After finishing third at last year’s Metros championships, one of the best finishes in the school’s history, Whitman’s girls immediately started looking forward to this year’s meet, mapping out ways to win the program’s first title.
“We were making lineups and everything,” Vikings’ senior Danielle Schulkin said.
On Saturday night at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, Schulkin helped Whitman turn the yearlong planning into a reality, setting a Metros record in the 100-yard butterfly with an automatic all-American time of 55.07 as the Vikings cruised to the title with 447 points, ahead of Good Counsel (333) and Churchill (321).
“I’ve been looking at that [record] for the past four years so it’s very gratifying to get that my senior year,” Schulkin said.
On the boys’ side, Georgetown Prep won its seventh consecutive title – extending the program’s dominance behind a team performance in which all three relays took titles, something Coach Matt Mongelli said he couldn’t remember happening in recent memory. The Little Hoyas finished with 456 points, well ahead of DeMatha (262) and Churchill (247).
Georgetown Prep was led by junior Jonathan Ekstrom, who took titles in the 200 individual medley with an automatic all-American time of 1:50.72 and the 100 backstroke with an automatic all-American time of 50.08. All-Met senior Matt Thomas won the 200 freestyle in an automatic all-American time of 1:40.80 and finished second in the 100 free in an automatic all-American time of 45.95.
“It’s a good feeling,” Ekstrom said of continuing the streak. “I’m hoping we can win [next year] when I’m a senior so they can throw me in the pool.”
For the second consecutive year, Good Counsel All-Met sophomore Sarah Haase was impressive, winning two events – setting a record in one and nearly taking down a second mark.
Haase won the 200 IM in an automatic all-American time of 2:02.34, shattering the mark of 2:03.86 set by Molly Freedman in 1997. Then, in the 100 breaststroke she fell just short of her sister Colleen Haase’s record of 1:01.56, finishing with an automatic All-American time of 1:01.77.
“Honestly I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get that record but it was a great surprise,” Sarah Haase said of the 200 IM. “I just went out fast and I went for it. “
On the boys’ side, Good Counsel freshman Jack Conger burst onto the Metros scene with perhaps the most dominant performance of the meet, breaking records in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Conger first took down Josh Hafkin’s mark of 20.73 with an automatic all-American time of 20.56. Then, the freshman knocked off Sean Stewart’s record of 45.61 in the 100 with an automatic all-American time of 45.50.
“I didn’t think I could go that fast,” Conger said. “But it was all in the moment.”
Other individual winners included Holy Cross junior Katie Rogers (200 freestyle, AAU 1:50.60; 500 freestyle, AAU 4:55.11), Sherwood junior Emily Ryczek (50 freestyle, AAC 23.93; 100 free, AAU 51.23), Churchill junior Chris Verboncoeur (100 fly, AAU 50.23), O’Connell junior Ian Decker (500 free, AAC 4:36.54), Poolesville senior Cara Chuang (100 back, AAU 55.74) and Walter Johnson senior Andrew Tollefson (100 breast, AAC 58.64).
Georgetown Prep’s relays finished with automatic all-American times in the 200 medley (1:35.24) and 400 free (3:07.25), and with a consideration time of 1:27.54 in the 200 free relay.
Like the boys, Whitman’s girls also swept the relays, winning the 200 medley in an automatic all-American time of 1:46.74, the 200 free relay in a consideration time of 1:38.37 and the 400 free relay in an automatic all-American time of 3:29.95.