Anne Arundel swimmers returned to the pool Monday for the county championships, and while the long layoff affected race times, it did not stop the Severna Park girls from dominating the field and nearly coming away with a sweep.
Led by senior twins Emily and Sarah Lloyd, the Falcons began their state title defense by posting 162 points to distance themselves from the field. South River (104) finished second; no other team eclipsed 50 points. The Seahawks’ boys turned the tables with a dramatic 112-107 victory over Severna Park. The Annapolis boys (81) finished in third followed by Broadneck (65).
Many swimmers across the board were a little bit off on Monday, but it was an exciting meet,” Severna Park Coach Mike McTammany said. “The lost pool time had a negative effect on a lot of kids, but I think everyone will be back up to par for regionals this weekend and certainly for states on the 27th.”
Emily Lloyd, a Virginia recruit and the state record holder in the 50, 100 and 500 free, swept the 100 (51.67) and 200 free (1:54.83) while Sarah Lloyd took first in the 100 fly (57.58) and 100 breast (1:09.63). Sarah teamed with Melissa Cropper, Olivia Roy and Marissa Hand to win the 200 medley relay by nearly seven seconds (1:55.32) and Emily anchored the first place 400 free relay team that included Hand, Mary Miller and Katherine Kline. The Lloyd sisters completed their meet sweep by joining Kline and Cropper to take the 200 free relay (1:40.96). The Falcons won nine of the 11 girls’ events.
“Emily swam a great 100, missing an automatic All-America cut by 0.05,” McTammany said. “She’s hoping to hit the magic number at regionals or states. Sarah swam an All-America cut in the 100 fly in a tri-meet, so she will need to repeat that time for All-America status.”
South River, which won the remaining two girls’ events, won only one individual boys’ event and two relays but had enough depth to edge the Falcons overall. Kyle Devore took first in the 200 free (1:54.84) and the Seahawks won both the 200 medley and 200 free relay. The Falcons failed to win a boys’ event but posted several second place finishes and remain a threat to South River going forward.
“We have adequate depth,” McTammany said. “Our top swimmers will be counted on to repeat their strong performances in the hopes of overcoming South River in regionals and setting us up for a good run in the state meet.”