Among the swimmers who ascended to the head of the class on Sunday evening in the 34th annual Laurel Invitational meet at the Fairland Aquatic Center were several proven commodities and a bevy of potential rising stars in the city. In her final Laurel Invitational on Sunday, West Laurel Swim Team member Erin Kane was […]
Among the swimmers who ascended to the head of the class on Sunday evening in the 34th annual Laurel Invitational meet at the Fairland Aquatic Center were several proven commodities and a bevy of potential rising stars in the city.
In her final Laurel Invitational on Sunday, West Laurel Swim Team member Erin Kane was one of only six swimmers who completed a triple by taking all three individual events in which she competed. Kane, a Spalding graduate and rising sophomore at Rennsaleer Polytechnic Institute in New York, turned 19 on July 4th and has aged out of the competition for 2016 events at this meet and the Prince-Mont Swim League as well.
“It was a good way to end my career in this meet,” said Kane, who captured the 15-18 girls’ 50-meter butterfly (31.19), 100 freestyle (1:02.37) and 100 individual medley (1:10.15). “Now I’m basically too old to come back next year. But these meets have been a lot of fun. I think I started here when I was six-years-old. I had a good freshman season at RPI. I maybe swam fly eight times there, but now I am swim it every week in the summer.”
While Kane bid a fond farewell to her days in the Laurel Invitational, West Arundel swimmer Jay Venit won two events and was the high point-earner among 15-18 boys. Venit, a rising senior at Spalding, still has two more chances to compete in the Laurel meet since his birthday is well after the summer season ends. On Sunday Venit won both the 50 breaststroke (31.17) and 100 IM (1:04.94) and was second to Rocco Mills in the 50 backstroke.
“I really want to come back and get the breast and back records,” said Venit, who did establish a meet record with his clocking in the 50 breast. “I only have one more year at Spalding, but I would like to place third in one or two events at the MIAA champs. We’ve never had a boy place at champs. Of course, I would really like to win one of those events.”
Venit’s two wins gave him the narrow point edge over Dylan Buehler (Montpelier), a recent DeMatha graduate and rising sophomore at Old Dominion University. Buehler won the 50 fly (28.01) to start the meet, but he was second to Venit in both the 50 breast and 100 IM.
West Arundel also got a bevy of stellar performances from its younger swimmers, two of which were top point winners for their respective age groups. Presslea Smith captured the girls’ 8-under 25 free (19.36), 25 back (25.24) and 25 breast (27.53) to complete the triple, while teammate Michael Venit took the 9-10 boys’ 25 fly (16.69), 25 breast (19.65) and 25 back (18.40). Noah McMahon (WA) won two events in the boys’ 8-under bracket.
A pair of swimmers from different pools each won three events to share the top point winners among 11-12 boys and girls. Samantha Hong (Montpelier) won the 11-12 girls’ 50 back, 50 fly and 100 IM to lead all girls her age, while Dominic Kazzi (Russett) captured the 11-12 boys’ 50 free, 50 breast and 50 fly. Not to be outdone, his older brother Anthony Kazzi (Russett) won the 13-14 boys’ 50 free, 50 breast and 100 IM to lead all swimmers his age.
Mary Saarinen (Montpelier) and Kayla Hendershot (West Laurel) each won two events in the 13-14 girls’ category to finish tied for second behind Anthony Kazzi in the points standings. Suzannah Mills (Montpelier) was runner-up in the 15-16 boys/girls points standings, while Mia Rutherford (Montpelier), a rising senior at Laurel High School, established a new meet record with her victory in the 15-18 girls’ 50 breast (37.38).