Swimming and diving championship season officially kicked off with the weekend’s Independent School League hosted by Holton-Arms School and the East Coast Catholic Classic held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
Holton-Arms School won its ninth ISL title in 11 years with Friday’s 267-180 advantage over defending champion and cross-town rival Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Holy Child improved on last year’s sixth-place finish to move into fifth.
Georgetown Prep’s third-place finish at the East Coast Catholic Classic Sunday was the highest of any Washington, D.C. area programs at the East Coast Catholic Classic Sunday.
Holton won all three relay events — worth more points than individual events — and a team-high three individual events. Caroline McTaggart, Isabelle Jubin, Emma Raynor and ALexis LeMone closed the championship with a meet record (3 minutes, 36.59 seconds) en route to winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. McTaggart (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterly) and Stone Ridge junior and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky (200- and 500-yard freestyle) were the meet’s only double individual race winners.
“Our league has come so far, it’s so much stronger, than it’s been in the 11 years I’ve been coaching, it’s a real privilege to be on top of the league,” Holton coach Graham Westerberg said.
Juniors Brandon Goldstein, Carsten Vissering, Grant Goddard and Adrian Lin helped Prep off to a good start by winning the meet opening 200-yard medley relay. Goddard (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle), Carston Visstering (100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly) and Adrian Lin (500-yard freestyle) all won individual races.
— Jennifer Beekman
While the Montgomery County high school athletes were off relaxing, enjoying a few snow days courtesy of Mother Nature, a troop of senior athletes made their way down to the Sunshine State for the Florida Classic, an international soccer tournament hosting teams from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Four teams from Montgomery County — over ages 50, 55, 60, and 65 — competed while the eldest of the bunch, the amusingly named “D.C. Reunited,” returned home with a second-place finish after losing in penalty kicks in the finale.
“What a wild ride!” Cliff Moy, a player on the over-65 team, wrote in an email. “We almost won first place but we are happy with a second place finish.”
— Travis Mewhirter