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Baldino, Mustangs set new records in region swim meet

Duplicating performances from a little more than a week ago in the Harford County swim championships, boys and girls from C. Milton Wright collected Class 1A-2A-3A North Region titles Saturday in the Magnolia Middle School pool.

The top three finishers in each event automatically advance to the state meet set for Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland Eppley Recreation Center. Other swimmers may qualify based on their times compared to times of swimmers from the other three region meets.

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The CMW boys, who set three new region records, piled up 378 points to easily best runner-up Fallston's 233. Patterson Mill was third with 232 North Harford, fourth with 227. Havre de Grace rounded out the top five with 218.

The girls totaled 379.5 points to beat runner-up Patterson Mill's 294. North Harford was third with 264 and Fallston in fourth with 225. Havre de Grace scored 190 to place fifth.

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CMW sophomore Ryan Baldino was the main subject of all three CMW records.

Baldino broke the region record in boys 200 free to begin. Baldino swam 1:48.48, easily breaking the 1:52.68 mark set by CMW's Colin Hildebeidel in 2015. Baldino was expecting it.

"I've been around the same time, I started around the regional record time and as the year went on, I got better and better and I think I've dropped about four or five seconds in this event," Baldino said. "So, I was expecting it, but not by that much. It felt good."

Wayne Walker, of CMW, was second, 11 seconds back, and Tanner Russell, of North Harford, was third.

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Baldino came back to break another record in the 100 free. Baldino won in 49.03, bettering the 50.86 mark set by Patterson Mill's Patrick Ward in 2013.

Evan English, of Fallston, (52.12) was second and Griffith Scarborough, of CMW, was third.

Baldino was the lead leg of the winning 400 free relay team. Baldino set a blistering pace of 49.07 to begin the record time of 3:30.44. The old record, 3:30.85, was set by another CMW four-some in 2012.

Joining in the relay were Jake Schafer, Scarborough and Kyle Rutherford.

Fallston placed third and North Harford was fourth.

Baldino's day started with a win in the 200 medley relay. Schafer, Tyler Kosar and Rutherford joined him to win in 1:47.54. Patterson Mill was second and Fallston, third.

Tech's Tucker Young had the Cobras out to a nice lead after the first leg, the backstroke.

Tyler Kosar swam leg two for the Mustangs and with his split of 29.79, CMW was in the lead for good. Tech faded to fourth.

The Mustangs also won the 200 free relay. The team of Kosar, Nick Mooney, Walker and Scarborough won in 1:40.04. Aberdeen was second and Havre de Grace, third.

Kosar, a sophomore, also had a big day for the Mustangs. Besides the relays, Kosar was a comfortable winner in the 200 IM, winning in 2:07.48. Kyle Russell, of North Harford, (2:12.41) was second and Scarborough, of CMW, third.

Kosar also won the 100 breast over Russell. Kosar swam 1:04.68 and Russell swam 1:05.69. CMW's Charlie Musante was third.

CMW's other winner was Walker in the 500 free. Walker (5:22.07) edged teammate Schafer (5:22.52) at the wall. North Harford's Tanner Russell was third.

Tech's Tucker Young picked up a pair of wins. Young won the 50 free in a record time of 22.56. Dale Marx had the record of 22.99 set last year.

Evan English was second and Rutherford, of CMW, third.

Young also won the 100 back in 57.24. Rutherford was second and Zac Orzewicz, of Havre de Grace, was third.

Patterson Mill's Jack Leary won the only other event, the 100 fly, in a repeat of his county win. Leary touched in 59.60, beating Schafer, of CMW, (1:01.41) and Dan Cullinan, of Aberdeen, (1:01.60).

CMW won most of the girls events as well, but the meet didn't start with a win.

The meet's first upset came early with North Harford knocking off CMW in the girls 200 medley relay. The Hawks swam 2:02.37 to CMW's 2:03.91. Patterson Mill was third.

Hawk freshman Emily Catrambone gave the Hawks an early lead and they never relinquished it.

"I think getting off to a good start kind of sets the tone for the rest of the relay, so I really wanted to do it for my team, not for myself," Emily Catrambone said.

Senior Hillary Young swam the breaststroke, or second leg.

"It depends on who you're swimming against," Young said of having the lead entering the pool. "If you know the other team well, you can have a sort of comfort, but if you don't and you don't have any idea where you stand with the rest of the swimming field, you got to give your all either way, but sometimes it's more comforting than others."

Freshman Lizzie Catrambone was next in, handling the butterfly stroke. "Basically, I didn't want to lose the lead. I wanted to try and get more of a lead, if possible, but I just wanted to make sure that I didn't lose it," Lizzie Catrambone said.

Senior Rachel Beichler took the final freestyle leg. "It was definitely close at the end, but I wanted to finish it," Beichler said. "They gave me the lead at the beginning of the race and I didn't want to let them down. This is my first time swimming the freestyle leg of this event this whole season."

CMW did win the other two relays. Molly Jordan, Laila Hanson, Julia Walsh and Megan Cowan (1:51.48) teamed to win the 200 free relay, while Lauren Rutherford, Anne Capozzoli, Jordan and Cowan (3:52.03) combined in the 400 free relay win.

Patterson Mill was second and Havre de Grace third in the 200 relay, while North Harford was second and Tech, third, in the 400 relay.

Cowan, Rutherford and Jordan added double individual wins as well. Cowan won the 200 free (2:02.42) and 100 free (55.73). Emily Catrambone, of North Harford, was second and Emily Hoyt, third in the 200 finish. Capozzoli was second and Julyann Marx, of Joppatowne, third, in the 100 finish.

Jordan's wins came in the 200 IM and 100 fly races. Jordan won the IM in 2:17.17. Lizzie Catrambone, of North Harford, was well back in second in 2:28.97. Alyssa Carestia, of Tech, swam third.

Jordan won the fly event 1:01.21, edging North Harford's Hillary Young (1:02.65). Tech's Taylor Casalena was third.

Rutherford's wins came in the 50 free and 100 back events. Her 26:02 time in the 50 heat was just fast enough to beat Patterson Mill's Annie Tompkins (26.32). Megan Culbertson, of Tech, was third.

Rutherford's back win was just as tight. She touched in 1:06.40, while Tompkins touched in 1:06.57. Lizzie Catrambone, of North Harford, was third.

Tech's Casalena added a win in the 500 free. Her time of 5:50.06 was more than 10 seconds faster than Hoyt, of Fallston, (6:02.20). Ariana Ritchie, of CMW, was third.

Young, of North Harford, also added a win in the 100 breast race. Young swam 1:15.81 to beat Aberdeen's Sophia Dow and CMW's Hanson, who tied for second after both swam 1:18.34.

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