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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Dennis Witol, a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, won three events Saturday for Belair Bath and Tennis in Bowie. Belair lost 311-268.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Dennis Witol, a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, won three events Saturday for Belair Bath and Tennis in Bowie. Belair lost 311-268.

Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

White Hall Pool and Tennis Club dominated Belair Bath and Tennis 311-268 in 49 events at the White Hall facilities Saturday.

White Hall swimmer Annie Hayburn, 15, won three events and broke two records. She crushed the White Hall pool record in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 29.77 seconds. It was previously held by Jessica Brosch in 2000. Hayburn also broke the White Hall team record with a time of 31.80 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke. Hayburn finished her day with a win in the 100-meter individual medley (1:10.30).

“It was very exciting to have a home meet again. ... It was lots of fun today,” Hayburn said.

Hayburn defeated Kelly Long in her record-breaking performance by more than a second in the 50-meter butterfly event. “We had good races. It is fun to race each other, and it is good competition.”

Prince George’s County swimmers stood out in the competition.

Bowie High School graduate Steven Rigby, a Loyola commit, won three events for Belair. A team of Rigby, Lucas Delgado and two other Belair swimmers won the first event of the day, the 200-meter medley relay. The 17-year-old also took the 100-meter freestyle (58.28) and the 50-meter backstroke (31.18).

Eleanor Roosevelt High School rising senior Dennis Witol, a Belair swimmer, won all of his individual events. Witol won the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 29.23, the 50-meter breaststroke (36.72) and the 100-meter individual medley (1:06:29).

“I feel great we had a good meet. We didn’t win, but we all had fun,” Witol said. “It was so hot today, but I did what I needed to do and contributed to the team. I go from swimming mode to coaching mode to (making) sure everyone is lined up and (make) sure we have fun. ... That’s just what we do here. We have a very good team.” 

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