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COLLEGE PARK – Montgomery County came to the state swim championships on and dominated in every class in both boys’ and girls’ divisions as well as earned the boys’ state diving championship on Feb. 22-23.
For the 4A/3A swimming state title, the Churchill High School boys took home the state title with 312 total points, their second consecutive championship win. Meanwhile, in the girls division, Sherwood’s girls swimming team won their third state title in school history, their second consecutive championship as well, with 285.5 points.
In the 3A/2A/1A swimming finals, both Poolesville High School teams took home the state title, with the boys and girls accumulating 317 and 344 points, respectively. The Falcons are dripping in gold from a storied swimming championship history: this is the boys’ eighth consecutive state title, while the girls have six championship wins, with this one as their fifth consecutive victory.
Sherwood also picked up the boys’ diving state title on Feb. 22, with freshman Max Weinrich finishing with a top score of 490.15. Blake’s Ethan Baldrian and Churchill junior Quinn Westwood trailed Weinrich, with 437.25 and 398.60, respectively, to round out the top three boys’ divers.
The girls’ title went to Linganore High School’s Jessica Buntman (bottom right) with a 413.10 score while Cassie Graham of Clarksburg and Celia Bidwell from Seneca Valley placed behind her with 402.5 and 372.60 points.
Montgomery County schools were so dominant that the top ten boys and top 12 girls teams in the 4A/3A finals were all from MCPS. In the 3A/2A/1A finals, Damascus and Poolesville were the top two in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions. Damascus came in second place in both the girls’ and boys’ competition, with 281 and 242 points, respectively.
The dominance of Poolesville and Damascus was on full display in each competition as their athletes came in either first or second place, or in both. Only in four out of 24 events did the Falcons and the Swarmin’ Hornets not place in the top two: both the boys’ and girls’ 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle.