The Meadowbrook Tomatoes are not short on talented young swimmers, which was evident in the Central Maryland Swim League Division I championships at the South Carroll Swim Club, in Sykesville, on Saturday.
Meadowbrook earned 12 individual championships with triple winner Tess Lankford leading the way. She won the 25-meter freestyle, 25 backstroke and 25 butterfly in the 8-and-under girls division.
The Tomatoes also had three double winners, including Alex Lakatta (9-10, 50 free, 100 individual medley), Caroline Benda (9-10, 50 free, 100 IM) and Kacey McKenna (9-10, 25 fly, 25 breaststroke).
"They are just getting better with every meet," Meadowbrook coach Jesse Krebs said. "We realize if they stick with our team for years to come, we will definitely have some great older swimmers. That's exciting.
"I got to know the younger swimmers so much better than the older swimmers. They came to all the meets. They wanted to know what they had to do to improve."
Three days earlier, Meadowbrook also had an outstanding meet at the eight-team Straehle Invitational as four Tomatoes won individual events while capturing top honors in four relays.
"If they had been scoring the meet, we probably would have won," Krebs said. "But it's an individual championship meet."
McKenna was a triple winner in the girls 9-10 girls division, grabbing gold medals in the 100-meter IM, 25 breaststroke and 25 fly.
Krebs was also impressed with Benda, who won the 50 free and 25 back.
"Caroline is 10 years old, but she is so tall for her age," Krebs said. "She has beautiful strokes. She comes from a swimming family. Both of her parents swam at South Carolina. She has a very bright future in swimming."
The 9-10 boys 200 freestyle relay of Alex Lakatta, Cameron Shinnick, Liam Schindler and TJ Matteini had some last-minute lineup changes, but still prevailed.
"The number of relays we won was a pretty big deal," Krebs said. "If they had been scoring, we would have gotten a ton of points. We usually have some impressive relays. Everyone we put in this year won."
Straehle Invitational results
8-under-girls: Kate Lakatta 1st 25 breast.
8-under-boys: Nathaniel Lackamp 2nd 25 back 3rd 25 free; Teddy McQuaid 2nd 25 fly
9-10 girls: Kacey McKenna 1st 100 IM, 1st 25 fly, 1st 25 breast; Caroline Benda 1st 50 free, 1st 25 back, 2nd 100 IM.
9-10 boys: Alex Lakatta 1st 100 IM, 2nd 50 free, 5th 25 breast; Cameron Shinnick 2nd 25 back, 5th 100 IM, 5th 25 fly.
11-12 boys: Nick Gordan 3rd 50 free; Ronan Nealis 5th 50 back.
13-14 girls: Brooke Ruffin 5th 100 free
9-10 girls 200 freestyle relay: Caroline Benda, Kacey McKenna, Meghan Benda, Elisa Tuominen 1st
9-10 boys 200 free style relay: Alex Lakatta, Cameron Shinnick, Liam Schindler, TJ Matteini 1st
8-under mixed 100 free relay: Nathaniel Lackamp, Jemma Bain, Kate Lakatta, Teddy McQuaid 1st.
11-12 boys 200 free relay: Nick Gordan, Drew Conboy, Quincy Marchelya, Marshall Fry 1st.
Central Maryland Swim League Division I results
6-under girls: Elena Levedosky 3rd 25 free; Margaret Ramoy 1st 25 back.
6-under boys: Liam McQuaid 3rd 25 free, 3rd 25 back; Charlie Lakatta 4th 25 free.
8-under-girls: Tess Lankford 1st 25 free, 1st 25 back, 1st 25 fly; Jemma Bain 2nd 25 back, 3rd 25 free; Kate Lakatta 1st 25 breast, 4th 25 free; Shelby Jackson 4th 25 back, 4th 25 fly.
8-under-boys: Nathaniel Lackamp 1st 25 back, 2nd 25 free; Teddy McQuiad 1st 25 fly, 4th 25 free.
9-10 girls: Kacey McKenna 1st 25 fly, 1st 25 breast; Caroline Benda 1st 100 IM, 1st 50 free; Megan Benda 2nd 100 IM, 2nd 50 free, 3rd 25 breast; Yzabel DeGuzman 3rd 50 free, 4th 25 back, 5th 100 IM; Elisa Tuominen 5th 50 free, 5th 25 fly; Brooke Shinnick 2nd 25 back, 4th 25 fly; Maeve McGee 5th 25 back; Bernadette Ramoy 4th 25 breast.
9-10 boys: Alex Lakatta 1st 100 IM, 1st 50 free. Cameron Shinnick 2nd 25 back, 2nd 25 fly; Liam Schindler 3rd 25 breast; TJ Matteini 5th 25 breast.
11-12 girls: Elizabeth Ramoy 4th 100 IM; Greta Peacock 1st 50 back, 2nd 50 free; Scarlett Bonnor 4th 50 breast, Abby McKenna 5th 50 breast.
11-12 boys: Nick Gordan 1st 50 free, 4th 50 back;; Quincy Marchelya 2nd 100 IM, 2nd 50 fly; Ronan Nealis 3rd 50 back, 4th 100 IM; Drew Conboy 4th 50 fly.
13-14 girls: Nina Kolodgie 1st 100 IM, 3rd 50 breast; Julia Luljak 3rd 100 IM, 5th 50 breast; Sydney Conboy 2nd 100 free; Brooke Ruffin 1st 50 fly
15-18 girls: Rachel Mandel 2nd 50 breast.
15-18 boys: Will Cosgarea 2nd 100 IM, 3rd 50 back, 3rd 50 fly; Dalton Coe 4th 100 free.
6-under 100 free relay: Liam McQuaid, Jared Goldstein, Margaret Ramoy, Elena Levendosky 1st.
9-10 girls 200 freestyle relay: Caroline Benda, Kacey McKenna, Brooke Shinnick, Bernadette Ramoy 1st
9-10 boys 200 free style relay: Alex Lakatta, Cameron Shinnick, Liam Schindler TJ Matteini 1st
8-under mixed 100 free relay: Nathaniel Lackamp, Teddy McQuaid, Jemma Bain, Katie Lakatta 1st
11-12 girls 200 free relay: Greta Peacock, Elizabeth Ramoy, Abby McKenna, Scarlett Bonnor 3rd.
11-12 boys 200 free relay: Quincy Marchelya, Nick Gordan, Drew Conboy, Marshall Fry, Ronan Nealis, Benjamin Russell 2nd
13-14 girls 200 free relay: Sydney Conboy, Brooke Ruffin, Julia Luljak, Anna Mason, Nina Kolodgie, Lucy Ozonoff 1st.