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Little Hoyas Crowned at WMPSSDL’s

By Paul Tenorio
Georgetown Prep junior Jonathan Ekstrom had a second- and third-place finish to help the Little Hoyas to a WMPSSDL's title. (Photo by Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post)

Georgetown Prep junior Jonathan Ekstrom had a second- and third-place finish to help the Little Hoyas to a WMPSSDL's title. (Photo by Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post)

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The Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League boys’ swimming championship was held Wednesday evening at Georgetown Prep after the snow delayed the meet several times.

In a back-and-forth affair, Georgetown Prep distanced itself late from rival Gonzaga to claim the win with 437 points, ahead of the Eagles 399.5 and DeMatha‘s 376.

Georgetown Prep set the tone early, opening the meet by winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:39.98, ahead of Good Counsel (1:40.12) and DeMatha (1:40.65).

The Little Hoyas continued that early success when All-Met senior Matt Thomas took the 200 freestyle title with a time of 1:44.52, a second ahead of DeMatha’s John Kundrat (1:45.53) and Landon‘s Robert Spencer (1:46.12).

Thomas doubled up later in the meet, winning the 100 freestyle in 46.99 — one-hundredth of a second short of All-American consideration — and ahead of Ireton‘s Samuel Ellis (49.16) and Kundrat (49.23).

O’Connell‘s Ian Decker won the 200 individual medley title with a time of 1:57.14, out-touching Georgetown Prep’s Jonathan Ekstrom (1:57.15) by the narrowest of margins. St. Albans Danny McDermott took third in 1:58.67.

Decker won a second title in the 500 freestyle, turning in an All-American consideration time of 4:39.57, ahead of Landon’s Spencer (4:41.99) and Prep’s Garrett Powell (4:42.76).

McDermott would win a title later in the night in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.26), ahead of St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes junior Conor MacNair (1:01.32) and Prep’s Raymond Chi (1:02.51).

Ireton’s Angus MacDonald won the first of two events in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.56, just ahead of Georgetown Prep senior Sutton Truluck (21.73) and Ireton’s Samuel Ellis (22.01). Good Counsel freshman Jack Conger was fourth at 22.02 seconds.

MacDonald scored his second title on the night in the 100 backstroke with an All-American consideration time of 52.23, just out-racing Conger, who finished in an All-American consideration 52.65. Prep’s Ekstrom finished third in 53.73.

St. Albans sophomore Cyrus Nasseri and Gonzaga senior Willie Leach tied for the title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.32, narrowly ahead of Paul VI junior Eric Nasakaitis (53.39).

Gonzaga’s 200 freestyle relay of Nick Knise, James Cutler, Torey Ortmayer and Sean Sullivan put up an All-American consideration time of 1:28.40 to take the title ahead of Prep (1:29.59) and DeMatha (1:29.68).

As they had done to open the meet, it was Georgetown Prep’s 400 freestyle relay of Will Lawler, Ekstrom, Powell and Thomas that ended the meet with a title, turning in an All-American consideration time of 3:13.81 to win by more than four seconds. Gonzaga (3:17.71) and DeMatha (3:19.37) were second and third.

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3 Responses to “Little Hoyas Crowned at WMPSSDL’s”

  1. prep swimmer says:

    yeah prep. dominance.

  2. gonzaga swimmer says:

    more astonishing how a combination or prep, dematha, and st johns swimmer all chanting “Beat Gonzaga” got drowned out quickly by the single gonzaga cheering squad. not exactly what id consider dominance on preps side

  3. prep says:

    I’m pretty sure he was talking about dominance in the pool. Espescially since unlike Gonzaga, none of the other teams either tapered for the meet or have the 30-40 swimmers who aren’t fast enough to even qualify like Gonzaga does.

    Have fun winning the #1 cheering trophy. I think we’re stick to winning what the meets actually about.

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