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Eleanor Roosevelt reigns at regional swim meet


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Jennifer Clune won both of her events and set two records in the process Saturday at the 3A4A South Regionals.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Jennifer Clune won both of her events and set two records in the process Saturday at the 3A4A South Regionals.

Published on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Coming off of an impressive showing in the Prince George’s County Championship at Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel last weekend, Eleanor Roosevelt swept the competition once again in the same venue Saturday.

The Raiders finished in first place with 343.5 points on the boys’ side of the 3A4A South Regionals, surpassing Northern in second place by 23.5 points. Huntingtown nabbed third, Bowie came in fourth place, and Flowers positioned itself in fifth.

In the girls’ competition, the Raiders landed on top again with 328 points, a 22-point lead over runner-up Northern. Flowers swam to a third place finish.

Roosevelt’s Jennifer Clune and Emily Boluda set records in both of their individual events. Clune finished off on top in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Boluda won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

“We faced some really tough competition, and we pulled out in a close meet, so we are really happy with that,” said Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Andrew Zanghi.

“All year the depth has been our strength. Today we had two of our top senior girls out, but we were still able to pull through with our senior leadership, and they have done a great job.”

Dennis Witol was the driving force on the boys’ side two weeks in a row for the Raiders, and he set a record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.08 over arguably one of the best swimmers in the county. That would be Steven Rigby, of Bowie High School, who set a record in the 100-yard backstroke to help lead his team to a top-three finish.

Daniel Chavez won the 100-yard butterfly for Roosevelt and was a key player in the record-setting 200-yard relay to slide past Huntingtown in just over a minute and 45 seconds.

Not to be overshadowed, the Roosevelt girls’ squad also put their names in the record books in the 400-yard relay to top Flowers.

Zanghi said his team is motivated to continue their winning ways in the State Championship held at the University of Maryland, College Park on Saturday.

“We are as ready as we can be, and our swimmers at an individual level are excited. ... I think that they are going to do really well,” he said.

“There is going to be a lot of tough competition, but I think that we are going to be ready for that.”

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