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changed for both boys and girls,” said Warriors head coach Kara Ersk­ine. “I know we have a good team. We have a re­ally good team. We have a lot of new swim­mers that have come on that will help re­in­force the ranks, so to speak. I think depth-wise we’ll do very well, es­pe­cially on the ladies side. On the men’s side, we’ve got some new swim­mers that have come on that are show­ing some in­ter­est­ing signs of prom­ise, so we’ll see how that plays out.”

As a fresh­man last sea­son, Queen Anne’s Hai­ley Rit­ter col­lected the only first­place fin­ish among East­ern Shore ath­letes com­pet­ing in the sea­son-end­ing Class 3A-2A-1A State Swim­ming Cham­pi­onship Meet at the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Ep­p­ley Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. Rit­ter churned through the wa­ter to a time of 24.65 sec­onds to win the 50-yard freestyle.

Will any Shore swim­mers earn gold again this year? We’ll find out. Here’s a look at this sea­son’s out­look for the lo­cal teams.

Kent Is­land The Buc­ca­neers are fac­ing a re­build­ing sea­son af­ter los­ing 14 swim­mers to grad­u­a­tion, said head coach Jen Traver, but they are glad to have a home­prac­tice pool.

“We are happy to fi­nally have a home prac­tice pool on Kent Is­land at Club One, which has proven to help ease the stresses of late prac­tices,” she said.

Nine boys are on the Bucs ros­ter, in­clud­ing James Yates and Ari Fisher, who qual­i­fied for the state meet last sea­son. Yates qual­i­fied in the 100 back­stroke and 100 free and Fisher in the 100 breast­stroke.

“In ad­di­tion, ju­niors Ben Fer­rag­amo, Owen Brad­ford and Ethan Brad­ford have proven to be as­sets so far this sea­son,” said Traver.

Eleven girls are on the Bucs ros­ter led by se­nior Natalie Schilling (freestyle) and ju­niors Grace Schilling (but­ter­fly), and Han­nah Crowe (freestyle, back).

“We have four new swim­mers this year, three of which are fresh­man that will hope­fully add to the team’s strengths,” said Traver.

Queen Anne’s Head coach Mag­gie Har­ris has the largest team she’s coached with 43 stu­dent-ath­letes. Har­ris said the dy­nam­ics of her teams are chang­ing with over­all strength shift­ing from the Lions’ boys back to their girls.

Rit­ter won the re­gion­als and states in the 50 free and was re­gion champ in the 100 fly. She brings speed to the Lions in ad­di­tion to se­nior cap­tain Abby Folker and sopho­more Maisie Mee­han, who both con­trib­ute to sprint free events. Se­nior cap­tain Tess Mas­ters brings ver­sa­til­ity as she swims free, back, and fly events.

“As a vet­eran swim­mer, she [Mas­ters] is a true leader both in prac­tice and at meets and has helped de­velop a sense of pride within the mem­bers of our team,” said Har­ris.

Har­ris likes what she has seen so far from fresh­men McKenzie Hem­ing­way and Sarah Boyer. “She [Hem­ing­way] can swim any event from the 50 free to the 500 free and will cer­tainly com­pete to win hard­ware at re­gion­als and states,” said Har­ris.

The Lions’ girls team last won a state cham­pi­onship in 2009.

With the Browns, Queen Anne’s boys team placed sec­ond in the 2014 state meet. Scott Wal­ton, a mem­ber of that team, re­turns as a se­nior cap­tain. Wal­ton of­fers ver­sa­til­ity and can swim sprint free, IM, and breast, and is a con­trib­u­tor in re­lays. His brother, Cody Wal­ton, a sopho­more, com­petes in dis­tance events while Ja­son Thomas swims back­stroke and fly events. Other boys likely to col­lect points are se­niors Dy­lan Ren­frow, Robert Mazingo, and Matt Lutz and fresh­men swim­mers Robert Pfeif­fer, Ivan Gon­charuk and Shane Shen­nen.

At the hol­i­day break, both teams are 2-1 with wins over Kent County and Kent Is­land and losses to Stephen De­catur.

“I am ex­cited to see how the rest of the sea­son un­folds, es­pe­cially for our new swim­ming tal­ent to make their de­but on the re­gional and state scenes,” said Har­ris. “I know we will con­tinue to be a strong pres­ence in our dual, district and state com­pe­ti­tions.”

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