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The Southern Maryland Swim League wrapped up its season on July 27 at The Aquatics Center at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center at St. Mary’s College of Maryland with some broken records and some honorary awards during its Invitational meet.
The Carol Serb Award for sportsmanship and team cooperation was given to one swimmer from each team.
Rosie Click (Breton Bay), Cassie Beck (Cove Point), Abigail McCauley (Elks), Bethany Puckett (Swan Point), Izzy Theofilis (Town Creek), Maddy Taylor (Tritons) and Zachary Barthelmes (Wildewood) were awarded.
Records were also broken this season in the 15- to 18-year-old 50 backstroke. On June 26, Kiley Beall (Tritons) broke the record that was set in 1997 with a time of 32.76 seconds.
On July 3, Mairyn Branaman (Wildewood) broke Beall’s record, touching the wall in 32.50. Beall pushed herself and re-broke the record on July 24, coming in at 32.04.
“The first time I broke the record, I actually didn’t know I broke the record,” Beall said, “and the next couple times I just really wanted to swim a best time.”
More records were broken on July 27 in the invitational meet. The Elks won the 8-U mixed 100-meter relay with help from 8-year-olds Sophie Chan, Zachary Davis, Timothy Mai and Nelle Ray. The team finished in 1 minute 10.10 seconds to break the previous record from 2000.
Beall also broke the 100 individual medley record that had been set in 1992 when she touched the wall in 1:01.71.
“My race at invitational was almost perfect, I was the most happy with that,” Beall said. “Mostly, I just compete against the clock, but it was always fun swimming with Mairyn Branaman, Emma Scott, and Brittany Davis because I’m used to training with them [at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club]. Also, the support from the other coaches and the rest of my team really helped me do my best.”
Beall was an assistant coach in the past, but this season she was able to coach the team in her own style.
“I have grown up with this team, so it was really special to coach the kids and have them look up to me as a role model,” Beall said.
Beall competed at the NCSA Jr. Nationals in Florida.
“I want to make the Speedo Jr. national meet this year and my long term is to try to make the Olympic trials and just see how far I can get with the sport,” Beall said. “Our head coach, Justine [Cavnor], was always looking at the records and telling me, ‘You got this one, no problem.’ I hadn’t really been paying attention to the records until she said something.”
Beall swam in the state championship meet this past weekend.
“I broke an old team record in the 200 butterfly and ... I will be trying to make the Jr. National cut in the 200 backstroke,” Beall said. “We have our 400-meter freestyle relay which we are going to try to win.”
Elks head coach Olivia Ray was pleased with her team and their work ethic this season, saying most of her swimmers placed first at invitationals this year.
Olivia Ray said that she had given the 8-U mixed 100 relay team the record time to beat prior to the event.
“Most of them also swim for CBAC, too, and they practice so hard every day,” she said. “We told them the time [to beat] and they knew as soon as they finished. They came running over saying, ‘Coach we did it, we broke the record,’ they were really excited. Their parents were so proud of them and excited for them, too.”
Eight-year-old Nelle Ray, Olivia’s sister, won all five events that she was placed in. She took the 25 back (19.64), 25 freestyle (15.65), 100 IM (1:22.64), 25 fly (17.64) and 25 breaststroke (22.62).
Teammate Samantha Chan took home four first-place wins, taking the 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM and 50 breast.
Wildewood Marlins head coach Alex Smith was very impressed with the number of swimmers who qualified this year for the end-of-the-season meet.
“The season ended very well,” Smith said. “I was very impressed with Mairyn Branaman and Emma Scott. Our relays really improved and I was just happy overall with the numbers that qualified this year. We had a lot more.”
Smith said he hopes the swimmers take a way from the season the joy of swimming.
“I hope they continue to put in the time over the winter and take advantage of all that tri-county area has to offer.”
Town Creek had a good showing from Jack Arnold, Alec Bacon, Madeline Snow. Each swimmer won four events.
Arnold won the 25 back, 100 IM, 25 fly and the 25 breast. Bacon took home the 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM and 50 fly, while Snow won the 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM and 50 fly.
Most of the swimmers from the SMSL will continue swimming for CBAC and the Great Mills Aquatic Club as the seasons overlap.
Southern Maryland Swim League Invitational results
Quintuple winner: N. Ray (E) 25 back, 25 free, 100 IM, 25 fly, 25 breast
Quadruple winners: Beall (TS) 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM, 50 fly; J. Arnold (TC) 25 back, 100 IM, 25 fly, 25 breast; Bacon (TS) 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM, 50 fly; Chan (E) 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM, 50 breast; M. Snow (TS) 50 back, 50 free, 100 IM, 50 fly
Triple winners: T. Osvatics (BB) 50 back, 100 IM, 50 fly; M. Kaslick (WW) 100 IM, 50 fly, 50 breast
Double winners: Kosich (BB) 25 back, 25 free; M. Jones (TS) 25 back, 50 free; Pinno (TC) 50 back, 50 free; C. Kaslik (WW) 50 free, 50 breast; H. Davis (E) 25 fly, 25 breast
Single winners: Ledig (WW) 25 back; Mai (E) 25 back; Simmons (CP) 25 free; Davis (E) 25 free; Butler (SP) 50 free; Eby (TC) 25 fly; H. Mesmer (TC) 50 fly; Wichrowski (WW) 25 breast; Erickson (BB) 50 breast; King (TC) 50 breast; B. Davis (E) 50 breast; Town Creek boys 200 medley relay; Elks girls 200 medley relay; Elks mixed 100 free relay; Tritons boys 200 free relay; Elks girls 200 free relay