SEABROOK – The Kingfish Swim Club continued its successful 2019 summer season as its swimmers combined for 281.5 points to win the 2019 Prince-Mont Division A Championship on June 20.
The Upper Marlboro-based team came into the divisional meet in a positive mood after defeating Takoma Park DC in their final regular-season meet on July 13 to finish undefeated.
Kingfish swimmer Ryan Mathis, 17, had a career day as he established three new team records in his swim victories. His first-place finishes included winning in the 50-meter butterfly (25.96 seconds), 50-meter breaststroke (30.68 seconds) and the 50-meter backstroke (26.06 seconds). His races accumulated 21 points for Kingfish.
Mathis also worked together with fellow swimmers Jalen Friday (top right), Lawrence Sapp and Justin Hill to set a new club record in the boys 18 and under 200-meter medley relay, finishing in first place with a time of one minute, 51.12 seconds – 1.89 seconds faster than their time last year.
In other divisional action, Whitehall Pool and Tennis Club swimmer Patrick Hayburn (bottom right), 17, added two individual second-place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle (53.70 seconds) and 50-meter butterfly (26.22 seconds). Hayburn did finish in first place in the 100-meter IM with a final time of 1 minute, 00.41 seconds, setting a new club record.
In the girls’ competitions, Jasmine “Jazz” Barry (top left) set a new league record in the 50-meter freestyle with a first-place finish of 34.91 seconds. The previous record was 34.18 seconds set by Barry herself during last week’s regular-season meets. Barry won two more additional races as well, the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter IM.
The Hawthorne Gators finished in second place with 233.5 points, 48 points behind Kingfish. They were followed by Takoma Park DC who finished in third place with 226 points. Whitehall, based in Bowie, ended the meet in fourth place with 167 points while Seat Pleasant’s Theresa Banks Swim Club earned 152 points.
The top performers of each team will participate in the 2019 All-Star Meet on July 27 at the New Carrollton Recreation Club.