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The North Point Eagles boys swim team clinched the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference regular season championship with wins over Calvert and Great Mills on Saturday at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick.
North Point boys (12-0 overall/SMAC) defeated Great Mills 163-107 and Calvert, 185-78.
Great Mills (6-6) defeated Calvert (3-8-1), 162-104.
On the girls side, the Eagles (11-1) captured both wins, defeating Great Mills 168-102 and Calvert 189-90, respectively.
Great Mills (8-4) defeated Calvert (6-6), 136-132.
“It was a solid meet with good effort by all parties involved,” North Point head coach Jeff Rivenburg said via email. “A SMAC title is nice, but the work isn’t over yet.”
North Point’s Nick Essing broke two school records in the tri-meet that was a makeup from a Jan. 25 postponement. Essing broke the record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute 56.55 seconds, and in the 100 free, touching the wall in 50.23 seconds.
Austin Fisher broke the school record in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 1:00.93.
Essing and Fisher were members of the winning 200 medley relay. The boys finished in 1:50.74, with Essing, Fisher, Ricardo Summers and Malik Johnson.
The North Point girls also won the 200 medley relay in 2:05.27 with Noemi Arquero, Ashlee Latour, Ashley Holt and Madison Zabiegalski. Individually, Zabiegalski won the 50 free (27.07), Holt took the 100 free (1:00.64), Arquero won the 100 back (1:05.57) and Latour took home a win in the 100 breast (1:18.45).
For Great Mills, Patrick Offenbacher won the boys 200 individual medley in 2:18.63, while Taylor Blevins paced herself in the 500 free, winning in 7:20.44.
Great Mills’ Hannah Simmerman won the 100 butterfly in 1:14.33 and was part of the winning 400 free relay team that finished in 4:25.21. Simmerman was joined by Caitlyn Adams, Hannah Timmons and Audrey Krawczyk.
Hornets head coach Troy Kroll could not be reached for comment by press time.
The Cavaliers returned to the aquatic center on Saturday, less than 24 hours after a senior night swim against Northern, and had many personal bests, according to head coach Brian Dryer.
Dan America broke the school record in the 50 free, touching the wall in 23.39.
America was joined by Tim Beckwith, Jack Berens, Joe Gionfriddo in the 400 free relay. The team broke the school record, coming in at 3:35.47. The previous record in 2003 was 4:00.62.
“Even with the high emotions of senior night, having Jamie Sanders, our special olympian compete against Northern’s special olympian swimmer and having 30 personal best times, we were able to come back on Saturday, break the two records as well as have 23 personal best times [some from just the night before],” Calvert head coach Brian Dryer said via email. “The team is peaking as a team and individuals at the right time as we focus on SMAC and more so the regional meet the following week.”
On Saturday, America also finished second in the 50 free. Cara Mathers also took home second in the girls 50 free and second in the 100 breaststroke.
Dryer said that the Friday night personal best times included Mathers, who won the 50 free in 28.06 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.16.
“The highlights of the night were the senior recognition and the special Olympians swimming,” Dryer said. “During this swim both teams surrounded the pool and cheered the swimmers from both teams on in an emotionally charged showing of county pride and unity.”
Northern won on Friday night, 177-92 in boys and 174-100 in girls.
North Point, fresh off winning the SMAC boys regular season title, and the rest of the conference will be at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Saturday for the SMAC championships.