Rockville 408, Tilden Woods 383 (MCSL)
Records fell fast in this annual rivalry meet between MCSL’s A Division’s top teams. Rockville had to deal with sick swimmers (10 team members came down with a high fever on Friday night) and both teams had a number of absences initially, as swimmers competing at the PVS Senior Championships swam at the University of Maryland, and then immediately drove to the Rockville Municipal Pool to compete in this meet.
“Tilden Woods is a very good team, so we expected a close meet, and it was good that our PVS swimmers made it back in time,” Rays head coach Christine Chuang said.
Scarlett Sun, 12, began the record-breaking in the meet’s second event, the girls’ 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley. She finished with a time of 1:11.40, breaking the existing Rockville record. Tilden Woods’ Noah Burgett, 12, followed soon after, breaking a Dolphins’ record in the boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle with a time of 28.23. Natsumi Horikawa, 12, broke the Tilden Woods’ record in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke with her time of 33.78, and in the next event, Garrett Powell, 14, bested Tilden Woods’ top time in the boys’ 13-14 50-meter backstroke, finishing in 29.18.
In the boys’ 8-and-under 25-meter breaststroke, Dolphin Timmy Ellett, 8, broke his own team record, set just last week, with his time of 20.23. Rays’ Darius Truong, 6, also broke a record in the race, finishing ahead of the Rockville top time with a time of 23.03.
Darius’ brother Devin Truong, 10, also broke a Rockville record, in the boys’ 9-10 25-meter breaststroke with his time of 18.49. Teammate Jessica Chen, 12, later broke a Rays record in the girls’ 50-meter breaststroke with her time of 35.76. Melanie Cirillo, 12, broke Tilden Woods’ record in the same race, finishing in 38.34.
The girls’ 15-18 50-meter butterfly was a record-breaker for both teams: Rockville’s Cara Chuang, 17, broke the Rays’ record with her time of 29.65, while Tilden Woods’ Elena Spak, 18, broke her team’s record with her time of 30.02. Tilden Woods also broke an MCSL record, in the boys’ 14-and-under 175-meter graduated relay, swum by Nozomi Horikawa, 10, Burgett, Barry Mangold, 14, and Ellett.
But in the end, Rockville came out on top. “The meet went well,” Chuang said. “We raced really well.”
“One more to go,” Sudley Coach Dennis Miller said. His team won its 68th consecutive meet Saturday, wrapping up its 10th undefeated regular season. But the team needs to win its divisional championship, which will be at Sudley next weekend, to shore up an unprecedented 10 years without a loss, Miller said.
Saturday’s win against rival Montclair was emphatic. Six Sudley swimmers won firsts in three events and one set a pool record. Sam Pomajevich, 10, completed the 25-meter butterfly in 15.59, shaving three-tenths of a second off of a six-year-old-record.
“He was a happy young man,” Miller said. Miller has been coaching Sudley for 40 seasons and said each summer for about 25 years at least one club record has been broken. He thought that streak might be stopped before Pomajevich turned in his best time.
Pomajevich also won in the freestyle and individual medley. Henry Campbell, 12, Reilly McGrory, 14, Emily Minick, 13, Tyler Perez, 18 and Casie Boyle, 16, also won three events each for the Seahorses.
Miller said the meet was a good tune-up going into divisionals. “I definitely think we’ll be in the right frame of mind next week,” he said.
MVP Dolphins 305.5, Strathmore Bel Pre 273.5 (PMSL)
The MVP Dolphins finished the regular season with their third win on Saturday, edging Strathmore Bel Pre in a Prince-Mont Swim League matchup at MVP’s lab pool, which is measured in yards.
Strathmore Bel Pre came up short in its bid to win its second meet of the season, but Coach Terry Kominski said that the team had simulated out potential scores using the psych sheets, and estimated her team would lose by about 60 points. Instead it lost by just 32.
“They turned a lot of it around,” Kominski said. “I thought their efforts were really good.”
MVP’s Rory Lewis, 12, won three events. He finished first in the 50-yard butterfly in 30.97 seconds, the 50 free in 27.81 and the 100 individual medley. Aurora Meyer, 8, won two events: the 25 backstroke, in 16.38 seconds, and the 25 breast in 23.12 seconds.
Morgan Hill and Emerson Miller were both triple winners for Strathmore Bel Pre. Hill, 10, finished first in the 25 butterfly, clocking in at 16 seconds, the 50 free in 30.27 and the 25 backstroke in 17.02. The nine-year-old Miller was first in 25 backstroke (19.71 seconds), 25 butterfly (18.04) and the 50 freestyle (34).
Kominski said despite her team’s earning just one win this season, last weekend against West Laurel, its best meets came at the end of the season. “The ones where we had our biggest losses points-wise, I think, were some of our best performances swim-wise,” she said.
Strathmore Bel Pre and the Dolphins will see each other again soon. Strathmore is hosting the PMSL Division A divisionals meet next weekend. Kominski said she expects good competition for the third through fifth places in the meet, with Theresa Banks and Takoma Park fighting for the top spot.
“It’s going to be a really interesting divisionals,” she said.
Flower Valley 405, Westleigh 387 (MCSL)
Two of the best young swimmers in the league faced off this weekend when Flower Valley hosted Westleigh. Flower Valley’s Jack Conger, 14, and Westleigh’s Matt Gibson, 14, are top swimmers in their age category, and they faced off three times on Saturday. In the boys’ 13-14 50-meter freestyle, Conger edged out Gibson, finishing in 24.92, ahead of Gibson’s 26.25. In the 50-meter backstroke, he finished with a time of 28.02, with Gibson finishing second at 29.62. In the 50-meter butterfly, Conger finished in 27.67, before Gibson, who finished in 28.85.
“It went great, the meet was very awesome,” Flower Valley head coach Chris Leggett said. “It was a great race [between Conger and Gibson]. All week Jack was pumped up, and turned it into a rivalry meet because we’re the stronger teams in the B Division.”
Andrew Gibson, 12, was once again a star for Westleigh, finishing first in four races: the 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley, the 11-12 50-meter freestyle, the 11-12 50-meter backstroke and the 11-12 50-meter butterfly. Flower Valley’s Libby Jardeleza,12, also won four races. She won the girls’ 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley, the 11-12 50-meter freestyle, the 11-12 50-meter backstroke and the 11-12 50-meter butterfly.
With the win, Flower Valley is now two points ahead of Westleigh heading into next Saturday’s B Divisional meet at Germantown.
Washington Post staff writer Ishita Singh contributed to this report.