BBT relay team captures long-awaited title -- Gazette.Net


Steven Rigby and Belair Bath and Tennis Club had one thing in mind coming into Saturday's Prince-Mont Swim League all-star meet at Belair Swim & Racquet in Bowie: breaking the league record in the boys 18-and-under 200-meter medley relay.

And it didn't take long for them to do it. The 200 medley relay was the first event of the day, and Rigby and his teammates set a new league record of 1 minute, 56.27 seconds.

“It felt amazing,” said Rigby, who recorded the fastest time on his team that also included Thomas Williams, 18, Charles Brother, 18, and Tommy Cranford, 15. “Last year in the all-stars we were seeded first and we were supposed to get it but New Carrollton [Recreation] came out of nowhere and got it. It took the whole summer but we finally got it. We wanted that so bad.”

Rigby, 16, and BBT weren't the only ones who broke league records, though, as they were joined by Kingfish's Ryan Mathis in the boys 10-and-under 25 butterfly (15.04 seconds) and Amanda Barber in the girls 15-18 100 freestyle (58.5). Strathmore Bel Pre's Morgan Hill set a new mark in the girls 13-14 50 butterfly (29.89), and Whitehall's Annie Hayburn established a new record in the girls 13-14 50 backstroke (31.82).

Kingfish's girls 9-18 200 freestyle relay team of Jillian Boucree, 10, Sydney Mathis, 12, Alexis LeMone, 14, and Barber also set a league record with a time of 1:58.02.

Although she didn't break a league record, Belair Swim & Racquet's Geordie Enoch was another standout, as she recorded meet-best times in the girls 15-18 50 breaststroke (36.07) and the 100 individual medley (1:08.87). She also finished second in the 50 backstroke with a time of 32 seconds.

“I always love coming to all-stars,” said Enoch, 16. “It's a really fun meet and it's good to see everybody that you don't see in your division. The competition is better and it's just fun to come here and do my best.”

Amid all of the individual records, team efforts also were recognized near the end of the meet as the league's eight divisions winners were awarded their banners. The Saum Hilton award was given to the most-improved team in each division in honor of the two founders of the Prince-Mont League.

“It's great [to win that],” said West Arundel Swim Team head coach John Venit, whose team won the award in Division C. “It's based on getting kids to improve during the year and it's a great opportunity. We were second, we had a great year [and] we're happy.”

Kingfish Swim Club, Strathmore Bel Pre, Kings Landing Swim Team, Severn Crossing Swim Team, Laurel City Swim Team, Bannister Neighborhood Swim Team and Brandywine Blue Wave were also recipients of the award in Divisions A, B, D, E, F, G and H, respectively.