Divi­sion B dual meets with a 5-0 over­all record, host Hawthorne cap­tured the county ti­tle with 442 points, well clear of run­ner-up Small­wood (373).

Hawthorne’s Conor Vi­en­neau has made a smooth tran­si­tion from the lower age brack­ets into the tough 15- to 18-year-old divi­sion this sum­mer, win­ning all of his events and then adding an­other triple to his ré­sumé on Sun­day.

Vi­en­neau, who cap­tured the 100-me­ter freestyle (56.81 sec­onds), 50 back­stroke (29.96) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 6.31 sec­onds) on Sun­day, the first in meet record fash­ion, is al­ready look­ing for­ward to this Satur­day’s Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships at Strath­more Bel Pre in Mont­gomery County.

“I’m ex­cited about di­vi­sion­als,” said Vi­en­neau, a ris­ing sopho­more at La Plata High School. “I’m hop­ing to keep drop­ping time and keep win­ning. That’s re­ally what I’m all about. I’ve been able to do re­ally well this sum­mer and now I want to keep it go­ing. It’s al­ways great hav­ing com­pe­ti­tion that can keep push­ing you to get bet­ter. I’d like to win all three of my events at di­vi­sion­als and then win one or two at All-Stars.”

While Vi­en­neau has been among the stars for the Hawthorne boys, the girls have en­joyed a good blend of tri­umphs from Chase McClure and Me­gan Schueller and Es­ther Du­gan and Addy Don­nick. McClure and Schueller have been in­stru­men­tal in the re­lays, while Du­gan (13-14) and Don­nick (11-12) both recorded triples Sun­day and should play a ma­jor role for the Ga­tors at di­vi­sion­als.

One day ear­lier at Be­lair Swim & Rac­quet in Bowie, the im­promptu host site for Kings Land­ing’s

meet against Be­lair Bath & Ten­nis, sev­eral mem­bers of the King­fish were ea­ger to see how well they could fare at di­vi­sion­als and All-Stars. Sarah Cole and John Bub­ser capped their dual meet slate by win­ning their re­spec­tive 15-18 girls and boys 100 IM events and now seek similar suc­cess in the post­sea­son meets ahead.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to di­vi­sion­als,” said Cole, a ris­ing se­nior at Hunt­ing­town High School. “Right now our club team [Calvert Aquatic Club] has been get­ting us ready for the state cham­pi­onship meet at St. Mary’s College [of Mary­land] the first week­end in Au­gust, so I would like to do well at di­vi­sion­als and make it to All-Stars for a cou­ple of events and then be ready for states. We’ve been train­ing re­ally hard, six times a week, so I

think I’m ready.”

Kings Land­ing head coach Kan­dia Spain was pleased to see her swim­mers end the sea­son on a high note with a vic­tory last Satur­day, fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son at 2-3. Like Hawthorne, the Kings Land­ing squad will also head to Strath­more Bel Pre this week­end for the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships and Spain is ea­ger to see how well her swim­mers will per­form there and how many of them will earn a berth at All-Stars.

“There haven’t been many meets when we’ve had a full com­ple­ment of swim­mers, so it was good to fin­ish with a win,” Spain said. “We should have ev­ery­one for di­vi­sion­als. I think we could see 10 to 12 dif­fer­ent kids ad­vance to All-Stars. We should have ev­ery­one there, so that will def­i­nitely help our re­lays.”

Small­wood ended the Prince-Mont dual meet slate with a 3-2 mark, but

Mya Riven­burg, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point High School, is op­ti­mistic the Mar­lins can per­form well at the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships Satur­day.

“This past week­end was tough be­cause I had three meets in four days,” said Riven­burg, who runs cross coun­try for the school in the fall, swims for the Ea­gles in the win­ter and then runs out­door track in the spring. “But this week­end I think we can do well at di­vi­sion­als. I plan on swim­ming in a club meet the fol­low­ing week­end, so I won’t be at All-Stars, but I think we will have some of my team­mates make it there.”

Small­wood’s Clay­ton Jame­son recorded a triple at the county meet in the 11-12 boys bracket, tak­ing the 50 free (29.47) in meet record fash­ion and also pre­vail­ing in the 50 fly (33.21) and 100 IM (1:14.63). Mar­lins team­mates Justin Truitt (13-14 boys) and Kiera Salazar

(8-and-Un­der girls) also recorded three vic­to­ries apiece Sun­day and will be among the fa­vorites in their re­spec­tive events at di­vi­sion­als on Satur­day.

West­lake’s Emily Decker, a ris­ing se­nior at West­lake High School, won two events Sun­day and now is ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the team’s Divi­sion D cham­pi­onships at Be­lair Swim & Rac­quet in Prince Ge­orge’s County. The Waves were 0-5 in dual meets. Decker, who also plays vol­ley­ball and soft­ball for her high school, is hop­ing to peak at the re­main­ing post­sea­son meets.

“I swam the first meet then missed the next two meets,” said Decker, who won the 15-18 girls 50 fly (32.97) and 100 IM (1:14.65) on Sun­day. “So, I will be in­ter­ested to see how much those girls have im­proved since that meet. Then I missed the next two meets, so I didn’t have a chance to face those girls. I’m hop­ing

to just do well and drop time and help our team do well.”

Decker’s team­mate Ker­ri­gan McMillen, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point, cap­tured the 15-18 girls 50 back­stroke (34.47) on Sun­day and is now look­ing for­ward to di­vi­sion­als and a pos­si­ble berth in the All-Star meet.

“I’m hop­ing to take first place in the back,” McMillen said. “I know the com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be re­ally tough, but I’m look­ing for­ward to it. The whole sum­mer has gone well. It would be great to keep win­ning and make it to All-Stars.”

In­dian Head (2-3) fin­ished the Prince-Mont slate with a 286-261 vic­tory over Tem­ple Hills last Satur­day then fin­ished fourth in the county cham­pi­onships the next day.

In­dian Head, led by Lackey High School graduate Shaun But­ler, will com­pete in the Divi­sion E cham­pi­onships Satur­day at New Car­roll­ton Recre­ation in Prince Ge­orge’s County. But­ler, RG Bolton, Brett Cul­hane and Bryan Mentzer com­bined to es­tab­lish a team record Sun­day in the 18-U boys 200 med­ley re­lay (2:07.00).

Ban­nis­ter (2-3) won its fi­nal two dual meets, in­clud­ing a 285-46 vic­tory over win­less Oxon Hill last Satur­day.

The Bar­racu­das then fin­ished fifth at the county cham­pi­onships, but the quar­tet of Jonathan Parham, Christo­pher Brown, Michael Parham and Carl Wo­chowski com­bined to place third in the 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay (2:22.57) and Jonathan Parham also took third in the 10-U boys 25 fly (18.54) be­hind two Hawthorne swim­mers who he will not have to con­tend with this week­end in the Divi­sion F cham­pi­onships at Brandy­wine Blue Wave’s pool in Up­per Marl­boro.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake’s Emily Decker, pic­tured here be­gin­ning the back­stroke por­tion of the 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley, will be among the fa­vorites in that event and two oth­ers Satur­day at the Prince-Mont Divi­sion D cham­pi­onships at Be­lair Swim & Rac­quet in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

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