Swimming: CMW girls win first state title, boys finish second

University of Maryland, College Park — – The C. Milton Wright girls swim team capped a perfect season in high style Saturday, amassing 315.5 points at the 1A/2A/3A State Championship Meet to earn their first state title.

Harford Tech's Brandon Carestia had the best performance of any Harford County swimmer, boy or girl, in Saturday's state championship meet, as he muscled his way to a pair of individual state championship trophies. Carestia won the 200-yard individual medley, then came back to take first in the 100-yard backstroke. With a 53.98 effort in the 100-yard backstroke, Carestia set a new Harford County record, shaving .57 seconds off the previous mark set in 2005 by North Harford's Rori Scott.


The lone Harford County girls swimmer to come home with an individual state title was Aberdeen's Cora Summerfield, who topped the field in the 100-yard butterfly.

CMW's Kyle Paxton also took home an individual state title, setting a new Harford County mark in the boys 100-yard breaststroke on his way to first-place finish. Paxton hit the wall at 1:01.21, topping the long-standing record of Fallston's Frank Trionfo, who set the previous mark with a time of 1:01.49 in 1999.


CMW's boys team took home a second in the state 1A/2A/3A meet, capping an excellent day for local swimmers.

Relay domination

The Mustang girls, who did not suffer an overall defeat during the 2011-12 campaign, finished a comfortable 32.5 points ahead of second place finisher Poolesville, while the Oakdale girls team took third place with 242 points.

The rest of Harford County's representatives at the girls meet finished as follows: Patterson Mill, seventh, 106 points; Aberdeen, 10th, 60 points; North Harford, 11th, 72 points; Fallston, 18th, 34.5 points; Havre de Grace, 22nd, 27 points; Harford Tech, 24th, 14 points; Edgewood, 26th, 10 points.

Though they did not have any first-place individual finishes, the Mustangs nearly swept the three relay events, winning two state titles and earning one second-place.

CMW's first championship run came in the 200-yard medley relay, during which Taylor Nesbit, Lauren O'Mara, Danielle King and Gabby Jordan raced to a first-place finish and broke a 16-year-old Harford County record. With a finishing time of 1:54.82, the four-member Mustang team set a new county mark, besting the 1:55.26 effort set during the 1996 season by the Fallston girls team.

Later in the meet, the CMW girls struck again, this time taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the team of Jordan, Rachel Flint, Julia O'Mara and Katie Gallagher.

In the final event of the night, the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, the Mustang team of Gallagher, King, Flint and Lauren O'Mara raced to a second-place finish.


Lauren O'Mara and Danielle King had the Mustangs' best individual finishes of the meet, with O'Mara taking second-place in the 100-yard breaststroke, while King took the second spot in the 100-yard butterfly. King also earned a podium finish in the 200-yard freestyle, taking third place.

The lone Harford County girls swimmer to come home with an individual state title was Aberdeen's Cora Summerfield, who topped the field in the 100-yard butterfly.

Before her state crown performance in the butterfly, Aberdeen's Summerfield swam to a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Mustang boys take second

In finishing second in the MPSSAA 1A/2A/3A Boys Swimming Championships, C. Milton Wright earned 211 overall points to finish 90 points behind first-place Poolesville.

Havre de Grace took fifth place with 164.5 points, Fallston finished eighth with 117 points, Harford Tech grabbed ninth with 88 points and Joppatowne ended in 19th place with 20 tallies. Patterson Mill earned 16 points to finish 21st and Aberdeen was 26th with four points.


The Mustang team of Paxton, Bernie Chang, Ian Kearney and Darren Slotnick earned a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Fallston's Austin Appel had the Cougars' lone podium finish, taking third in the 100-yard butterfly.