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At the Prince George's County Championships, second place isn't the first loser and first place is an afterthought. Unless you swim for Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

For the 14th consecutive year, Roosevelt's girls team swept the competition. The boys also dominated, winning their third straight championship and eighth since 2002 on Saturday at Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel.

The swimmers were satisfied, but winning the county championship is business as usual.

Raiders senior Dennis Witol helped win the 200-yard medley relay and took first place in the 100-yard butterfly.

But he also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley and his 400-yard freestyle relay team finished behind Charles H. Flowers.

Roosevelt's expectations are sky high.

“He should have won that,” second-year coach Andrew Zanghi said.

“It's a pride thing. This is what we do, this is our house,” said Witol when asked about the 400-yard relay. “I would have liked to win that one.”

Witol, however, was thrilled to win his final Prince George's County Championship as a senior.

“I wanted to go out with a bang,” he said. “To show everybody what I've done these four years and that I can still do it.”

Junior Jennifer Clune led the girls' team, taking first place in the 200-yard IM (2 minutes, 21.06 seconds) — her fastest time with Roosevelt — and winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.00). Senior Natasha Chomko won the 100-yard freestyle (57.28) and senior Cecilia Lapp-Stoltzfus won the 100-yard butterfly (1:08.77).

For coach Andrew Zanghi, his second championship was as sweet as his first.

“Last year, I was just trying to figure out what was going on. I was confused half the time. So this year, I at least knew what was going on,” Zanghi said. “We had a really good group of seniors this year; it was special to see them leave with a bang.”

The Raiders' boys team had 366 points to defeat Bowie (304), Flowers (246), Wise (164) and Laurel (153).

Bowie's Steven Rigby won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.14) and the 100-yard backstroke (56.47) to guide the Bulldogs to second place.

Flowers sophomore Sidney Horton broke the program's record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.14) and won the 100-yard freestyle (50.63), improving on his performance in last year's championships.

“I was more prepared,” he said. “I knew what they were going to do and I knew that it wasn't going to be easy.”

Roosevelt's girls team finished with 380 points, winning five of the 11 competitions. Flowers (322), Bowie (265), Laurel (180) and Frederick Douglass (173) rounded out the top five.

Flowers' girls team was led by sisters Alexis and Ashley Braswell, both freshmen. Alexis broke school records in the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.69) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:31.66), winning both events. Ashley also set a record for the program as she won the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.24).

“I do think I see a future of us winning against Roosevelt,” Ashley said.

Added Alexis: “As a team, we're probably going to grow and get better. Everyone's going to improve. I think we have a chance.”



Boys 200-yard medley relay

1. Roosevelt (1:47.59)

2. Bowie

3. Wise

Boys 200-yard freestyle

1. Sidney Horton, Flowers (1:52.14)

2. Saadiq Louisiy, Bowie

3. Daniel Chavez, Roosevelt

Boys 200-yard IM

1. Steven Rigby, Bowie (2:06.46)

2. Dennis Witol, Roosevelt

3. Alexander Ly, High Point

Boys 50-yard freestyle

1. Michael Stevens, Roosevelt (23.60)

2. RJ Pauling, Laurel

3. Michael Shimizu, Roosevelt

Boys 100-yard butterfly

1. Dennis Witol, Roosevelt (57.91)

2. Kevin Louis, Flowers

3. Samuel Galloway, Douglass

Boys 100-yard freestyle

1. Sidney Horton, Flowers (50.63)

2. Saadiq Louisiy, Bowie

3. RJ Pauling, Laurel

Boys 500-yard freestyle

1. Daniel Chavez, Roosevelt (5:03.69)

2. Don Brazelton, Flowers

3. Christian Dixon, Roosevelt

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay

1. Bowie (1:35.41)

2. Flowers

3. Roosevelt

Boys 100-yard backstroke

1. Steven Rigby, Bowie (56.47)

2. Michael Stevens, Roosevelt

3. Martin Raekwon, Wise

Boys 100-yard breaststroke

1. Bryce Carrington, Suitland (1:08.44)

2. Andrew Skinner, Roosevelt

3. Samuel Galloway, Douglass

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay

1. Flowers (3:32.94)

2. Roosevelt

3. Bowie

Girls 200-yard medley relay

1. Roosevelt (2:03.28)

2. Laurel

3. Bowie

Girls 200-yard freestyle

1. Alexis Braswell, Flowers (2:03.69)

2. Emily Boluda, Roosevelt

3. Gabrielle Griffin, Friendly

Girls 200-yard IM

1. Jennifer Clune, Roosevelt (2:21.06)

2. Carolyn Sutton, Laurel

3. Emily Boluda, Roosevelt

Girls 50-yard free

1. Rochelle Parry, Parkdale (26.71)

2. Natasha Chomko, Roosevelt

3. Daiysa Burrell, Flowers

Girls 100-yard butterfly

1. Cecilia Lapp-Stoltzfus, Roosevelt (1:08.77)

2. Kai Waller, Roosevelt

3. Anbela Barzanti, Bowie

Girls 100-yard freestyle

1. Natasha Chomko, Roosevelt (57.28)

2. Rochelle Parry, Parkdale

3. Elizabeth Bailey, Roosevelt

Girls 500-yard freestyle

1. Alexis Braswell, Flowers (5:31.66)

2. Gabrielle Griffin, Friendly

3. Mary Wenzel, Roosevelt

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay

1. Flowers (1:49.85)

2. Roosevelt

3. Bowie

Girls 100-yard backstroke

1. Ashley Braswell, Flowers (1:05.24)

2. Carolyn Sutton, Laurel

3. Cecilia Lapp-Stoltzfus, Roosevelt

Girls 100-yard breaststroke

1. Jennifer Clune, Roosevelt (1:10.00)

2. Kai Waller, Roosevelt

3. Gabrielle Kuhn, Fairmont

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay

1. Flowers (4:07.43)

2. Roosevelt

3. Bowie