High School State Championships: Washington D.C. Metropolitan

BOYDS, Maryland, February 13. THE highlight of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Boys and Girls Championships was the national independent record-setting effort by Good Counsel junior Jack Conger in the 500 yard free (4:17.51).

Showing great versatility, Conger also captured the 50 free in 19.85, and helped his relay team to two wins, one setting a Metropolitan record. Conger swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay; with sophomore Brady Welch and seniors Evan Garfield and Ryan Edmunds, the quartet cruised to a 1:33.77 Metro record. Juniors Matt Colket and Thomas Colket joined Welch and Conger for a victory in the 400 free relay (3:07.11).

Spoiling a Good Counsel relay sweep was the team of junior Paul O'Hara and seniors Patrick Reyes, Madison Hardimon and Sean Sullivan, who combined for a 1:24.88 Metro record in the 200 free relay. Sullivan set an individual Metro mark in the 100 free with his 45.23, and senior Tim Barry grabbed the 100 back victory in 52.02.

Georgetown Prep senior Carl St. John closed out his individual high school career with two very close races. He defeated Blair junior Jack Foster in the 200 IM, 1:53.98-1:54.02. However, came up 14-hundreths short in the 100 fly to teammate Grant Goddard, a freshman, 50.83-50.97.

Goddard's fellow freshman at Georgetown Prep, Carsten Vissering, was tops in the 100 breast with his 56.99. Garrett Powell, a senior at Walter Johnson, captured the 200 free in 1:39.66. T.J. Shinholser, a sophomore at Paint Branch, was the top male diver, scoring 565.85 points.

Gonzaga College High School racked up 502 points, the first team to go over 500 points at a Metropolitan championship meet. Georgetown Prep came in second with 352.

Five individual and two relay Metro records fell during the girls' portion of the championships.

Holton-Arms freshman Caroline McTaggart, the girls' high-point winner, began her high school career with Metro records in both the 50 free (23.09) and 100 free (49.94). Wootton sophomore Kristina Li lowered the 100 back mark to 54.85, Good Counsel senior Sarah Haase came very close to going under a minute in the 100 breast (1:00.05) and Whitman sophomore Charlotte Meyer's 1:58.19 was good for the Metro standard in the 200 IM. Natalya Ares, a senior at Churchill, just missed the Metro record in the 100 fly by just 2-hundreths, notching a 55.09.

Nabbing one event win apiece were Sherwood junior Anna Kolanowski in the 200 free (1:49.85), Gaithersburg senior Ellen Anderson in the 500 free (4:52.02) and Churchill freshman Kali Becker in 1-meter diving (468.30).

Both freestyle relay records fell to Walt Whitman relays. The quartet of senior Reia Tong, sophomore Sarah Kannan plus juniors Audrey Gould and Meyer put together a 1:35.39 effort in the 200 free relay; senior Victoria Kuhn combined with Tong, Gould and Meyer for the 400 free relay victory (3:27.63). Good Counsel's team of Catherine Mulquin, Haase, junior Katherine Cleary and sophomore Makenzie Miller spoiled a Whitman sweep with their 1:46.07 in the 200 medley relay.

Churchill defeated Whitman for first place in the girls team race, 382-380.