JUST AS LIGHT ENTERS WATER without a ripple -- so was the ease with which Severn High's female swimmers won the Association of Independent Schools All-Girls meet Saturday.

Severn captured seven of 12 events to win its third consecutive title in the fourth-annual eight-school meet.

Freshman Joan Chidester, chosen the meet's outstanding swimmer, had a pair of record-breaking victories in the 200- and 100-meter freestyle events. She also swam legs of Severn's winning 200 and 400 freerelays.

Chidester's 200 time, 1 minute, 56.47 seconds, was 3.5 seconds faster than the meet record. Her 54.72-second clocking in the 100 broke the record by three seconds.

Chidester swam the leadoff spot in the 200 free, followed by Beth Snow, Jeanneine Witt and Erica Larson. In the 400 free relay, the Severn team set a meet record, 4:01.65. Chidester followed lead-off swimmer Jenny Duffy, and Sara Nobleand Snow were the third and fourth swimmers.

"The girls were absolutely terrific," Severn coach Marjorie Pearsall said. "They've just been a real pleasure to coach."

In the 200 medley relay -- the first event -- Severn's Witt, Larson, Noble and Duffy opened by setting a meet record (2:03.22) with their victory.

Witt, a junior, also set a 50 free record, winning the most exiting race of the day in 26.1seconds. Duffy, who was third in that event, was only a half second behind Witt.

"The first three kids were just a half a second apart," Pearsall said. "It was just a wonderful finish."

Noble, a freshman, swam to victory in the 100 butterfly. Her second-place 500 free time, 5:30.26, surpassed the old mark by a full two seconds.

Duffyalso placed second in the diving competition, and Snow was third in the 100 backstroke.

In the meet's first year of existance, four years ago, Severn was not notified of the event early enough to participate as a team. Witt, however, entered under the Severn name and was good enough to earn single-handedly fourth place in the team standings.

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