Lions’ strength shifting to girls team
EASTON — The high school swimming season is underway, but plenty of dual-meet competition awaits after the holiday break, leading up to the season-ending regional and state championships.
It’s a new year, with new swimmers and swimmers lost to graduation.
Two swimmers lost to graduation last spring include the Brown brothers, Jacob and Joshua, who elevated the level of competition on the Shore throughout their four years swimming for Queen Anne’s County.
“[Those] two student athletes are both irreplaceable, in regards to their leadership qualities and athletic talents and abilities in the pool,” said Lions head coach Maggie Harris. “As back-toback-to-back district champions and top 3 finishers at states in countless events including 50 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 200 IM, and 500 free, it has been a difficult transition without them.
“They became somewhat legendary on the Eastern Shore due to their presence in the swimming world; they were always ones to score huge points at dual, district, and state competitions and ones in both individual and relay events, and would always surprise you at how fast they could go.”
The Browns’ speed in the pool wasn’t their only attribute.
“They shared their passion for the sport with all who knew them as they would often help coach and instruct those who were less experienced with things like flip turns, stroke technique, etc.,” added Harris. “Their leadership, passion for the sport, and work ethic has helped contribute to the Queen Anne’s swim team today.”
Easton High’s sweep of the 3A-2A-1A East Region championships at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center last season led a dominating performance by North Bayside schools. Athletes from the five North Bayside schools with swim teams won 23 out of 24 events, with 11 high school teams competing in the girls’ events and 12 in the boys’.
Graduation losses were minimal for the Warriors, so they both again should be championship-calibre teams. Last season’s region sweep was the second straight for both Easton teams.
“Not too much has
As a freshman last season, Queen Anne’s Hailey Ritter collected the only first-place 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.