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The Patuxent boys and girls swim teams each got some much-needed wins on Tuesday night in nailbiting-fashion in a tri-meet versus Chopticon and host Lackey.

The boys squeaked out a 138-136 victory over Lackey and cruised to a 169-92 win over Chopticon. Lackey defeated Chopticon 193-82 in a head-to-head matchup. On the girls side, Patuxent edged both Lackey 140-135 and Chopticon 139-128. Lackey picked up a 152-124 win over Chopticon.

The Patuxent boys and girls were able to edge Lackey by winning key relay events to earn points.

On teh boys side, the Panthers had three double winners. Steven Coley won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, Ronnie Forster earned victories in the 100 breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley, while Chris Kahl collected victories in the 100 backstroke and 500 free. Edgar Faison won the 200 free and was a catalyst on the winning 200 medley relay team. The boys also won the 200 free relay. Morgan Duty won the 100 butterfly for the Panthers.

“Both the boys and girls swam with a lot of heart and were able to pull it out in the last events of the race the relays,” Patuxent head coach Jeff Ganoe said.

On the girls side, Patuxent’s Carrie Lake won the 50 free, Kalie Hernandez got first in the 100 free, Ali Adams won the 100 back, and Hernandez, Lake, Allison Leap and Cassie Beck teamed up to win the 400 medley relay.

“It was a great team effort by the Panthers to be able to outscore quality teams like Lackey and Chopticon,” Ganoe said. “We’re hoping to close out strong against Calvert in our first home meet at the HAC [today at 5 p.m.] before break. We'd like to go into the break with momentum and we'll need the same kind of committed team effort to beat [Head] Coach [Brian] Dryer and the Cavaliers.”

The lone winner for Lackey was Madisen Mismash who got first in the 100 breast for the girls.

“We knew it would be a tall order, but both our men's and women's teams were really excited about this meet and believed we could pull out a victory against both Patuxent and Chopticon,” Lackey head coach John Crawford said. “We led late in the meet going into the 400 free relay and I knew that the relays would play an important part in this meet. We just couldn't close the deal, Patuxent has talented relay teams and a strong last two swimmers in the 400 free relay.”

Earlier in the night at Lackey the Calvert boys and girls earned a tri-meet sweep versus Thomas Stone and McDonough. The boys edged Stone, 134-130 and McDonough 137-126. McDonough defeated Stone 199-128.

Over in the girls meet, Calvert slipped past Stone, 125-124, and edged McDonough, 140-131. McDonough pulled out a 125-124 win over the Cougars.

Dan America was a double winner for the boys after he placed first in the 50 and 100 free. Calvert also won in the boys 200 free relay and the girls 400 relay events.

“After swimming four meets in 21 days [with another meet today] the team really responded by swimming their best and taking many of the top places to make up for not taking first,” Dryer said. The team effort was great to see as we needed to rely on not just our top swimmers but to rely on solid swims by our third and fourth swimmers. McDonough and Thomas Stone are great teams that have really been building their programs over the last few years and made for a very close meet.”

Stone’s Rachel Pritchett won both the 50 and 100 free while teammate Adriana Carioti won the 200 IM and 500 free. On the boys side for Stone, Tanner Browne won the 200 free and 100 back.

ajmason@somdnews.com