By Dewey Fox and Mike Frainie
Baltimore Sun Media Group
10:52 PM EST, February 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — The C. Milton Wright girls swimming team's nearly two-year unbeaten streak came to an end Saturday, as the defending class Class 3A-2A-1A champs came up short at the state finals, finishing second to Poolesville.
The Mustangs finished the meet at the University of Maryland's Eppley Swimming Center with 221 points. Poolesville earned 273.5 points, and third-place Oakdale scored 178.
Fallston's boys took third place with 122 points. Poolesville (287) also won the boys meet, and Damascus took second with 132 points.
Megan Cowan led the way for the C. Milton Wright girls, winning the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly. She won that race in 59.14 seconds, 4.23 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
The Mustangs nearly swept the 100 breaststroke, as sisters Lauren O'Mara and Julia O'Mara finished in first and third, respectively. Lauren O'Mara took the title with a time of 1:06.70, while Julia O'Mara finished in 1:09.02.
Cowan, Julia O'Mara, Lauren O'Mara and Erika Abshire beat the field in the girls 200 medley relay race with a time of 1:53.24.
Fallston was the lone Harford County squad to earn titles in both the girls and boys events. Austin Appel won the boys 100 butterfly (53.45), and Madison Brown took a victory in the girls 100 backstroke (1:01.99). Appel also took third in the 50 freestyle.
North Harford's Gabe Lackey and Patterson Mill's Patrick Ward each notched a pair of second-place finishes. Lackey took second in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Ward was second in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Montgomery County schools dominated the Class 4A-3A championships.
Thirteen of the top 20 schools on the boys side came from Montgomery County, including top finisher Walter Johnson. The results were much the same on the girls side, where 13 of the top 20 schools were from Montgomery County, including girl's winner Wootton.
The top local schools were Broadneck's boys, with an eleventh-place finish. Old Mill (13th), South River (14th), and Severna Park (15th) also finished in the top 20. In the girls competition, Annapolis finished eighth, followed by Broadneck (12th), South River (13th), and Severna Park (14th).
Seven records were broken at the meet, including four in the first four boys events. Quince Orchard's boys started the meet with a record time of 1 minute, 37.94 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay. That was followed up by Ben Lawless of Northern-Calvert setting a record of 1:40.59 in the 200 freestyle.
Jack Foster of Montgomery Blair had a record time of 1:53.19 in the 200 individual medley, while Barry Mangold of Walter Johnson broke the 50 freestyle mark with a time of 21.33.
The top local boys finisher was Old Mill's Matthan Martir. The senior took second in the 50 freestyle (21.46) and the 100 butterfly (52.08).
"I felt great today," Martir said. "Even though I didn't get first, It was great for me. The competition [from the Montgomery County schools] was great, and I always welcome great competition. I'm glad to have them here."
Annapolis' Taylor Gill finished second in the girls 200 individual medley (2:09.60) and third in the 100 backstroke (58.30).
"I was hoping to do a bit better. Even so, those were the best times I've had all season," said Gill, a junior. "I won both events at regionals, but there is some great completion here. I'm really happy with how our team did, and how Anne Arundel County did."
The only other top-three finisher from the area was South River's Michael Seaburg, who finished second in the boys 100 breaststroke (58.51).
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