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Rising Our Lady of Good Counsel High School senior Jack Conger said earlier this summer that records are meant to be broken.

With the depth of talent in the Montgomery County Swim League the record books are rewritten at a remarkable rate. For the second year in a row the league's all-stars set seven league records as the summer season came to a close Sunday in the MCSL Individual All-Star meet at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center.

“I've been talking to college coaches since July 1 and almost all of them have been like, 'Oh, you're part of that serious summer league?'” Conger said. “So, it's pretty well known across the country.”

Conger, representing Flower Valley, swam a personal-best time (24.05 seconds) en route to breaking his previous record in the boys 15-18 50-meter butterfly. He also shattered former Georgetown Prep star Brady Fox's four-year-old record en route to winning the 100 backstroke.

Conger now holds four MCSL records and said he hopes to increase that number next summer.

Though the MCSL's 89 teams are split into 15 result-based divisions, Sunday's meet proved top-level talent can be found across the county.

The top 16 athletes in each event, ages 8-18, qualified for Sunday's competition.

Holton-Arms School rising sophomore Caroline McTaggart (Chevy Chase Rec Association) broke a league record that had stood for 24 years to win the girls 15-18 100 freestyle. She also swam a league-best 28.68 to win the 50 butterfly.

Recent Walt Whitman graduate Reia Tong (Bethesda) broke a four-year-old record in the girls 15-18 100 individual medley.

Thirteen-year old Jaycee Yegher (Darnestown) set a new mark in the girls 13-14 50 breaststroke. The previous record was held by recent Good Counsel graduate Sarah Haase.

Woodcliffe's Noah Garvey broke a record set last year by Rockville's Devin Truong in the boys 11-12 50 breaststroke.

“It means a lot to be a part of the MCSL history. It's good to know I have most of the records. Hopefully next year I'll have all of them but the breaststroke.”

jbeekman@gazette.net