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Despite a DQ in first event, CMW boys win county swim championship

C. Milton Wright's Colin Hildebeidel keeps his pace as he nears the finish in the boys 200 yard freestyle race during Tuesday night's boy's county swimming championships at Magnolia Middle School.
C. Milton Wright's Colin Hildebeidel keeps his pace as he nears the finish in the boys 200 yard freestyle race during Tuesday night's boy's county swimming championships at Magnolia Middle School. (Aegis photo by Matt Button, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

As expected, the C. Milton Wright boys swim team won the Harford County championship Tuesday night in the pool at Magnolia Middle School.

What wasn't expected was that the Mustangs had to climb out a 40-point hole to start the night. A disqualification in the 200 medley relay sent a winning CMW foursome to the bottom of the standings and with no points.

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The Mustangs, however, overcame the stumble to post 326.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Patterson Mill's 271. Bel Air was third with 247, edging Harford Tech's 244. Rounding out the field were Havre de Grace, 200.5; Fallston, 186; North Harford, 183; Joppatowne, 124; Aberdeen, 120; and Edgewood, 110.

"We had a rough start, we DQ'd our first relay that put us down 40 points, so we started off really rough," CMW head coach Debbie King said. "It took a little time to build those points back up, but the boys swum fantastic and got in there and did what they needed to do."

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Colin Hildebeidel, the CMW senior who was flagged for the relay infraction of leaving the block too soon, didn't waste much time in making up for it. Some 10 minutes or so after learning the Mustangs relay fate, Hildebeidel came back and won the 200 yard free race in 1:52.48. Teammate Bernie Chang was second in 1:58.72.

"It feels great to finally be able to bring my team back," Hildebeidel said after his win. "That time I just swam was my record time and I've never been able to get back to it, so getting back to it was really good."

Hildebeidel also reflected on the DQ.

"I still feel bad for putting my team behind. We didn't even get like second place points, we got no points," he said.

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Despite that, CMW took the top spot on the podium four additional times. Hildebeidel added an easy win in the 500 free, winning in 5:10.85. Tyler Kosar of CMW was second in 5:27.12.

The Mustangs also added wins in two other individual events and one relay. Ryan Baldino raced to first in 58.32 to win the 100 butterfly. North Harford's Chase Reeves was second in 1:03,42.

Matthew Treusdell won the 100 back race in 59.61, just ahead of teammate Chang in 1:00.59.

The winning 200 free relay team was comprised of Nate Ehrhardt, Treusdell, Baldino and Hildebeidel. Their time was 1:35.31, two seconds better than Patterson Mill.

Marx wins two titles

Joppatowne senior Dale Marx was the best in the two shortest freestyle races. Marx won the 50 free in 23.04, edging friend Gracen Clem of Harford Tech in 24.03.

"For some reason, when I got up on the box, everything kind of came together and I was in my zone, the swimmer's zone," Marx said after the win.

Clem, who had a slightly better seed time for the final, said of the loss, "I'm glad it was to Dale, that's my competition right there and I'm looking forward to seeing him in regionals. I did better than I thought I would."

Marx came back a couple of events later and won the 100 free race in 51.09. Fallston's Dylan Heil was second in 51.71.

Carestia leads Tech

Tech senior Justin Carestia also had a good night, winning two individual titles and adding a relay win as well.

Carestia's first individual win came in the 200 IM. He finished in 2:06.07, just ahead of CMW's Baldino (2:07.77) and Treusdell (2:11.51).

Carestia also won the last individual race, the 100 breaststroke, in 1:03.66. Kosar of CMW was second in 1:07.55 and Xavier Kane of Bel Air third in 1:09.46.

Carestia also teamed with Tucker Young, Luke Krouse and Clem to win the 200 medley relay that CMW lost on DQ. Havre de Grace was second and North Harford, third.

"I expected to do better, but it was still good," Carestia said. " I won everything, but I was expecting to have better times.

Patterson Mill wins relay

The last event of the night, the 400 free relay, was a bit of an upset, according to seeding. CMW had the best seed time, but Patterson Mill was fastest when it counted. Noah Holloway, Chad Shane, Luke Holloway and Brendan Mahoney combined to win in 3:39.51. CMW was second in 3:41.32.

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