Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club and Curl-Burke had another showdown this weekend at the National Age Group Team Challenge at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds.
RMSC won the 14-and-under meet, with Curl-Burke finishing a close second. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics came in third. The meet allowed swimmers to earn power points from USA Swimming, based on their times. Each team amassed meet points based on the number of power points each of its swimmers earned.
Cierra Runge, 13, of the Delaware Swim Team and Liam Egan, 11, of the Badger Swim Club of Larchmont, N.Y. won Most Outstanding Performance awards for the two-day meet.
The challenge was first organized three years ago by RMSC coaches Dave Greene and Dave Kraft to have an actual club championship, rather than the virtual club championship created by USA Swimming.
“We got everyone together,” Kraft said. “It was the best teams we could invite, and in the first year we invited all the top teams, but some from California were not coming because it was so far. But we had four teams the first year, and this year it’s 8.”
Though local mega-clubs RMSC and Curl-Burke dominated the event, teams came from all over the East coast to attend the meet. The Badger Swim Club and Long Island Aquatic Club came from New York, the Delaware Swim Team from New Castle, Del., and Monocacy Aquatic Club, NOVA and Machine Aquatics from all over Virginia.
Kraft admitted that his toughest competition was still Curl-Burke.
“The main competition for RMSC is Curl-Burke,” Kraft said. “We finished 1-2 in that [USA Swimming] virtual club championship, so they’re our biggest rivals locally and nationally and they’re very strong every year.”
The competition was tight throughout the meet. Ten RMSC swimmers broke records at the event, as did seven Curl-Burke swimmers. The Curl-Burke girls dominated the relays, with the 13-14 teams breaking records in the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley and 400-meter medley. Curl-Burke’s 11-12 girls relay team also broke records in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle.