Five region records were broken and Patterson Mill boys and North Harford girls swim teams won region titles Saturday at the Class 1A-2A-3A North championships contested at the Magnolia Middle School pool.
All swimmers who placed third or better qualify for next weekend’s state meet, while others may also qualify if their times are fast enough.
In Saturday’s action, Alan Nguyen and Issara Ounnarath of led the way for the Patterson Mill boys.
Nguyen, a junior, won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, while Ounnarath, a sophomore, won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Nguyen’s win in the 50 was a tight one over Harford Tech junior Mason Young. Nguyen’s final stretch gave him a time of 22.72, edging Young’s time of 22.90.
“For the most thing, you need to stay on top of the water, especially in 50 free,” Nguyen said. “Taking a breath really hurts, so I’m pretty sure neither of us, didn’t take a single breath the entire 50. We were neck-and-neck the whole race until the finish.”
Nguyen came back a short time later and won the 100 free in 50.84. Tech’s Nathan Garcia was second in 52.19.
Ounnarath was equally impressive. His day started with the 200 free win. Ounnarath swam 1:49.76 to win by a full two seconds over City’s Taj Benton (1:51.76).
The win in the 500 free was by a wider margin. Ounnarath cruised to a 5:07.80 finish, well ahead of runner up, North Harford’s Tanner Russell (5;15.07.)
Both Nguyen and Ounnarath were part of two record setting relays. Joined by Jack Leary and Sean Lipscomb, the foursome won the 200 freestyle relay in record time of 1:33.21. Bettering the school’s own record by .60.
Elkton was second and Fallston, third.
Leary, Ounnarath, Nguyen and Noah Harley closed the meet with a record time of 3:23.93 in the 400 freestyle relay. Tech was runner-up and Elkton, third.
Leary, a senior at Patterson Mill, broke his own record in winning the 100 butterfly event.
Leary out raced Benton of City to win in 53.23, bettering his mark set last year of 53.92. “It was mostly getting it out of my head and putting all I could into the pool,” Leary said of the race and record. “I came in with a goal to setting a best time and with that best time, a region record came with it. It was great.”
Tech won the meet-opening 200 medley relay in 1:47.45. That foursome was comprised of Young, Garcia, Ben Ellenbecker and Christopher Garvin.
Patterson Mill was second and Fallston, third.
Other boys races were won by Tech’s Young and Elkton senior Nolan Clancy.
Young had no trouble in winning the 100 backstroke, finishing in 53.79, four seconds better than Harley (57.81) of Patterson Mill.
Clancy’s wins came in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke events. Clancy (2:00.33) was three seconds faster than Patterson Mill’s Leary (2:03.77) in the 200 IM and he then swam 1:03.83 to win the 100 breaststroke. Patterson Mill’s Molrakot Ounnarath (1:07.56) was second.
Iampieri, Lomis lead girls
North Harford sophomore Emily Iampieri won two events and did so in come-from-behind fashion both times.
The first win came in the 200 freestyle race, where she overtook teammate Lizzie Catrambone late to win. “I remember reading Kaylee Blair (Bel Air) saying that Lizzie went out fast and died,” Iampieri said. “So, I was thinking the whole time, I have to keep up with her. Then she kind of got ahead and I was like, she’ll die-and she did. That’s when I turned it on and went really hard.”
Iampieri won in 2:02.51, beating Catrambone’s time of 2:03.14. “I didn’t expect to win it, even though I was seeded first, I knew that Lizzie had beaten me.”
Iampieri then came back a little later to win the 500 freestyle in 5:34.88. Iampieri overtook Sydney James of Havre de Grace (5:35.39) in the final 50 yards.
Lomis had her own come-from-behind effort to win the 200 IM. Trailing Elkton freshman Elizabeth Pennington for much of the race, Lomis closed the gap in the final leg, the freestyle.
“When the freestyle started, I realized that I was starting to get sore and it was starting to hurt a lot,” Lomis said. “Then at the last 12 yards I realized how close it was and I started to put out all that I had left and sure enough it was all that I needed to get to the finish first. Immediately, I pushed off the wall and looked up and was like, oh my gosh. I did it.”
Lomis followed up with a record setting effort in the 100 butterfly race.
Lomis won the event in 1:00,45 to best the former mark of 1:00.57 set by C. Milton Wright’s Megan Cowan in 2013.
Patterson Mill’s Sarah Lingelbach was second in 1:07.13.
North Harford girls won three individual races. Junior Lauren Seco won the 50 freestyle in 26.28, beating Edgewood freshman Camille Garcia (27.23).
Catrambone easily won the 100 freestyle race in 56.05. Havre de Grace senior Karli Chancey (1:00.13) was second.
Erin O’Leary won the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.61. Jessica Bujak (1:17.58) of Patterson Mill was second.
Pennington of Elkton won the 100 backstroke race in record time of 1:02.01. Seco of North Harford was runner-up in 1:04.87.
North Harford also won two relays. Emmie Catrambone, O’Leary, Iampieri and Lizzie Catrambone swam 1:47.75 to win the 200 freestyle relay. Havre de Grace was second and Patterson Mill third.
The Catrambone’s, Iampieri and Seco won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.80. Patterson Mill second and Havre de Grace, third.
Lingelbach, Bujak, Lomis and McKenzie Milstead won the 200 medley relay in 2:02.54. North Harford was second and Elkton, third.
North Harford won the girls team title with 354 points. Patterson Mill was second with 329. Rounding out the girls scoring were Fallston, 272; Havre de Grace, 256; Elkton, 216; Edgewood, 183; Harford Tech, 177; City College, 125; and Joppatowne, 59.