Wal­ter John­son boys, Wooton girls win ti­tles

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - BY BRYAN FLA­HERTY fla­her­tyb@wash­post.com

It was all smiles Satur­day for the Wal­ter John­son boys at the Mary­land 4A/3A swim­ming and div­ing state meet, and none were big­ger than the one on se­nior Barry Man­gold’s face as he hoisted the cham­pi­onship tro­phy over his head with his left arm, his right arm in a sling.

Man­gold led the Wild­cats to their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive boys’ ti­tle at the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Ep­p­ley Recre­ation Cen­ter. Their 274 points eas­ily out­dis­tanced run­ner-up Blair (204). Woot­ton won the girls’ ti­tle with a dom­i­nat­ing 329 points; Sher­wood (255.5) was sec­ond.

Man­gold, who in­jured his shoul­der while help­ing set up for a school dance, en­tered the meet un­sure whether he would be able to race.

“This was a really fun meet. Yes­ter­day I dis­lo­cated my shoul­der, so to be able to come back and go fast to­day was a lot of fun,” Man­gold said. “To be able to con­tinue the win­ning tra­di­tion [ Wal­ter John­son] has and to go out with an­other state ti­tle means a lot.”

Man­gold de­fended his state ti­tles in the 50-yard and 100yard freestyle in 21.33 and 47.73 sec­onds, re­spec­tively. Be­fore each race Man­gold swung his arm over­head, test­ing for tight­ness or pain. But once on the start­ing block, the Vir­gini­abound se­nior ra­di­ated con­fi­dence, which he con­verted into dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mances that in­cluded a state record in the 50 freestyle.

Man­gold’s vic­to­ries were two of 22 ti­tles won by Mont­gomery County stu­dents, in­clud­ing both div­ing events. North­ern ju­nior Ben Lawless was the lone event win­ner from out­side the county. He set the state record in the boys’ 200 freestyle (1 minute 40.59 sec­onds) and dom­i­nated the field in the 500 freestyle to win in an au­to­matic all-Amer­i­can cut time of 4:30.55.

“Coming from Calvert County, I sort of feel like an un­der­dog,” Lawless said. “I wanted to show ev­ery­one that there is some fast swim­ming in other parts of Mary­land.”

Woot­ton’s girls com­pleted a per­fect sea­son with­out win­ning an in­di­vid­ual event in the meet. Kristina Li, Jes­sica Chen, Scar­lett Sun and Emily Zhang won the 200 med­ley re­lay for the Pa­tri­ots in 1:49.70.

“We were pumped up for this meet and knew that if we came in and did what we were ca­pa­ble of that things would work out,” Woot­ton Coach Jackie Emr said.

Blair se­nior Jack Fos­ter set the record in the boys’ 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1:53.16); Woot­ton se­nior Austin Dickey re­set his own record in the boys’ 100 breast­stroke (57.28); and Ein­stein sopho­more Rory Lewis set the state mark in the boys’ 100 but­ter­fly in 51.06.

Char­lotte Meyer ( Whit­man) and Anna Kolanowski (Sher­wood) were also dou­ble event win­ners. Meyer claimed the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. Kolanowski cap­tured the 100 and 200 free.

Poolesville won five of the six re­lay events and five in­di­vid­ual state ti­tles to sweep the Mary­land 3A/2A/1A state swim­ming cham­pi­onships. It was the Fal­cons’ sec­ond con­sec­u­tive boys’ crown and their first girls’ ti­tle.

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