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Arena Club swimmers headed to region meet in Virginia

Arena Club swimmers headed to region meet in Virginia
The Arena Club swimmers are, back row, from left, Jennings Tiller, Tyler Reise, Issara Ounnarath, Alan Nguyen, Hugh Stertzel. Bottom, from left, Liz Catrambone, Mia Dvorak, Hannah Chan, Jack Leary, Katerina Lomis, and Adeline Snyder. (Courtesy Betsy Graham)

Arena Club Aquatics is sending seven individual swimmers and four relay swimmers to the 2019 Eastern Zone Southern Region Sectional Meet in Christiansburg, Virginia, later this month.

Individual qualifiers are Hannah Chan, Mia Dvorak, Katerina Lomis, Adeline Snyder, Jack Leary, Alan Nguyen and Jennings Tiller. Swimmers participating in relays will be Lizzie Catrambone, Issara Ounnarath, Tyler Reise and Hugh Stertzel.

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Collectively, they will swim in 23 events plus nine relays (5 men’s relays and 4 women’s relays). This group of swimmers represents the largest group Arena Club Aquatics has taken to Sectionals under ASCA Level Five Swim Coach, Betsy Graham.

The regional meet is scheduled for March 28 to 30.

Swimmers’ qualifying times were either achieved at Maryland Senior States or the Maryland High School State Championships meet. During the Maryland Senior States meet in February at the Naval Academy, Arena Club Aquatics placed 22nd out of 32 teams. “We had some breakthrough swims and a lot of personal bests during this meet. We are always at a disadvantage with this four-day state championship because the high school state meet is on the same Saturday,” coach Graham said. “We plan for it though, and help the swimmers who make States rest for it as well.”

Event winners at the Maryland High School State Championships were Lomis, Leary and Nguyen, who won both the 50- and the 100-meter freestyle.

At the 14 and Under Maryland State Meet at St. Mary’s College recently, Arena Club Aquatics placed 12th out of the 36 teams. Kade Snyder earned the Boys 11-12 State Champion in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke.

Dvorak and Tiller earned their sectional cuts at this meet. Overall, Arena Club Aquatics took 10 swimmers who achieved personal best times in their events, and the team outscored all other USA Swim Teams in Harford County.

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