Calvert boys, girls top Chop­ti­con in the pool

Braves swim teams come up short in sea­son opener

The Enterprise - - Sports - By TED BLACK [email protected]­news.com

In con­trast to the chilly con­di­tions that pre­vailed out­doors on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, tem­per­ate climes greeted swim­mers for Calvert and Chop­ti­con high schools in­side the Ed­ward T. Hall Aquatic Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick for their South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence sea­son opener.

Calvert’s boys (1-0 over­all) and girls (1-0) both tri­umphed as the Cava­liers boys, last year’s Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­ons, gained com­mand early and pulled away from the Braves (0-1) for a 170-96 tri­umph. Calvert’s girls spot­ted Chop­ti­con the open­ing event but the Cava­liers re­sponded by tak­ing the last four events and even­tu­ally topped the Braves (0-1), 163-113.

Calvert ju­nior Ben Voelker eas­ily won both the boys 200-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley (2 min­utes 7.30 sec­onds) and the 100 back­stroke (56.47 sec­onds) and he swam the open­ing leg of the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:52.63) and the 200 free re­lay (1:41.86) which also pre­vailed. Voelker was well above his team record clock­ings in the 200 IM (2:04.47) and 100 back (54.31) but vowed to lower both stan­dards this win­ter.

“Be­ing that it was the first meet, it was just great to get back into the pool and com­pete,” Voelker said. “It was the first meet, so I wasn’t fo­cused on drop­ping time. But by the end of the sea­son I want to get down around 2:02 in the 200 IM and 52 in the 100 back. This is a big year for me as a ju­nior. I know the col­leges are look­ing at me this win­ter.”

Calvert se­nior Nathan Mal­don­ado-Munoz won the 200 freestyle (2:15.47), Cava­liers se­nior Izak Ge­orge took the 50 free (25.14) and the 100 free

(58.45), Calvert fresh­man Jeff Ri­vas won the 100 but­ter­fly (1:10.00) and Cava­liers sopho­more Erik Daniel­son cap­tured the 100 breast­stroke (1:07.80).

In the open­ing event, Voelker, Daniel­son, Ri­vas and Ge­orge com­bined to take the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:52.63) by over 11 sec­onds, then later it was Daniel­son, Voelker, Noah Breske and Ge­orge who com­bined to win the 200 free re­lay (1:41.86). Mal­don­ado-Munoz, Ryan Hurst, Char­lie Dit­mars and Ri­vas later pre­vailed in the boys 400 free re­lay (4:24.99).

Chop­ti­con ju­nior Ja­cob Marra pre­vented the Cava­liers from sweep­ing all of the boys events when

he cap­tured the 500 free (7:15.22) by more than 24 sec­onds over Hurst. Jonathan Aley, Ja­cob Haynes, Robert McMullen and Justin Gack com­bined to take se­cond in the 200 med­ley re­lay (2:04.01), while McMullen, Haynes, Aley and Gack also took se­cond in the 200 free re­lay (1:48.54), then Clay Bowser, Evan D’An­gelo, Marra and Do­rian Kil­roy fin­ished se­cond in the 400 free re­lay (4:49.38).

“Be­ing that this was our first meet of the sea­son, I was just happy with the way ev­ery­one per­formed tonight,” said Chop­ti­con 11th-year coach Shammy Donato. “It’s such a re­ally good group of kids. They’re very sup­port­ive of one an­other. Our re­lays are still be­ing mixed and matched, but they’re def­i­nitely get­ting there.

I’m re­ally proud of them tonight.”

Calvert ju­nior Emma Kuha­neck holds six of the team’s eight in­di­vid­ual school records, but her fo­cus in the sea­son opener was sim­ply on get­ting back in the pool. Kuha­neck took six months off from swim­ming af­ter the pre­vi­ous sea­son ended and is grad­u­ally work­ing her way back into peak form.

“I was so burnt out af­ter last club sea­son, I just needed to take a break,” said Kuha­neck, who won the 50 free (28.44) then fin­ished se­cond to team­mate Melissa Ja­cobs in the 100 free (1:03.94). “I also had a lit­tle shoul­der in­jury that was both­er­ing me, but I’m glad to be back swim­ming high school. It’s a lot more fun than those club meets. The adren­a­line rush is re­ally pow­er­ful.”

Ja­cobs was the lone dou­ble win­ner for the Cava­liers, tak­ing the 100 free (1:02.24) and 100 back (1:08.26. Calvert’s Skye Fleck­en­stein won the 200 free (2:34.17) then was later third in the 500 free (7:05.62); Cameron Glea­son took the 200 IM (2:43.72) then was se­cond to Ja­cobs in the 100 back (1:13.01). Katie Wo­j­cieszek won the 100 breast (1:21.68) and was third in the 200 IM (2:53.85).

Ju­niors Mad­die Wo­j­cieszek and Kayla De­hetre, se­nior Sarah Ran­nacher and sopho­more Vina Vo were se­cond in the 200 med­ley re­lay (2:27.15), but later Katie Wo­j­cieszek, De­hetre, Ran­nacher and Tea­gan Gates com­bined to take the 200 free re­lay (2:04.94) and Kuha­neck, Glea­son, Gates and Ja­cobs capped the meet by

tak­ing the 400 free re­lay (4:22.04).

Chop­ti­con’s girls 200 med­ley re­lay quar­tet of sopho­mores Syd­ney Gat­ton, Rose­mary Wild and Bethany Moore and se­nior Kyla Hooven pre­vailed in 2:12.66. Wild (1:15.99) and Hooven (1:19.32) later fin­ished one-two in the 100 fly. Gat­ton took the 500 free (7:03.16). Wild was also se­cond to Glea­son in the 200 IM (2:45.66).

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Calvert High School se­nior Melissa Ja­cobs, left, and Chop­ti­con High School ju­nior Marissa Fields pre­pare for the start of the girls 100-yard back­stroke on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at the Ed­ward T. Hall Aquatic Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick. Ja­cobs won that event in 1 min­utes 8.26 sec­onds, while Fields fin­ished fourth in 1:26.39. The Cava­liers also won the over­all meet, 163-113 over the Braves.

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