Swim­mers do well

South­ern Mary­land shines at Prince-Mont All-Stars meet

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

LAU­REL — On a day when overnight rains could not wreak havoc with the sched­ule and an early af­ter­noon shower ar­rived as the meet was wind­ing to a close, sev­eral swim­mers from South­ern Mary­land pools were able to shine at Satur­day’s Prince-Mont All-Star meet at West Arun­del Swim Club.

Among the six South­ern Mary­land pools which sent at least a pair of swim­mers to the an­nual event, Hawthorne Coun­try Club ar­rived with the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions. The Ga­tors, who went un­de­feated through the Divi­sion B dual meets and won the over­all team ti­tle at the divi­sion cham­pi­onships, had their fair of suc­cess Satur­day.

But the lone triple win­ner was Clay­ton Jame­son from the Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Club, who cap­tured the 11- to 12-year-old boys 50-yard freestyle (26.22 sec­onds), 50 back­stroke (30.60) and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 5.13 sec­onds). He edged Roger Carter Seals swim­mer Roger Zhu in all three events, with Jame­son win­ning that trio by a com­bined sum of less than one full se­cond.

“It meant a lot to me to win all three,” said Jame­son, a ris­ing eighth-grader at John Han­son Mid­dle School in Wal­dorf. “Prior to this year, I had never won any­thing at All-Stars. My best was third. I had a good week of prac­tice and got plenty of help from my ASTC coach, Do­minique Banks. I was able to drop a full se­cond this week, so that gave me con­fi­dence com­ing into today.”

Kings Land­ing swim­mer Alexia Zaidi, a ris­ing sev­enth-grader at North­ern Mid­dle School in Owings, won two events. Zaidi cap­tured the 11-12 girls 50 breast­stroke (35.18) and 50

back (30.84) then was se­cond to King­fish Swim Club’s Nisa El­lis in the 100 IM (1:06.05). It was a good end to the PrinceMont sea­son, but not the end of the sum­mer for Zaidi.

“I was happy that I won two events,” said Zaidi, who plans to swim for North­ern High School in 2019. “I still have trou­ble in the freestyle, but my breast­stroke is pretty good. I thought I was go­ing to win a third event, but [El­lis] got me in the freestyle. I still have the state meet next week­end at St. Mary’s Col­lege. I will be in two re­lays and seven in­di­vid­ual events. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the 200 IM.”

Kings Land­ing’s Aspen Gal­laudet won the 9-10 25 breast (19.12), then was was sixth in the 9-10 girls 25 but­ter­fly (15.93) and fifth in the 50 free (31.36), while Emma Biehn was fourth in the 11-12 girls 50 fly (31.17). Small­wood’s Justin Tru­itt fin­ished fourth in the 13-14 boys 50 back (29.74) and the Mar­lins’ Cora Jame­son took fifth in the 13-14 girls 50 back (32.95).

Hawthorne’s Conor Vi­en­neau, Kristopher Schueller, Mikel Reyes and Liam Vi­en­neau opened the meet by tak­ing se­cond in the 18-and-Un­der boys 200 med­ley re­lay (1:45.31). Later, the Hawthorne 8-U mixed 100 free re­lay of Molly Reisinger, Jackson Don­nick, Rachel Peter­son and Lan­don Abe­lende took first (1:13.86) and the 9-18 boys 200 free re­lay group of Gavin Abe­lende, Cole Rapczyn­ski, Sa­muel Du­gan and David Du­gan placed fifth (1:48.56).

A pair of youth­ful Hawthorne swim­mers started the meet quickly in in­di­vid­ual events. Clin­ton Cup­ples took se­cond in the 9-10 boys 25 fly (15.88), then Ja­dyn Woolsey, who did not know how to swim one year ago, cap­tured the 9-10 girls 25 fly (15.53). Rapczyn­ski was fourth in the 11-12 boys 50 fly

(30.53) and came back later to fin­ish in a dead-heat for first with West Arun­del’s Michael Venit in the 50 breast (34.71) be­fore fin­ish­ing third be­hind Jame­son and Zhu in the 50 free (26.98).

Esther Du­gan cap­tured the 13-14 girls 50 free (26.04), then was se­cond to Takoma Park’s Jas­mine Barry in the 50 breast (31.71) and 100 IM (1:01.69). Lan­don Abe­lende won the 8-U boys 25 free (15.77) and Bryce John­son was se­cond in the 8-U boys 25 breast (23.07) and Cup­ples was se­cond in the 9-10 boys 25 breast (18.85).

In his first year in the 15-18 boys bracket, Conor Vi­en­neau had been un­beaten through the dual meets and di­vi­sion­als and

even the Charles County Swim Cham­pi­onships. But Satur­day against nu­mer­ous sea­soned veter­ans of dual meets and All­Stars events of years past, in­clud­ing one with a year of col­lege swim­ming un­der­neath him, Vi­en­neau set­tled for mi­nor spoils in three good ef­forts.

Vi­en­neau fin­ished fourth in the 100 free (50.42), fifth in the 50 back (27.14) in an event where the top two fin­ish­ers, Ryan Mathis (24.78) and Jimmy Hay­burn (25.10) both came in un­der the pre­vi­ous league record, then fin­ished fourth in the 100 IM (57.88) won by West Arun­del’s Jay Venit, a ris­ing sopho­more at

Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.

“I was very, very proud of our kids,” said Hawthorne head coach Mary Jane Cup­ples, also the swim coach at La Plata High School. “We had a lot of kids fin­ish first or se­cond and our 8-Un­der mixed re­lay took first. A lot of the kids took best times. Our boys 18-Un­der med­ley re­lay was four 15-year-olds and Liam Vi­en­neau, who is 18, tak­ing on a lot of 17- and 18-yearolds from other teams and we fin­ished se­cond. My kids def­i­nitely swam like they be­long in Divi­sion A next sum­mer.”

In­dian Head’s 18-U boys 200 med­ley re­lay quar­tet of RG Bolton, Luke Mach­nicki, Brett Cul­hane and Bryan Mentzer com­bined for 17th (2:06.69). Cul­hane fin­ished 12th in the 15-18 boys 50 fly (26.64) and 14th in the 15-18 boys 50 breast (32.75), Ma­chinicki was 17th in the 11-12 boys 50 breast (43.06) and 15th in the 12-U 100 IM (1:22.36). Abi­gail Vanasse was 18th in the 11-12 girls 100 IM (1:21.63) and Kyla Smith was 18th in the 1112 girls 50 back (39.37).

Ban­nis­ter’s Jonathan Parham fin­ished ninth in the 9-10 boys 25 fly (17.48) and Ni­cholas Brown placed 14th in the 13-14 boys 50 breast (36.21).

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake Vil­lage swim­mer Ker­ri­gan McMillen ap­proaches the mid­way point of the back­stroke por­tion of the 15- to 18-year-old girls 100-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley on Satur­day in the Prince-Mont All-Stars meet at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel. McMillen, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point High School, fin­ished 12th in that event.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake Vil­lage swim­mer Carla Ar­quero be­gins the back­stroke por­tion of the 15- to 18-year-old girls 100-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley in the Prince-Mont All-Stars meet on Satur­day at West Arun­del Swim Club in Lau­rel. Ar­quero fin­ished 16th in the event, the fi­nal of her Prince-Mont ca­reer.

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