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Swimmers entered the pool under a beautiful summer sky Saturday to the sound of great Motown tunes playing and the smell of hot dogs grilling on Cedar Lane in Indian Head.
Winning was on the minds of the Indian Head Torpedoes (1-1). And they did so, bouncing back with a win in its second meet of the season, defeating Pointer Ridge of Prince George’s County, 308-255, winning four out of five relays and 32 other events with seven triple winners.
Indian Head’s Hannah Hagadorn, 15, set two new pool records and was a triple winner in the 14- to 18-year-old age group.
Hagadorn set a new record in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 34.28 seconds to break a 2011 record set by Sydney Fuller (35.84). She also set a new pool record in the 100 individual medley, finishing in 1 minute 13.73 seconds, breaking Taylor Hicks’ 2010 record of 1:16.53.
Hagadorn also won the 50 breaststroke in 41.25 and swam the first leg of the winning 200-medley relay (2:35.78).
Ten-year-old Benjamin Hagadorn (10-and-Under) was also a triple winner, capturing the 25 butterfly (20.71), 50 freestyle (39.47) and 25 back (21.29). Teammate Shaun Butler (13-14) also tripled, winning the 50 fly (35.69), 50 free (32.85) and 50 back (38.53).
Indian Head 18-year-old Geddy Fuller (15-18) also took home three wins, in the 50 fly (32.67), 100 free (1:02.81) and 50 back (33.50). Adam Diehl (8-U) also tripled, winning the 25 free (20.20), 25 breast (30.50) and 25 back (24.62).
Sam Paras was a double winner in 15-18, taking home wins in the 50 breast (40.10) and 100 IM (1:19.94).
“I’m having fun. I wasn’t too excited about coming back just because I’ve been doing this for a very long time,” Paras said, “but I’m having fun out here with all of my friends.”
Paras said he’s helping out with newer swimmers whenever he can.
“I give them a few little pointers, try to help coach [Jo Proctor] out sometimes with the meets, help organize them and steer them straight.”
Paras commented on his brother Gus, who swam at Virginia Tech last year.
“He’s doing well. He’s giving private lessons right now,” Sam said. “He’s really into it. As far as hosting divisional this year, I know it’s going to be tight in here, but we’ve hosted it here before. The pool on base is just too small.”
Sam seemed happy about the team moving up a division, going from Division F last year to Division E this season.
“It’s great. The meets have been very close,” Sam Paras said. “No one’s really getting blown out of the water. The competition has been very good all around. I’m looking forward to swimming against Bannister just because I have friends on that team. It’s the only in-county rivalry, so that’s probably the one I’m looking forward to.”
Audrey Donahue, who started swimming when she was 6, is just now getting back in the water since last summer. She was a freshman at the College of Southern Maryland and hasn’t competed since last July. She has a late birthday so that enables her to swim one more year with the Torpedoes.
Donahue said she enjoys swimming the 100 IM, which is one of the hardest events during the meet. Even at a very young age, Donahue had the endurance to outlast her competition. That endurance is still giving her an advantage today. She swam the final leg of the winning 200-medley relay (2:35.78), with Hannah Hagadorn, Mary Holden and Merriam Hagadorn.
“It’s bittersweet,” Donahue said. “I’ve been swimming for 12 years now. It’s kind of a sad moment but also a happy one. The coach and Hannah Hagadorn push me. Hannah is my role model.”
Merriam Hagadorn, 13, was a triple winner for the Torpedoes, capturing the 50 fly (33.90), 50 free (31.68) and 100 IM (1:15.97) in 13-14. Teammate Abigail Vanasse, 8, is making her way through the ranks and walked away with three victories in 8-U. She won the 25 free (20.25), 25 breast (31.52) and 25 back (26.83).
Indian Head is scheduled to host Prince George’s Pool on Saturday.