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The Maryland High School 3A/4A state swimming championships took place this morning with a number of state records falling along the way.
The Walter Johnson High School girls scored 292 points to win the meet ahead of Sherwood High School with 246 points.
Athena Aravantinou, Margaret Wolfson, Molly Benson, and Maya Drill won the 200 medley relay for Walter Johnson in 1:47.72, just .03 faster than Bethesda’s Katie Smith, Gabrielle Meisel, Olivia McGrath, and Caroline Karson.
Montgomery Blair senior Madison Waechter set the state 500 freestyle record in 4:52.65. Also under five minutes were Grace Giddings of Sherwood High (4:56.33) and Walt Whitman’s Lena Redisch (4:59.10). Waechter was also dominant in the 200 freestyle with a 1:50.93.
A freshman from Quince Orchard, Catherine Belyakov also set a state record with a 2:03.81 200 IM. Walter Johnson’s Celine Nugent was runner up (2:05.78). Belyakov was runner up in the 100 breaststroke behind another state record. Northewest senior Jaycee Yegher set that mark with a winning 1:01.76.
The state mark also fell in the 100 butterfly with a 55.18 from Winston Churchill’s Emily Wang (55.18). Hannah Kannan of Montgomery Blair (55.73) touched second.
Bethesda senior Smith won the 100 backstroke in 55.77. Kannan finished second again (56.62) and Sherwood’s Sophia Ryan finished third (57.56).
Northwest’s Sydney Knapp out touched Nugent 51.63 to 51.66 to win the 100 freestyle. Walt Whitman’s Avery Williams topped the 50 freestyle (23.97). Smith touched second (24.04), just .01 faster than Knapp (24.05).
Drill, Nugent, Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, and Wolfson set a state record time of 1:36.74 to win the 200 freestyle relay.
Winston Churchill’s Wang, Beth Wright, Hanan Bandak, and Maya Fischer completed the relay state record trifecta with a 3:30.74 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Richard Montgomery High school eeked out a win over Winston Churchill High School, scoring 289 points to Winston Churchill’s 287.
The Richard Montgomery relay of Matt Nguyen, Kenny Afolabi-Brown, Grey Afloabi-Brown, and Jonathan Mendley opened the meet with a 200 medley relay victory in 1:35.35.
The Afolabi-Browns combined with Simon Li and Mendley to win the 200 freestyle relay in state record time of 1:26.50. Winston Churchill’s Ian Mackey, David Chang, Noah Pereles, and Zachary Einhorn were second in 1:26.94.
Kenny Afolabi-Brown went on to win the 50 freestyle in 21.45, out touching Bethesda’s Diego Suarez Touzon (21.48) and Winston Churchill’s Mackey (21.54). Suarez Touzon was also second in the 100 freestyle in 47.01. Gaithersburg’s Brandon Cu won the event with a 46.71. Wootton’s Jeffrey Qin finished third (47.39).
Alex Li of Wootton was first to the wall in the 200 freestyle with a 1:42.07. Second place went to Walter Johnson’s Abe Kim (1:42.51). Einhorn was third (1:43.48). Li also won the 500 free in 4:37.36. Andy Rothstein of Winston Churchill was second (4:42.38), just faster than Richard Montgomery’s Jack Rose (4:42.65). Rose won the 100 backstroke in 51.41, just .02 faster than Clarksburg senior Michael Wong (51.43).
Winston Churchill ended the meet with a 400 freestyle state record of 3:10.33, but it wasn’t enough as Richard Montgomery finished third to earn enough points to win the meet. Noah Perelss, Sanjay Wijesekera, Rothstein, and Einhorn were the record setting squad.
Walter Johnson’s Timmy Ellett swam a state record 1:52.61 to win the 200 IM ahead of Clarksburg’s Jacob Halem and Severna Park’s Reid Hussey (1:54.87).
Quince Orchard’s Eli Fouts led a pack of 100 butterfliers. The junior got to the wall first in 50.39. Sophomores Danny Calder of Walt Whitman and Alex Colson of Wheaton were second and third in 50.71 and 50.76.
Fouts also earned top honors in the 100 breaststroke. In the final individual event of the morning, he clocked a state record 55.25. Noah Garvey of Northwest outtouched Clarksburg’s Robert Qian 58.11 to 58.17 for runner up honors.