- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Head coach: Brian Dryer (ninth season)
Last year: Boys 5-7 (eighth in SMAC, eighth at SMAC championships, second at Class 3A-2A-1A South Region championships, 24th at Class 3A-2A-1A state championships); girls 2-10 (10th in SMAC, 13th at SMAC championships, third at Class 3A-2A-1A South Region championships)
Athletes to watch: Boys U Dan America (Sr., All-County), U Jack Berens (So.); girls U Cara Mathers (Sr.), U Mandie Beall (Sr.), U Samantha Baker (Sr.)
Key personnel losses: Boys U Jake Cook, U Jason Tkaczuk, U Josh Walker, U Ethan Kruder; girls U Sally Berens ,U Jade Rolley, U Taylor Youngblood
Strengths: The Cavaliers have a young group this year and have swimmers who can swim multiple events and Dryer mentioned that they have been very energetic with a strong desire to improve every day. Both teams are working to improve on their records from last season and compete in the SMAC field.
Weaknesses: Dryer said that with youth comes growing pains, which will come at times during the season, but with the willingness to learn and get better, they can overcome them as the season progresses.
Coach’s comments: “We are in the midst of a year of changes and improvements. The excitement that the kids bring is only matched by their desire to improve. This year the team has the slogan, "If I have a lane, I have an opportunity.” By this they mean that each time they get a chance to get into a pool, they have the opportunity to improve and do great things.”
Key meets: Dec. 12 vs. Leonardtown and La Plata at Lackey pool, Dec. 21 Calvert vs. Patuxent at Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick
Head coach: Chris Morgan (eighth season)
Last year: Boys 10-2 (third in SMAC, SMAC championships champion, runner-up at Class 4A-3A South Region championships, 27th at Class 4A-3A state championships); girls -- 8-4 (fifth in SMAC, fourth at SMAC championships, runner-up at Class 4A-3A South Region championships)
Athletes to watch: Boys D Mike Jones (So.), S Ben Turley (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), S David Alman (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County) IM Jarrett Daniels (Jr.), breast Mike Scott (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County); girls S Kiley Bauer (So., All-County), D Kelsey Crum (Sr.), S Antonia Smart (Jr., All-County), back Alexis Summers (Sr.), U Christine Wiese (Sr.)
Key personnel losses: Boys S Alex Johnson, S Robert Meadows (All-County), S Alec Morgan (All-County); girls S Kasey Raines (All-County), S Danielle Wright (All-County), S Jenn Brashears (All-County), S Maggie Scopel (All-County AOY)
Strengths: Morgan said that on both sides they have a good core of incoming freshman who will help keep the program growing for years to come. Coming off a SMAC boys title and runner-up finishes in the 4A-3A South Region meet last year on both teams, the Hurricanes are ready to make another push with their depth.
Weaknesses: The one thing that Morgan pointed out the team will have to improve on their endurance as the season goes along.
Coach’s comments: “The boys have their sights to win the SMAC meet championship again and take the region from Eleanor Roosevelt. The girls are shooting for a top-three finish in SMAC and will have a shot at the region as well. We have been blessed for the first time in the school’s history with several talented freshmen swimmers on both the boys and girls teams. I hope they will make up for the awesome swimmers that we graduated.”
Key meets: Dec. 7 vs. Leonardtown at Lackey pool, Jan. 18 vs. Northern at Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick
Head coach: Carrie Bonalewicz (first season)
Last year: Boys 9-3 (fourth in SMAC, fourth at SMAC championships, third at Class 4A-3A South Region championships, 12th at Class 4A-3A state championships); girls 10-2 (third in SMAC, third at SMAC championships, third at Class 4A-3A South Region championships)
Athletes to watch: Boys 100 fly Andrew Kosa (Sr.), 100 free Kyle Horak (Sr.), 500 free Ben Lawless (Jr., All-County AOY, All-SMAC), 50 free Tommy Cranford (So., All-SMAC, All-County); girls 500 free Alexa Leininger (Sr., All-County), 100 fly Heather Cheney (Sr.), 200 IM Devon Goszkowicz (Jr.), 100 back Maura Schwartz (Sr.).
