Swimmers head to Prince-Mont All-Star meet
Theresa Banks, Kingfish take second in divisional events last weekend
Seat Pleasant's Theresa Banks Swim Club had a close battle against Takoma Park in the six-team Prince-Mont Swim League Division A Championships at Strathmore Bel Pre Swim Club in Silver Spring on Saturday.
Takoma Park won the meet with 273 points, followed by Theresa Banks with 262. Maximum Velocity Propulsion of Washington, D.C., finished a distant third with 185 points.
Tyla Jackson provided the highlight of the day for Theresa Banks, as she set a Prince-Mont League record in the girls' 10-and-under 25 butterfly, finishing in 15.64 seconds. The old record of 15.76 was set in 1995 by New Carrollton Recreation's Kathryn Gold, who went on to a standout career at Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Syracuse University.
Lauren Artis gave Theresa Banks two wins in the girls' 8-and-under division, and Alyssa Evans won two races in the girls' 9-10 division. Sean Barbour, Daiysa Burrell, Darnel Hungerford, Darell Hungerford and Kendall Carter also had wins.
The top swimmers from Theresa Banks and the rest of the teams in the Prince-Mont League will gather for the season-ending all-star meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at Whitehall Pool & Tennis in Bowie.
The Mitchellville-based Kingfish Swim Club accumulated 225 points to finish second to Smallwood Village, who had 245, in the Prince-Mont Swim League Division D championships at Indian Head last weekend.
Kingfish swimmers set eight Indian Head pool records on Saturday. Sydney Mathis won the 9-10 girls'
25-meter butterfly (16.75 seconds),
50 freestyle (33 seconds) and the 25 backstroke (16.91), establishing new pool records for her age group in all three events. Saadiq Louisy also set three new age group pool records, as he won the 13-14 boys' 50 fly (31.5), 50 free and 50 back (35.27). Samuel Galloway had the other two record-setting performances, as he won the 13-14 boys' 50 breaststroke (36.78) and the 100 individual medley (1 minute, 15.06 seconds). Jillian Boucree and Laila Michel finished first and second, respectively, in both the girls' 8-and-under 25 free and 25 back. Cydney Davis won the 11-12 girls' 50 breast.
Ryan Mathis, Boucree, Michel and John Alexander Jr. combined to take second in the mixed 8-and-under 100 free relay. Sydney Mathis, Amber Braswell, Aubrielle Tillman and Vanessa Branch teamed up to finish second in the 9-18 girls' 200 free relay. Sydney Mathis is the top seed in the 9-10 girls' 25 back and seeded third in the 25 fly and 50 free for Saturday's all-star meet. Braswell is seeded third in the 11-12 girls' 50 free, while Boucree is the top seed in the girls' 8-and-under 25 back.
Saturday morning at Northridge Pool in Bowie, the New Carrollton Recreation Swim Team finished fourth with 174 points in the Division C championships, but several NCR swimmers recorded victories in individual events and relays and will be headed to the all-star meet this weekend.
Emma Varner, Callie Betman, Hannah Betman and Emma Donoghue combined to finish second in the 200 medley relay (2:29.35). Hannah Betman, the Gazette-Star Girls' Swimmer of the Year in 2008 and 2009 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, won the 15-18 girls' 50 fly (34.47) and finished a close second to former Roosevelt teammate Courtney Like-Mathews of Greenbelt Municipal in the 100 individual medley.
Nathan Donoghue won the 9-10 boys' 50 freestyle (35.23) to establish a new pool record and is seeded sixth in that event for the all-star meet. Rochelle Parry won the 13-14 girls' 50 free (31.41). Elizabeth Mehalick won the 11-12 girls' 50 breast (44.56). Nathan Donoghue, Alexander Foly, Michael Dunn and Danny Sheerin combined to win the 9-18 boys' graduated relay with a pool-record time (2:05.09). Sarah Dunn, Mehalick, Parry and Callie Betman finished second in the 9-18 girls' graduated relay.
The Cheverly Swim Team finished sixth in the Division C meet with 166 points. But several Cheverly swimmers recorded victories in individual events and performed well enough in relays to earn berths in the all-star meet.
Page Lester won the 9-10 girls' 25 butterfly (17.35) to establish a new Northridge Pool record, and she will be seeded sixth in that event in the all-star meet. Sophie Gillman captured the 11-12 girls' 50 fly (40.03). Max Allegro won the 15-18 boys' 50 fly (29.12) and is seeded sixth in that event for Saturday's meet. Teddy Lester won the boys' 8-and-under 25 breast and is seeded fifth. Harry Warren won the
9-10 boys' 25 back. Lester, Gillman, Evelyn MacPherson and Emily Burst combined to capture the 9-18 girls' graduated relay (2:18.33) to establish a new pool record.
Lanham's Suburban Aquatic Club took fourth out of five teams at the Division F meet at Prince George's Pool in Mount Rainier. Robert Bailey won three events for Suburban in the boys' 15-18 age group, and Anthony Lee gave the team three more wins in the boys' 13-14 division. Mark Bailey won two races for Suburban, and Elizabeth Bailey and Matthew Phelan also notched victories.