Saturday’s Maryland State Swimming Championships were doubly good for three boy swimmers from Harford County.
C. Milton Wright senior Ryan Baldino and Harford Tech brothers, senior Tucker Young and sophomore Mason Young, each won two state titles in the pair of state meets held at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center in College Park.
Baldino’s wins came in the 50 and 100 free events in the morning 3A-4A meet, while Tucker Young won the same two events in the 1A-2A-3A meet, later in the day. Mason Young’s wins came in the 200 IM and the 100 back events.
Baldino was in the shadow of state record times in winning his titles. Baldino finished in 21.21 in the 50 free and 46.77 in the 100. The state-best times are 21.15 and 46.45 respectively.
He was aiming for them. “It was, I asked my coach before the meet to pull up these records to see a little motivational time,” Baldino said. “And the kid that holds the record (50 free) is already swimming at Towson and I’m going there, so he’ll be my teammate.”
Despite the miss on a state record, Baldino’s times were a life-best. “It feels great, honestly when I looked up at the board, I didn’t really see the time. I knew I won and then I saw all of my friends and coaches yelling and clapping for me, it was a great moment,” Baldino said. “I was just trying to touch first. I knew the kids from Montgomery County were going to be faster than they were at the region meet, so I knew that I had to go faster myself.”
Baldino was pleased with his finish. “The competition was great. It’s tougher and I knew I had to do my best, be on my ‘A’ game,” he said. “I was happy to go out with a win in my senior year the right way.”
Baldino was also part of the Mustangs seventh place 200 medley relay team
Teammate Kyle Rutherford posted the only other top-10 finish, placing fourth in the 100 back event.
Tucker Young not only won the 50 free (21.30), he defended the title won a year ago. “It felt good, I was just trying to go fast. I just wanted to see, it was my senior year, my last high school states,” Young said. “I said, let’s just go have fun, let’s just go swim and I’d just be happy with whatever I came out with and I was happy, I dropped some time and I set a new record (Tech record).
Young then followed up with the win in the 100 free in 46.87. “It felt really good to come out on top on that one, but I was, like I said, I didn’t care who I was swimming, I just wanted to swim as fast as I could for the last time that I ever was going to swim as a Harford Tech Cobra and I just wanted to swim and have fun. That was my goal,” Young said. He was second in the event last year.
Younger brother Mason Young was equally impressive with his wins. It started with a win in the 200 IM, in 1:54.59, five seconds better than the runner up.
It was his other win, though, that produced a state record. He won the 100 back in 50.10, bettering the mark of 50.42 set last year.
“I was really going for more time drop than the state record,” Young said. “I knew the state record was there from last year when I broke it, but the other kid broke it faster, so I knew that I had a chance to break it going in, but I was really just going for the time drop. I was going for a good time and it ended up being a state record.”
As for the 200 IM, win Young said, “This year I decided to swim 200 IM, because I really felt good about it. All of my strokes seemed to be connecting recently and I was going good times at counties and regionals, so at states, I was seeded second and when I went into the race, I just felt really great with everything.”
The two also partnered with others to get top-three place finishes in two relays. The Young’s, Griff Rasnake and Christopher Garvin were second in the 200 medley relay and the Young’s Garvin and AJ Ianniello were third in the 200 free relay.
Garvin added an eighth place finish in the 200 free. The Tech boys were fourth with 172 points.
Patterson Mill boys win relay
Patterson Mill boys won the 400 free relay state title in 3:20.72. The foursome was Issara Ounnarath, Noah Harley, Jack Leary and Alan Nguyen.
They added a fourth in the 200 free relay. That foursome was Issara Ounnarath, Molrakot Ounnarath, Leary and Nguyen.
Leary added a second in the 100 fly and a sixth in the 200 IM, while Nguyen was third in both the 50 and 100 events.
Issara Ounnarath was third in the 500 free and Harley was seventh in 10 free and eighth in 100 back.
Patterson Mill scored 200 points for second place in boys standings.
Other boys placing in top 10 were Fallson’s Evan English, eighth in 50 free; and Coby Bracken, 10th in 500 free. North Harford’s Tanner Russell was fifth in 500 free and 10th in 200 free.
James leads girls
Tech’s Sydney James was third in 500 free and fifth in 200 free.
Katerina Lomis of Patterson Mill was fourth in 100 back and sixth in 100 fly, while Emily Iampieri of North Harford was eighth in 200 free and ninth in 100 free.
Emily Catrambone was sixth in 100 back and sister Lizzie Catrambone was fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in 100 breaststroke. Erin O’Leary was seventh in 200 IM.
The Catrambone twins teamed with Lauren Seco and Iampieri to place third in the 400 free relay. The Hawks 200 medley relay (Catrambone, O’Leary, Catrambone, Seco) was fifth.
The Hawks were fourth with 161 points.
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