BOYDS, Maryland, February. IN one of the most exciting high school championships so far this season, four national records were broken and nine meet records were taken down at the 2013 Metro Championships.
Stone Ridge sophomore Katie Ledecky bettered two national marks, missing the American record by 91-hundreds with her 4:31.38 in the 500 yard free. That lowered the prelim swim posted during prelims the previous evening. She also lowered Missy Franklin's national independent mark of 1:43.15 in the 200 free with her 1:42.96.
Good Counsel senior Jack Conger also lowered the overall national record in the 500 free, posted in 1983 of 4:16.39 by Jeff Kostoff with his 4:13.87. It also cleared out Conger's national independent record of 4:17.91 from last year. He came close to breaking a second mark in the 100 back, finishing the race in 46.76. Conger ledoff Good Counsel's 400 free relay in a national independent mark of 42.81.
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Wootton High School had incentive to win this year's competition. Last April the team's coach, Howard Blume passed away after his 14th season with the team. Wootton captured this year's team race over a determined Churchill squad, 392-386. Wootton was led by junior Kristina Li, who set meet records in the 100 fly (55.05) and the 100 back (54.40).
Holton Arms' Caroline McTaggart took charge of the sprint free with her 23.15 in the 50 free and 49.72 in the 100 free. Churchill's Kali Becker won the diving competition with 420.15 points.
Gonzaga's 340.5 points gave them the boys' third straight team title over Georgetown Prep (320), despite losing 15 seniors last season. They were led by double event champions Grant Goddard (200 free, 1:39.67 and 100 fly, 50.66) and Carsten Vissering (200 IM, 1:51.01 and 100 breast, 54.94). Vissering's prelim swim of 54.71 in the 100 breast set a meet record.
Gonzaga's Paul O'Hara's 20.57 in the 50 free earned him the victory in that event. He tied with Walter Johnson's Barry Mangold in the 100 free, each swimming 45.83.
T.J. Shinholder of Paint Branch took charge of the diving event, scoring 497.70 points.