Swimmers of the year:
In her fourth appearance on the Star/Gazette all-county first team, Like-Mathews finally ascended to the head of the class to earn Female Swimmer of the Year. The Eleanor Roosevelt senior won two events at the Prince George’s County Championships, captured the same two events at the 3A/4A/ regional meet at the University of Maryland then made the ‘A’ final for each event at the Washington Metropolitan Swim Championships. In her final high school meet, Like-Mathews, who has verbally committed to North Carolina State, took personal best times in both the 200-yard individual medley(2 minutes, 9.54 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.57) as she placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in those two events at Metros. Like-Mathews also swam the anchor leg of the girls’ 400 free relay that claimed first-place at both the county and region meets.
Alex ChenMaking his third appearance on the Star/Gazette first team, Chen, a DeMatha senior, is the Male Swimmer of the Year after taking second in the 200 free (1:43.76) and third in the 100 free (47.59) at the Metro Championships. Chen also swam on both the 200 free and 400 free relay squads for the Stags, which finished fourth and third, respectively, at Metros. One year ago, he was part of the 400 free relay team that established the fastest clocking in Metros’ history. Chen becomes the eighth consecutive DeMatha swimmer to attain Star/Gazette Male Swimmer of the Year honors.
Coach of the year
Jeff Ware, Flowers: In four seasons, Ware has built the Springdale swim team into one of the county’s top 4A squads. Flowers’ boys finished third at the county championships and the Jaguar girls placed fourth. Ware guided the Jaguar boys and girls to 13-1 marks this season, with each suffering its lone setback against Bowie. In four years, Ware has led the girls’ squad to a 47-8 dual meet mark and the boys to a 39-16 record.
Chloe Brown, High Point, freshman: Brown won the 50 free (25.87) at the county, regional and Maryland Invitational meets. She posted the 4A league’s best time in the 50 free during dual meets and suffered only one setback in that event all winter, losing by three one-hundredths to Fairmont Heights’ sophomore Temara Jordan.
Hannah Betman, Roosevelt, freshman: Betman captured the 200 free at the county championships, regional meet and Maryland Invitational. She finished second in the 500 at the county and regional meets before winning that event at the Maryland Invitational.
Sara Riley, Roosevelt, junior: In various individual events, Riley played the bridesmaid role. She finished second in the 50 free and 100 free at the county meet, second in the 50 free at regionals and second in the 100 free at the Maryland Invitational. But she anchored the girls’ 200 free relay quartet that posted three postseason victories to earn her third consecutive firs- team spot.
Nicole Langlois, Seton, sophomore: One of the talented, youthful members of a solid Seton squad that appears headed for two more strong seasons Langlois was among the county’s best freestyle sprinters. She posted season-best clockings of 26.27 in the 50 free and 56.78 in the 100 free and earned a spot in Metros for both events.
Temara Jordan, Fairmont Heights, sophomore: Jordan emerged as the undisputed queen of the County 3A/2A league. She won both the 100 free and 100 back at the county championships and established a new mark in the 100 back at regionals. Jordan posted the top times in all eight individual events in County 3A/2A league dual meets this winter. She also won two events at the Maryland Invitational.
Brittany Dover, Bowie, sophomore: Making her second appearance on the first team, Dover won the 100 breast at the county, regional and Maryland Invitational meets. She took third in the 100 freestyle at the county championships and fourth in the Maryland Invitational.
Emily Morse, Bowie, freshman: One of the Bulldogs’ talented young swimmers, Morse finished second in the 200 IM at the county meet and won that event at the regional meet and Maryland Invitational. Morse also won the 100 fly (1:00.29) at all three postseason meets.
Scott Miller, Oxon Hill, senior: After several appearances on the second team, Miller ascended to the first team. He captured the 100 breast and finished second in the 100 free at the county championships and was fourth in the 100 back and sixth in the 100 free at the 4A/3A regional meet.
Peter Humphries, DeMatha, senior: Making his second straight appearance on the first team, Humphries capped his high school career with a fifth-place finish in the 100 fly (53.83) and eighth in the 100 back (54.84) at Metros. Humphries won those events in dual meets against powerhouses Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga (D.C.). He also swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay that placed sixth at Metros and the second leg of the 400 free relay which finished third there.
Ricky Powell, Bowie, senior: Making his second consecutive appearance on the first team, Powell won the 200 free (1:55.03) and the 500 free (5:14) at the county championships and the Maryland Invitational. Powell also finished third in each event at the 4A/3A regional meet, and was the anchor for the 400 free relay team that took first at both the county and Maryland Invitational meets.
Alex Smith, DeMatha, sophomore: Smith finished third in the 500 free at Metros (4:36.58) — a time that would have won the county public championship by 40 seconds — and fourth in the 200 free (1:44.05). Smith also swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay and the third leg of the 200 free relay that placed third and fourth at Metros, respectively.
James Lilly, Bowie, sophomore: Making his second appearance on the first team, Lilly won the 200 IM at the county, regional and Maryland Invitational meets and also captured the 100 breast at county and Maryland meets. Lilly swam on the 200 free and 400 free relay teams which posted first- and second-place finishes at the county meet and Maryland Invitational.
Adam Abadir, Flowers, junior: Abadir finished second in the 200 free (1:55.04) and first in the 100 free (51.91) at the county meet. He took third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free at the regional meet. Abadir also swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay, which finished third at the county meet.
Joseph Lau, Roosevelt, junior: Lau, a two-time second-team selection, won the 100 back at the county, regional and Maryland Invitational meets. He also swam the anchor leg of the 200 free relay that finished first at counties and the Maryland Invitational.
Girls: Sarah McCray and Iliana Rosa, Laurel;Jessica Collins, Colleen Cribbs, McNamara; Ann Graham and Jennifer McNamara, Douglass; Emily Anderson, Central; Stephanie Goldbeck, Megan Reilly and Rebecca Riley, Roosevelt; Callie Thessen and Jamie Rowton, Parkdale; Caitlin Berry, Susan Yohe and Bianca Thompson, Seton; Ezhaun Coleman and Kimberly Crite, Suitland; Amy Naylor, High Point; Danielle Bethea andCharwan Allen, Flowers; Brittany Metzger, Bowie.
Boys: Kai Niedermair, Ross McClurg and Aidan Considine, DeMatha; Prescott Stewart, Oxon Hill; Travis Burget, Douglass; Jordan Megaughey,Laurel; Greg Raglin, DuVal; Jeremy Grotte, Manuel Nunez, Alex Meissel and Sean Gallivan, Bowie; Daniel Rehner, Kyle Daniels, Chris Passmore and Zack Riegel, Roosevelt; Robert Parker and John White, Flowers; Ryan Harris and Stephen Malecki, McNamara; Colin Douville, Pallotti.