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Monday Pool

By Ishita Singh
A swimmer dives into the pool during the Boys' 175-meter graduated relay during MCSL's B Divisional. (Ishita Singh, The Washington Post)

A swimmer dives into the pool during the Boys' 175-meter graduated relay during MCSL's B Divisional. (Ishita Singh, The Washington Post)

MCSL Division B: Flower Valley
The Flower Valley Frogs won a close meet between the MCSL’s B division teams. The final score was Flower Valley 888, Stonegate 848, Westleigh 793, Quince Orchard 733.5, Woodley Gardens 730.5 and Germantown 633.

The meet featured top times for all teams. In almost every race, swimmers broke pool records and team records, racking up personal best times throughout the morning.

“The kids, by a long shot, had their best meet of the season,” Stonegate coach Brian Cheng said. “Everyone had best times and we did extremely well.”

In the meet’s first race, the boys’ 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley, Westleigh’s Andrew Gibson, 12, finished in 1:08.13, breaking a Germantown pool record. He later broke a pool record in the boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly with his time of 30.47. The Quince Orchard girls’ 200-meter medley relay team of Kelsey Liu, 12, Ellie Miskiel, 17, Katie Rogers, 16, and Catie Patterson, 17, also broke a pool record with their time of 2:09.29.

Stonegate’s Brady Ott, 9, broke a pool record in the boys’ 9-10 50-meter freestyle with his time of 32.56, and in the boys’ 9-10 25-meter butterfly with his time of 16.05. Flower Valley’s Jack Conger also broke two pool records — in the boys’ 13-14 50-meter freestyle, finishing in 26.09, and in the 13-14 50-meter butterfly, with his time of 28.38.

Rogers also broke individual pool records in the girls’ 15-18 100-meter freestyle with her time of 1:00.19, and in the girls’ 15-18 50-meter butterfly. Sarah Haase, 15, of Flower Valley broke two records in the girls’ 15-18 age category. In the 100-meter individual medley, she finished in 1:08.37, and in the 100-meter breaststroke she finished with a time of 1:13.03. Thirteen-year-old Jessica Schipani of Stonegate broke a pool record in the girls’ 13-14 50-meter breaststroke, with her time of 36.66, as did Germantown’s Eliya Harnood, 10, in the girls’ 9-10 25-meter butterfly, finishing in 16.05.

Stonegate’s girls’ 14-and-under 175-meter graduated freestyle relay team of Rachel Sigwalt, 10, Melanie Doan, 11, Schipani, and Kristen Gload, 8, broke a pool record with their finish time of 1:51.25, as did the Flower Valley boys’ 14-and-under 175-meter graduated freestyle relay team of Billy Jardeleza, 10, Scott Powell, 12, Conger, and Mason Karl, 8, with their finish time of 1:44.80.

MCSL Division C: Potomac Glen
In our meet of the week, Potomac Glen swam away with the C Divisional, finishing with 904 points. Potomac Woods followed with 849.5, Manchester Farms finished with 831.5, Potomac with 780.5, Seven Locks with 641 and Stonebridge with 618.5.

Though Potomac Glen won the meet, Potomac Woods finished at the top of the C Division. Its second-place finish ensured that the Demons would maintain their overall division lead.

“Though we didn’t win, we were Division C champs, so we’re very happy,” coach Jon Leong said. “All my kids are very excited that we’re division champions.”

Potomac Glen’s Kevin Gu, 12, finished first in three races, the boys’ 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley, the boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle and the boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly. Potomac Wood’s Megan Kenna Sharkey, 7, also won three races, all in the girls’ 8-and-under category: the 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly.

“We got some much needed points to keep it close, and our swimmers swam very well,” Leong said. “I was very proud of how well our little kids swam.”

PMSL Division A: Takoma Park DC
The Takoma Park DC swim team won the PMSL A divisional on Saturday and finished at the top of their division, winning back a title that they last capured in 2007. They won 16 of the 49 events, and finished 1-2 a number of times, picking up important points throughout the meet.

The final score was Takoma Park 301, MVP 218, Theresa Banks 215, Strathmore Bel Pre 194, Belair Bath and Tennis 179 and West Laurel 81.

Takoma Park’s Joshua Tomlin, 17, won three races for the All-Stars. Tomlin won the boys’ 15-18 50-meter butterfly, the boys’ 15-18 50-meter breaststroke and the boys’ 15-18 100-meter individual medley. He also swam for Takoma Park in the boys’ 9-18 200-meter freestyle relay, winning the race with Jon Bendana, 9, Kahlil Harris Epps, 12, and Jared Miller, 13. Tomlin broke PMSL records in the breaststroke race, finishing in 30.56, and in the IM, where he finished in 58.72, almost two seconds ahead of the previous record.

Eight-year-old Aurora Meyer of the MVP Dolphins also swam well. Meyer won the 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle, 8-and-under 25-meter breaststroke, 8-and-under 25-meter backstroke and swam with the MVP team’s mixed 8-and-under 100-meter freestyle relay along with William Lewis, 8, Gwendolyn Tsai, 8, and Andrew Smith, 8.

Sean Barbour, 10, won two races for third-place finisher Theresa Banks. Barbour won the boys’ 10-and-under 25-meter butterfly and the boys’ 9-10 50-meter freestyle.

Though the meet was very competitive, coaches agreed that this was the most fun they had had at a meet all season.

“We finished last by a lot, but the kids had a lot of fun,” West Laurel coach Kris Santos said. “We were trying our hardest, and the kids had the most fun they’ve had all season.”

PWSL Blue Division: Sudley

Turns out the top team in the PWSL is indeed in the top division.

After all eight divisions competed on Saturday, all the team’s scores were combined and a “virtual” meet was run. The Sudley Seahorses, which completed a decade without a loss Saturday, came out on top of that, too. They won their division earlier in the day, too, with 4,696 points. Kingsbrooke finished with 3,394 and Lake Ridge had 3,386.

“I can not tell you how well we swam,” Coach Dennis Miller said.

While Sudley winning was likely not the surprise of the day, the Blue Divisional had its suspense. Kingsbrooke edged Lakeridge by a mere eight points, taking the battle for second place into the final event.

The day was marked by fast times and records. Carly Tanner of Lake Ridge set two league records for 15-18 girls, swimming the 50-meter breast in 34.50 and the 100-meter IM in 1:07.71. She set a team record in the 50-meter freestyle. Sudley’s Sam Pomajevich broke the PWSL record for 9 and 10 year olds in the 25-meter butterfly, swimming the event in 15.46 seconds.

Pomajevich also won in the freestyle and butterfly. Jillian Fritsch (freestyle, IM and backstroke), Tim Knowles (freestyle, backstroke and fly) and Emily Minick (IM, backstroke and fly) also won three events for Sudley.

For Kingsbrooke, Ryan Dunne broke two team records: the 50-meter freestyle in 25.16 seconds and the 50-meter fly in 26.48. Madison Smith set a new mark for Kingsbrooke in the 13-14 girls 50-meter breast, swimming the stroke in 37.73 seconds.

Sudley spent this season shooting for its 10th straight undefeated run, and Miller said it got harder as the season progressed.

“We’ve worked awful hard,” Miller said. “Especially the last month when you know you had the chance to accomplish that, everything gets ratcheted up a little bit [and] you don’t want it to slide away.”

Washington Post staff writer Bill Oram contributed to this report.

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