Top swim­mers headed to All-Stars meet

Prince-Mont fin­ishes sea­son on Satur­day

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

While many Prince-Mont Swim League swim­mers com­peted for the fi­nal time with mem­bers of their re­spec­tive teams last Satur­day at var­i­ous di­vi­sional cham­pi­onships, sev­eral of the best will be back in the wa­ter Satur­day in the an­nual All-Star meet at West Arun­del Swim Club in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Hawthorne Coun­try Club com­pleted its dual meet sched­ule with an un­blem­ished 5-0 mark, added a win at the Charles County cham­pi­onships and punc­tu­ated its sea­son by tak­ing the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships last Satur­day. This week­end sev­eral Ga­tors look to do well in the sea­son fi­nale.

Conor Vi­en­neau has made the smooth tran­si­tion into the 15- to 18-year-old boys divi­sion this sum­mer. Fresh off a triple-win­ning per­for­mance in the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships that fol­lowed a hat trick at the Charles County cham­pi­onships, Vi­en­neau will face his stiffest chal­lenge of the sea­son when he meets sev­eral older foes from other di­vi­sions in the All-Stars meet.

“My goal there is to keep drop­ping time and to win,” Vi­en­neau said. “I’m all about win­ning. This sea­son has gone re­ally well, but the goal is to keep get­ting faster. I’m look­ing for­ward to All-Stars. This is my first year in the older divi­sion, so I know there’s go­ing to be a lot of re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion there. But I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

Vi­en­neau won the 15-18 boys 100 freestyle (56.93 sec­onds), 50 back­stroke (29.31) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 5.78 sec­onds) last Satur­day, set­ting a team record in the 50 back, but this week­end he will get a test against Theresa Banks’ Ster­ling Smith and West Arun­del’s Jay Venit in the 100 free and from

both later in the 100 IM, as well as from White­hall Pool & Ten­nis stand­out Jimmy Hay­burn in both the 50 back and 100 IM.

In 11-12 boys, Cole Rapczyn­ski won the 50 fly (33.31), 50 free (29.38) and 50 breast (39.16).

Es­ther Du­gan won three events in the 13-14 girls bracket at di­vi­sion­als and will be among the fa­vorites for all three events at All-Stars, while Clin­ton Cup­ples cap­tured three 9-10 boys events at di­vi­sion­als and will be seek­ing his first All-Stars tri­umph. Du­gan is a ris­ing home­schooled fresh­man, while Cup­ples is a ris­ing fifth grader at Mat­ula Ele­men­tary School in La Plata.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion,” Cup­ples said. “Get­ting three wins at di­vi­sion­als and mak­ing it to All-Stars is a great ac­com­plish­ment for me. I want to keep get­ting faster and I would like to win one event at all-Stars.”

Kings Land­ing fin­ished fourth in the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships, but a trio of swim­mers recorded triples at the meet.

As­pen Gal­laudet won the 9-10 girls 25 fly (17.00), 50 free (33.88) and 25 breast (20.44), while Alexia Zaidi pre­vailed in the 11-12 girls 50 breast­stroke (39.20), 50 back (34.16) and 100 IM (1:14.00). Zaidi set team records in all three events, while Gal­laudet set new team marks in the 50 free and 25 breast.

“All of the kids keep drop­ping time and they’ve earned the chance to go to All-Stars,” Kings Land­ing head coach Kan­dia Spain said. “As­pen and Alexia and [Sarah] Cole have been re­ally good all sea­son and they’re still get­ting faster. I’m cu­ri­ous to see how well they do this week­end at All-Stars. They’re fast and they work hard. I’m hop­ing a cou­ple of other of my kids make it to All-Stars.”

Small­wood Vil­lage set­tled for fifth at the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships, but coach Jeff Riven­burg is ea­ger to see how well sev­eral of his swim­mers will fare this week­end at All-Stars.

Clay­ton Jame­son won the 11-12 boys 50 back (34.94) and 100 IM (1:14.91) and was sec­ond to Rapczyn­ski in the 50 free (29.50) while es­tab­lish­ing a new team record in that event. Justin Truitt won the 13-14 boys 50 free (27.88).

“Clay­ton and Justin had some re­ally good swims [last Satur­day],” Riven­burg said. “I’m anx­ious to see where they’re seeded for All-Stars. They’ve both done well all sea­son. We prob­a­bly won’t have many kids go­ing to all-stars, but this sum­mer a lot of the kids have been drop­ping time. They’re hav­ing fun and they’re drop­ping time, which is what sum­mer swim­ming is all about.”

At the Divi­sion D cham­pi­onships last Satur­day, West­lake Vil­lage’s Emily Decker claimed the ti­tle last Satur­day in the 15-18 girls 100 free (1:04.47) and was part of the 18-and-Un­der girls 200 med­ley re­lay along with Ker­ri­gan McMillen, Tyra Agnew and Carla Ar­quero that took first place (2:14.28). Now Decker is ea­ger to see how well she will fare against fel­low All-Stars from across the di­vi­sions.

“There are a lot of re­ally fast swim­mers in those other di­vi­sions,” said Decker, a ris­ing se­nior at West­lake High School who plans to at­tend Mes­siah Col­lege (Pa.) in 2018. “I know Mor­gan Hill [at Strath­more Bel Pre] has been among the best swim­mers in the league for a long time, so I know I’ll have to face her in one or two events. I missed a cou­ple of weeks when we were on va­ca­tion, so I’ll have to work re­ally hard to get ready for All-Stars.”

In­dian Head fin­ished third in the Divi­sion E cham­pi­onships last Satur­day and will have some rep­re­sen­ta­tion at All-Stars on Satur­day.

Among them is the quar­tet of Shaun But­ler, RG Bolton, Brett Cul­hane and Bryan Mentzer who com­bined to cap­ture the boys 18-U 200 med­ley re­lay (2:05.14) at the Divi­sion E meet. Later, But­ler won the 15-18 boys 50 back (30.57) and Cul­hane pre­vailed in the 15-18 boys 50 breast (36.55). Also, Luke Mach­nicki com­pleted a triple by tak­ing the 11-12 boys 50 free (33.69), 50 breast (47.77) and 100 IM (1:29.03).

Ban­nis­ter was fourth at the Divi­sion F cham­pi­onships last Satur­day and will also have some rep­re­sen­ta­tion at All-Stars on Satur­day.

The 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay team of Jonathan Parham, Christo­pher Brown, Michael Parham and Michael Wil­liams Jr. fin­ished first in the Divi­sion F meet (2:21.75).

In­di­vid­u­ally, Jonathan Parham won two events, the 10-U boys 25 fly (19.64) and 9-10 boys 25 breast (24.84). Also, Bryce Sim­mons claimed the 13-14 boys 50 free (31.12) and he was edged by team­mate Ni­cholas Brown who won the 13-14 boys 50 breast (40.08).

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

Hawthorne’s Cole Rapczyn­ski heads into this week­end’s Prince-Mont Swim League All-Stars meet af­ter win­ning three events last week­end in the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships.

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