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The Poolesville High School swimming and diving team swept Saturday's 3A/2A/1A West Region meet held at the Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel.

The meet pitted Montgomery and Frederick County Public School teams together in the pool for the first time, as Montgomery teams joined Maryland's regional and state competitions this year.

The Falcon girls finished with 375 points, ahead of Frederick's Oakdale with 332. Middletown (247), Frederick (239) and Walkersville (200) rounded out the top five.

A strong second half of Saturday's competition propelled the Poolsville boys to a 336-269 advantage over the reigning Frederick County champion Oakdale. Damascus (254), Middletown (242) and Tuscarora (207) finished third through fifth.

“Oakdale was there every step of the way. Fortunately our depth was able to carry us through,” said Poolesville coach Jon Leong.

Saturday's meet was a precursor to next weekend's season-ending state championship at the University of Maryland, College Park. The top three finishers in each event at regionals in addition to the next 12 best times regardless of region qualify for the state meet. Each team was allowed two swimmers per event Saturday and athletes are limited next weekend to the races they contested at regionals.

Every point in a championship meet makes a difference. The goal, Leong said, was to set the team up with the potential to score as many points across the board as possible.

For the most part, that meant putting swimmers in their best events, but some versatile athletes could fill in wherever needed.

“We put ourselves in a good position to contend for a state title, but of course Poolesville will still be there,” said Oakdale coach Jared Minetola. “I just want our kids to swim their best. Whatever trophies or ribbons we get along the way, that's great.”

Saturday's competition was an opportunity for some of Montgomery County's smaller schools to shine. The county is a hotbed for elite-level swimming talent, and while Poolesville boasts some of the county's fastest swimmers, it doesn't have enough firepower to contend for championships against perennial powers Walter Johnson, Winston Churchill and Walt Whitman.

Now the Falcons have a chance to win the county's first state title.

“You can't say there wasn't competition [Saturday],” Leong said. “It was nice to be able to see our kids [win a title]. For the kids that don't do winter swimming, and help during the dual-meet season, it's really rewarding for them to be able to help win a championship. It was really team oriented.”

jbeekman@gazette.net

Maryland 3A/2A/1A West Region Swimming Championships

Top three finishers and next 12 best times regardless of region qualify for state championship meet.

Team scores

Boys1. Poolesville (336); 2. Oakdale (269); 3. Damascus (254); 4. Middletown (242); 5. Tuscarora (207).

Girls1. Poolesville (375); 2. Oakdale (332); 3. Middletown (247); 4. Frederick (239); 5. Walkersville.

Boys Results

200-yard medley relay

1. Oakdale, 1:43.34 (Chris Lamont, Karl Sasse, Evan Kolovich, Timmy Krajewski); 2. Poolesville; 3. Damascus.

200-yard freestyle

1. Austin Moore, Northwood (1:49.15); 2. Mathew Walchuck; 3. Jake Rubenstein, Poolesville.

200-yard individual medley

1. Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville (2:02.56); 2. Bradley Updegraff, Walkersville; 3. Mitchell Reynolds, Frederick.

50-yard freestyle

1. Zachary Lilley, Middletown (22.71); 2. Chris Lamont, Oakdale; 3. Jack McCarty, Poolesville.

100-yard freestyle

1. Evan Kolovich, Oakdale (52.24); 2. Austin Moore, Northwood; 3. Jacob Weiss, Poolesville.

100-yard freestyle

1. Mathew Walchuck, Middletown (49.96); 2. Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville; 3. Samuel Trible, Damascus.

500-yard freestyle

1. Mitchell Reynolds, Frederick (4:47.05; 2. Grant Skinner, Tuscarora; 3. Zachary Eisig, Damascus.

200-yard freestyle relay

1. Middletown, 1:33.82 (Mathew Walchuck, Eric Darby, Andrew Pressly, Zachary Lilley); 2. Poolesville; 3. Damascus.

100-yard backstroke

1. Samuel Trible, Damascus (54.83); 2. Evan Kolovich, Oakdale; 3. Alex Lin, Poolesville.

100-yard breaststroke

1. Karl Sasse, Oakdale (1:04.05); 2. Huy Lam, Poolesville; 3. Bradley Updegraff, Walkersville.

400-yard freestyle relay

1. Oakdale, 3:28.05 (Chris Lamont, Timmy Krajewski, Karl Sasse, Evan Kolovich); 2. Poolesville; 3. Damascus.

Girls Results

200-yard medley relay

1. Poolesville, 1:58.79 (Katie Dahlin, Diana Hanson, Cynthia Jih, Alexandra Lechner); 2. Oakdale; 3. Walkersville.

200-yard freestyle

1. Chelsea Vanderweele, Northwood (1:54.99); 2. Dorit Song, Poolesville; 3. Tia Graham, Oakdale.

200-yard individual medley

1. Diana Hanson, Poolesville (2:13.93); 2. Molly Updegraff, Walkersville; Emerald Shen, Poolesville.

50-yard freestyle

1. Page Fox, Frederick (25.51); 2. Theresa Schrider, Oakdale; 3. Lindsay Knapp, Poolesville.

100-yard butterfly

1. Katie Dahlin, Poolesville (1:02.61); 2. Molly Updegraff, Walkersville; 3. Cynthia Jih, Poolesville.

100-yard freestyle

1. Dorit Song, Poolesville (54.65); 2. Page Fox, Frederick; 3. Shannon Posey, Oakdale.

500-yard freestyle

1. Philippa Rogers, Oakdale (5:24.58); 2. Katie Dahlin, Poolesville; 3. Sydney Gilmer, Oakdale.

200-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville, 1:46.22 (Katie Dahlin, Dorit Song, Emerald Shen, Lindsay Knapp); 2. Oakdale; 3. Walkersville.

100-yard backstroke

1. Chelsea Vanderweele, Northwood, 1:01.22; 2. Larissa Wildfang, Walkersville; 3. Chelsea Rossic, Middletown.

100-yard breastsroke

1. Diana Hanson, Poolesville (1:08.12); 2. Emerald shen, Poolesville; 3. Emily Hicken, Oakdale.

400-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville, 3:47.43 (Lindsay Knapp, Cynthia Jih, Diana Hanson, Dorit Song); 2. Oakdale; 3. Frederick.