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Pair of Laurel swimming squads splash to first wins of the season

While West Laurel and Laurel City captured wins during week one and two other local squads posted their first victories of the season on June 22 in week two of the Prince-Mont Swim League.

Russett (1-1), under veteran coach Vanessa Cox, defeated visiting Greenbelt, 297-280, in Division B.

Four swimmers were triple winners: Dominic Kazzi (Under-10 boys), in the butterfly, freestyle and breaststroke; Miles Scott (U-8 boys) in the free, breast and back; Kylie Ritter (U-8 girls) in the free, breast and back and Allison Ritter (11-12 girls) in the free, breast and individual medley.

The Sharks also had double winners in Lauren Ritter (13-14 girls) in the fly and IM; Simone DeSouza (13-14 girls) in the frees and back and Christopher Marx (13-14 boys) in the back and IM.

West Arundel, (1-1) after a loss at division foe West Laurel in the first week, bounced back to beat Belair, of Bowie, 305-268 in Division C.

Coach John Venit's squad had four swimmers with three wins: Michael Venit (U-8 boys) in the free, breast and back; William Kendrick (9-10 boys) in the free, breast, and back; Cecilia Ramirez (11-12 girls) in the fly, back and IM; and Jay Venit (13-14 boys) in the fly, breast and IM.

Ryan Webb (15-18 boys) was a double winner for West Arundel in the fly and IM.

Michael Venit set team records in the free and back while Jay Venit (breast), Webb (IM) and Peter Moyer (free) also set team records.

Montpelier, under head coach Brian Abdo, is 0-2 this season after a 290-275 loss to visiting Smallwood.

Montpelier, who lost to Cheverly by a point in the opener, has lost its first two Division D meets by a total of 16 points.

"Another close meet," Abdo said. "The first meet we were tied heading into the relays and this week we were down by one. Unfortunately our U-8 mixed relay was (disqualified), so then were down 10. We just came up short again. We were missing some swimmers but that is no excuse. A lot of people really stepped up big."

Triple winners for Montpelier were Zoey Rutherford (U-8 girls) in the free, breasts and back; Suzannah Mills (13-14 girls) in the free, back and IM; Thomas Brown de Colstoun (13-14 boys) in the fly, back and IM; Carolyn Sutton (15-18 girls) in the fly, back and IM and Dylan Buehler (15-18 boys) in the fly, free and IM.

Double winners for the Marlins were Shannon Blau (9-10 girls) in the breast and back; Samantha Hong (9-10 girls) in the fly and free; Lucas Brown de Colstoun (boys 11-12) in the fly and IM; and Nick Mills (15-18 boys) in the breast and back.

West Laurel (Division C) is now 1-1 after a 314.5-264.5 loss to Roger Carter, a team based in Howard County.

"Roger Carter had a lot of swimmers who were not with them the first week," said co-coach Dave Floyd, who was out of town for the meet, but got updates on his team. "We did have a number of dropped times. They swam really hard; it was a tough meet but the kids kept their heads up."

Henry Buda, of West Laurel, broke his own record in the fly.

Buda, 12, and Erin Kane, 16, were triple winners for West Laurel and Lucy Buda (9-10 girls) won the fly and breast.

Laurel City and first-year head coach Susie Keys fell to 1-1 overall in Division F with a 305-225 loss to host Accokeek.

Ava Hehir-Keys (9-10 girls) won the fly, free and breast; Eanna Hehir-Keys (13-14 girls) captured the fly, breast and IM; and James Krehbiel (15-18 boys) won fly, free and IM.

"A lot of the strength this year (for Laurel City) is in the younger kids, which is backwards from what it usual was," said Krehbiel, a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt.

Krehbiel said Keys "is working a lot more (with swimmers) on endurance and physical strength than technique, which I think is good."

The Silver Spring Swim Team (Division A), which has home meets in Laurel, fell to 0-2 with a 321-236 loss to Pointer Ridge.

Local teams are now 4-8 after the first two weeks of the season.

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