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Havre de Grace swimmers post quad-meet win

Randy McRoberts
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The Havre de Grace Warriors swim team was victorious Monday night, winning a quad meet at Magnolia Middle School.

The Warriors, led by its girls team that also swept, defeated Elkton, 178-132; Aberdeen, 178-133; and Harford Tech, 168-139.

Tech beat Aberdeen, 150-124, and Elkton, 148-133, while Aberdeen also beat Elkton, 141-133.

Junior Sydney James led Havre de Grace with wins in the two longest freestyle events, the 200 and 500 races.

James night started with the 200 win, posting a winning time of 2:08.13. A while later, in a mixed field fort the 500, James was an easy winner among the girls.

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.

In the 100 free event, Chancey and Elkton’s Sadie Marra were neck-and-neck for the majority of the race, but Marra touched in 1:01.74 to edge Chancey’s time of 1:02.05.

The Warriors girls also got second place showings from Megan Schall in the 100 breaststroke and Christina Wilson in the 100 back.

The Warriors were also second in the 200, second and third in the 400 free relay and third in the 200 medley relay.

Other girls wins came from Aberdeen’s Abigail Melick (100 fly); Aberdeen’s Taylor Miller, 100 back; Tech’s Taylor Lynch, 100 breaststroke; and Elkton’s Elizabeth Pennington, 200 IM.

In the boys meet, Tech’s Christopher Garvin won the 500 free in 5;28.43, but not without a push from teammate Mason Young, who swam the 500 by backstroke in 5:31.15.

“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.

Freshman lead Mustangs

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.

The Mustangs other win came from Kassidy Hare, who was fastest in the 100 fly.

The girls portion of the meet showed two more wins. Patterson Mill’s McKenzie Milstead won the 500 free and Lauren Seco of North Harford won the 100 back event.

The Patterson Mill boys were nearly dominant in winning all three boys meets. The Huskies won all three relays and eight events overall.

Issara Ounnarath led the way with wins in the 200 free and 500 free races. Also winning for the Huskies were Jack Leary, 200 IM; Noah Harley, 100 back; and Noah Majka, 100 breaststroke.

CMW won the other three boys events. Kyle Rutherford was fastest in the 50 free and 100 fly races, while Thomas Cowan won the 100 free.

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