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CMW girls collect seventh straight county swim title

C. Milton Wright teammates Erika Abshire, left, and Erika Slotnick kiss the 2015 girls championship trophy after winning the title Wednesday evening, the team's seventh straight title, after Wednesday night's girls county swimming championship meet at Magnolia Middle School.
C. Milton Wright teammates Erika Abshire, left, and Erika Slotnick kiss the 2015 girls championship trophy after winning the title Wednesday evening, the team's seventh straight title, after Wednesday night's girls county swimming championship meet at Magnolia Middle School. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The C. Milton Wright girls swim team picked right up Wednesday night where the CMW boys left off Tuesday in the pool at Magnolia Middle School.

The Mustangs, led by Julia O'Mara's four-win night, captured the school's seventh consecutive Harford County girls championship.

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The Mustangs 333 total points, combined with the boys 326.5 from Tuesday, also gave the Mustangs a seventh straight overall championship with 659.5 points.

"They really put in a lot of effort and they came in and swam and did it," CMW coach Debbie King said of her girls team. The Mustangs swam with 12 of 14 swimmers, losing two to injury. Two others competed in the meet sick.

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Julia O'Mara's night started early, swimming the second leg of the champion 200 medley relay. O'Mara was joined by Erika Abshire, Sarah Cowan and Erika Slotnick, who swam to the win in 2:02.32. Patterson Mill was second in 2:03.24.

O'Mara also won the night's shortest and also closest race, the 50 free. O'Mara touched in 26.62, nipping Patterson Mill's Annie Tompkins, who swam 26.63.

O'Mara then aided in the Mustangs winning 200 free relay team. Joining the win were Jenna Dellaratta, Slotnick and twin sister Lauren O'Mara, who finished in 1:48.02.

Julia O'Mara concluded her night by winning the last individual event, the 100 breaststroke. Julia started fast and easily ran away from the field to win in 1:09.93. Megan Culberston of Harford Tech was second in 1:17.98.

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"I just swam my hardest and I think it just worked out for me," O'Mara said, following her final win. "It's great to be part of such a good team, I really enjoy swimming with them," O'Mara said about her girls championship team.

The other O'Mara

Lauren O'Mara was a three-time champ for the Mustangs. After a tight loss in the 200 IM, Lauren came back to win the 100 free in 56.13. Patterson Mill's Tompkins was second in 58.24 and Havre de Grace's Allissa Lyons was third in 59.31.

Lauren O'Mara was the anchor on both the Mustangs winning free relay teams. In the 400 free relay, the last event of the meet, O'Mara was handed a very small lead as she entered the pool. After 50 of her 100 yards, she had opened a comfortable lead and won in 4:03.84. Others on the team were Abshire, Jill Carter and Dellaratta. North Harford was second in 4:07.15.

Young wins twice

North Harford junior Hillary Young posted wins in the 200 IM and the 100 back.

In the IM, Young knocked off Lauren O'Mara, coming to the line in 2:16.50, just under two seconds ahead of O'Mara's time of 2:18.17. Aberdeen's Lauren Drumm was third in 2:21.39.

In the back race, Young won with a time of 1:04.45, just ahead of Havre de Grace's Lyons' time of 1:06.67.

Entner debuts with win

Bel Air freshman Rebecca Entner made her county debut in strong fashion, swimming the 200 free in 2:09.79 to finish first. Fallston's Emily Hoyt was second in 2:14.30.

On winning the title, Entner said, "It feels really good. I figured it out a lot better than I normally do. I was going into my turns a lot better."

Drumm takes 500

Aberdeen senior Lauren Drumm won the night's longest race, the 500 free. Drumm broke away from her toughest competitors shortly before midway and finished in 5:38.90.

"I was feeling like I was sitting back and I kind of wanted to pull it out, ya know. I really wanted to push it in the middle, because normally I sit back kind of, so I really pushed it hard to get out there as fast as I could and try to bring it home as best I could," Drumm said.

Casalena win butterfly

Harford Tech's Taylor Casalena was fastest in the 100 butterfly. The junior turned a half-second split time lead into a four-second win. Casalena finished in 1:06.44, ahead of Aberdeen's Kaeli MacDonald (1:10.26).

Girls scoring

Rounding out girls team scoring behind CMW were Bel Air, 262; Patterson Mill, 251.5; North Harford, 229 5; Aberdeen, 208; Fallston, 206; Havre de Grace, 195; Harford Tech, 185; Edgewood, 92; and Joppatowne, 82.5.

Combined scoring

Final combined team scoring behind CMW were Patterson Mill, 522.5; Bel Air, 509; Harford Tech, 429 5; North Harford, 412; Havre de Grace, 395.5; Fallston, 392; Aberdeen, 328; and Joppatowne, 206.5.

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