Jessica Sweitzer

Jessica Sweitzer set a team record in the 15-18 100-yard freestyle for West Laurel in the Prince-Mont All Star meet at the Bowie Swim and Racquet Club July 28. (Photo by Noah Scialom / August 2, 2012)

With team championships already decided a week earlier, the Prince-Mont Swim League All-Star meet on July 28 was all about individual accomplishments.

And several swimmers from one of six Laurel-area teams had strong meets, including some who concluded their summer club careers on the same day the 2012 Olympic swimming events in London debuted.

On this side of the pond, Laurel resident Jessica Sweitzer, a rising sophomore at Division III Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. set a West Laurel team and personal mark by taking second in the 15-18 girls 100-yard freestyle at the Belair Swim and Racquet Club in Bowie.

Sweitzer was second to Amanda Barber (Kingfish), a Bishop McNamara grad from Temple Hills and a freshman swimmer for Division I Towson University.


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"It was a nice capstone for her career," West Laurel co-coach Matt Harris said of Seton Keough alum Sweitzer.

Harris, who concluded his second year as a West Laurel coach, will also be at the college level this coming season as an assistant coach at Division III Washington College in Chestertown.

Sweitzer was part of a college program last winter that boasted a team 3.39 grade-point average, best in school history and the 50th best mark at the Division III level. The team posted an 11-1 dual-meet record.

She was fourth in the 100 freestyle in the conference meet and part of the 400 freestyle relay that set a school mark 3:34.46 to topple a record that had stood since 2005.

Russett also enjoyed strong performances at the all-star meet from Taylor Hicks and Alexandra Bowman, among others. Bowman took sixth in the 50 backstroke in the 15-18 girls event and set a team record in the process.

"Going into the All-Star meet we had some pretty good seeds," said Bowman, a rising junior at Archbishop Spalding in Severn.

Hicks is a former standout at Elizabeth Seton in Bladensburg, but plans to transfer to Holy Cross of Montgomery County in the fall for her senior year. She was first in the girls 15-18 butterfly in 30.91.

Strong showings from Kevin Do (3rd, boys 11-12 breast), Kelley Gaynor (2nd, 11-12 girls breaststroke and 3rd, individual medley), Erin Kane (3rd,15-18 girls butterfly), Madison Oehler (2nd, girls 13-14 breast) and Nayman Leung 3rd, boys 11-12 backstroke) buoyed Silver Spring.

Montpelier had a number of top finishes at the meet, including Suzannah Mills capturing the 11-12 50-meter backstroke and touching in fourth in the butterfly. She set a Belair pool record in the backstroke in 33:07 and also won the IM.

Trey Beam of Montpelier won the U-8 boys freestyle while teammates Thomas Brown de Colstoun (2nd, boys 13-14 fly, free and IM), Frankie Spitza (3rd, boys 11-12 fly and IM, 2nd, breast) and Rocco Mills (4th, boys 13-14 back) also had fine performances.

The Montpelier girls relay team of Mills, Meghan Abdo, Carolyn Sutton and Nabila Moubaran set a new team record in 2:31.80 and took 17th place.

Michael Venit of West Arundel was second in the U-8 boys free and third in the back.

Dominic Kazzi of Russett won the U-8 boys breast and was second in the back. Tomisin Sobande of Russett was first in the girls U-8 breaststroke and Tomiwa Sobande of Russett was third in the 11-12 girls breast.

Russett, Montpelier and Silver Spring all won divisional titles this year in a memorable year for Laurel-area teams.

"Across the board, it was not bad at all," said Harris, the West Laurel co-coach who is a former coach at Montpelier and was on national Division III title teams at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Another standout swimmer this summer for West Laurel was Lee Friedman, a freshman-to-be at Gettysburg College, who was ill for the meet but still took part in three individual events and a relay.

The former captain at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt is excited about competing for Gettysburg.

"They are a very good Division III school. They won the Centennial Conference last year," said Friedman. "I am really excited about being part of the team. I am looking forward to training with a group of guys who are driven."