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Eleanor Roosevelt swim teams dominate county championship

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Eleanor Roosevelt swim team head coach Andrew Zanghi, right, hoists the Prince George’s County Championship trophy.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Eleanor Roosevelt swim team head coach Andrew Zanghi, right, hoists the Prince George’s County Championship trophy.

Published on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Eleanor Roosevelt swimmers are used to winning. A lot.

In fact, the Raiders’ girls won their 14th straight Prince George’s County Championship, and the boys won their third-straight championship Saturday at Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel.

Roosevelt’s girls’ team blew their competition out of the water with a 60-point differential over Flowers in the standings, and the boys advanced past Bowie by scoring 366 points.

All eyes were on Roosevelt junior Jennifer Clune in the girls’ 100-yard breast stroke. Clune finished in first place — just  ahead of teammate Kai Waller — with a time of 1:10:00. Clune also won the 20-yard individual medley, finishing in her fastest time at Roosevelt.

In the boys’ competition, Roosevelt senior Dennis Witol won the 100-yard butterfly, and Daniel Chavez cruised to first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a six-second lead over Flowers freshman Don Brazelton.

“It is great, it has been a good season. … There has been a lot of good competition from the other teams in the county, and we have a really good group of seniors,” said second-year Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Andrew Zanghi. “The biggest thing is to send them off with success and a victory. We have some tough meets coming up and we are looking forward to them.”

Bowie’s boys’ swimming team finished in second place. Bowie senior Steven Rigby won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Rigby wasn’t thrilled with his results from last year’s competition. The Loyola commit said he wanted to have a better showing this year and he fulfilled his goal.

“I wasn’t expecting to go that fast. I didn’t think I could go that fast because this is training season so I’m exhausted,” he said. “It has been a long four years that is for sure, but the goal for this year is to have fun and not get too worked up because we know that we have had solid seconds and thirds.”

Rigby laughed and said that he wanted to prove himself after last week’s performance, saying, “Hey guys I’m not that slow.”

Another notable feat that occurred on Saturday was a record-setting performance from a young and thriving local area school. Charles H. Flowers freshman Alexis Braswell broke two school records and won the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle competitions. Her sister and fellow freshman Ashley Braswell won and set the record for the 100-yard backstroke.

Fairland Aquatic Center will host the Regional Championships on Saturday.

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