Dulaney took a team approach in dominating the second annual Baltimore County High School Championships for the second straight year at Goucher College's Eline Von Borres pool yesterday.
Last year, Amanda White accounted for four of Dulaney's 10 first-place finishes, claiming three individual titles as well as anchoring the 200-meter medley relay Swimming
team. With White graduated, the Lions relied on the trio of Caroline Farley, Brooke Donoho and Meghan White, Amanda's younger sister.
They were involved in seven of Dulaney's nine winning events, forming the core of two relay teams. The Lions took first in eight of 12 girls events and nine of 18 races overall.
Dulaney was one of only three schools with more than 10 swimmers in the 12-team meet. Dulaney won the title with 158 points, 70 more than second-place Towson.
"This is a really big deal for us," said Farley, a junior. "Dulaney is really known for its soccer and lacrosse. This is kind of like our day in the sun."
Farley repeated in the 50 and 100 freestyle, where she improved on her meet record by more than three seconds.
Donoho breezed to victory in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.39, just over a second shy of Amanda White's record. She also won the 50 breaststroke for the second straight year.
Although the individual titles were expected, the biggest surprise was Dulaney's success in the relay events. Sweeping all three of those races, the Lions set meet records in the girls 200 freestyle relay and the 200 mixed medley relay, which were the first two events of the day.
Since the high school swimming does not get into full swing until the winter months, yesterday was the first formal meet for most schools.
"I never thought we would break meet records in two of the three relays," Farley said. "We lost a lot of people to graduation, like Amanda, so we got her sister and that's a help."
On the boys side, Mike Cooney of Towson and Catonsville's Matt Powell and Eric Frias each won two titles.
Powell defeated defending champion Cooney in the 200 intermediate medley by 2.4 seconds. In his other victory, Powell bettered last year's record in the 100 breaststroke.
"I was surprised because I don't usually do this well early in the season," said Powell, a senior who had knee surgery last year. "I knew this was going to be a good meet because a lot of people had good summers."
Frias broke out of a slow heat to win the 50 freestyle, but needed a strong surge in his 100 freestyle heat to defeat Owings Mills' Vitaly Bekkerman for the other title.
In the 50 and 100 backstroke races, Cooney defeated Albert Yong of Loch Raven by one-second margins.