Girls 200 IM

Oakdale’s Samantha Casolo won the girls 200-yard individual medley Saturday at the FCPS championships at Walkersville High School. View and purchase sports photos at www.fnpinfocus.com.

WALKERSVILLE — Hayley Taylor played the role of recruiter for Oakdale’s girls swim team over the past year.

The Bears’ junior standout was constantly in the ears of Oakdale students Molly Robinson, Samantha Casolo and Sasha Shandrenko, and when all three decided to join the team, talk of winning a Frederick County swimming and diving championship began.

“We all were,” Taylor said Saturday inside Walkersville’s pool after the championship meet had concluded. “We were pumped. We were just here to win.”

Oakdale indeed won the team title, piling up 144 points to finish well ahead of second-place Urbana (99.5). But none of the Bears envisioned the meet going quite this well.

“I did not,” Taylor simply said after the Oakdale girls broke six county records.

Taylor and Casolo each set two individual marks, and they both swam legs in the Bears’ record-breaking 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays. Two other girls records fell, with Linganore’s Rachel McCoy setting a new standard in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.72 — it eclipsed a mark that Urbana’s Meredith Stover (24.93) had held for 20 years — and the Hawks’ quartet of Anna Liu, Jiayi Wang, Mya Dressler and Jordan Best swimming the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.22 to break an 8-year-old record.

The boys competition featured one new record, with Frederick’s Benjamin Schattenberg (53.05) eclipsing Catoctin grad Remington Oland’s 2017 mark (53.09) in the 100 backstroke. But Thomas Johnson’s boys logged a significant accomplishment, edging Oakdale 123-119 to end the Bears’ seven-year reign at the county championships and claim their first team crown since 2009.

The drought for Oakdale’s girls wasn’t nearly as long, with the Bears last finishing on top in 2017. They set the tone for the flurry of broken records right off the bat, with Taylor, Robinson, Casolo and Jensen Ritter winning the 200 medley despite being the second-seeded team in the event behind Linganore, which returned McCoy and two other swimmers who helped set a record in the same event last year.

Taylor admitted she was fairly confident she could break the 100 backstroke record she set last year, and she clocked in at 56.45 seconds to shatter it by a one and a half seconds. The Bears didn’t exactly approach the task of topping the 200 medley mark brimming with confidence. Bears coach Brigid Kavanaugh said her swimmers “had the potential to do so,” and Taylor said they were “hoping” they could produce peak performances in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

“I cannot believe we did it,” Taylor said.

Before the meet, she had similar emotions regarding her effort in the 200 freestyle, where she entered as the No. 3 seed with a time of 2:03.23. But she was riding the momentum of clocking her best 50 backstroke split in the 200 medley relay, so Taylor blazed to a 1:55.03, which broke Frederick grad Hanne Borgerson’s 10-year-old mark of 1:56.08.

“I was pumped [going into the 200 free],” she said.

The thought of breaking records didn’t enter the mind of Casolo, who did not need much convincing to join the Bears. She had long planned to solely focus on academics and her performance at the club level with Monocacy Aquatic Club, determine her future as a collegiate swimmer and then compete for her high school team as a senior.

Like Taylor, she also entered her first individual event, the 200 IM, as a No. 3 seed. She proceeded to swim it in 2:08.99, and when Urbana’s Erica Suguiyama set the previous record of 2:09.22, Casolo wasn’t even a month old. Casolo later broke the 100 butterfly record, with both Casolo (56.19) and McCoy (56.46) topping the mark McCoy had set last year.

Casolo said she felt fatigued throughout much of the meet, and she credited the quality of competition for helping bring out her quality performances. Two of the other swimmers in Casolo’s final 200 IM heat, Robinson and Frederick’s Rachael Bostian, won the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle, respectively.

“I definitely didn’t think it was going to happen,” Casolo said of the total number of records she helped set. “I think I’m just so tired that I can’t process it.”

TJ’s boys initially didn’t think they could contend with Oakdale after losing by 22 points to the Bears at last year’s county championships. The Patriots were graduating a major contributor in Robert Xu, the 100 breaststroke state runner-up in Class 3A-2A-1A competition.

“When we lost Robert, we were a little worried,” said Stephen Lombardi, who edged teammate Ali Hegazi to win the 50 freestyle in 22.63 seconds.

But Lombardi and the rest of his teammates had a much different outlook in the fall, when they learned the Patriots were adding a talented freshman in Kyle Bumgardner and two strong divers in AJ Arellano and Eli Cornell to their roster. With others such as Jay Parente, Garrett Frank and Samyak Jain all improving, Lombardi said, the Patriots again could find themselves in a position to win.

