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She may be the youngest of the Kamosa triplets by birth time, but when it comes to Leonardtown Raiders swimming, Laurel Kamosa is the eldest.
A four-year senior on the Raiders team, with sisters Adrianna and Elizabeth, who are both three-year members, Laurel was able to win the 100-yard breaststroke event Wednesday night in a meet against the Chopticon Braves at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown campus pool.
Laurel won with a time of 1 minute and 19.65 seconds, while Adrianna placed second in the same breaststroke event and Elizabeth finished third.
The Kamosa sisters were just three of many seniors with smiles and tears, not just because the Leonardtown girls finished a perfect 12-0 for the ninth-straight regular season after a 191-77 victory, but because for the seniors, it was their last high school regular-season meet.
The Leonardtown boys finished the season at 11-1 overall/SMAC after a 192-72 victory over Chopticon.
“It was so special, and it was one of the best nights of my life,” Laurel said. “Being a senior, being on the team for four years and, overall, it has just been a great experience. I was crying, I was emotional, but it was good.”
Elizabeth added, “It was so special and so fantastic. I can feel the emotion in the air, and it was just amazing.”
A ninth-straight undefeated regular season for the Raiders means that the four-year senior swimmers such as Laurel walk away from Leonardtown having never lost a regular season meet and extends Leonardtown’s winning streak to 109 straight dual-meet victories, where it will stand until the start of next season.
“I’m just so proud of my team and proud of everyone all working together for one goal,” said Laurel, who was also a member of the first-place 200 medley relay team.
Adrianna admitted of the feat: “I think it was great for us. We really wanted it, and we all pushed each other. I think we all achieved this.”
And on a night where the seniors were celebrated, it was two juniors, Michelle Wood and Mairyn Branaman, helping the seniors achieve their mark.
Wood won the 100 (1:00.68) and 200 freestyle (2:11.54), and Branaman took first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.31) and 100 backstroke, setting a new SMAC record in the backstroke event with a time of 1 minute and 3.76 seconds.
But even with their own winning ways, both admitted the night belonged to the seniors.
“We all came together and had a lot of fun together,” Branaman said. “Tonight was really all about the seniors and having fun for them. They have meant the world. Every year, we’re getting better and better, and they are the reason why. They are always motivating and make this team a family.”
Wood said of the seniors, “They are a great group. It’s going to be hard next year without them, but hopefully we can fill the gaps within our lineup. But we’re definitely going to miss them; they were great.”
Wood and Branaman teamed up with senior Eden Mallory and freshman Maddie Snow to win the 400 free relay (4:00.60).
Leonardtown senior Diana Aud also picked up a victory in the 50 free (27.60).
Despite dropping the meet, Chopticon girls senior Samantha Barbaris, also a four-year senior, was happy that her team had fun, yet sad that she was finished with her last high school regular season meet.
“It was sad,” Barbaris said, “are you kidding me? It was good because I like [swimmers] on Leonardtown; they’re my friends. ... I just wanted everyone to have fun. I really wanted tonight to be fun. As a team, we came together and all cheered for each other.”
The victory for the Raiders boys was led by senior Grant Pate, who picked up victories in the 200 (2:01.26) and 500 free (5:19.74), and sophomore Caleb Kaslik in the 100 free (53.15) and 100 breast (1:06.09).
Four-year senior Brendan Lessel took first in the 100 back (1:04.70) and was all smiles after finishing his last regular-season meet.
“This was probably one of the best nights of my life,” Lessel said. “It was very sentimental with a lot of emotion. ... For four years, I have been representing the team, helping out with our success not just in the pool but in practice and in everything that we do. It’s been about doing everything right, working hard, keeping our grades up and everything like that.”
Lessel teamed up with fellow senior Brennan Williams to help lead the 200 medley relay team to victory in 1:51.18.
Thomas Repasi, Taylor Osvatics, Chase Pachner and Samuel Ruthenberg formed the first-place Leonardtown 400-free relay team that broke a SMAC record with a time of 2:51.28.