“I felt a lot of pressure going into the 50 because I won last year,” said Ritter, the only gold medalist from the Eastern Shore last season. “I just sort of let it go and won. I was tr ying not to focus on anybody.
“I know in the fly it was close,” Ritter added. “When I pushed off the 50 wall I could see her a little bit, but I really wanted it, so I pushed myself a lot. At the final wall I saw her again and I said, ‘This is it. Put it all out there.’”
Hemingway won the 100 free in 52.79 with a dominating race from start to finish. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.67 with a strong final lap to nip Poolesville’s Helana Narisu by 13 hundredths of a second.
“I was really nervous in the 100 free since this is my first high school state meet and the girls from Poolesville are so fast,” Hemingway said. “I am just so happy and excited for the experience and to compete along with my team.”
Weems, a senior, won the 200 free in 1:55.96, edging Poolesville’s Moshelle Borjigin by four hundredths of a second.
“This year, really focusing on ‘last one, fast one,’ going out as fast as I can,” Weems said. “I knew it was going to be tough coming in here because there are great swimmers here. Everybody has great talent. I’m just happy to see that it did turn out.
“Being able to end on a great note with a great high school season is awesome, and being able to go undefeated in that event all year is also very exciting,” Weems added.
Easton’s Suzie Bruce took fourth in the 200 free in 2:01.0. Queen Anne’s Tessa Masters placed ninth in 2:09.8.
Easton’s Jordan Friedman won the 200 IM in 2:11.55, nearly two seconds ahead of second-place Katarina Lechner (2:13.28) of Poolesville.
“I tried to go out really fast in the first half of the race, so I wouldn’t have to keep it up as much,” Friedman said. “And then my 50 free at the end is a little slow, so I was trying to sprint on that.”
Easton’s Catherine Sauter placed ninth (2:26.26) in the IM, and she also placed ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:04.49).
Shanna Chang, a senior from Tuscarora, placed second in 53.89 in the 100 free. Kent County’s Maggie Jones tied for sixth in 56.19, nearly two seconds faster than her seed time. Queen Anne’s Sarah Bowyer took 10th (58.38).
Queen Anne’s placed second in the 200-yard medley relay (Masters, Hemingway, Ritter, and Abigail Folker) with a time of 1:53.50. Easton’s team of Weems, Friedman, Catherine Sauter, and Lexi Clark finished third in 1:54.43. Kent County (Mallory Helf- enbein, Christina Bonass, Maggie Jones, Mary Doyle) placed fifth (2:00.0), and Cambridge-South Dorchester (Haley Pietras, Maddison Lednum, Micah Slacum, Leah Krotee) placed 10th (2:04.97).
The Lions (Ritter, Bowyer, Folker, Hemingway) also took second in the 200 free relay (1:41.76) with Easton (Clark, Friedman, Suzi Bruce, Weems) just 12 hundredths of a second behind for third. Kent County’s team of Mary Doyle, Caroline MacLeod, Helfenbein, and Maggie Jones placed eighth (1:50.28).
Friedman also placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.20) and Cambridge-SD’s Micah Slacum took fifth (1:10.00).
Weems also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.58) and Clark placed seventh (1:05.27).
Bruce placed fifth in the 500 free (5:29.93) and Masters placed eighth (5:44.18).
Easton’s Sam Newmier placed 10th in the 100 free with a time of 50.94. He teamed with Ben Gardner, Nat Trice, and Taylor Bennett for 6th in the 200-medley relay (1:43.63).
Bennett placed eighth in the 200 free in 1:52.71 more than two seconds faster than his seed time, also eighth in the 500 free (5:12.17).
Gardner finished eighth in the 200 yard IM in 2:04.46 and seventh in the 100 breast (1:03.92).
Easton’s boys finished with the highest team score among Eastern Shore schools, collecting 107 points. Poolesville took first with 347.5 points. Middletown was second with 220.
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HAILEY RITTER Queen Anne’s County ... golds in 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly