Many of Bowie's best swimmers choose private schools -- Gazette.Net


When the Whitehall Pool & Tennis girls' under-18 200-meter medley relay opened a swimming meet against Theresa Banks with a victory that established a team record, many observers might expect the quartet to enjoy similar success at nearby Bowie High School.

That is not the case.

The quartet (2 minutes, 16.88 seconds) of Annie Hayburn, Emily Reavis, Grace Reavis and Cammie Turell reside in the Bowie area, but only Turell, a rising sophomore, competes for the Bulldogs.

Hayburn is a rising junior at St. Mary's of Annapolis, Emily Reavis is a rising senior at Elizabeth Seton and Grace Reavis, Emily's sister, is a rising freshman at Seton.

Hayburn, who attended St. Pius in Bowie from first through fourth grade before being home-schooled from fifth through eighth, said she considered attending Eleanor Roosevelt before opting for St. Mary's for religious reasons. Emily Reavis has always attended private schools and Grace Reavis recently graduated from Samuel Ogle Middle.

“For me, it was mainly about wanting to attend a Catholic school,” Hayburn said. “... I considered testing into Eleanor Roosevelt, but I really liked the atmosphere and the religious aspect of St. Mary's. ... I love everything about St. Mary's. I know it was the right choice for me.”

Hayburn's younger brothers — Jimmy, Patrick and Joseph — are all currently home-schooled and could soon be following her to St. Mary's. The male Hayburns combined to win three events last week against Theresa Banks and would be among the best swimmers in the county if they attended Bowie High.

Grace Reavis has attended public school, but is set to attend Seton this fall. Reavis said she is looking forward to joining her older sister at the school and being part of the Roadrunners' swim team for the next four seasons.

“For me, I thought about going to Roosevelt, but my parents thought it would be easier if me and Emily could both go to the same school,” Grace said. “I've always enjoyed being part of the swim team here. I know there are a lot of good swimmers at Seton. I like being part of the relays. It might be a little different wearing the same thing every day, but you don't have to worry about what you wear to school every day.”

Emily Reavis is eager for her final season with the Roadrunners and looks forward to having Grace joining her. Their older brother, Michael Reavis, graduated from DeMatha and is now a rising sophomore at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina.

“I've always liked going to private schools,” Emily said. “The education is really good and you are part of a great environment. I love going to Seton. The teachers are great and the other girls are really nice. You get used to wearing a uniform to school every day. The swim team is a lot of fun and the WCAC has great competition, especially at Metros.”