Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Spartans surge to big victories

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After being humbled a week earlier by rival squads from Bowie High and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Laurel High School swim team rebounded with a pair of victories against Parkdale and Northwestern Saturday afternoon at the Fairland Aquatic Center.

The Laurel girls (9-2) demolished Parkdale, 129-25, and Northwestern, 136-12, while the Spartans’ boys (8-3) dispatched the Wildcats, 108-23, and the Panthers, 107-10. The Northwestern boys earned a split by defeating Parkdale, 42-12, while the Panthers’ girls avoided the sweep by downing Northwestern, 53-19.

‘‘After that Bowie and Roosevelt meet, we’re focusing on having fun,” Laurel coach John Venit said. ‘‘We didn’t have all of our top swimmers for this last meet, but we’re excited about our chances in the county championships. That’s our priority right now is getting ready for the postseason.”

Laurel’s girls’ team had three double winners against both Northwestern and Parkdale. Senior Kara Rutherford captured both the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 50.94 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:31.33). Junior Liz Fitzsimons won both the 200 individual medley (3:08.26) and 100 free (1:13.31), while sophomore Caitlin Raynor took the 100 fly (1:12.91) and 100 back (1:15.46).

Other Spartans also made valuable contributions. Lacey Ennis won the 50 free (32.87 seconds) and Gaby Farias took the 500 free (7:48.57). Farias was second to Ennis in the 50 free, while Ennis was second behind Fitzsimons in the 100 free. Angeline Dauteuil (200 free and 100 breast), Jessica Robey (200 IM and 500 free) and Emily Yeagley (100 fly and 100 back) also each recorded a pair of second-place finishes.

Raynor, Rutherford, Fitzsimons and Farias opened the meet by taking the 200 medley relay (2:30.44). Ennis, Katie Witek, Yeagley and Rutherford then combined to take the 200 free relay (2:20.43) and later Yeagley, Farias, Fitzsimons and Raynor concluded the meet by capturing the 400 free relay (5:17.97). Other Laurel relays recorded a pair of second-place finishes.

On the boys’ side, Jordan Megaughey and Will Hoover each recorded a pair of victories and also participated on two triumphant relays. Megaughey won the 200 IM (2:33.76) and the 500 free (6:41.45), while Hoover won the 50 free (26.27) and the 100 fly (1:12.63). Scott Tyree won the 200 free (2:27.35) and Jared Hester took the 100 breast.

In the 200 medley relay, Tyree, Hester, Nick Byron and Megaughey combined to prevail in 2:07.76. Later, Megaughey, Philip Hayes, Jessie Guevera and Byron took first in the 200 free relay (2:05.76). Hoover, Jesse Guirola, Tyree and Megaughey captured the 400 free relay (4:30.73). Hayes was second in the 100 free and third in the 200 free. Tyree was second in the 200 free, Guirola was second in the 50 free and Xun Lei Wang was second in the 100 breast and third in the 50 free.

E-mail Ted Black at tblack@gazette.net.