Swimmers of the year
Emily Morse, Eleanor Roosevelt, sophomore: Transferring from Bowie High School, Morse brought speed and versatility to a talented Eleanor Roosevelt squad. The sophomore won the 200-yard individual medley at the county, region and state meets and took third in the state in the 100 freestyle. When the dual meet season ended, Morse had the best times among County 4A swimmers in five of the eight individual events and was part of three relays that also held top times.
Alex Smith, DeMatha, junior: Placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:41.29) and sixth in the 200 free (1:45.14) at the prestigious Metropolitan Swimming Championships. Smith also swam the third leg of the 400 free relay, which finished eighth, and the anchor leg of the 200 free relay that placed 10th as the Stags finished fourth overall at Metros. Two weeks earlier at the Metros Prep meet, Smith finished second in the 200 free (1:45.87) and sixth in the 100 fly (54.56).
Coach of the year
Joshua Smith, Forestville: In his second year with the program, Smith guided the Knights boys’ team from the 3A/2A/1A League cellar to the top of the standings. Along with assistance from his brother, Carlton Smith, and best friend Ralph Parker — all former Largo High swimmers — Smith steered the Knights to a perfect dual meet record, a victory in the county championship meet and an eighth-place finish in the 2A/1A South Region meet.
Hannah Betman, Eleanor Roosevelt, sophomore: Making her second appearance on the Star/Gazette first team, Betman was clearly the best distance swimmer in the county. She won the 200 and 500 free at the county championships by considerable margins and took third in both events at the 4A/3A North Region meet before taking fourth in both events at the state meet.
Bianca Thompson, Elizabeth Seton,junior: Thompson capped the year by taking 21st in the 50 free (25.99 seconds) and 27th in the 100 fly (1:04.57) at Metros. She missed returning for the finals in the 50 free by four one-hundredths of a second.
Stephanie Goldbeck, Roosevelt, junior: Goldbeck captured the 100 breaststroke (1:11.32) and took third in the 50 free at the state meet. She had also won the 100 breast and finished third at the 4A/3A North Region meet after winning both events at the county meet. Goldbeck anchored the 200 free relay that finished second at the state meet and was part of the 200 medley relay which placed third at that meet.
Nicole Langlois, Seton, junior: Making her second appearance on the first team, Langlois is one of the county’s best freestyle sprinters. Despite a nagging shoulder injury, she was 25th in the 100 free and 50th in the 50 free at Metros and swam the anchor leg of both the 200 and 400 free relays. She had personal bests of 26.37 in the 50 free and 57.24 in the 100 free.
Temara Jordan, Fairmont Heights, junior: Making her third appearance on the first team, Jordan defended her county titles in the 100 free and 100 back. She captured the 50 free and 100 back at the 3A/2A/1A South Region meet and finished second in the 50 free and 100 back at the inaugural state meet. Jordan holds the school records for all eight individual events.
Kendall Irish, Roosevelt, sophomore: Irish won the 100 fly and took second in the 200 IM at the county championships. She finished first and third in those events at the region meet and then took second in the 100 fly (1:02.81) and third in the 200 IM (2:13.81) at the state meet.
Grace Kelly, Bishop McNamara,freshman: The only freshman to make the first team, Kelly set school records in the 200 free (2:05.17) and the 500 free (5:34.04) at Metros. She also swam the lead leg of the 200 free relay at Metros.
Jou Hou Lau, Roosevelt, senior: Making his second appearance on the first team, Lou won the 100 backstroke at the county meet by more than three seconds, then finished second at both the region and state meets. Lou also finished second in the 200 IM at the county championships.
Alex Meissel, Bowie, senior: Meissel won the 200 free (2:05.10) and finished second in the 100 free (53.83) at the county championships, helping the Bowie boys to their first county title since 2003. In the state meet, he was 12th in the 200 free (2:03.76) and 11th in the 100 free (54.46).
James Lilly, Bowie, junior: Making his third appearance on the first team, Lilly won the 200 IM (2:06.02) and the 100 breast (1:03.76) at the county championships. He won the 100 breast and finished second in the 200 IM at the region meet and then finished third in the 200 IM (2:05.39) and 100 breast (1:04) at the state meet.
Aidan Considine, DeMatha, junior: This versatile Stags’ swimmer finished sixth in the 200 individual medley (1:56.91) and the 500 free (4:44.29) at Metros. He swam the lead leg of the 200 free relay (1:32.26) and the 400 free relay (3:20.85) which placed 10th and eighth, respectively, at Metros.
Adam Abadir, Charles H. Flowers, senior: Making his second appearance on the first team, Abadir was one of the county’s top freestyle sprinters. He took second in the 50 free (23.72) and won the 100 fly at the county championships. He capped his high school career by placing eighth in the 50 free (23.68) and 10th in the 100 fly (59.75) at the state meet.
Evan Wollman, DeMatha, sophomore: Wollman captured the 100 breaststroke at the National Catholic meet at Villanova University in January and capped the season by finishing third in that event at Metros. His final clocking (58.37) at Metros established a new school record for the event and earned him an automatic All-American time.
Prescott Stewart, Oxon Hill, senior: An accomplished freestyle sprinter, Stewart won the 50 free (23.22) and the 100 free (52.59) at the county championships. He finished fourth in the 50 free (23.32) and ninth in the 100 free (53.48) at the state meet.
Girls: Ann Graham and Allison Burget, Douglass; Brittany Dover, Brittany Metzger, Corri Deegan and Amy Cressman, Bowie; Sarah McCray, Caitlin Raynor and Liz Fitzsimons, Laurel; Chloe Brown, Amy Naylor and Emily Naylor, High Point; Shannon Peters and Julia Hickok, McNamara; Sara Riley, Julia Felts, Jenny Lindvall and Emma Varner, Roosevelt; Jasmine Spencer, Henry A. Wise; Kim Crite and Ezhaun Coleman, Suitland; Kelsey Carter, Flowers; Maria Donato and Cristina Donato, Gwynn Park; Valerie Barlow and Mercedes Maynard, Seton.
Boys: Ross McClurg, Solomon Robinson III, Kevin Koon, T.J. Creevy and Colin Stang, DeMatha; Manuel Nunez, Brian Laufer and Alex Meitek, Bowie; Michael Aberg, Taylor Hendley, Andrew Moore and Daniel Rehner, Roosevelt; Lloyd Harley-Ferguson, Kavon Lewis and Quinton Harrell, Forestville; Philip Gouldman and Jonathan Antoine, Gwynn Park; Travis Burget and Marlon Garner, Frederick Douglass; Max Allegro and Marcus Fitts, McNamara; Jordan Megaughey and Scott Tyree, Laurel; Andrew Kelley, High Point.