Not to be outdone by its girls team, the C. Milton Wright boys swim team won its fifth consecutive Harford County championship Wednesday night at Magnolia Middle School.
The Mustangs, despite a disqualification in a relay for an second straight year, piled up 345 points to beat runner-up Bel Air's 309. Patterson Mill was third with 247 and Havre de Grace fourth with 202.
The boys win, combined with the girls finish Tuesday, lifted CMW to 707 points and its eighth straight county team championship.
Bel Air, 628; Patterson Mill, 496; and North Harford, 430, rounded out the top four.
"There's no meet that's ever a guarantee, but I felt pretty confident tonight with the boys coming in that they would take it tonight and have enough points for overall," Mustangs coach Debbie King said.
Like the girls, the boys from CMW got off to a fast start, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:47.66. Sophomores Jake Schafer, Tyler Kosar and Ryan Baldino teamed with freshman Kyle Rutherford for the win.
Patterson Mill (1:54.13) was second, just ahead of Bel Air (1:54.61).
The first individual race, the 200 free, went to the Mustangs as well, with Baldino winning in 1:49.39. Teammate Wayne Walker was second in 1:59.31 and Bel Air's Matt Siebold, third in 2:00.48.
Baldino came back later to win the 100 free in 49.11.
"I'm really working hard in practice and striving for the county record in that one (100 free), but I'm still working and once I'm tapered, I think I'll get it," Baldino said. "I think I have a good chance at the 200 free county record also and I'm also going for sectional cuts for year round swimming. I didn't think it was my best swims, but I thought they were pretty good and I'll just keep training and hopefully I'll get them at regionals or states."
The Mustangs also went 1-2 in the 200 IM with Kosar winning in 2:08.05 and Griffith Scarborough right behind in 2:15.98. Bel Air's Xavier Kane was third in 2:17.53.
Kosar also won the 100 breast event, touching in 1:04.60. Kyle Russell of North Harford was second in 1:06.18 and Kane was third in 1:07.57.
The 100 back race was a tight one with CMW's Rutherford nipping Harford Tech's Tucker Young. Rutherford touched in 58.25, while Young touched in 58.78.
Havre de Grace freshman Zac Orzewicz was third in 1:05.14.
The night's fastest race, the 50 free, went to Tech sophomore Young. Young touched in 22.75, with Patterson Mill junior Luke Holloway close behind in 23.20.
"There were a lot of great competitors there and I pushed my hardest and I was just trying not to get caught," Young said. "My main goal was to break 22.00 and I'm just inching down that time and getting closer. I keep everyone in sight, I don't underestimate anyone, but I'm just worried about beating myself."
Patterson Mill sophomore Jack Leary pulled off a mild upset and broke a school record in the process winning the 100 fly. Leary swam 1:00.22 to edge CMW sophomore Jake Schafer's time of 1:00.38. Schafer had a better seed time of 1:01.36 to Leary's 1:01.83.
"I didn't have many expectations, I just wanted to try my best, and see how it would go," Leary said. "It was amazing to come out in first. It's actually a huge achievement for my lifetime."
CMW was also able to post a 1-2 finish in the 500 free. Walker swam 5:21.12 to edge teammate Schafer, who finished in 5:22. 65.
Russell of North Harford was third in 5:25.30.
CMW's relay issue came in the 200 free relay. It was ruled that swimmer three, Griffith Scarborough, entered the pool early. "It's disappointing, it happens more than you think,' coach King said. "You never want to see it happen, but we had a good cushion, so the 40 points didn't hurt us tonight."
The mistake gave Bel Air (Kane, Connor Fallace, Kyle Fallace, Drew Gagnon) the win in 1:37.41.
CMW, however, bounced back to win the 400 free relay. Kosar, Walker, Schafer and Scarborough won in 3:36.88. Bel Air was second.
"I definitely see a state title in the future. I think Poolesville is good. They have a couple of junior boys this year, so definitely when we're seniors, we'll win the state title for boys and probably be one of the best teams in C. Milton Wright history," Baldino said.