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Laurel City swimming faces tough test in quest for fourth win

Laurel City first-year head swim coach Susie Keys admits it’s been a long time since the club has won four dual meets in a season.

But they have a chance to do that on July 13 when they host Parks and Recreation Pride in the last dual meet of the regular-season in the Prince-Mont Swim League.

Her 3-1 Division F squad defeated Division G Oxon Hill, 341-111.

‘They are getting faster and faster. It is phenomenal to see,” Keys said.

Laurel City triple winners were Natalia Diaz (U-8 girls) in the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke; Jesse Rocco (15-18 girls) in the back, free and individual medley; Neheimah Smith (U-10 boys) in the butterfly, free and breast; and Matthew Wilson (13-14 boys) in the fly; free and IM.

Double winners for Laurel City were Gabriela Espinoza (U-10 girls) in the fly and free; Ava Hehir-Keys (9-10 and U-12 girls) in the breast and IM; Eanna Hehir-Keys (13-14 girls) in the free and IM; Jennifer Fuentes (15-18 girls) in the fly and breast; Nazaire Smith (U-8 boys) in the free and back; Ivan Zapata (11-12 boys) in the fly and free; Chad Whitelock (15-18 boys) in the breast and IM; and James Krehbiel (15-18) boys in the fly and free.

Laurel City faces a Parks and Recreation-Pride (3-1) squad that fell to Accokeek by one point.

“It is going to be one of our toughest. Four (wins) has not been done in a while,” Keys said.

In other meets involving Laurel-area teams, Division B Russett (3-1) defeated the MVP Dolphins,292-280; West Laurel (2-2) stopped Fort Washington, 308-208; Montpelier (2-2) downed Northridge, 288-273; West Arundel (1-3) fell to Kings Landing, 303-272, and the Silver Spring Swim Team (0-4) lost to Takoma Park, 311-268.

Triple winners for Montpelier were Zoey Rutherford (U-8 girls) in the free, breast and back; Carolyn Sutton (13-14 girls) in the fly, breast and IM; Thomas Brown de Colstoun (13-14 boys) in the fly, free and IM; and Suzannah Mills (15-18 girls) in fly, back and IM.  Lucas Brown de Colstoun (U-12 boys) was a double winner in the fly and IM.

“It was a huge road win,” said Montpelier coach Brian Abdo, noting Suzannah Mills moved up to 15-18 and was a triple winner. “One of the biggest surprises was Mia and Zoey Rutherford. They were not supposed to be at the meet but they came back (from vacation) and with their help we won. It was huge for them to change their vacation plans and come back early. There were a lot of contributions from a lot of swimmers.”

Laurel City triple winners were Natalia Diaz (U-8 girls) in the free, back and breast; Jesse Rocco (15-18 girls) in the back, free and IM; Neheimah Smith (U-10 boys) in the fly, free and breast; and Matthew Wilson (13-14 boys) in the fly; free and IM.

Double winners for Laurel City were Gabriela Espinoza (U-10 girls) in fly and free; Ava Hehir-Keys (9-10 and U-12 girls) in breast and IM; Eanna Hehir-Keys (13-14 girls) in free and IM; Jennifer Fuentes (15-18 girls) in fly and breast; Nazaire Smith (U-8 boys) in free and back; Ivan Zapata (11-12 boys) in fly and free; Chad Whitelock (15-18 boys) in breast and IM; and James Krehbiel (15-18) boys in fly and free.

The host Sharks of Russett got triple wins from Megan Reyda (15-18 girls) in fly, free and IM; Razelle Abogadie (U-10 girls) in the fly, free and back; Allison Ritter (11-12 girls); Kyle Ritter (U-8 girls) in the free, breast and back; Dominic Kazzi (U-10 boys) in the fly, free and breast; and Miles Scott (U-8 boys) in the free, breast and back.

Allison Ritter set a new Russett team and pool record in the breast at 39.63 and the IM in 1:16.71.

Double winners for Russett were Anthony Kazzi (11-12 boys) in the fly and IM and Tavon Thompson (13-14 boys) in the breast and IM. Anthony Kazzi set a new Russett team record in the IM in 1:28.83.

Cara Samson (11-12 girls) was a triple winner for West Laurel in the fly, free and IM while double winners were Christina Storzer (9-10 girls) in the free and back; Max Bagileo (9-10 boys) in the fly and breast; Henry Buda (11-12 boys) in the fly and IM; Claire Mudd (13-14 girls) in the free and breast; Kira Myers (13-14 girls) in the back and IM; and Erin Kane (15-18 girls) in the fly and IM.

Triple winners for West Arundel were Michael Venit (U-8 boys) in the free, breast and back; Jay Venit (13-14 boys) in the free, breast and IM; and Andrea Sturgis (15-18 girls) in the fly, free and IM.

Jay Venit set a new team record in breast (31:59).

Double winners were Olivia Clark (9-10 girls) in the fly and free; Ryan Webb (15-18 boys) in the fly and IM; and Kellianne Venit (15-18 girls) in the breast and back.

Laurel Invitational highlights
Montpelier had three high point winners at the Laurel Invitational held July 7 at the Fairland Aquatic Center.

Suzannah Mills (13-14 girls) won the free, back and IM and Thomas Brown de Colstoun (boys 13-14) won back and IM.

Montpelier 15-18 double winners were Dylan Buehler (fly and IM) and Nick Mills (breast and back). Mills, Brown de Colstoun and Buehler were the high point winners in their respective age group. Brown de Colstoun set a meet record in the 50 free and 100 IM.

While it was not a team event, team scores were used to determine the high point winners in each age category.

With that formula, West Laurel led with 256.5 points. They were followed by Russett (236.5), Montpelier (222), West Arundel (191) and Laurel City (62). Individual high point winners for West Laurel were Erin Kane (15-18 girls) and Henry Buda (11-12 boys).

“It is nice to see them swim so fast,” said Dave Floyd, one of the West Laurel coaches. “We have depth. Our 11-12 boys are strong and so are our 11-12 girls.”

West Arundel had two high point winners: Michael Venit in U-8 boys and Olivia Clark in the 9-10 girls.

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