Ben Skopic medals

Ben Skopic, a freshman at Marriotts Ridge High School, shows off his medals following the 2013 Maryland State Swimming Championships at the US Naval Academy. (Photo submitted by Todd Skopic / March 13, 2013)

The 2013 Maryland State Swimming Championships were held over the weekend at the US Naval Academy and Marriotts Ridge freshman Ben Skopic walked away as one of the big winners.

Skopic, who swims for the Eagles Swim Team, brought home numerous medals and one special overall award from the meet.

In the pool, he won two events — earning first place in the men’s 13-14 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12:20 and in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.97. In addition, he also captured three other individual medals courtesy of top three finishes.

But the big prize for Skopic was receiving the Louis Lowenthal Memorial Award. The award, one of two given in honor of two swimmers from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club who died tragically during the past year, was presented to him Saturday night.

Lowenthal was a previous state champion in the 200-yard breaststroke event that Skopic won at this year’s meet.

The other award, the Alec Cosgarea Memorial Award, was presented to Cole Buese for his win in the men’s open 100-yard butterfly. Buese swims for the NBAC and finished with a time of 49.38 seconds in the race.