Her time of 5:49.50 was nearly 30 seconds faster than runner-up Susanna Kress (6:18.29) of Elkton.
‘I think the one thing about high school swimming that’s different from club swimming is high swims all mental,” James said. “Because you go in knowing that there’s going to be competition from kids you swim with every day, so sometimes it’s hard to get your mind like set on just swimming and not focus on what other people are doing. Normally, I just stay in my own lane and try to beat my own time.”
The winning times weren’t personal bests, but were still wins on a good night.
Teammate Karli Chancey, a senior, also had a win for the Warriors in the 50 free, but was edged out of another win in the 100 free.
Chancey swam 28.20 to win the 50 race and freshman teammate Ali James swam 29.31 to give the Warriors a 1-2 finish.
“It was a dare, it was like a dare kind of thing from me and my coach freshman year,’ Young, now a junior said. “I was kind of surprised with the time, I thought it’d be worse, I was happy with it, 5:30 for 500 backstroke is pretty good. It hurt a lot more than I was hoping it would. Halfway through, I was like, I see why this is not an event. I actually enjoyed doing it.”
A little wore out, Young came back a short time later to anchor the Cobras winning 200 free relay team.
Young’s night then finished with a slow, but comfortable win in the 100 back race. Young swam 56.92 to win by five seconds.
Other boys winners were Tech’s Nathan Garcia, 200 IM; Aberdeen’s Kieran O’Connor, 50 free; Aberdeen’s Daniel Chung, 100 free; Elkton’s Nolan Clancy, 200 free, 100 breaststroke; and Elkton’s Cadan Hartten, 100 fly.
Three freshmen girls helped lead C. Milton Wright to a quad meet win at Magnolia on Friday.
The Mustangs narrowly beat Patterson Mill, 169-165, but also posted wins over North Harford, 226-104, and Fallston, 212-122.
Patterson Mill defeated Fallston, 207-125, and North Harford, 208-123, while Fallston beat North Harford, 182-149.
For the CMW girls, who won all three relays and nine events overall, freshmen Kaylee Blair and Hannah Chan led the way.. Blair opened the Mustangs individual wins with a 200 free win. Blair came back later and won the 100 free race.
Hannah Chan was equally impressive with wins in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke races. Jamie Hanson, also a freshman, added a win in the 50 free.