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Coming into Wednesday evening’s head-to-head matchup, the Northern and North Point boys and girls swimming teams were both undefeated in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
When the dust settled, host North Point was just too much, as the boys and girls swept the Patriots to stay unbeaten at 6-0 overall, 6-0 SMAC on the young season.
After capturing five top finishes in 11 events, the North Point boys cruised to a 161-111 win, while the girls topped the Patriots, 153-108, winning 10 of the 11 events in dominating fashion.
North Point also earned a combined 28 second- or third-place finishes, which made a big difference in scoring major points in the events.
North Point will take on Lackey and Huntingtown in a tri-meet today at 5 at Lackey’s pool, then will face Leonardtown next Wednesday at the College of Southern Maryland campus pool in Leonardtown.
Leonardtown’s boys and girls teams are the only other program SMAC that are undefeated, going to 4-0, 4-0 after sweeping Westlake on Wednesday night.
“Our younger swimmers really swam well, and today was all about preparation,” North Point head coach Jeff Rivenburg said. “We knew Northern was a great team and they are tough. We just kept pushing and we had to be on our ‘A’ game in order to be successful in today’s meet and we did that.”
Leading the North Point girls was sophomore Noemi Arquero, doubling up with victories in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes 6.75 seconds and 100 free in 58.49 seconds.
Junior Sarah Nueslein was also a double winner for the Eagles with first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley in 2:51.87 and 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:21.09. The Eagles girls also swept all the relay events.
“Preparation,” Arquero said of what the teams focus was. “We have some very tough meets coming up with Huntingtown and Leonardtown, so everyone wanted to see where they were at. Northern is a very good team and we just wanted to work hard today. I’m happy we were able to get the win.”
Sophomore Erin Green and senior Madison Zabiegalski added wins in the 500 free (6:18) and 50 free (27.73) events, respectively. Sophomore Ashlee Latour picked up a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.39).
The Northern girls (4-1, 4-1) had a lone winner in senior Heather Cheney, who took top honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:09.99.
“We came in optimistic, I was proud of our swimmers for their efforts,” Northern head coach Carrie Bonalewicz. “We had some personal bests and we also had some swimmers who were out sick. Half of our girls team were out today, some of them were at the National Honors Society induction ceremony. North Point is a very good team and have a lot of good swimmers. We are working on tightening up our turns, technique and working on our breath control. I’m happy with how we swam though.”
Junior Ben Lawless continued his strong season for the Northern boys (4-1, 4-1), doubling up in the 500 free with a time of 4:41.75 and 100 back in 56.09. Sophomore Tommy Cranford was also a double winner for the Patriots in the 200 IM (2:13.26) and 100 breast (1:08.39).
“I was five-tenths off the school record,” said Lawless, who also was the catalyst in the team’s 400 relay victory. “In the 500 free, I didnt swim my best time, but I was satisfied with my wins. I had to get out fast in my races because North Point has some very fast swimmers. I was happy with our team’s effort, and motivation. We want to get better as the season goes on.”
The North Point boys, who won the 200 free and 200 medley relays, had a double winner in senior Jonathan Mitchell, who placed first in the 50 free (23.07) and 100 fly (59.39). Junior Nick Essing took first in the 200 free for the Eagles, while Northern senior Kyle Horak picked up a victory in the 100 free.
“I didnt have the best meet today, but Northern is a always one of the top teams in SMAC. [Lawless] is a great swimmer and this meet helped us and we know what we have to work on,” Mitchell said. “We have a big meet [today]. So we have to keep pushing through.”
Northern will be off until Wednesday and will face McDonough at 5 p.m. at the North Point pool.