Gon­zaga wins third straight crown; Holton-arms nar­rowly wins girls’ ti­tle

The Washington Post Sunday - - GOLF - BY RO­MAN STUBBS ro­man.stubbs@wash­post.com

As Gon­zaga Coach Josh Klotz climbed out of the pool Satur­day night — his clothes drenched af­ter his team’s dom­i­nant per­for­mance at the Washington Met­ro­pol­i­tan Prep School Swim and Dive League cham­pi­onships — he watched his team hoist one an­other into the air and rel­ished a fa­mil­iar feel­ing.

Gon­zaga had the most vo­cal, ram­bunc­tious team on the deck Satur­day.

It had the strong­est in the pool, too. The Ea­gles posted 500 points to claim a third straight WMPSSDL ti­tle at the Takoma Aquatic Cen­ter in North­west. Ge­orge­town Prep took sec­ond (319) and Good Coun­sel (282) fin­ished third.

Holton-Arms (294.5) cap­tured the girls’ ti­tle in a dra­matic fash­ion. It ral­lied past Good Coun­sel (294) in the fi­nal race, the 400yard freestyle re­lay.

“Our depth was un­be­liev­able,” Klotz said. “Last year, we lost 15 se­niors go­ing into it and a lot of peo­ple doubted us. Ev­ery­one who was en­tered in the meet for Gon­zaga scored.”

The Ea­gles were led by se­nior cap­tain Paul O’Hara. He set a meet-record in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 53.41 sec­onds) and fol­lowed with a de­ci­sive win in the 100 breast­stroke.

Gon­zaga, which led through­out, also picked up a team win in the 200 freestyle re­lay.

Good Coun­sel won the 400 yard freestyle re­lay in the fi­nal boys’ event, cap­ping a dom­i­nant day for Jack Conger. The se­nior set two meet records in the 50 free (19.94) and the 100 but­ter­fly (46.70), but he had hoped to break na­tional records in both events.

“It was a goal for me to get it,” Conger said. “I’m not ta­pered right now, I still went to nine prac­tices this week. So the fact that I can go less times with be­ing this rested, it gives me a lot of con­fi­dence next week for Met­ros.”

Good Coun­sel’s Cather­ine Mulquin, who won the 100 free, led Holton-Arms sopho­more Caro­line McTag­gart for the first half of the fi­nal leg of the 400 free re­lay. But McTag­gart surged ahead in the fi­nal 50 yards to out-touch Mulquin at the wall.

“I knew go­ing in that if we won, we would win by .5,” Holton-Arms Coach Gra­ham Wester­berg. “I put those four girls there for a rea­son.” Holton-Arms (3:32.69) fin­ished just ahead of Good Coun­sel (3:33.52) to set a meet record in a fit­ting fin­ish to the day.

Stone Ridge fin­ished third over­all with 282.5 points. Katie Ledecky, an Olympic gold medal­ist in Lon­don, set meet records in the 200 free (1:45:07) and the 100 but­ter­fly (54.38).

“We’ve been pre­par­ing for it as a team,” McTag­gart said of the win over Good Coun­sel and Stone Ridge. “Our spirit really pro­pelled us.”

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