Hawthorne wins Prince-Mont swim meet ti­tle

Hawthorne wins Prince-Mont Di­vi­sion B meet ti­tle, Small­wood fin­ishes fifth

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

SIL­VER SPRING — Per­haps it only seemed fit­ting that af­ter win­ning all five of their dual meets and then claim­ing the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships to their list of ac­com­plish­ments, the Hawthorne Coun­try Club swim team would cap their Prince-Mont Swim League slate by cap­tur­ing the Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships ti­tle at Strath­more Bel Pre on Satur­day morn­ing.

Hawthorne, which went 5-0 dur­ing the Prince-Mont dual meet sched­ule and then pulled away from Small­wood to take the Charles County ti­tle on July 16, ben­e­fited from a bevy of solid per­for­mances from older and younger swim­mers alike to surge past Max­i­mum Ve­loc­ity Propul­sion of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. (219.5) and Strath­more Bel Pre (208) to gar­ner the Di­vi­sion B ti­tle with 328.5 points.

Hawthorne opened the meet by tak­ing the 18-and-Un­der boys 200-me­ter med­ley re­lay in 1 minute 58.12 sec­onds as Conor Vi­en­neau, Kristo­pher Schueller, Mikel Reyes and Liam Vi­en­neau pre­vailed by nearly seven sec­onds to es­tab­lish a new pool and team mark. The Ga­tors quar­tet of Me­gan Schueller, Es­ther Du­gan, Sage Scott and Chase McClure then fin­ished sec­ond in the 18-U girls 200 med­ley re­lay (2:18.72) to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

Conor Vi­en­neau, a ris­ing sopho­more at La Plata High School, would later cap­ture the 15- to 18-year-old boys 100-me­ter freestyle (56.93 sec­onds), 50 back­stroke (29.31) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1:05.78). Du­gan, a ris­ing fresh­man who has been home­schooled through­out her life, won the 13-14 girls 50 free (29.75), 50 breast­stroke (37.72) and 100 IM (1:14.53).

“I was re­ally happy with my 100 free,” Vi­en­neau said. “I set a pool record in that event. I thought my back­stroke was OK, but I wasn’t happy with my 100 IM. I’m glad that I won it. But I added a sec­ond and it just wasn’t re­ally good. But I’m happy that we won the team ti­tle.”

Du­gan, who had also recorded a triple six days ear­lier at the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships that her pool hosted, was con­tent with her trio of vic­to­ries at di­vi­sion­als.

“I was happy that I won them,” said Du­gan, whose older brother, Sa­muel Du­gan won the 1314 boys 50 back­stroke (33.21). “I thought I did OK to­day. I didn’t take any per­sonal bests, but I love hav­ing a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion. It def­i­nitely pushes you to keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Hawthorne also got triples from Clin­ton Cup­ples, who cap­tured the 9-10 boys 25 fly (17.86), 25 breast (22.56) and 25 back (20.89), and Cole Rapczyn­ski, who took the 11-12 boys 50 fly (33.31), 50 free (29.38) and 50 breast (39.16).

The Ga­tors also got sin­gle wins from Mikey Reyes (15-18 boys 50 fly 28.78), Lan­don Abe­lende (8-U boys 25 free 17.22), Gavin Abe­lende (9-10 boys 50 free 36.03), Addy

Don­nick (11-12 girls 50 free 31.06), Bryce John­son (8-U boys 25 breast 25.94), Molly Reisinger (8-U girls 25 breast 28.39), Kristo­pher Schueller (1518 boys 50 breast 32.31) and Me­gan Schueller (1518 girls 50 breast 38.03). Lan­don Abe­lende’s time broke a Hawthorne team mark that Rapczyn­ski set in 2013.

