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Eleanor Roosevelt High School boys and girls swept the team titles at the annual Prince George's County Championships on Saturday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, but several other schools were represented among individual events and relays.

The Eleanor Roosevelt boys earned 351 points, finishing ahead of Bowie (318), Charles H. Flowers (291), Friendly (168) and Frederick Douglass (144). Friendly claimed the boys' 3A/2A/1A title. Among the girls, Roosevelt (374) pulled away late from Flowers (333), Bowie (301) and Laurel (240) to win its 13th consecutive county title. Douglass (145) finished sixth overall, but easily took home the top prize among 3A/2A/1A schools.

Roosevelt senior Jennifer Clune, a Washington College recruit, won a pair of individual titles and took part in two winning relay teams. Clune won the 200-yard individual medley (2;21.89) and later took the 100 breaststroke (1:12.27) for the fourth straight year. She joined Alexis Yaculak, Eszter Hernhold and Elizabeth Bailey on the 200 medley relay and followed Hernhold, Yaculak and Emma Donoghue as the anchor on the 400 freestyle relay (4:03.59) that won by eight seconds.

“I was really happy with my time in the 200 IM,” Clune said. “I dropped time and all of the strokes felt pretty good. I was not happy with my time in the 100 breast. I know I will have to do much better next week [at the 4A/3A Central Regional Meet] in order to make it to states and get a high seeding. Our relays were really good today. I couldn't be happier with my teammates and the way we swam.”

Clune was the only double winner for Roosevelt, but Raiders' teammates Michael Stevens won the boys' 50 freestyle (23.71), Christian Dixon took the boys' 100 butterfly (55.94), Nathan Donoghue captured the boys' 500 freestyle (5:25.14) and Hernhold won the girls' 500 freestyle (5:52.05). Dixon, Michael Shimizu, Mensa Eggleston and Donoghue combined to take the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.78).

“I couldn't be happier for our seniors,” Roosevelt coach Andrew Zanghi said. “We really wanted to see the seniors go out with another county title. Of course, everything gets much tougher the next two weeks. Our region is going to be tough and then the Maryland State meet is obviously gotten really tough since Montgomery County came on board a few years ago.”

Flowers' boys finished third overall, but junior Sidney Horton and sophomore Don Brazelton each won a pair of individual events and both were part of two relays that prevailed. Brazelton won the 200 freestyle (1:51.33) and the 100 backstroke (56.92), while Horton took the 200 individual medley (2:07.88) and the 100 freestyle (50.25). Brazelton, Horton, Malcolm Mallard and Brendenn Davis combined to take the 200 medley relay, then Brazelton, Horton, Mallard and Montana Wynn edged Roosevelt in the 200 freestyle relay.

Flowers' girls eventually finished second behind Roosevelt thanks to the efforts of sophomore twins, Alexis and Ashley Braswell. Alexis Braswell won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 500 freestyle, while Ashley Braswell took second in both the 200 indiviaul medley and 100 backstroke. Both were part of the Jaguars' triumphant 200 freestyle relay (1:50.70) along with sophomore Daiysa Burrell and freshman Mariah Osbourne. The same quartet later took second in the 400 freestyle relay behind the Raiders' group anchored by Clune.

Bowie finished second among the boys and third among girls. Freshman DeAngela Fobbs prevailed narrowly in the girls' 50 freestyle (26.72) then won the 100 freestyle (59.36) by more than three seconds. Freshman Jon Bendana, second in the 200 individual medley early in the meet, edged Suitland senior Bryce Carrington to capture the 100 breaststroke (1:07.11). Bendana also joined Marcel Louisy, Noah Louisy and Saadiq Louisy on the 400 freestyle relay which finished second in the finale.

Laurel finished fourth overall in the girls' competition thanks to sophomore Carolyn Sutton, who won both the 100 butterfly (1:05.43) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.61). Sutton arrived as the top seed in both events, but she was especially impressive in the butterfly, dropping more than a second from her seed time while taking a personal best.

“I was hoping to go 1:04 low today in the 100 fly and came in close,” Sutton said. “So, next week I am hoping to get there. I was really happy with my time in the 100 back. I wanted to go 1:04 low or 1:03 high, so to go 1:03.6 was a pleasant surprise. Now I want to go 1:03 low at the regional meet next weekend and hope to finish in the top three and make it to states.”

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