On Saturday, Bumgardner won the 200 IM (1:59.04), Hegazi placed second in the 100 free (50.31), and the quartet of Lombardi, Jain, Parente and Hegazi claimed the 200 free relay (1:32.45), putting the Patriots and Bears even at 97 points apiece after 19 events.

Bumgardner then won the 100 breaststroke, with Frank finishing fourth and giving TJ a bit of a cushion entering the final event of the day: the 400 free relay. The Patriots could clinch the title by simply placing fourth, and Patriots coach Adam Frank could be seen gesturing with his hands in such a way that told his swimmers they shouldn’t try too hard and just focus on having clean starts. The group of Parente, Frank Bumgardner and Hegazi placed third, giving the title to the Patriots.

After the meet, Lombardi, who was competing despite suffering multiple fractures in the ring finger of his right hand the previous day during a physical education class, and Hegazi were soaking in the magnitude of their accomplishment as they looked at a red banner that listed the county championships the Patriots had won in the past. Hegazi’s brother, Ahmed, was a member of the Patriots’ last county championship.

“I feel like I’m fulfilling his legacy by [winning],” Hegazi said.

Lombardi added: “Our school hasn’t seen much success with swimming the past 10 years or so, and we used to be a dynasty back in the 80s and the 90s. So I’m happy we were able to pull this off and get the county championship.”

2020 Frederick County Swimming and Diving Championships Results

BOYS

Team standings: 1. Thomas Johnson, 123; 2. Oakdale, 119; 3. Urbana 86.5; 4. Middletown, 71; 5. Frederick 56; 6. Walkersville, 43.5; 7. Brunswick, 27; 8. Tuscarora, 18; 9. Linganore, 8.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Oakdale (Justin Hartz, Sean Zupnik, Gavin Currie, Jayce Baek), 1:42.52; 2. Frederick, 1:43.54; 3. Urbana, 1:44.21; 4. Thomas Johnson, 1:44.48; 5. Middletown, 1:44.72; 6. Walkersville, 1:46.10; 7. Tuscarora, 2:02.45; 8. Brunswick, 2:07.75.

200 freestyle: 1. Gavin Currie, Oakdale, 1:45.74; 2. Zach Muragaki, Urbana, 1:46.96; 3. Carson Bauer, Brunswick, 1:46.98; 4. Lucas Mitchell, Oakdale, 1:55.82. 5. Aiden Hirsch-Ranking, Tuscarora, 1:55.86; 6. Alex Liu, Urbana, 1:57.22; 7. Ethan Tluszcz, Frederick, 1:58.84; 8. Jacob Demory, Oakdale, 2:00.37.

200 IM: 1. Kyle Bumgardner, Thomas Johnson, 1:59.04; 2. Kyle Gibson, Urbana, 1:59.55; 3. Thomas Hartinger, Middletown, 2:00.81; 4. Jacye Baek, Oakdale, 2:02.38; 5. Garrett Frank, Thomas Johnson, 2:05.32; 6. Jack Schreiber, Middletown, 2:06.86; 7. Brendan Hanlon, Linganore, 2:08.22; 8. Trevor DeLauder, Frederick, 2:08.81.

50 freestyle: 1. Stephen Lombardi, Thomas Johnson, 22.63; 2. Ali Hegazi, Thomas Johnson, 22.72; 3. Matteo Torres, Urbana, 23.12; 4. Jake Wornom, Middletown, 23.38; 5. Austin Rowland, Walkersville, 23.43. 6. Ashtin Jenkins, Oakdale, 23.76; 7. Benjamin Tabor, Middletown, 24.17; 8. Will Ryan, Urbana, 24.32.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Tu, Oakdale, 124.55; 2. Ashton Arellano, Thomas Johnson, 114.35; 3. Nicholas Moyer, Oakdale, 112.85; 4. Jackson Loving, Middletown, 102.25; 5. Elias Cornell, Thomas Johnson, 100.85; 6. Logan Brown, Tuscarora, 74.50.

100 butterfly: 1. Carson Bauer, Brunswick, 52.80; 2. Gavin Currie, Oakdale, 52.90; 3. Stephen Lombardi, Thomas Johnson, 53.70; 4. Jay Parente, Thomas Johnson, 54.21; 5. Matteo Torres, Urbana, 54.42; 6. Logan Rowland, Walkersville, 55.25; 7. Alex Liu, Urbana, 59.73; 8. Michael DiGirolamo, Frederick, 59.86.

