With the summer season winding down, one of the last tasks is to make sure the league records are updated. Several swimmers this weekend sped their way into the books, including two who erased long-standing marks in the Prince-Mont Swim League.
“She’d been working on it all summer,” said Kingfish Coach Angela Cummings, who instructs Mathis year-round. “She had her eye on it. It was very exciting for the whole team. She definitely deserved to break that record.”
Geordie Enoch of Belair Swim and Racquet tied the girls’ 14-under 100 individual medley record, finishing in 1:07.34, the same time that Pam Franklin of Kingfish posted in 1984. Enoch also won the 50 breast and the 50 back to cap her unbeaten summer.
In the Northern Virginia Swimming League divisional championships, it was a bittersweet weekend for Janet Hu of Mosby Woods, who broke two records but had two of her older records broken as well. In all, six NVSL records fell, running the season total to an all-time high of 28.
Hu swam the girls’ 13-14 100 IM in 1:04.19, topping the 1:04.92 swum by Ashley Danner of Cottontail in 2005. Later in the day, Hu topped another Danner record from 2005, finishing the 13-14 50 free in 26.00 to edge Danner’s 26.78.
The records that Hu set were in the girls’ 10-under 100 IM and the girls’ 9-10 50 free, both courtesy of Isabella Rongione of McLean. Rongione finished the IM in 1:13.83 to better the 1:15.25 that Hu swam in 2006. In the free, Rongione went 29.78; Hu’s mark of 30.37 had stood since 2006.
Other NVSL record-setters Saturday: Sean Fletcher of Hunter Mill went 26.18 in the boys’ 15-18 50 back. The old record of 26.45 was set by Marcus Rogan of Mansion House in 2000. Cassidy Bayer of Mount Vernon Park swam a 14.74 in the girls’ 9-10 25 fly to break the 14.78 she had swum the previous week. The 14.78 topped the record time she had swum the week before that.
Jeang’s record-setting performance was one of 10 first-place finishes for Rockville in the individual events.
Megan Kenna Sharkey of Potomac Woods, who set new league records this season in the girls’ 8-under 25 free and 25 fly, won both of her events but did not top her previous times, although her 15.59 time in the free would also have won the boys’ 8-under race.
“She might have been a little disappointed she didn’t get her best time, but when you’re swimming as fast as she did, it’s hard to get that fast every time,” Potomac Woods Coach Jon Leong said.
It was a strong meet for Potomac Woods. In addition to Sharkey’s two victories, Kaitlin Mills won the girls’ 18-under 100 back, Andrew Valentine the boys’ 13-14 fly and Joe Howley took the 9-10 boys’ breast. Those five first-place finishes were second only to Rockville’s 10. Upper County took four firsts.
The Seahorses, swimming in the Blue Division championship at their home pool Saturday, totaled 4,505.5 points, comfortably ahead of Braemar (3,586.5) and Kingsbrooke (3,414) in winning their 80th consecutive meet.
The three 15-18 record setters were Casie Boyle in the girls’ 100 IM and and two boys’ relays, the 200 free and 200 medley.
Boyle finished in 1:07.33 to top the mark (1:07.71) that Carly Tanner of Lake Ridge had set last season. Boyle also won the free and butterfly to emerge as the only Sudley swimmer to win three individual divisional events.
The two relay records broke marks set by Kingsbrooke. Reilly McGrory, Matthew Smith, Grant Minick and Chase Wittenauer teamed up in the 200 free to turn in a 1:40.81 to best the 1:42.43 swum by Kingsbrooke last week. Wittenauer, Minick, McGrory and Michael Hughes established a new mark of 1:53.32 in the 200 medley, breaking the 1:53.66 set by Kingsbrooke in 2008.
Seven records fell in the Dominion Country Club League all-star meet, including three by Westwood: Matt Callahan in the boys’ 15-18 50 back (27.50) and the 50 breast (31.16) and Laura Kellan in the girls’ 13-14 50 free (27.69).
Will Koeppen of Riverbend established new marks in the boys’ 8-under 25 free (15.44) and 25 fly (17.56). For Trump National, Bryce Nabulsi now tops the league records with a time of 20.23 in the girls’ 8-under 25 back, and Ryan Natal set a new superlative in the boys’ 15-18 50 fly (26.46).