The Ga­tors capped the meet with two more re­lay vic­to­ries and a sec­ond-place fin­ish. Ju­liana Conte, Jack­son Don­nick, Rachel Peter­son and Lan­don Abe­lende com­bined to win the 8-U mixed 100 free re­lay (1:21.15), then Gavin Abe­lende, Rapczyn­ski, Sa­muel Du­gan and David Du­gan teamed up to cap­ture the 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay (2:00.00). Ja­dyn Woolsey, Addy Don­nick, Alexandra Tomp­kins and Chase McClure com­bined

for sec­ond in the 9-18 girls 200 free re­lay (2:08.67).

Kings Land­ing, which fin­ished the dual meet slate with a 2-3 mark, at­tained

175 points Satur­day to fin­ish fourth over­all.

The Lion­fish got triples from As­pen Gal­laudet, who won the 9-10 girls 25 fly (17.00), 50 free (33.88) and 25 breast (20.44) and Alexia Zaidi, who pre­vailed in the 1112 girls 50 breast (39.20), 50 back (34.16) and 100 IM (1:14.00). Zaidi set new team records in all three of her events, while Gal­laudet posted team marks in the 50 free and 25 breast.

“I thought As­pen and Alexia both swam great to­day,” Kings Land­ing head coach Kan­dia Spain said. “A lot of the kids came here and dropped time and we fin­ished in mid-pack, which is about what I ex­pected. A lot of our kids are still very young. I’m only go­ing to have two boys age out, John Bub­ser and my son, Zach [Spain], so I’m hop­ing they get to qual­ify for All-Stars in some­thing.”

Kings Land­ing’s Lau­rel Gal­laudet fin­ished sec­ond to Strath­more Bel Pre’s Mor­gan Hill in the 15-18 girls 50 fly (31.88), but set a new team mark in that event. Luke Hawit was sec­ond to Cup­ples in the 9-10 boys 25 back (21.03) and Alexan­dria Uhlmann was sec­ond to MVP’s Anas­ta­sia Or­lic in the 9-10 girls 25 back (20.70). Michael Trot­ter was sec­ond in the 11-12 boys 50 back (36.78) and 12-U 100 IM (1:20.63), Isa­iah John­son was sec­ond to Vi­en­neau in the 15-18 boys 50 back (30.65) and Sarah Cole was sec­ond to Hill in the 15-18 girls 100 IM (1:15.25).

Small­wood Vil­lage, which was 3-2 in Prince­Mont dual meets, set­tled for fifth with 149 points on Satur­day, but Mar­lins coach Jeff Riven­burg was pleased with the way his swim­mers per­formed at di­vi­sion­als.

“A lot of the kids came here and had fun and dropped time,” Riven­burg said. “That’s what sum­mer swim­ming is all about. I thought Clay­ton [Jame­son] and Justin [Truitt] had some re­ally good swims to­day. They’ve been get­ting bet­ter all sum­mer. Now we’ll see how many of the kids get to go to All-Stars next week­end.”

Clay­ton Jame­son won the 11-12 boys 50 back (34.94) and 12-U 100 IM (1:14.91), while Truitt cap­tured the 13-14 boys 50 fly (27.88) and was sec­ond in the 50 back (33.78). Jame­son set a new team mark in the 11-12 boys 50 free (29.50), al­though he was out-touched by Rapczyn­ski for first in that event.

Cora Jame­son edged Be­lair Bath and Ten­nis’ Ni­cole Ap­pi­ani to take the 13-14 girls 50 back (36.66) af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth be­hind Ap­pi­ani in the 50 fly (37.36).

Swim­mers from the three South­ern Mary­land pools com­bined to win 34 of the 49 events. The Prince-Mont sea­son con­cludes Satur­day with the All-Stars meet at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Hawthorne’s Conor Vi­en­neau swims the but­ter­fly por­tion of the 15- to 18-year-old boys 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley on Satur­day morn­ing in the Prince-Mont Swim League Di­vi­sion B cham­pi­onships at Strath­more Bel Pre in Mont­gomery County. Vi­en­neau won the event in 1 minute 5.78 sec­onds en route to a triple-win­ning day as the Ga­tors claimed the Di­vi­sion B team ti­tle with 328.5 points.

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