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C. Milton Wright swims to eighth straight Harford County girls championship

Members of C. Milton Wright's girls swim team and coach Debbie King, far right, celebrate their Harford County championship after Tuesday's county meet at Magnolia Middle School.
Members of C. Milton Wright's girls swim team and coach Debbie King, far right, celebrate their Harford County championship after Tuesday's county meet at Magnolia Middle School. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

There were few, if any, real surprises at Tuesday night's Harford County girls swimming championships contested in the pool at Magnolia Middle School.

As expected, perennial champion C. Milton Wright won almost every event en route to its eighth straight Harford County championship.

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The Mustangs totaled 362 points to beat Bel Air's 319. Patterson Mill was third with 249 and North Harford, fourth, with 244.

The boys championship will be contested Wednesday at Magnolia. Start time is 5:45 p.m.

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The Mustang girls got off to a strong start, winning the 200 medley relay and it was on from there.

In second, entering the relay's final leg, C. Milton Wright's Anne Capozzoli pulled ahead at the turn and brought home the first place finish. Lauren Rutherford, Laila Hanson and Julia Walsh were the other CMW swimmers.

"I knew I was behind going in and I wasn't able to swim counties last year because I was injured," Capozzoli said. "I just wanted to give it everything I have, it's my last year of swimming. I could see that I was behind going off the block and I knew that I had to win the relay so that we could set the tone for the night."

Bel Air (Maria Collins, Eliza Cohen, Sydney Mika, Madelynn Dougherty) overtook North Harford to place second in 2:03.39.

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CMW senior Megan Cowan's night started with a win in the 200 free. Cowan, who had the season's best time (2:03.63) going in, was a bit faster Tuesday, winning in 2:00.84.

Last year's champ, North Harford senior Hillary Young, was second in 2:07.79. Bel Air sophomore Rebecca Entner swam third in 2:10.45.

Cowan also won the 100 fly in 1:01.29, besting Harford Tech's Taylor Casalena (1:04.98) and Bel Air's Sydney Mika (1:05.93).

CMW freshman Molly Jordan collected her first ever county title in convincing fashion. Jordan swam 2:16.39 to win the 200 IM event by 11 seconds over another freshman, Lizzie Catrambone of North Harford (2:27.62).

Jordan added anther win in the meet's longest race, the 500 free, cruising in 5:32.01, well ahead of Bel Air's Entner's runner-up time of 5:52.61. Entner was the 500 free champion a year ago.

"During the summer I talked to Megan [Cowan] and Anne [Capozzoli] a little bit about doing high school swimming because I was kind of on the edge, but I really wanted to do it because everyone talked about how fun it was and stuff and I just love the environment and everybody cheers," Jordan said. "It's like one big family. Winning with them is just icing on the cake."

The tightest race of the night came in the 50 free, but it also went to CMW and junior Lauren Rutherford, who touched in 26.19, just ahead of Annie Tompkins of Patterson Mill. The senior touched in 26.36.

"I could definitely feel her, I mean I had a lot of adrenaline coming from our last relay that was really close," Rutherford said of the race. "We all had a good race, but after I pushed off that wall, I just really, really wanted it. I kept pushing, going until I hit the wall. I saw that I won and Anne [Capozzoli] and I hugged each other. It was a good moment."

Capozzoli placed third in 27.32.

Rutherford and Capozzoli were 1-2 in the 100 free. Rutherford won in 57.18 and Capozzoli was second in 1:00.79. Joppatowne's Julyann Marx was third in 1:01.49.

Jordan, Hanson, Capozzoli and Cowan won the 200 free relay in 1:47.91 and Jordan, Julia Walsh, Rutherford and Cowan combined to win the 400 free relay in 3:55.97.

"It's pretty exciting, I'm really glad I decided to come back this year and do it, because I love it, I really do love the team and everything," Cowan said. "It's really cool to help them win again and be back in that C. Milton Wright domination atmosphere." Cowan plans to attend Towson University where she will swim and study mass communications.

One surprise came in the 100 breast with Bel Air freshman Eliza Cohen winning in 1:15.13. Young of North Harford was second in 1:16.12 and CMW's Hanson, third in 1:17.87.

The other event won by someone other than a Mustang was the 100 back. Tompkins of Patterson Mill won the race in 1:06.77, besting the Catrambone sisters of North Harford in second and third.

Lizzie Catrambone was second in 1:08.47 and Emily Catrambone third in 1:08.98.

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