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All the hard work in practice paid off for the Huntingtown boys and girls swim teams on Wednesday night as it took on Calvert and Westlake at the Lackey High School pool in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference tri-meet.
In dominating fashion, the Huntingtown boys (6-2 overall/SMAC) won all 11 events, cruising to 213-42 and 208-71 victories over Westlake and Calvert, respectively. Calvert (3-5-1) earned the split with a 170-70 win over Westlake (0-8).
On the girls side, Huntingtown (5-3) won 176-87 over Westlake and 188-92 versus Calvert. The Cavaliers (6-3) defeated Westlake (0-8) 158-99.
Huntingtown head coach Chris Morgan was satisfied to get the win, but what he was most impressed with was the teams’ work ethic.
“Getting the sweep was nice, but I really liked how the kids worked hard today in the pool,” said Morgan, whose Hurricanes will take on county rival Northern at 5 p.m. today at the Edward T. Hall Aquatics Center in Prince Frederick. “We had a very tough practice the day before the meet and we swam about 3,000 yards. That paid off for us, we are not taking it easy. We are trying to improve every meet from here on out.”
Huntingtown had three double winners, with junior Michael Scott capturing first places in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes 16.93 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.94.
Junior Jarrett Daniels won the 500 freestyle (5:31.53) and the 100 backstroke (1:02.93), while senior David Alman picked up wins in the 50 free (23.40 seconds) and 100 free (54.66).
Hurricanes senior Mike Jones won the 200 free (1:57.19) and senior Hunter Johnson was a top finisher in the 100 butterfly.
“The meet was very competitive, our whole plan this season is to prepare for the postseason, we are trying to build up to that,” Alman said. “Our boys team has some injuries, but when we get them back, hopefully we can make a push and drop some times. Mike [Jones] is only a sophomore and I thought he swam very well.”
Calvert senior Dan America, who was hampered by sickness according to head coach Brian Dryer, took second in the 50 free behind Alman and was third in the 200 free.
America also was the final leg for the Cavaliers in their third-place finishes in the 200 and 400 free relays.
“Dan wasn’t feeling well during the meet, but was very productive,” Dryer said. “I was really happy with Austin Folkman, he swam a [1:10.73] and took eighth in the 100 free and Dylan Elliott was fifth in the 500 free and sixth in the 50 free. The kids just swam phenomenal and had personal bests.”
Westlake freshman Alex Patton took fourth in the 500 free and was fifth in the 200 free. Senior Justin Sherard (100 free) and freshman Ben Nordmann (100 breast) both took fourth in their respective events for the Wolverines. Senior Bryce Jones added a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM for Westlake.
Though the Huntingtown girls only won three events, two of them relays, on the night, most of its points were scored in the second- and third-place spots. Senior Kelsey Crum the lone individual winner for the Hurricanes, taking first in the 500 free in 7:13.42.
“It was nice to get first in the 500, I just wanted to help the team gain points,” said Crum, who was also fourth in the 200 free. “I was satisfied with the win, but my time could’ve been better. Overall, I had a good attitude and felt very good in the pool.”
Calvert was led by senior Cara Mathers, who doubled up with wins in the 50 free (28.03) and the 100 breast (1:23.43).
Mathers was close to breaking the school record in the 50 free, which is 28 seconds flat and dropped a half a second off her time in the breast event.
“It’s just a result of hard work and the hours that I’ve put in,” Mathers said. “I’ve been focusing on tonight my muscles and constantly training. “I’m hoping to drop my times toward the end of the season.”
Dryer said that he was proud of his first-year swimmers, Carla Shapira and Holly Youngblood. Shapira (50 free) and Youngblood (200 IM) took fourth in their events.
“We have some first-year swimmers and some strong underclassmen in the program,” Dryer said. “It’s nice to see the kids get fast, they’ve really improved.
Despite low numbers, Westlake won six of the 11 events on the day and had two double winners in junior Susan Duncan and sophomore Natalie Brammer. Duncan won both the 200 IM (2:44.65) and 100 fly (1:17.47), while Brammer claimed top spots in the 100 free (1:07.38) and 100 back (1:15.35).
“I always stay calm and just swim my race,” Duncan said. “I have some good team members and they motivate me.”
Westlake senior Colleen Newsome took third in the 500 free.
“Outside of the pool, we stay together and we just have good team camaraderie,” she said.
“Numbers have been an issue for us, but we have a really strong girls team individually that score in events,” Westlake head coach Sean Lloyd said. “The kids have really improved from where they were six weeks ago. There were at least six or seven personal bests. So I’m very proud of their efforts.”
Freshman Elissa Decker was first place in the 200 free (2:27.78), and the quartet of Brammer, junior Madelynn Dela Cruz, Duncan and Decker took the top spot in the 200 medley relay (2:14.72).
Westlake will face Lackey at the North Point High School pool at 5 p.m. today, and Calvert is off until next Friday when they host North Point and Great Mills at 4:30 p.m. at the Edward T. Hall Aquatics Center.