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    Indian Head swims past Smallwood Village

    By Ted Black,

    18 days ago

    Hot, humid conditions that enveloped the region last Saturday morning proved ideal for the Prince-Mont League swimmers from both Indian Head and host Smallwood Village as the visitors prevailed 314-269 to remain undefeated through the first two weeks of the season.

    Indian Head (2-0) swimmers won 30 of the 49 events, including three of the five relays, to post their second straight victory to start the season. Smallwood Village (0-2) which suffered a 299-263 setback at home to Greenbelt Municipal one week earlier, will seek its first win of the season this Saturday when the Marlins head to Accokeek (0-2) in a clash of early winless teams.

    Indian Head swimmer Naomi Dugan won two individual events and was part of two relays that also prevailed on Saturday morning and she is gradually embarking on the swan song of her swimming career. Dugan, who is home schooled, does not plan to swim in college and instead is looking to put the finishing touches on her swim career with a pair of victories in the Prince-Mont All-Stars on July 27.

    “I really don’t have any plans to swim in college, so I just want to finish out strong,” said Dugan, who won the 15-18 girls’ 100-meter butterfly (33.13) and 100 breaststroke (37.32) on Saturday morning. “I would like to win the 100 IM this year [at all-stars]. I finished second last year.”

    While Dugan is in the twilight days of her swimming endeavors, Smallwood Village swimmer Amanda Cartwright, a recent Thomas Stone High School graduate, has no immediate plans to hang up her cap and goggles. In fact, Cartwright, who won the 15-18 girls’ 100 freestyle (1:09.37) on Saturday morning, is headed to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to swim and pursue a degree in psychology.

    “I’m excited about being able to swim in college at St. Mary’s,” Cartwright said. “The coach reached out to me earlier this summer because he is looking for a few more girls and wanted more distance swimmers. I always did the 500 [freestyle] at Stone, so I guess he will probably put me in the 1,000 and the 1,500.”

    Indian Head’s Edison Wright won the 9-10 boys’ 25 fly (17.53), 50 free (34.69) and 25 breast (32.44); Taylor Sellers took the 9-10 girls’ 25 fly (23.49), 50 free (44.10) and 25 back (26.61); Dakotah Boykin won the 11-12 boys’ 50 fly (33.53), 50 free (29.52) and 100 IM (1:24.23); Jackson Walter took the 13-14 boys’ 50 fly (37.38), 50 breast (37.53) and 100 IM (1:20.56); Rachel Gross won the 13-14 girls’ 50 fly (39.80) and 50 free (34.38); Ezra Rodriguez captured the 11-12 boys’ 50 breast (42.97) and 50 back (44.47); and Carolina Walter won the 15-18 girls’ 50 back (39.25) and 100 IM (1:22.41).

    Smallwood may have settled for minor spoils on Saturday morning, but a number of Marlins captured multiple individual events.

    Jacob Evans took the 15-18 boys’ 50 fly (29.47) and 50 breast (35.59); Rhett Quade won the boys’ 8-under 25 free (24.70), 25 beast (53.16) and 25 back (32.09); Autumn Lane captured the 11-12 girls’ 50 fly (45.24) and 50 back (47.65); Viola Rizzardi took the girls’ 8-under 25 free (22.40), 25 breast (32.44) and 25 back (26.27); while Lamont Spriggs won the 15-18 boys’ 100 free (1:01.47), 50 back (39.25) and 100 IM (1:10.67).

    In other Prince-Mont action involving local teams on Saturday, Hawthorne Country Club (2-0) edged Adelphi Recreation 303-291 and Brandywine downed Westlake Village (1-1) 297-263.

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