Patterson Mill swimmers bring home six state championships

Patterson Mill High School swimmers, from left, Jack Leary, Katerina Lomis and Alan Nguyen, all brought home a few state champion gold medals from the state championships swim meet over the weekend.
Patterson Mill High School swimmers, from left, Jack Leary, Katerina Lomis and Alan Nguyen, all brought home a few state champion gold medals from the state championships swim meet over the weekend. (Matt Button / The Aegis / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Patterson Mill swim team brought home six state championships Saturday from the Class 1A-2A-3A state swim meet held at the Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland.

Junior Alan Nguyen (two individual) won four titles overall, while senior Jack Leary (one individual) won three. Junior Katerina Lomis also won an individual title.


Harford Tech junior Mason Young also won a state title, repeating in the 100 backstroke race.

Nguyen’s first win came in the 50 freestyle event. “in the 50 free, everyone was close in time. It was a really close race,” Nguyen said. “One mistake, you go down a place or maybe even to last.”

Nguyen raced in a time of 22:09 to edge Tech’s Young, who touched in 22.32.

In the 100 freestyle win, Nguyen says he was seeded fifth, but it was not his best time. “I just went off and dropped two seconds, got my personal best,” Nguyen said. “I was shocked, I struggled getting out of the pool. I started to cry. I never imagined I could drop that much time.” Nguyen won in 47.92.

Leary and Lomis gave the Huskies a sweep in the 100 butterfly races. Leary won in 51.47 and Lomis in 58.54. Both times are also best among UCBAC times.

“The funny thing is, I didn’t know I got it,” Leary said. “Mason [Young] was yelling, but I didn’t know. I immediately hugged my coach Dan Colopietro.”

For Lomis, it was an unexpected win. “It was crazy, unexpected,” she said. “First thing I did was look to my right and left. Oh my goodness, no way, I did not expect to get that. I was so excited.”

The Huskies also won the boys 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The 400 win was a repeat.


Leary and Nguyen were part of both, this year and last. Joining in the 200 win were Sean Lipscomb and Issara Ounnarath. The time was 1:30.49. Poolesville actually win the race, but was disqualified, giving the title to the Huskies.

“I know we did the best that we could have done,” Leary said of the 200 finish. Nguyen said, “Still happy even if we had finished second.”

In the 400 win, Ounnarath and Noah Harley joined Nguyen and Leary. The time was 3:17.03.

“All of us performed excellently, it was a perfect day,” Leary said.

Leary added a third place finish in the boys 200 IM as did Lomis in the girls 200 IM. Harley was sixth in the boys 200 IM. Ounnarath was sixth in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races.

The Patterson Mill boys scored 221 points to place third.


The Huskies also had two girls relays place in top eight. The 400 freestyle team of Sarah Lingelbach, McKenzie Milstead, Cate Mueller and Lomis were sixth and the 200 medley relay team of Lingelbach, Jessica Bujak, Lomis and Milstead were seventh.

The girls were eighth with 113.

Young wins again

Tech’s Young repeated as 100 backstroke champ, with a winning time of 51.07.

Teammate Christopher Garvin was seventh in the 500 freestyle event.

Hawks are fourth

North Harford girls racked up 138 points to finish fourth.

The best finished came in a pair relays. Emmie Catrambone, Erin O’Leary, Emily Iampieri and Lizzie Catrambone were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Catrambone sisters, Iampieri and Lauren Seco also teamed to place fourth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Individually, Iampieri was fifth and Lizzie Catrambone sixth in the 200 freestyle race.

Lizzie Catrambone was seventh in the 100 freestyle race and Iampieri was seventh in the 500 freestyle race.

James leads HdG

Havre de Grace’s Sydney James had a pair of top eight finishes. James was sixth in the girls 500 freestyle race and eighth in the 200 freestyle.

The Warriors also placed eighth in the 200 freestyle relay. The swimmers were Ali James, Kaeley Hitchings, Sydney James and Karli Chancey.

3A-4A meet

In the Class 3A-4A meet, C. Milton Wright’s Kyle Rutherford was the lone top eight finisher. Rutherford was seventh in the boys 100 backstroke event.