coach Maggie Harris said. “That was basically the spark that started an all-around awesome regional meet.”
The Warriors countered with individual victories by Weems in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.08) and Jordan Friedman (2:12.33) in the 200 individual medley. Easton also got a third from Suzi Bruce in the 200 free (1:59.61) and a second in the 200 IM from Sauter (2:25.10). Queen Anne’s Abigail Zsebedics placed third in the IM (2:28.28).
Ritter then claimed backto-back victories in the 50 free (24.64) and the 100 butterfly (58.59), her butterfly time besting the boys’ fastest time as well. Easton’s Clark took second in the 50 free (25.32) and Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Micah Slacum took third (26.17). Sauter placed third for Easton in the fly (1:05.11).
Hemmingway kept the Lions cruising by winning the 100 free (53.09) with Bowyer taking third (58.33). Kent County’s Maggie Jones placed second (58.17).
Bruce broke the Lions’ streak by dominating the 500 free with a time of 5:29.74, but Masters picked up secondplace points with a time of 5:40.84. Queen Anne’s then edged the Warriors again in a relay, the 200-yard freestyle. Ritter, Bowyer, Folker, and Hemingway finished in 1:41.02, 18 hundredths of a second faster than Easton (Friedman, Clark, Bruce, Weems).
Weems and Clark then finished 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 1:01.94 and 1:03.94, respectively. Queen Anne’s collected points from Zsebedics (4th) and Bowyer (5th).
The Lions’ got the deciding points with a victory by Hemingway in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.63) and the meet-ending 400-free relay (Masters, Zsebedics, Folker, Bowyer, 3:56.88). Friedman placed second for Easton in the breaststroke (1:09.58) and C-SD’s Micah Slacum took third (1:13.32).
Paige Friedman, Elizabeth Hostetter, Annie Ray, and Sauter teamed for a second in the 400 relay (4:05.0), and Kent Island’s Erin Smith, Natalie Schilling, Grace Schilling, and Hannah Crowe teamed for third (4:15.36).
“Our girls, they were awesome,” Warriors head coach Kara Erskine said. “They got best times, they got many high school records, and we can’t ask for anything more.”
“We have a couple stars, but we also have a couple breakout swimmers,” Harris said. “Sarah Bowyer is a freshman and she swam out of her mind tonight. McKenzie Hemingway, a freshman, she’s an upcoming star for us. She’ll definitely be a contender at states.”
Newmier, Gardner, Trice, and Bennett easily won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.09 to open the meet. Bennett also won the 200 free easily with a time of 1:54.88, ahead of second-place Cody Walton of Queen Anne’s (2:04.44) and third-place Josh Newmier of Easton (2:04.63).
Gardner cruised to victory in the 200 IM (2:05.31) with Kent County’s Zachary Reed taking second (2:16.38) and Queen Anne’s Scott Walton third (2:17.35).
Trice (59.36) and Brendan Andrew (1:01.80) took first and second, respectively, in the 100 fly, with C-SD’s Ben Cornwell taking third (1:01.84).
Sam Newmier won the 100 free (50.89) just ahead of Southern’s Kevin Merton (51.64) and Kent Island’s James Yates (52.05). The Warriors then went 1-2 again, this time in the 500 free with Bennett finishing first (5:16.30) and Josh Newmier second (5:44.63). Queen Anne’s Cody Walton placed third (5:52.41).
Easton picked up thirdplace points in the 200 free relay with the team of Kyle Proa, Josh Newmier, Monte James, and Andrew (1:42.03).
Sam Newmier (57.98), Yates (59.17), and Trice (59.61) finished 1-2-3 in the 100 back, and Gardner (1:03.27), Reed (1:06.78), and Scott Walton (1:08.10) went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast.
The Warriors wrapped up their championship with a decisive win in the 400-free relay. Bennett, Sam Newmier, Trice, and Gardner finished in 3:32.09. Kent County’s team of Barnes Saunders, Avery Boege, Reed, and Andrew Carr took third (3:44.70).
“The boys, they really brought it today,” Erskine said. “They were on fire. I’ve never seen them swim that well before. This is my third year coaching and they really picked it up.”
“We didn’t lose too many people this year, which was nice, because we have the bond that we had last year,” said Gardner. “We came in here knowing it wouldn’t be easy. We couldn’t quite just take it, but we were all pretty confident. It’s been nice to be a part of this team for the last four years. … The 200 IM was a personal best for me and 100 breast was a personal best for high-school timeswise. A lot of the other guys got best times, like Sam Newmier crushed his 100 freestyle. Nat Trice, he got a best time in the 100 fly today. All in all, amazing run for boys and girls side, both killed it.”