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B-CC senior Pfaff wins girls diving at Metros championship

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B-CC senior Madeline “Maddy” Pfaff in the middle of a reverse one and a half with a half-twist, her final dive of the meet; her score on this dive sealed her spot at first place in the Metros Swimming and Diving Championships. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEB-CC senior Maddy Pfaff in the middle of a reverse one-and-a-half with a half-twist, her final dive of the meet; her score on this dive sealed her spot at first place in the Metros Swimming and Diving Championships.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GERMANTOWN — Madeline “Maddy” Pfaff went through her normal pre-dive routine ahead of her 11th and final dive in the 2018 Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. She stood off to the side of the diving board, visualizing her final dive.

It was a scenario that was all too familiar for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Baron. Last year at this same meet, Pfaff led Seneca Valley’s Hannah Montau in the final round, but a slight mistake from Pfaff and an exceptional dive from Montau allowed her to surge in front and take the victory.

This year, Montau trailed Pfaff by about 15 points heading into the final round.

“I was so nervous on that last dive because in warmups I wasn’t really hitting it,” Pfaff said. “I replayed last year’s outcome a lot, and I was like ‘Man I got to hit my dives for real this time.’”

Pfaff did hit her dive this time, scoring a 46.2 in the final round, and getting her total score up to 485.5, which would be enough to win Metros, and set a new school record in the process.

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Blake Swim & Dive dominates Magruder 195-175

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Aaron Stanton (Blake) finishes the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in the Blake v Magruder Swim & Dive Meet at the Olney Swim Center. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHAaron Stanton of Blake finishes in first place the final leg of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay in the Blake v Magruder Swim & Dive Meet at the Olney Swim Center.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  OLNEY — On Saturday in a swim meet against Magruder at Olney Swim Center, the Blake Bengals dominated the Magruder Colonels in the overall score 195-175.* The Bengals varsity boys came out ahead of the Colonels 123-62, while the Magruder varsity girls triumphed over Blake 113-72.  

For more than 10 years, Sunil Surprenant and Miles Brown have been swimming together, at first during the summertime break at neighborhood pools. Surprenant remembered his first swim meet against Brown when they were six and eight years old, respectively.

"My first race ever was against him. I lost by like 20 seconds," Surprenant said.

Since that early beginning, Surprenant and Brown now both compete in swim meets during the summer for Stonegate Swim Club and during the winter for Hubert Blake High School. 

Surprenant, Brown, Noah Ferguson and Aaron Stanton of the Blake Bengals came in first place to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. In addition to that victory, Brown won first place in the 50-yard freestyle, and Stanton came in first in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Surprenant also competed as a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed first a full seven seconds ahead of the Magruder team.

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Bethesda’s Pfaff places second overall in diving

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2017 MD State Diving Championship-Maddy PfaffMaddy Pfaff placed second in 2017 Maryland State Diving Championship. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

COLLEGE PARK — Bethesda Chevy Chase junior diver Maddy Pfaff had a chance to pull off a firstplace finish if she finished with a score of 41.96 or higher on Friday evening at the 2017 Maryland State Diving Championship at the University of Maryland Natatorium.

Pfaff completed a beautiful finish but just barely missed the score to win, registering a 41.80.

So Pfaff took second place, behind Oakdale senior diver Melissa Novak, who took first.

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