100 freestyle: 1. Benjamin Schattenberg, Frederick 48.24; 2. Ali Hegazi, Thomas Johnson, 50.31; 3. Jake Wornom, Middletown, 50.56; 4. Justin Hartz, Oakdale, 51.07; 5. Austin Rowland, Walkersville, 52.19; 6. Anton Smariga, Urbana, 52.27; 6. Peyton Vance, Walkersville, 52.27; 8. Ashtin Jenkins, Oakdale, 53.12.

500 freestyle: 1. Zach Muragaki, Urbana, 4:49.29; 2. Jayce Baek, Oakdale, 4:49.62; 3. Brendan Hanlon, Linganore, 5:03.36; 4. Jack Schreiber, Middletown, 5:09.91; 5. Lucas Mitchell, Oakdale, 5:10.86; 6. Aiden Hirsch-Rankin, Tuscarora, 5:11.23; 7. Ethan Tluszcz, Frederick, 5:14.63; 8. Samyak Jain, Thomas Johnson, 5:22.89.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Thomas Johnson (Stephen Lombardi, Samyak Jain, Jay Parente, Ali Hegazi), 1:32.45; 2. Walkersville, 1:36.90; 3. Oakdale, 1:37.66; 4. Urbana, 1:38.18; 5. Middletown, 1:38.64; 6. Brunswick, 1:42.54; 7. Frederick, 1:44.23; 8. Tuscarora, 1:46.20.

100 backstroke: 1. Benjamin Schattenberg, Frederick, 53.05; 2. Thomas Hartinger, Middletown, 53.30; 3. Jay Parente, Thomas Johnson, 54.30; 4. Justin Hartz, Oakdale, 55.79; 5. Samyak Jain, Thomas Johnson, 58.84; 6. Logan Rowland, Walkersville, 59.02; 7. Daniel Jeong, Urbana, 59.18; 8. Zachary Brown, Middletown, 1:00.72.

100 breaststroke: 1. Kyle Bumgardner, Thomas Johnson, 1:01.33; 2. Kyle Gibson, Urbana, 1:02.09; 3. Trevor DeLauder, Frederick, 1:05.01; 4. Garrett Frank, Thomas Johnson, 1:05.87; 5. Sean Zupnik, Oakdale, 1:06.95; 6. Luke Yeatman, Middletown, 1:08.10; 7. Aidan Brown, Middletown, 1:09.43; 8. Evan Pinetti, Walkersville, 1:09.83.

400 freestyle relay: 1. Oakdale (Ashtin Jenkins, Jayce Baek, Gavin Currie, Justin Hartz), 3:22.00; 2. Urbana, 3:23.90; 3. Thomas Johnson, 3:24.28; 4. Middletown, 3:25.68; 5. Frederick, 3:34.52; 6. Walkersville, 3:49.38; 7. Brunswick, 3:49.52; 8. Tuscarora, 3:54.73.

GIRLS

Team standings: 1. Oakdale, 144; 2. Urbana, 99.5; 3. Linganore, 90; 4. Walkersville, 61; 5. Frederick, 49; 6. Middletown, 46; 7. Thomas Johnson, 33.5; 8. Tuscarora, 25; 9. Brunswick, 7.

200 medley relay: 1. Oakdale (Hayley Taylor, Molly Robinson, Samantha Casolo, Jensen Ritter), 1:47.00; 2. Linganore, 1:53.12; 3. Walkersville, 1:57.37; 4. Urbana, 2:00.36; 5. Middletown, 2:01.85; 6. Frederick, 2:03.28; 7. Thomas Johnson, 2:09.18; 8. Tuscarora, 2:10.98.

200 freestyle: 1. Hayley Taylor, Oakdale, 1:55.03; 2. Anna Liu, Urbana, 1:57.85; 3. Lyra Garrett, 1:58.07; 4. Katie Roach, Linganore, 2:06.93; 5. Samantha Fulton, Frederick, 2:07.38; 6. Isabella Johnson, Oakdale, 2:10.92; 7. Addy Benton, Urbana, 2:11.45; 8. Laura Mancinelli, Tuscarora, 2:12.02.

