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Commitment has been one of the reasons that the Leonardtown girls swim team has been a traditional SMAC powerhouse with currently 100-plus wins in that program’s history.
Just like the girls, the Leonardtown boys team has shown that same form of commitment.
On Wednesday evening versus host Lackey and Northern, the Raiders reached a familiar milestone at the Lackey High School pool.
The boys (10-1 overall/SMAC), who came off a loss last Wednesday versus visiting North Point, cruised to 175.5-104.5 and 213-67 victories over Northern and Lackey, respectively, to record program wins No. 100 and 101. Northern (6-3) earned the split with a 180-99 win over the Chargers (5-6).
“We had a big group of swimmers that graduated last year and this year we’ve had more swimmers that have kept the program going,” Jacobs said. “The kids understand what commitment is. Just like the girls, the boys had a team goal of winning 100 and they did it. What they did is a big accomplishment and I’m proud of them. It’s been a fun ride and we are going to keep pushing.”
The Leonardtown girls (11-0) pushed its SMAC win streak to 107 consecutive, defeating the Patriots, 210-68, and Chargers, 216-64. Northern (7-2) defeated Lackey (2-9) 179-98 to take the split.
By sweeping the meet, the Leonardtown girls clinched the SMAC regular season title again with only one more opponent left on the schedule before the postseason, that against Chopticon at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown campus pool.
It makes for an impressive ninth-straight such championship for the Leonardtown girls, who have monopolized the regular season crown since swimming originated in St. Mary’s County.
“The girls have had a great season and they’ve been awesome in the pool,” Jacobs said. “They know they have targets on their backs and continue to go out and work hard and swim strong every meet. We knew Northern was good and teams like North Point and Huntingtown are always competitive. Teams in SMAC are getting better and you can be beat on any given night.”
The Leonardtown girls won all 11 events in dominating fashion and had two double winners in senior Eden Mallory and junior Mairyn Branaman.
Mallory, who helped lead the 200-yard medley relay team to a win as the last leg, collected two wins in the 50 freestyle in 27.11 seconds and the 100 free in 58.57 seconds.
Branaman, the last leg on the 400 relay winning team, earned victories in the 100 butterfly (1 minute 2.72 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:03.56).
“We’ve been having a lot of fun and we motivate each other,” Mallory said. “I was happy that I set a personal record in the 100 free, but our team has been working hard. We knew we were going to have some tough competition, but the girls put forth the effort and it’s exciting to win another [regular season] title. It’s been all about dedication.”
Junior Michelle Wood (200 free, 2:12.89), sophomore Rosie Click (200 individual medley, 2:28.53), junior Rachel Aaron (500 free, 5:48.21) and senior Adrianna Kamosa (100 breaststroke, 1:20.13) added wins in the Raiders sweep.
For Northern, senior Heather Cheney finished second in the 100 fly and fourth in the 50 free, while senior Alexa Leininger was second in the 500 free and fifth in 200 IM.
Senior Brook Rye took sixth in the 200 IM and 100 fly for the Chargers. Freshmen Mackaiya Cherry and Anne-Elise Bolton were fifth in the 500 free and sixth in the 100 back, respectively.
Raiders boys roll, Northern’s Lawless breaks two pool records
The Leonardtown boys won six out of 11 events, including the 200 medley and the 200 free relays.
Sophomore Caleb Kaslik was a double winner in the 100 free (53.47) and 100 breast (1:05.86). Senior Brennan Williams (50 free, 24.20), sophomore Taylor Osvatics (100 fly, 59.21) added wins for the Raiders.
“We had a big team effort today and we’ve been training hard,” Osvatics said. “Everyone swam their best today and ever since we lost to North Point we are motivated to come back and win the SMAC meet.”
Northern won five of 11 events as junior Ben Lawless was a double winner, capturing first place finishes in the 500 free (4:41.96) and the 100 backs (55.90). In both of those events, Lawless broke his own Lackey pool records.
“I swam a [4:38] last week in the 500 free, so it wasn’t my fastest time, but I always like breaking pool records,” Lawless said. “I had a hard practice yesterday, so my legs were tired from swimming a lot of yardage.”
“To be honest with you, he swam faster than that last week,” Northern head coach Carrie Bonalewicz said on Lawless’ 500 free time. “He’s just so dedicated to the sport and that’s why he’s been successful.”
Freshman Nick Goszkowicz (200 free, 2:00.90) and sophomore Tommy Cranford (200 IM, 2:12.00) added first-place finishes for the Patriots. The quartet of Lawless, senior Hordy Beauzile, Goszkowicz and Cranford won the 400 relay for the Patriots.
“Coming into this meet, it was all about improving our times,” Bonalewicz said. “Leonardtown is a tough team and we just want to stay healthy.”
Lackey sophomore Brandon Will took fifth in both the 200 free and the 500 free, while junior Mike King was fourth in the 100 breast.
Northern is off until Wednesday when they face Great Mills and Patuxent at the Lackey pool at 4:30 p.m., while Lackey will host McDonough next Friday at 5 p.m. to end the regular season.