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“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

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