200 IM: 1. Samantha Casolo, Oakdale, 2:08.99; 2. Molly Robinson, Oakdale, 2:11.34; 3. Lyra Garrett, Linganore, 2:14.38; 4. Rachael Bostian, Frederick, 2:15.40; 5. Julia Pinetti, Walkersville, 2:15.98; 6. Eleanor Stafford, Middletown, 2:22.28; 7. Jolie Mosack, Urbana, 2:25. 42; 8. Rebecca Radonovich, Urbana, 2:27.99

50 freestyle: 1. Rachel McCoy, Linganore, 24.72; 2. Kathryn Pressly, Middletown, 25.02; 3. Mya Dressler, Urbana, 25.07; 4. Sasha Shandrenko, Oakdale, 26.49; 5. Jiayi Wang, Urbana, 26.61; 5. Grace Pilch, Thomas Johnson, 26.61; Olivia Roark, Thomas Johnson, 27.46; 8. Lucy Xie, Tuscarora, 27.66.

1-meter diving: 1. Julia Doolittle, Oakdale, 208.80; 2. Morgan Doolittle, Oakdale, 194.65; 3. Madison Bradley, Middletown, 187.30; 4. Callie Miller, Tuscarora, 142.35; 5. Abigail Coblish, Oakdale, 136.35; 6. Bella Mariott, Thomas Johnson, 119.60; 7. Stella Tessarolo, Thomas Johnson, 119.40; 8. Stephanie Henry, Walkersville, 106.20; 9. Keola Evans, Catoctin, 100.65.

100 butterfly: 1. Samantha Casolo, Oakdale, 56.19; 2. Rachel McCoy, Linganore, 56.46; 3. Emily Terpening, Walkersville, 1:00.85; 4. Megan Brobst, Linganore, 1:01.10; 5. Maeve Smarick, Linganore, 1:04.39; 6. Ella Machen, Brunswick, 1:07.79; 7. Lilli Croghan, Urbana, 1:12.20; 8. Hayley Ross, Oakdale, 1:14.02.

100 freestyle: 1. Kathryn Pressly, Middletown, 54.13; 2. Anna Liu, Urbana, 54.74; 3. Jensen Ritter, Oakdale, 55.43; 4. Savannah Schultz, Walkersville, 58.45; 5. Lea Martinez, Oakdale, 59.45; 6. Olivia Roark, Thomas Johnson, 1:00.61; 7. Ryan Frazier, Frederick, 1:02.09; 8. Lucy Xie, Tuscarora, 1:02.39.

500 freestyle: 1. Rachael Bostian, Frederick, 5:15.30; 2. Jensen Ritter, Oakdale, 5:18.26; 3. Emily Terpening, Walkersville, 5:23.59; 4. Katie Roach, Linganore, 5:34.89; 5. Jiayi Wang, Urbana, 5:36.58; 6. Samantha Fulton, Frederick, 5:38.86; 7. Isabella Johnson, Oakdale, 5:44.38; 8. Rebecca Radonovich, Urbana, 5:46.17.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Urbana (Anna Liu, Jiayi Wang, Mya Dressler, Jordan Best), 1:42.65; 2. Walkersville, 1:46.91; 3. Frederick, 1:50.86; 4. Thomas Johnson, 1:51.01; 5. Oakdale, 1:52.23; 6. Tuscarora, 1:53.92; 7. Linganore, 1:56.73; 8. Middletown, 1:57.76.

100 backstroke: 1. Hayley Taylor, Oakdale, 56.45; 2. Jordan Best, Urbana, 59.88; 3. Julia Pinetti, Walkersville, 1:01.67; 4. Megan Brobst, Linganore, 1:02.92; 5. Laura Mancinelli, Tuscarora, 1:03.18; 6. Grace Pilch, Thomas Johnson, 1:04.12; 7. Maeve Smarick, Linganore, 1:04.57; 8. Eleanor Stafford, Middletown, 1:04.65.

100 breaststroke: 1. Molly Robinson, Oakdale, 1:05.41; 2. Mya Dressler, Urbana, 1:08.81; 3. Jolie Mosack, Urbana, 1:14.31; 4. Emily Lotito, Linganore, 1:14.81; 5. Savannah Schultz, Walkersville, 1:16.76; 6. Kara Young, Walkersville, 1:16.94; 7. Ailee Miner, Urbana, 1:17.01; 8. Averey Johnson, Thomas Johnson, 1:17.19.

400 freestyle relay: 1. Oakdale (Samantha Casolo, Jensen Ritter, Molly Robinson, Hayley Taylor), 3:39.93; 2. Urbana, 3:44.36; 3. Linganore, 3:44.83; 4. Middletown, 4:03.78; 5. Frederick, 4:27.71; 6. Tuscarora, 4:26.24; 7. Brunswick, 4:30.44; 8. Thomas Johnson, 4:36.86.

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