Re­flect­ing on the pool

Hawthorne’s suc­cess high­lights sum­mer in the pool

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

When the Prince-Mont Swim League 2017 sea­son of­fi­cially came to a close with the com­ple­tion of the an­nual All-Star meet at West Arun­del, all six South­ern Mary­land teams that com­pete in the league each sum­mer found some­thing that they could hang their gog­gles on re­gard­less of win-loss records.

Hawthorne Coun­try Club en­joyed a per­fect run through the league’s Divi­sion B dual meet slate and then capped the sum­mer with an easy vic­tory at the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onships at Strath­more Bel Pre. Sev­eral Ga­tors also per­formed well at All-Stars and long­time coach Mary Jane Cup­ples

could not have been more pleased with a sea­son that will likely see her team pro­moted to the Divi­sion A ranks next sum­mer.

“I could not have asked for a bet­ter sum­mer,” said Cup­ples, who com­pleted her 20th sea­son at the helm of HCC. “Hawthorne is a huge team but we are a close fam­ily team. It was a great year and an honor to have such great swim­mers, ath­letes and coaches. We’re ready for Divi­sion A. A lot of our swim­mers swim year-round and will con­tinue to do so. I am ex­cited for next year and the chance to shake up Divi­sion A.”

Hawthorne only had five swim­mers age out this sum­mer, with Sarah De­nault, Sa­van­nah Mad­dox, Chase McClure, Tyler Mudd and Liam Vi­en­neau com­pris­ing the list. De­nault was a mem­ber of the Ga­tors for 14 sea­sons, McClure was part of the squad for 12 and Vi­en­neau was on HCC for eight years. Both Mad­dox and Mudd were two-year swim­mers for the Ga­tors.

“Sarah is a hard worker,” Cup­ples said. “She al­ways had a smile on her face and is will­ing to swim any­thing for the team. She is a huge part of the HCC fam­ily and she will con­tinue to be around to cheer on her younger brother, Alex. Chase is a born leader and is very coach­able. She will be missed for her hard work in an out of the pool. She is a true com­peti­tor. Liam was high point swim­mer for HCC sev­eral times and he can swim any event.”

Hawthorne may have bid a fond farewell to those five swim­mers, but the Ga­tors will have Conor Vi­en­neau back for three more sum­mers. Through­out the dual meet slate, the Charles County Cham­pi­onships and then di­vi­sion­als he went un­de­feated in his first sea­son in the 15-18 boys bracket. A ris­ing sopho­more at La Plata High School, Vi­en­neau fin­ished fourth in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and fifth in the 50 back­stroke at All-Stars. Es­ther Du­gan won the 13-14 girls 50 free (26.04) and was sec­ond in both 50 breast and 100 IM and the home­schooled swim­mer stays in that age group next sum­mer.

Small­wood Vil­lage went 3-2 in the Prince-Mont Divi­sion B dual meets and then fin­ished fifth in the Divi­sion B cham­pi­onship meet. Coach Jeff Riven­burg was con­tent with the sea­son, al­though his older daugh­ter, Ju­lia Riven­burg, spent her fi­nal sea­son in the pool with the Mar­lins and will join the coach­ing staff next sum­mer. Both Mya Rivern­burg, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point High School and Ai­dan Riven­burg, a ris­ing sev­enth grader, will be back as will Clay­ton Jame­son, who emerged as a bud­ding star with a triple at All-Stars, tak­ing the 11-12 boys 50 free (26.22), 50 back (30.60) and 100 IM (1:05.13).

Other HCC swim­mers such as Cole Rapczyn­ski, Clin­ton Cup­ples, Kaeleigh Cup­ples, Addy Don­nick, Sa­muel Du­gan Kristo­pher Schueller, Me­gan Schueller, Ja­dyn Woolsey and Alexan­dra Tomp­kins also earned berths in the All-Star meet and will re­turn to the Ga­tors next sum­mer for their first taste of Divi­sion A com­pe­ti­tion.

“Over­all, I was very happy with the way the sea­son went,” Riven­burg said. “We had a lot of kids con­tinue to drop time through­out the sum­mer. We went 3-2 in a very good divi­sion and I thought we had a good show­ing at di­vi­sion­als and then again at All-Stars. Clay­ton tripled there, so it’s prob­a­bly fair

to say he’s no longer a bud­ding star but he is a star.”

Kings Land­ing fin­ished 2-3 in dual meets and then placed fourth at the Divi­sion B champs and long­time coach Kan­dia Spain could not have been more pleased with those results. Alexia Zaidi won both the 11-12 girls 50 breast (35.18) and 50 back (30.84) and was sec­ond in the 100 IM (1:06.05) at All-Stars, while Aspen Gal­laudet won the 9-10 girls 25 breast (19.12) at All-Stars and was sixth in the 25 fly and fifth in the 50 free. Sarah Cole, a ris­ing se­nior at Hunt­ing­town High School, will be back for two more sum­mers in the 15-18 girls bracket, but three oth­ers, Zach Spain, Isa­iah John­son and John Bub­ser aged out.

“We fin­ished right in the mid­dle of the pack, which is what I ex­pected,” Spain said. “We won’t move up and we won’t move down. We get to stay in Divi­sion B for an­other year at least. We had a lot of kids con­tinue to take best times at the end of the sum­mer. We only lose three kids so we should be pretty strong again next sum­mer. But it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how well some the kids do when they move up an age divi­sion next sea­son.”

West­lake went 0-5 in Divi­sion D ac­tion then fin­ished sixth in the Di­vi­sional meet, but Waves of West­lake swim­mers Emily Decker, a ris­ing se­nior at West­lake High School, Ker­ri­gan McMillen, a ris­ing ju­nior at North Point and Daniel Madi­gan, a ris­ing sev­enth grader, all per­formed well through the sum­mer and into the post­sea­son meets.

In­dian Head went 2-3 in the Divi­sion E meets, but then fin­ished third in the Di­vi­sional champs as Brett Cul­hane, Shaun But­ler, RG Bolton and Bryan Mentzer formed a solid 200 med­ley re­lay quar­tet that earned a berth at All-Stars. Ban­nis­ter was 2-3 in Divi­sion F meets, end­ing the sum­mer with con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries and fin­ished fourth at Di­vi­sion­als thanks to Jonathan Parham, Michael Parham and sev­eral other youth­ful swim­mers.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Hawthorne Coun­try Club swim­mer Conor Vi­en­neau en­joyed a stel­lar sea­son in the Divi­sion B meets against 15-18 boys com­pe­ti­tion and should be a fac­tor for the Ga­tors for three more sum­mers in the tough Divi­sion A meets.

Small­wood Vil­lage Aquatic Club swim­mer Clay­ton Jame­son emerged as a star in the league by cap­tur­ing three events at the Prince-Mont All-Star meet at West Arun­del late last month.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TED BLACK

West­lake swim­mer Daniel Madi­gan en­joyed a solid sum­mer for the Waves in Prince-Mont Divi­sion D ac­tion and should do well for the WOW squad over the next six sea­sons in the league.

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