By David Rieder
JOPPATOWNE, Maryland, March 3. THE Maryland High School State Championships took place Saturday, February 26 at Joppatowne High School.
Frederick's Hanne Borgersen won both the 200 free and 100 fly, swam on two winning relays, and led her team to a team title. Borgersen posted times of 1:53.95 in the 200 free and 55.91 in the 100 fly. Teammate Page Fox earned first in the 100 free in 55.91. Natalie Ahearn, Kira Huber, Fox, and Borgersen touched first in the 200 free relay in 1:45.76, while Carolyn Slife, Jordan Chamblee, Fox, and Borgersen won the 200 free relay in 3:49.37.
Bal Air's Carley Nitchie won the 50 free (25.30), while Fallston's Madison Brown took the 500 free (5:28.54) and Daniel Jackson the 100 breast (1:11.56). Middletown's Chelsea Rossick earned the 100 back win in 1:03.30, and she led off Middletown's victorious 200 medley relay. Rossick, Ashley Higginbothem, Elena Marrone, and Kameryn Corcoran combined to clock 2:02.67 for that win.
Frederick won the meet comfortably with 271 points, while Middletown took second (210) and Cambridge/SD third (179).
Harford Tech's Brandon Carestia and Stephen Decatur's Jake Blazer each took home two individual event victories. Carestia won the 200 free in 2:05.44, and he returned later to grab the 100 back in 55.63. Blazer, meanwhile, blazed to victory in the 50 and 100 free, with respective times of 23.09 and 50.95. Additionally, Blazer anchored two relay triumphs. Stephen Decatur's team of Shayne Custodio, Garrett Neville, Austin Deppe, and Blazer won the 200 medley relay in 1:45.10, while Custodio, Christian Yandle, Deppe, and Blazer finished first in the 400 free relay in 3:29.74.
Middletown's Matthew Walchuck earned first in the 200 free in 1:52.59, while Frederick's Mitchell Reynolds won the 500 free in 5:05.39. Fallston's Austin Appel took the 100 fly (54.25), while Lackey's Gus Paras finished first in the 100 breast (1:04.53). Havre de Grace's team of Chris Worrell, Daniel Schoeberlein, Paul Butz, and Amato Renz paced the field in the 200 free relay, winning in 1:35.93.
Fallston edged Stephen Decatur for the team title, 284 points to 282.5, while Middletown scored 218 points for third.
Two swimmers doubled with individual wins. Governor Thomas Johnson's Margaret Manning swept the 50 (24.53) and 100 free (53.63), while Severna Park's Katie Parker won the 200 IM (2:11.64) and 100 breast (1:07.23). Parker also swam on two winning relays; Severna Park's Caroline Evans, Katie Parker, Katelyn Sowinski, and Molly Gallant won the 200 free relay in 1:50.99, while Marissa Hand, Jenna Kirchoff, Parker, and Sowinski blazed to a state record of 3:38.07 to win the 400 free relay. Individually, Sowinski won the 100 fly in 56.84.
Urbana took all the remaining victories on their way to the team title. Sydney Williams won the 500 free (5:08.28), while Alexa Santis took first in the 100 back in a new state record time of 1:01.08/ Claire McIlmail added a win in the 200 free (1:55.66), and she swam on Urbana's victorious 200 free relay. Jessica Jimenez, Brigid Kavanaugh, Hannah Edler, and McIlmail teamed to clock 1:42.17 for the win.
Urbana Scored 325.5 points for the win, just ahead of second-place Severna, which scored 300. C. Milton Wright ended up third with 228.5.
Three swimmers ended up scoring two individual event wins each. South River's Michael Seaburg led the way, first winning the 200 IM in 1:58.97. He later set a state record of 58.91 to win the 100 breast. Meanwhile, Old Mill's Trevor Doll and Broadneck's James Robichaud each won two freestyle event victories. Doll took the 50 (22.08) and 100 (48.74), while Robichaud won the 200 (1:45.90) and 500 (4:50.11).
Annapolis' Dylan Davis posted a state record of 58.91 to win the 100 back, while Severna Park's Jared Wasserman rounded out the individual wins with a 48.74 decision in the 100 fly. Wasserman joined teammates Sean Brant, Kevin Huntley, and John Bachkosky to win the 200 medley relay in a state record time of 1:42.81, while the foursome of Bennett Bean, Brant, Wasserman, and Huntley also set a state record in the 400 free relay, winning in 3:23.23. Governor Thomas Johnson's team of Willie Sasse, Alex Smith, Matt White, and Ahmed Hegazi won the 200 free relay in 1:31.95, also a new state record.
Saverna Park cruised to the win with 281 points, followed by second-place Broadneck (235) and third-place Urbana (181).