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Some swimmers are feeling the pinch of time off from training as the Prince-Mont Swim League opened its season in full force on Saturday.
Some set new records in the pool.
Hawthorne Country Club defeated Smallwood, the season-opening hosts, 300-251.
It was the young swimmers who were making the waves on this day starting with Hawthorne 10-year-old Conor Vienneau tripling, taking the 25-meter butterfly in 18.60 seconds. He won the 50 freestyle in 36.69 and the 25 backstroke in 19.03.
“I am proud of all of the Gators,” Hawthorne head coach Mary Jane Cupples said, “from the 8-and-Unders to our senior swimmers. They did an awesome job with very few DQs and a lot of personal best times.”
Smallwood also had a 10-year-old shine for first-year head coach Brianne Bourassa as Nathalie LaFontant set a new pool record in the 25 breaststroke, the hardest stroke for a young swimmer to master. LaFontant set the new pool record in 19.29 seconds, smashing the previous record of 23.00.
“I’m proud of everyone, even Hawthorne. I coached a lot of them on the La Plata team,” Bourassa said, “so it was a fun meet for me to see them all again.”
Hawthorne’s Karalee DeGroot doubled on the girls side, winning the 50 fly in 40.92 and the 50 back (40.72).
Hawthorne came up big with its mixed 8-U 100 free relay with Esther Dugan, Cole Rapczynski, Kaeleigh Cupples and Banks Wills.
Wills also doubled, winning the 25 back (25.00) and the 25 free (19.78), Rapczynski took home the 25 breast (29.36) and Dungan captured the 25 breast 929.16) and the 25 free (20.22). Hawthorne also won the boys 200 free relay with Conor Vienneau, 12-year-old Marc Landicho, 14-year-old Elliott Etter and 18-year-old Michael Gregory.
Landicho was also a double winner, taking the 50 free (35.46) and the 50 breast (55.24). Gregory also won the 100 free in 1:05.43.
“I’m extremely pleased to swim for Hawthorne,” Gregory said. “Last year was really exciting. It makes me wish that I’d started swimming earlier. I expect a lot of the younger swimmers to grow and be even better than the 18-year-olds now. Even though I’ve only been doing it for two years and I’m about to age out, I will always remember everyone. I feel good about the team’s success.”
Liam Vienneau doubled, winning the 50 fly (34.26) and the 50 back (35.38).
For Smallwood, McDonough rising senior Brendon Cox wasn’t overly happy with his 100 IM victory but is setting his goals high for his senior year of high school.
“The only reason I won the 100 IM was because [teammate] Alexander Chung DQd,” Cox said, “but it went well. I could have done better than that but it’s the first meet. I’m still getting in shape. I’m actually competing against some of my teammates from school so it’s fun. Myself, Tyler [Manion] and Alex are sharing the leadership roles.”
Cox said he’s happy with the intense workouts that Bourassa is handing out.
“She’s definitely making us work harder,” Cox said. “I’m glad. I want to make it to states next year. I didn’t this year and I want to go out good next year.”
Manion, who swims on Ryken’s new swim team doubled, took the 50 fly (33.18) and the 50 breast (46.71).
“I wish we could have come away with a win, but I’m satisfied with my performance,” Manion said. “I’ve been practicing about four days a week and I’ve been working out between leagues. The most competition I’d say I got was within my own team. I don’t have goal times as much as I just want to keep improving and get a little faster each week.”
Smallwood will host Severn Crossing on Saturday and Hawthorne will face Bannister.
Swim wrapupWaves of Westlake fell to Theresa Banks Swim Club in Division A on Saturday, 317-244.
Westlake set a new team record in the boys 18-U 200 medley relay (2:16.08) with Austin Fisher, Bryan Dang, Myles Ellis and Nick Essing. Also, five members of the Nguyen family competed for the Waves and set plenty of records.
Anthony Nguyen (10-U) was a triple winner and set two pool records in the 25 breast (19.55) and the 25 back (17.40). He also won the 25 fly. Alexander Nguyen won the 50 back and 7-year-old sister Christine Nguyen won the 25 back. Older brother Denny Nguyen (15-18) set a team record in the 50 fly (29.24) and set a new pool record in the 100 individual medley (1:05.47). Andrew Nguyen (13-14) won the 100 IM and also set a new pool record (1:10.81). Kerrigan McMillen (9-10) set a new team record in the 25 breast with a time of 22 seconds.
