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This story was corrected on Feb. 19. An explanation is at the end.

The Friendly High School boys and Frederick Douglass girls finished third at Saturday's Class 3A/2A/1A South Region meet held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, they were the highest finishers from Prince George's County.

Patuxent High swept the region, which features teams from both Prince George's and Calvert counties. Calvert was the runner-up in both the boys and girls competition.

The Frederick Douglass boys finished in fourth place and Crossland came in fifth. Crossland and Friendly rounded out the top five in the girls competition.

Friendly senior Gabrielle Griffin was the meet's only double individual race winner in the girls competition Saturday. She followed up a meet-record swim in the 200-yard freestyle up with a win in the 500-yard freestyle.

“[In the 200 freestyle I knew I needed to] just sprint the last 100 [yards] and not go out all the way in the first 100. I got a pretty good start [in the 500]. I didn't get the time I wanted to get but at states I hope to get on the podium,” Griffin said.

The top three finishers in each event Saturday plus the next 12 fastest times regardless of region advance to next weekend's state championship. Nine individual athletes from five different Prince George's teams made the cut.

Largo's Ernesto Evans, who set a meet record in the 200-yard freestyle Saturday, also qualified in the 500-yard freestyle. Douglass' Samuel Galloway returns to the state meet with Saturday's runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Tisa Pitcher will represent the Eagles in the 100-yard freestyle after Saturday's victory.

In addition to Griffin, Kyle Patton (200-yard individual medley), Victor Walker (50-yard freestyle) and Terrell Sultzer (100-yard butterfly) will all represent Friendly at the state meet. Alia Lawson, who won the 50-yard freestyle Saturday, will be Crossland's only representative at the state competition.

Surrattsville's Gregory Thomas (100-yard backstroke) and Fairmont Heights' Garnett Burgess (100-yard freestyle) also qualified and proved the non-perennial powers should not be overlooked.

“This is my last year swimming so I'm very excited to go to states in an individual event,” Lawson said. “I was determined, I guess, to get first and I got it. I got a good start and I was hoping I'd do well in my flip turn and I guess it came out OK. For states I'm going to have to be serious at practice and have a positive attitude.”

The original version of this story had the incorrect order of finish by boys teams.