November 15 – Good Counsel beat Stone Ridge and Gonzaga, 116-70 and 94-91, respectively, with first-place performances by several area stars, including three Olympic trials qualifiers and a recent national age group record holder.
In the win, Good Counsel senior Sarah Haase, last year's All-Met Swimmer of the Year, took first-place in the 200 IM (2 minutes 11.78 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.13), and led her team to a win the 200 medley relay (1:53.44).
For Stone Ridge, freshman Katie Ledecky won the 200 freestyle (1:49.67) and 100 butterfly (57.80), and anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:40.98) and 400 freestyle relay (3:46.61) , edging Go
od Counsel's Catherine Mulquin in the 200 relay by nine-hundredths of a second.
These wins come just days after Ledecky broke two national age group records in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle.
In a much closer team battle, Falcons junior Jack Conger, last year's All-Met Boys' Swimmer of Year, opened his season with two individual and two relay wins. Conger beat teammate Brady Welch in the 200 free (1:45.55) and 500 free (4:33.25), as well as splitting a blistering 20.91 as the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay. Welch, a sophomore, also had a strong meet, finishing second in 1:48.08 and 4:49.77.
Gonzaga senior Sean Sullivan did all he could for the Eagles, winning the 50 free (22.10) and 100 free (50.21), in addition to anchoring two relays in losing efforts.
Haase, Conger and Ledecky are all Olympic Trials qualifiers in multiple events.
Haase, Mulquin, Conger and Welch swim year-round for Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club; Ledecky and Sullivan are members of the Curl-Burke Swim Club.