Top swimmers headed to All-Stars meet
Prince-Mont finishes season on Saturday
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).
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.