Key personnel losses: HC Kandia Spain (All-County girls COY); boys 200 free Justin Taylor (All-SMAC, All-County), 500 free Joe Williams (So., All-County, moved to California); girls 100 back Alina Zilevicius (All-County), 200 free MaryBrooke Umhau (All-County), 400 free relay Rachel Gerardy (All-County), 400 free relay Brooke Singler (All-County), 100 free, relays Kierstie Schaefer (Sr., All-County, elected not to tryout).
Strengths: Bonalewicz takes over the reins for Spain after the latter’s lengthy and stellar career, but Bonalewicz was an assistant the last few seasons so there should not be any growing pains in terms of adjusting to a new coach. Bonalewicz noted the Patriots have a positive attitudes and are hard workers. Both teams return several key swimmers from last year.
Weaknesses: Bonalewicz said her team is smaller than in years past and the loss of several key swimmers on both teams means that there are several events to fill and that the swimmers will have to step up and fill them. As a result, the Patriots will need, Bonalewicz said, to come to the meets with the “team” in mind.
Coach’s comments: “My goal for the team is for them to put in 100 percent effort at all times and to learn and grow as a team throughout the season.”
Key meets: Dec. 14 vs. La Plata at North Point High School; Jan. 9 at North Point; Jan. 18 vs. Huntingtown at Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick
Head coach: Jeff Ganoe (third season, All-County boys COY)
Last year: Boys 6-6 (tied for sixth in SMAC with La Plata, fifth at SMAC championships, Class 3A-2A-1A South Region championships champion, 18th at Class 3A-2A-1A state championships); girls 4-7-1 (ninth in SMAC, 11th at SMAC championships, Class 3A-2A-1A South Region championships champion)
Athletes to watch: Boys M/R Chris Kahl (So., All-County), 200 free Morgan Duty (Sr., All-County), D Edgar Faison (Jr., All-County), fly/M/R C.J. Hall (Sr.), 200IM/back/R Ronnie Forster (Jr., All-County); girls D/R Cassie Beck (Sr., All-County), D Bradleigh Williams (Jr.), R Ali Leap (Sr.), R Ali Adams (Jr.), R Mariah Maxwell (Sr.), R Rose Miller
Key personnel losses: Boys R Stephen Balinski (All-County), R Scott Gilmour (All-County), free/R Calvin Davies (Sr., elected not to tryout); girls R Samantha Leap
Strengths: The boys and girls relay teams should be quite strong like they were last year. Kahl is able to swim almost every event and, after breaking three school records last year, Ganoe expects him to perhaps break three more. Duty swam his personal record in the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s regional meet and Ganoe expects him to feed off that performance. After an injury-plagued junior campaign, Miller returns and will swim the backstroke in the 200 medley relay.
The team is also excited to have former professional powerlifter Chip Allen as its new strength and conditioning coach. Both teams are anxious to repeat as regional champions and have dedicated their season to Rosie Lillis, who passed away during the summer. Lillis was the wife of team referee Jim and mother of Lindsay Lillis, who swam for Patuxent from 2008 to 2011.
Weaknesses: Ganoe would love to have more swimmers. He currently has 39 on the roster and though 25 have experience, Ganoe knows that the injury or flu bug as well as the long season could take its toll.
Coach’s comments: “The team is focused on repeating as regional champs and are working hard to make that a reality. With Panther Pride, hard work and focusing on a cause higher than self ... and by dedicating the season to Jim’s wife, we hope to retain our title.”
Key meets: Dec. 12 vs. North Point and Westlake at Lackey pool, Dec. 21 vs. Calvert at Edward T. Hall Aquatics Center, Prince Frederick; Jan. 4 vs. La Plata at Lackey pool