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ANNAPOLIS Chopticon, Great Mills, Leonardtown and North Point were the newcomers to the Class 4A-3A East Region in swimming this year.

Most of the swimmers were a bit nervous about the 2012 adjustment. Last year, the four teams were in the 4A-3A South Region and raced against Huntingtown, Northern and Thomas Stone.

One thing stayed the same Saturday at the Arundel Swim Center, however: The Raiders finished third overall in both the boys and the girls meets.

On the boys side, Broadneck of Anne Arundel County took home the gold medal with 313 points, while Leonardtown finished third with 247 points and North Point was just two points back at 245 for fourth place. Great Mills finished 11th with 57.5 points and Chopticon wrapped up 13th with 22 points, respectively.

On the girls side, it was Broadneck again in first place with 326.5 points and Leonardtown captured third with 287 points. North Point finished sixth with 149 points. Chopticon rounded out ninth place with 92 points and Great Mills brought in 13th with 35 points.

“We were right in the hunt, I was really pleased,” Leonardtown head coach Chuck Jacobs said. “Teams from the west were tough. They just crushed everybody. The top three finishers will automatically go to states. Unfortunately, some of the seniors may not go [to states]. We made a couple switches ourselves because we knew it was going to be tough, but I’m super psyched. I thought we’d finish maybe fourth or fifth, but they stepped up.”

Raiders sophomore Mairyn Branaman was the only individual SMAC winner for the day. She finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1 minute 0.84 seconds, a personal best. Branaman also anchored the winning 400 free relay.

“It was just nice to help out my team,” Branaman said. “It was exciting. I knew my team was behind me and I just kept a positive attitude and just kept believing in myself.”

The Leonardtown girls 400 freestyle relay team was the only SMAC first-place relay team, finishing in 3:50.77. Freshman Hannah Ray swam the first leg, junior Eden Mallory the second and Michelle Wood took the third leg, while Branaman brought in the win.

Ray, who said it was really fun to race with friends at school, also finished second in the 500 free (5:28.77).

“We were really happy and Hannah did great getting it started,” Mallory said. “We were a bit nervous with the new region but we did well.”

Junior Brendan Lessel finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.98. Lessel swam the third heat and maintained his lead throughout the entire race.

“It felt pretty good,” Lessel said. “We knew we were going to have good competition. I was just going on adrenaline.”

North Point junior Jonathon Mitchell finished second in the 50 free (23.15) and third in the 100 free (51.67). He also anchored the second-place 200 medley relay (1:48.35).

Eagles head coach Jeff Rivenburg left the meet on Saturday not knowing what the overall scores were, but he knew it was going to be close.

“It was definitely a tight one,” Rivenburg said. “The points weren’t accurate when we left Saturday and they didn’t have them up until today [Monday]. Jonathan was fantastic. He has his goals for the 50 and the 100. He’s still not where he wants to be for states, so he’ll be working hard.”

North Point junior Madison Zabiegalski finished second in the girls 50 free (26.55) and third in the 100 free (58.55).

“Madison, I wouldn’t say she was happy either,” Rivenburg said. “She knows she can go faster. It may be a matter of taking an extra breath. She’s searching for that perfect race.”

Chopticon’s Samantha Barbaris captured second place in the 200 free (2:05.10).

“We had a pretty good day,” Braves head coach Shammy Donato said. “A lot of my swimmers dropped time which is nice for their overall individual times. Our relays did well and were faster than expected.”

Great Mills junior Matt Eastburg competed well in the 50 free. He finished seventh overall, second in the SMAC behind Mitchell, with a time of 24.37. Eastburg also tied for 10th in the 100 free (56.38).

The 4A-3A state meet will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center in College Park.

tshowalter@somdnews.com

Class 4A-3A East Region swim championships results

Boys1. Broadneck 313; 3. Leonardtown 247; 4. North Point 245; 11. Great Mills 57.5; 13. Chopticon 22

200 medley relay: 1. Broadneck 1:46.71; 2. North Point 1:48.35; 4. Leonardtown 1:50.78

200 free: 1. Huntley (SP) 1:46.76; 7. Fagan (L) 2:00.33

200 IM: 1. Seaberg (SR) 2:02.92; 4. Nguyen (NP) 2:10.43; 6. Osvatics (L) 2:13.08; 8. Crescini (L) 2:16.70

50 free: 1. Martir (OM) 22.37; 2. Mitchell (NP) 23.15; 7. Eastburg (GM) 24.37; 8. Williams (L) 24.43; 10. Morrissey (NP) 24.76

100 fly: 1. Martir (OM) 55.40; 4. Fisher (NP) 58.58; 5. Osvatics (L) 59.30; 6. Lessel (L) 59.65; 7. Johnson (NP) 59.88

100 free: 1. Bean (SP) 49.99; 3. Mitchell (NP) 51.67; 6. Kaslik (L) 54.24; 7. Morrissey (NP) 55.54; 8. Morgan (L) 56.09; T-10. Eastburg (GM) 56.38

500 free: 1. Jacobson (B) 5:02.58; 5. Nguyen (NP) 5:20.21; 7. Fagan (L) 5:25.58; 10. Pate (C) 5:30.81

200 free relay: 1. Severna Park 1:33.67; 5. North Point 1:37.95; 6. Leonardtown 1:39.16

100 back: 1. Edwards (B) 56.95; 6. Fisher (NP) 1:01.34; 7. Crescini (L) 1:01.80

100 breast: 1. Seaberg (SR) 58.85; 4. Lessel (L) 1:07.98; 5. Summers (NP) 1:08.55; 6. Bell (NP) 1:09.20; 7. Kaslik (L) 1:10.56

400 free relay: 1. Severna Park 3:23.62; 4. Leonardtown 3:39.59; 6. North Point 3:42.86

Girls1. Broadneck 326.5; 3. Leonardtown 287; 6. North Point 149; 9. Chopticon 92; 13. Great Mills 35

200 medley relay: 1. Broadneck 1:57.42; 3. Leonardtown 2:01.28; 6. North Point 2:05.73

200 free: 1. Dougherty (B) 2:02.27; 2. Barbaris (C) 2:05.10; 5. Arquero (NP) 2:07.22; 6. Wood (L) 2:07.64; 7. Aaron (L) 2:07.79

200 IM: 1. Gill (An) 2:11.12; 4. Ray (L) 2:23.61; 8. McMillen (N) 2:31.45; 9. Raley (L) 2:33.38

50 free: 1. Hand (SP) 25.73; 2. Zabiegalski (NP) 26.55; 6. Mallory (L) 27.18

100 fly: 1. M. Branaman (L) 1:00.84; 9. Frazier (C) 1:08.69

100 free: 1. Hand (SP) 56.16; 3. Zabiegalski (NP) 58.55; 4. Mallory (L) 58.63; 9. Wood (L) 1:00.85

500 free: 1. Dougherty (B) 5:19.71; 2. Ray (L) 5:28.77; 4. Aaron (L) 5:36.50; 5. Arquero (NP) 5:38.66

200 free relay: 1. Severna Park 1:46.02; 5. Leonardtown 1:50.63; 7. Chopticon 1:54.67; 9. Great Mills 1:57.59

100 back: 1. Armstrong (B) 1:00.19; 2. M. Branaman (L) 1:01.04; 5. McMillen (NP) 1:07.33; 7. Raley (L) 1:07.74

100 breast: 1. Fogarty (B) 1:13.77; 8. J. Branaman (L) 1:18.34

400 free relay: 1. Leonardtown 3:50.77; 7. Chopticon 4:16.23; North Point 4:25.38; Great Mills 4:45.96