Kings Landing won its first meet in the D division with a 304-268 victory over Fort Washington.
Evan Weber (8U) was a triple winner with wins in the 25 free (19.21), the 25 breast (27.22) and the 25 back (24.25). He was also a member of the winning mixed 8-U 100 free relay with Sydney Atkins, Garrett Heiston and Victoria Thompson.
David Alman (15-18) was a double winner, capturing the 100 free (1:03.47) and the 50 back (34.91). Alman also anchored the winning 200 medley relay with teammates Derek Ferguson, Michael Scott and John Bauer. Bauer doubled, winning the 50 fly and the 100 IM. Isaiah Johnson (11-12) dominated the 50 back, winning in 40.24 and Sydney Atkins captured the 8U 25 back in 22.11.
Bannister picked up a win in Division F over Prince George’s Pool, 286-242.
Bannister took the boys 200 medley relay with Eric Matteson, Jacob LaBarbera, Isaiah Hall and Billy Burch, winning in 2:17.33. The girls 200 medley relay team also won (2:35.18) with Amber Sandy, Anastasia Saldana, Taylor Webber and Olivia Shanks.
LaBarbera tripled, winning the 50 fly, 50 breast and the 100 IM. Nine-year-old Madison Norton won the 50 free in 31.20, close to the league record of 30.38 and dropping from her seed time of 1:03.49.
Matteson also won the 100 free (1:04.03) and the 50 back (34.19), while 13-year-old Taylor Stanka set herself apart in the 50 breast, winning in 53.62.
Indian Head fell in its first week to Pointer Ridge, also in the F division, 292.5-253.5
Indian Head’s boys 200 medley relay won in 2:27.91 with help from Geddy Fuller, Brandon Will, Sam Paras and Mitchell Rye. Paras also won the 50 breast in 41.75.
The girls 200 medley relay also won (2:51.88) with Audrey Donahue, Mary Holden, Amber Rabie and Erin Webb. Merriam Hagadorn, 12, won the 50 fly in 36.59. She also won the 50 breast and the 100 IM. Sister Hannah Hagadorn won the 50 free, 50 back and the 100 IM.
Hawthorne 300, Smallwood 251
Triple winner: C.Vienneau (H) 25 fly, 50 free, 25 back
Double winners: N. LaFontant (S) 25 fly, 25 breast; L. Vienneau (S) 50 fly, 50 back; L. LaFontant (S) 50 fly, 100 IM; DeGroot (H) 50 fly, 50 back; T. Manion (S) 50 fly, 50 breast; Fuller (H) 50 fly, 100 free; B. Wills (H) 25 free, 25 back; Dugan (H) 25 free, 25 breast; Landicho (H) 50 free, 50 breast; E. Chung (S) 50 free; 50 breast; Cox (S) 50 back, 100 IM; McClure (H) 100 IM, 50 free; M. Schuller (H) 50 free, 25 breast
Single winners: Park (S) 50 fly; Duffield (H) 50 free; McClure (H) 50 free; Gregory (H) 100 free; Rapczynski (H) 25 breast; B. Manion (S) 50 breast; Latour (S) 50 breast; Young (S) 50 breast; McKenzie (S) 50 back; G. Wills (H) 50 back; Simpson (H) 50 back; Perella (S) 25 back; McKenzie (S) 100 IM; Gyuras (H) 100 IM; K. Schuller (H) 25 breast; Smallwood boys 200 medley relay (Cox, A. Chung, E. Chung, Peltzer); Hawthorne girls 200 medley relay (Simpson, Fuller, Gyuras, Holmes); Hawthorne mixed 100 free relay (Dugan, Rapczynski, Cupples, Wills); Hawthorne boys 200 free relay (C. Vienneau, Landicho, Etter, Gregory); Smallwood girls 200 free relay (N. LaFontant, L. LaFontant, Latour, Peltzer)