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Prince-Mont League swimmers earn gold in summer season’s final meet

By AJ MASONStaff writer

BOWIE Records are meant to broken just like the Olympic Games in London.

Coming into Saturday morning’s Prince-Mont Swim League All-Star meet at the Belair Swim and Racquet Club, Waves of Westlake’s Anthony Nguyen had supreme confidence that he was going to make history yet again.

Tied with Mike Clairmont for the league record in the 25-meter freestyle at 15.50 seconds, Nguyen added another when he removed Paul Long’s 30-year-old record by one tenth of a second in the 25 backstroke with a time of 16.44 seconds in the boys 9 to 10-year-old age group.

Nguyen also finished runner-up in the 100 individual medley 12-Under age group and second in the 25 butterfly, breaking the pool record by six one-hundredths of a second with a time of 15.17. He had no doubt that he was going to be in the record books.

“I knew that I was going to break it,” Nguyen said with a smile with his father Mike right beside him. “The practice has really paid off in the pool and there was a lot of fast swimmers today from around the league, so they really pushed me. I’ve been swimming since I was the age of 4 and I’ve trained a lot in the pool.”

Nguyen was one of four swimmers crowned All-Star champions on the day, as his older brother Andrew (boys 13-14) was victorious in the 100 IM, second in the 50 back and sixth in the 50 free. Cousin Denny was the lone double winner from Southern Maryland, capturing first in the 50 back and in the 100 IM and added a third in the 50 breast.

Alexander, the oldest of the three brothers, along with Denny, Myles Ellis and Nick Essing helped Westlake earn third in the 200 medley relay. Anthony, Andrew, Essing and Tyler Whitsett added a runner-up finish for Westlake in the 200 free relay.

Kings Landing had several swimmers finish in the top five, as 8-Under swimmers Evan Weber and Sydney Atkins earned both finished runner-up in the 25 breast and 25 back, respectively.

“I didn’t swim as fast as I wanted to, I felt that I could do better,” Weber said. “The relay was really fun, we’ve been doing good all summer.”

Atkins said: “I was happy to be here at All-Stars, everyone is just so fast and the competition pushed me to do better.”

In the mixed 100 relay, Atkins, Charlie Zorbaugh, Victoria Thompson and Weber, as the final leg, surged to a third-place finish.

Isaiah Johnson added a fourth-place finish in 50 back for Kings Landing in the boys 11-12 age group. Northern rising junior Ben Lawless took third in the 100 free and was sixth in the 50 back for Kingfish.

“We had 15 swimmers come here and I’m proud of them,” Kings Landing head coach Chris Morgan said. “We are three years into the program and the kids have been very dedicated, they put off vacations until the season is over. I would like to thank my coaching staff, they were great all summer.”

Ten-year-old Nathalie LaFontant of Smallwood was an All-Star champion for the first time, earning the top spot in the 25 breast. She was fourth in the 50 free and eighth in the 25 butterfly.

“It’s definitely exciting,” LaFontant said. “My stomach was hurting, but I was able to get through it. I swim year-round for the Potomac Raiders, so I’ve been able to improve my technique. This summer was so fun, I will miss a lot of my teammates and coaches.”

LaFontant’s older sister Lisette took fourth in the 50 free for the 11-12 age group.

“I felt that I could’ve done better, but I finished in the top five, which is good,” Lisette said. “I’m so proud of my little sister, I’m just trying to keep up with her. At that age she is definitely ahead of me.”

There was an array of top 10 finishes from Southern Maryland, 13 of them finished in the top five in at least one event.

Indian Head’s Hannah Hagadorn (girls 13-14) placed in the top five in three events, taking second in the 50 back, third in the 100 IM and fourth in the 50 free. Hagadorn’s younger sister Merriam took fourth in the 100 IM.

“The swimmers at All-Stars are so fast,” the older Hagadorn said. “I love swimming here, there is so much competition. Today wasn’t great, but this was another great opportunity to be an All-Star.”

Bannister’s Isaiah Hall took fifth in the 50 fly and was 10th in the 50 free.

“All-Stars was another great experience this season,” said Hall, a rising sophomore at McDonough High School who also plays football. “Swimming works muscles that you don’t work in football. Coach Stephanie [Weimert] really got me into swimming and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here.”

For Hawthorne, Conor Vienneau (boys 9-10) was in the top 10 in three events, his best finish being third in the 25 back, while teammate David Dugan (9-10) added a third in the 25 breast.

Sydney Fuller (girls 15-18) finished in the top 10 in two events, placing fifth in the 50 back and eighth in the 50 fly.

Tyler Perrie (boys 9-10) took fifth in the 25 back and 50 free for Smallwood.

Prince-Mont All-Star meet results

Southern Maryland All-Star winners listed only

Double winner: D. Nguyen (W) 50 back, 100 IM

Single winners: Ant. Nguyen (W) 25 back; And. Nguyen (W) 100 IM; N. LaFontant (S) 25 breast