By Ally Navarrete and Annabel Redisch
The MCSL dual meet season is now complete following Week 5. On Saturday, there were lots of fast swims between the Number 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 teams in each division, as well as the final push for spots in the divisional championship meet. Congratulations to the following teams for completing their dual meet season undefeated: Rockville (Division A), Wildwood Manor (Division B), Connecticut Belair (Division C), Quince Orchard (Division D), Clarksburg Village (Division E), Merrimack Park (Division F), Potomac (Division G), Manor Woods (Division I), Lakelands (Division J), Eldwick (Division K), Washingtonian Woods (Division L), and Upper County (Division M).
The closest meet of the weekend came from Division H: Chevy Chase Recreation Association edged out Seven Locks by just three points. Despite Seven Locks’ dominance on the boys side, CCRA’s depth throughout the meet paid off.
In Division A, Bethesda beat Woodcliffe by only nine points. This result added to an already impressive season for number six seed Bethesda, who won two dual meets this season and placed fourth at Relay Carnival.
Division F saw a close meet between local rivals Merrimack Park and Palisades. Merrimack Park managed to beat Palisades by thirteen points, moving the team into the top seed in the division leading up to divisionals.
Additionally in Division F, number four seed Kenmont had a shocking victory over Cedarbrook. Before Week 5, Kenmont had not won a single meet, while Cedarbrook had a 2-2 record, complete with a win at Relay Carnival. The meet came down to just fifteen points, with Kenmont winning three out of four relays to clinch their win.
Rockville’s Adriano Arioti (12) continued his impressive MCSL season, posting best times in all four events he swam on Saturday. He is now the number one seeded swimmer in the league in the 12&U IM, and 11-12 Boys freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. Arioti is now 2.44 seconds faster than the second seed in IM, following his record breaking swim at Coaches Long Course in the 200 IM.
Little Falls’ Jillian Berger (15) also had a great weekend. Berger became one of six 15-18 girls to break 1:00 in the 100 free with a time of 59.19, as well as posting times amongst the top eight in the league in multiple events.
In the boys 9-10 25 breast, both Stonegate’s Jack Dawson (10) and Woodcliffe’s Isaac Soles (10) broke 19 seconds, going 18.81 and 18.90, respectively. They have now moved to second and third in the league.
In the girls 11-12 50 back, Forest Knolls’ Alisa Daniel (12) broke her seed time of 34.00 to go 33.84. Daniel is now fourth in the county in the event.
Divisionals is upon us! This weekend all six teams in each division send the top two swimmers per event to compete at the Divisional championship meet. The outcome of Divisionals will determine final standings in each division.
Divisionals is also the last chance for swimmers to qualify for All-Stars. We should see lots of fast swimming as athletes vie for spots in the top sixteen.
Next week, we also should see the 2020 division assignments posted on the MCSL website. Keep your eyes open to see who you’ll be swimming next season!