The North Harford girls and Patterson Mill boys were both victorious Saturday at the Class 1A-2A-3A North region swim championship meet held at Magnolia Middle School.
The North Harford girls outpointed runner-up Patterson Mill, 341-325, while the Patterson Mill boys had a slightly better cushion in beating Fallston, 355-320.
In addition, a handful of region records were broken.
Harford Tech’s Mason Young broke two. A sophomore, Young set a region record in winning the boys 200 IM race. Young swam 1:58.70, bettering the former mark set by Brandon Carestia (Tech, 2:02.92) in 2012.
“I don’t really see the records, so I wasn’t really aiming for it,” Young said. “All I wanted to do was be seeded well, if not first for states next weekend. I took it out faster than normal and kind of felt it on the end, but it was still a good time and I ended up setting the region record.”
Mason Young came back later to win the 100 back event. His time of 51.76 was also a region record.
Patterson Mill teammates Jack Leary and Isarra Ounarrath broke records as well.
Leary won the 100 fly race in 53.92, breaking the mark set five years ago by Fallston’s Austin Appel (54.48.)
Ounnarath swam the 500 free in 5:01.07 to set another record. That came a while after the freshman was an easy winner in the 200 free event. Ounnarath led from start to finish and won by seven seconds in 1:50.88.
“It’s great, I didn’t expect me to be where I’m at a couple years ago,” Ounnarath said. “Going into it, I had a bit of a lead already, but the competition was really nice, it felt really good.”
It was a much closer race in the girls 200 free. Tech sophomore Sydney James touched in 2:00.68, just ahead of North Harford freshman Emily Iampieri’s time of 2:01.78.
James then came back to win the 500 free. Her time of 5:24.27 was a region record.
North Harford junior Lizzie Catrambone came up a little shy of the girls 200 IM region record, but won with a time of 2:18.84. Catrambone was happy to win, but disappointed with the lack of a record.
“I just wanted to go out and have fun, it’s my favorite event,” Catrambone said. “I just love doing all the strokes and just wanted to try my best and drop some time.”
Lizzie Catrambone also added a win in the 100 breaststroke event with a time of 1:14.04.
It was the other brother and sister connections of Mason Young and Lizzie Catrambone that won the shortest and fastest races, the 50 free.
Tech senior Tucker Young, who holds both UCBAC (21.48) and region (22.09) records, won the boys race in 22.28.
Emily Catrambone, Lizzie’s twin, won the 50 free in 26.61, less than a full second over Patterson Mill sophomore Sarah Lingelbach (27.32).
Tucker Young also won the 100 free in 49.23. He also holds the region and UCBAC records as well.
North Harford freshman Emily Iampieri was first in the 100 free in 56.80.
Patterson Mill sophomore Katerina Lomis was a double-winner. Lomis won the 100 fly in 1:00.75, edging Edgewood sophomore Priscilla Velez-Vazquez by two seconds.
“I didn’t even know what the region record was, but it was pretty crazy when I walked up to my coaches and they were like, ‘you were so close’,” Lomis said. “I was just hoping to drop time in this race, honestly.”
Lomis added a second win in the 100 back race in 1:03.87.
Elkton’s Nolan Clancy added a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.29).
The other records broken came in relay action.
In the boys 20 free relay, both Patterson Mill (1:33.81) and Tech (1:34.08) broke the record.
The Huskies foursome was comprised of Isarra Ounnaratth, Molrakot Ounnarath, Leary and Alan Nguyen.
Tech’s foursome was Mason Young, Tucker Young, Chris Garvin and AJ Ianniello.
Patterson Mill boys also broke a record in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:26.62. That foursome was Isarra Ounnarath, Noah Harley, Leary and Nguyen.
Tech won the boys 200 medley relay by nearly two seconds over Fallston.
Tucker Young, Mason Young, Griff Rasnake and Garvin swam 1:47.88 to beat Fallston’s foursome of Coby Bracken, Calvin Grier, Evan English and Ben Grasser. They swam a time of 1:49.07.
North Harford girls won the 200 medley relay in 1:59.29 and was comprised of Emily Catrambone, Erin O’Leary, Lizzie Catrambone and Lauren Seco.
The Hawks also added wins in both the 200 and 400 free girls relays. The 200 (1:52.15) team was Natalie Jacobs, Lauren Pamieri, O’Leary and Iampieri.
The 400 (3:52.83) team was Iampieri, Emily Catrambone, Seco and Lizzie Catrambone.
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