C. Milton Wright freshman Hannah Chan and sophomore Kassidy Hare won two events each and the Mustangs won six events overall to win the Harford County girls swim championship title Tuesday night at Magnolia Middle School.
The Mustangs, who saw there nine-year title run snapped a year ago by North Harford, piled up 345 points to beat runner-up Bel Air’s 294. North Harford was third with 282, while Patterson Mill, 259, and Havre de Grace, 185, round out the top five.
The bottom six were Fallston, 170; Elkton, 149; Edgewood, 122; Harford Tech, 114; Aberdeen, 95; and Joppatowne, 27.
Hare won a tightly contested 100 butterfly race. Hare touched in 1:00.30 to edge Patterson Mill junior Katerina Lomis, who swam 1:00.45. Bel Air freshman Olivia Van Dyke was third in 1:02.07.
Hare then added her second win in the 500 freestyle race. Hare overtook Havre de Grace junior Sydney James in the final few laps to win in 5:36.20. James touched in 5:39.03.
Chan’s first win came in the 200 IM event. Chan swam 2:15.56 to edge Lomis, who was second in 2:16.71.
Chan came back later to win the 100 breaststroke race in 1:08.75. Bel Air senior Eliza Cohen was second with a time of 1:09.74.
CMW freshman Kaylee Blair won the 200 freestyle race in 2:01.57, beating North Harford senior Lizzie Catrambone (2:03.63) by two seconds. Blair trailed Catrambone entering the final 50 yards.
“I started behind and I knew from previous experiences where if you take it out too fast, then you get tired, so I knew that she would get tired and I just had to push it,” Blair said. “I really wanted to win. I’m really proud of my training because I’ve been training really hard.”
North Harford’s Catrambone battled back from the 200 free disappointment to win the 100 freestyle event. “I just knew that the girls I was swimming against are extremely talented, “Catrambone said. “I just went out there and tried my best, just put my head down and swam hard as I could. It feels really nice because its my senior year. I’m really happy with that win.”
Catrambone swam 55.70 to beat Bel Air’s Van Dyke, 56.41.
Bel Air opened the meet with an upset win in the 200 medley relay. The Bobcats trailed favorite C. Milton Wright, but on the last leg, Bobcats sophomore Broxa Benesh overtook CMW junior Victoria Walker for the win.
The Bobcats; Maria Collins, Eliza Cohen, Van Dyke and Benesh finished in 1:57.66.
CMW’s team of Hare, Chan, Julia Walsh and Walker touched in 1:58.12.
“I just channeled all of my energy into helping my team win that event. It felt amazing,” Benesh said of the relay win.
Benesh came back a short time later to win the 50 freestyle race, the same distance swam in the relay. “It feels beyond amazing to be able to win again. It just feels like a great accomplishment for me.”
The only other individual event, the 100 backstroke, was won by Elkton freshman Elizabeth Pennington. Pennington’s time of 1:01.51 was five seconds faster than runner-up Walsh (1:06.62) of CMW.
North Harford won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.20. The team wa comprised of Emmie Catrambone, Erin O’Leary, Emily Iampieri and Lizzie Catrambone.
Bel Air’s team of Madison Clark, Collins, Van Dyke and Benesh were second in 1:47.82.
The final race of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, went to CMW with a time of 3:51.44. Blair, Chan, another freshman Jamie Hanson and Hare comprised the team.
North Harford’s team of Emmie Catrambone, Lauren Seco, Iampieri and Lizzie Catrambone were a close second in 3:52.72.
The Harford County boys swimming championships will be contested Wednesday at Magnolia Middle School. C. Milton Wright will be seeking its eight consecutive Harford County title.
Swimming gets underway at 5:45 p.m.