Poolesville sweeps its region swim meet -- Gazette.Net


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

The region championship featured teams from Montgomery and Frederick counties.

The defending state champion and this winter's Montgomery County Division II winner Falcons boys set five new meet marks en route to a convincing victory Saturday. They finished with 388.5 points, ahead of fellow Montgomery teams Damascus (266 points) and Seneca Valley (232.5).

Frederick's Middletown (194) and Oakdale (185) rounded out the top five. The Knights won their first Frederick County title last week since 1993.

Poolesville's girls finished with a 364-270 advantage against Oakdale. The Bears were coming of last weekend's first Frederick County title.

Damascus (262), Frederick (234) and Walkersville (216) finished third through fifth.

“We had a bunch of really exciting swims. The kids got up and swam and they were breaking times they were hitting last year. The kids were really pumped to swim,” Poolesville coach Johnny Leong said.

Poolesville won 16 of 22 events Saturday. But the meet was not only about winning races Leong said, it was about positioning the team well for next weekend's state championship.

Teams are limited to two swimmers per event at the region and state meets. The top three finishers in each event Saturday automatically advance to the state meet. The next 12 fastest times, regardless of region, will also qualify for states.

Poolesville had at least one swimmer in the top three of 20 events Saturday, 10 races on each the boys and girls side. Both Falcons squads also had two athletes in the top 3 of three events with swimmers on the cusp of qualifying in several more.

“The important thing [Saturday] was to swim it out and try to make it to states. It was about getting ourselves into states so we can have a great state meet,” Leong said.

The rest of the field from Saturday's competition faces an uphill battle but Oakdale coach Jared Minetola said it's important that swimmers are focused only on the things they can control.

“We're not going to be unrealistic. All we can do is go for personal best times. We just want to have fun, try to improve ourselves and do our best as a team,” Minetola said. “I think our kids had a positive reaction to [the fast times out of Montgomery County]. If someone is ahead of you by five seconds, you kind of just relax and the pressure is off and we had a lot of kids drop time.”

Poolesville's Xavier Laracuente (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle), Alex Lin (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard backstroke), Diana Hanson (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke) and Dorit Song (200-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle) were the competition's only multiple individual race winners.

Laracuente, who also picked up wins in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, set a meet record in all four events he contested. Lin, who was also on the two winning freestyle relay squads, bested Laracuente's 2012 mark in the individual medley.

Damascus' Hedda Boege crushed the girls 500-yard freestyle meet record by nearly 10 seconds and teammate Ryan O'Leary set a new mark in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Poolesville has positioned itself well to defend last year's state championship on the boys side and win its first girls title but as the Falcons girls learned last year when they were upset by Harford County's C. Milton Wright, no team can be overlooked next weekend.

“I'm happy with the majority of our swims [Saturday]. A couple swims got away from us and weren't what we expected but the more important thing is that the kids realized it and are ready to improve for next week,” Leong said. “I'm confident we will have [just about] everybody back [at states].”


Boys 200-yard medley relay

1. Poolesville (1 minute, 44.73 seconds)

2. Seneca Valley

3. Middletown

Boys 200-yard freestyle

1. Griffin Alaniz, Rockville (1:50.87)

2. Austin Von Heeringen, Seneca Valley

3. Jake Rubenstein, Poolesville

Boys 200-yard individual medley

1. Alex Lin, Poolesville (2:02.53!)

2. Brad Updegraff, Walkersville

3. Ryan O'Leary, Damascus

Boys 50-yard freestyle

1. Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville (22.57!)

2. Anthony Kim, Poolesville

3. Chris Lamont, Oakdale

Boys 100-yard butterfly

1. Jacob Weiss, Poolesville (54.48)

2. Jack McCarty, Poolesville

3. Mitchell Reynolds, Frederick

Boys 100-yard freestyle

1. Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville (48.95!)

2. Reilly O'Connor, Seneca Valley

3. Griffin Walter, Damascus

Boys 500-yard freestyle

1. Mitchell Reynolds, Frederick (4:58.18)

2. Jake Rubenstein, Poolesville

3. Bruce Martin, Poolesville

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville (1:32.77!)

2. Damascus

3. Oakdale

Boys 100-yard backstroke

1. Alex Lin, Poolesville (56.42)

2. Griffin Alaniz, Rockville

3. Austin Von Heeringen, Seneca Valley

Boys 100-yard breaststroke

1. Ryan O'Leary, Damascus (1:02.88!)

2. Brad Updegraff, Walkersville

3. David Dorsey, Damascus

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville (3:22.06!)

2. Seneca Valley

3. Middletown

Girls 200-yard medley relay

1. Poolesville (1:57.65!)

2. Walkersville

3. Oakdale

Girls 200-yard freestyle

1. Dorit Song, Poolesville (1:57.17)

2. Hedda Boege, Damascus

3. Tia Graham, Oakdale

Girls 200-yard individual medley

1. Diana Hanson, Poolesville (2:14.43)

2. Molly Updegraff, Walkersville

3. Meghan Giron, Damascus

Girls 50-yard freestyle

1. Page Fox, Frederick (25.63)

2. Sayaka Vaules, Poolesville

3. Cynthia Jih, Poolesville

Girls 100-yard butterfly

1. Katie Dahlin, Poolesville (1:02.65)

2. Tia Graham, Oakdale

3. Lindsay Knapp, Poolesville

Girls 100-yard freestyle

1. Dorit Song, Poolesville (54.93)

2. Page Fox, Frederick

3. Sayaka Vaules, Poolesville

Girls 500-yard freestyle

1. Hedda Boege, Damascus (5:14.04!)

2. Katie Dahlin, Poolesville

3. Sydney Gilmer, Oakdale

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville (1:46.15!)

2. Oakdale

3. Frederick

Girls 100-yard backstroke

1. Meghan Karl, Rockville (1:03.96)

2. Justine Wantz, Walkersville

3. Ariana Casimates, Rockville

Girls 100-yard breaststroke

1. Diana Hanson, Poolesville 1:09.11)

2. Molly Updegraff, Walkersville

3. Emily Hicken, Oakdale

400-yard freestyle relay

1. Poolesville (3:52.27)

2. Damascus

3. Walkersville

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