Woohoo Wahoos! The West Laurel Swim Team 2017 season has come to an end. It was a great season and tons of fun. The team won some and lost some but these summer memories of camaraderie and team work will live on. WLST always ends with Fun Night at which time the team and their families play, eat, laugh a lot and give out traditional awards.
There were six graduating swimmers this year including Billy Rosenberg, Zack Landau, Claire Mudd, Megan Hendershot, Gabi Abel and Sara Morgan moving on. Parents Kristen Ruiz and Howard Rosenberg deservedly were awarded he Bill Raynor Work Horse Award.
The following students were presented awards: high point - 15-18 boys Billy Rosenberg, girls Kayla Hendershot; 13-14 boys Emmett Hendershot, girls Julie Knisely; 11-12 boys Andres Moran, girls Kara Schmidt; 9-10 boys Matthew Schmidt, girls Celina Johnson; 8&U boys Ayden Moris, girls Charlotte Fields. MVP team was awarded to Max Bagileo and Lucy Buda.
Lucy only had one second-place finish all season; the rest were all first-place finishes. Rookie of the year awards were presented to Brady Constein and Cora Schweiss. Awards for most-improved swimmers were presented to Antonio Perez, Belle Perez, Colin Hicks, Isabelle Fields, Joseph Shaner, Calli Fields, Joseph Karpman, Rayhanna Mani, Ayden Moris and Sloane Hiett.
The Little Wahoo award went to Sloane Hiett. The Judith Bailey Spirit Award went to Claire Mudd and the Art Shipley Spirit award went to Phillip McWithey, both for exemplifying the most team spirit.
There were six swimmers who qualified for individual events at the All-Star competition in July: Lucy Buda, Max Bagilleo, Taylor Murray Aaron Wilson, Grace Zack and Kara Schmidt; as well as the girls 18 and under 200 medley relay team including Maria Ruiz, Lucy Buda, Sara Morgan and Kayla Hendershot (Grace Zack swam for Kayla at the meet).
Henry Buda broke Eric Brothman's 15-18 boys 50m butterfly team record during the Laurel Invitational meet. Eric's time had been 28.56 and Henry's new record is 28.51.
The coaches, families and swimmers had a great 2017 summer.
The Giuliani family has lots of great news to share! Angelica Giuliani from Pallotti High School Class of 2012 and University of Maryland Class of 2016 was accepted into Long Island University of Brooklyn Physician Assistant School. Angelica will begin in the fall semester. Francesca Giuliani, from Pallotti High Class of 2015, earned the honor of being placed on the Dean's List at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., where she is majoring in art therapy.
Hope you're not too cool for school as all Prince George's County Public Schools begin classes for the 2017-2018 school year on Sept. 6.