All-Star Aquatics star Caroline McTaggart, 12, led Potomac Valley swimmers by winning six medals — four gold and two silver — at the 2009 Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championships in State College, Pa., that concluded Saturday.
Other local standouts included Rockville Montgomery’s Jessica Chen, 12, who claimed two golds and three silvers; Rockville-Montgomery’s Devin Truong, 10, who snagged a gold, silver and three bronze medals; and Fairland Aquatics’ Michael Stevens, 12, who won one gold and three silver medals.
In the girls 11-12 division, McTaggart won golds in 100-meter freestyle (1 minute 0.06 seconds); the 50 free (27.80); the 400 free relay (4:12.18 along with Lauren Hensley, Maxine Clifford and Hannah Baker); and 200 medley relay (2:08.35, Annika Kollevoll, Chen and Laura Branton). She earned second places in the 200 freestyle (2:14.19), and 400 medley relay (4:43.18 seconds, Kollevoll, Chen and Kiri Harvey).
Truong won medals in four individual events, the most among locals competing in the USA Swimming-sanctioned event. In the boys 10-and-under division, Truong finished first the 50 breast in 40.52; second in the 100 breast in 1:27.82; and third in the 400 medley in 5:08.93, the 200 medley in 2:42.57 and the 400 medley relay with Matthew Tiberino, Sam Pomajevich and Eric Dorsch.
In the boys 11-12 age group, Stevens won gold in the 50 back (31.76), and silvers in the 100 back (1:08.31), 400 medley relay (4:41.11, Alex Li, Dylan Buehler, Graham Baird) and 200 medley relay (2:06.99, Buehler, Andrew Seliskar, Baird).
Chen, the Potomac Marlins’ Laura Schwartz, 14, and The Fish’s Isabella Rongione, 9, each claimed medals in three individual events. In the girls 13-14 group, Schwartz finished first in the 200 medley in 2:27.00, and third in the 800 free in 9:26.66 and 400 individual medley in 5:15.24.
In the girls 10-and-under group, Rongione finished second in the 200 freestyle in 2:24.21, and third in the 100 free (1:07.71) and 100 fly (1:16.26). Chen won gold in the girls 11-12 100 breast in 1:17.77, and earned silver in the 50 breast (36.07) and 200 breast (2:50.61).
In the boys 11-12 division, Curl-Burke’s Seliskar, 12, earned two silvers (200 fly) and a bronze (100 fly) along with the relay silver; in boys 10-and-under, Occoquan Swimming’s Pomajevich, 10, got a silver (50 free) and bronze (50 fly) along with the relay medal; and in the boys 13-14s, Johnston, 14, a gold (200 free relay) and bronze (50 free).
Several locals picked up one medal each in individual events: Elena Marsilii, 15, earned a silver in the girls 14-15 1,500 free; Noah Burgett, 12, won silver in the boys 11-12 200 back; Quinn Giroux, 17, earned a silver in the boys 15-18 400 medley; Jaycee Yegher, 10, took bronze in the girls 10-and-under 100 breast; and Caroline Clark, 13, claimed silver in girls 13-14 100 fly.
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