McDonough High's boys swim team was introduced to Southern Maryland Athletic Conference swimming Saturday night--or, more accurately, McDonough introduced itself. In the Rams' first-ever varsity meet, Scott Seymour won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and Ethan Ratliff won the 200 individual medley as McDonough defeated Westlake, 83-79, at St. Mary's College.

"It was shocking," said Westlake Coach Jamie Brown, whose team won the conference and the state invitational meet last season. "But I knew McDonough had a lot of swimmers that swam year-round. Even though they may only be in their first year, they are not a true first-year team."

Seymour won the 50 free in 23.88 seconds and 100 free in 55.67. Ratliff finished the 200 IM in 2:09.10. Westlake was led by senior Josh Smith, who won the 200 freestyle (2:14.96); senior Jason Neidert, who won the 100 butterfly (1:15.15); and junior C.J. Lancaster, who won the 100 backstroke (1:18.31).

Westlake's girls--who also won the conference and state invitational titles last season--defeated McDonough, 95-74, with senior Kim Hampton winning the 100 butterfly (1:15.64) and 500 freestyle (5:58). McDonough was led by Carrie Rafer, who won the 200 free (2:07.53) and 100 back (1:04.30).

NORTHERN GIRLS 84, THOMAS STONE 83: With the Patriots clinging to a seven-point lead heading into the final event--the 400 freestyle relay--Northern's Emily Ross, Brandie Harden, Christine Mazzella and Christina Dale helped clinch the victory with a second-place finish.

Their effort, combined with the fourth-place finish of the team of Brittany Kozlowski, Cory Bell, Katie Kuhn and Erica Hebrank, secured the win for Northern.

"In that race, our girls knew exactly what they needed to do and went out and did it," Northern Coach Kandy Spain said.

The Patriots also got impressive performances from sophomore Kristen Booros, who won the 50 free in 28.82, and the 200 free relay team (Booros, Ross, Blake Harahush and Kimberleigh Booros), who won in 1:59.45.

The Cougars were led by junior Diana Rhodes, who won the 100 butterfly (1:05.53) and 200 IM (2:22.44). Freshman Mary Scott won the 500 free in 6:09.

"For just a program in its second year, I'd say we swam well," Thomas Stone Coach Shawn Starcher said. "I was very happy with what I saw."

NORTHERN BOYS 105, THOMAS STONE 56: The Patriots got off to a strong start, with wins from senior Greg Brobest in the 200 free (2:09.28), senior Mark Dare in the 100 free (1:00.35) and freshman Michael Cribbs in the 200 IM (2:26.38).

Thomas Stone was led by junior Patrick Phalen, who won the 100 back (1:10.86) and placed second in the 200 free (2:26.91).

PATUXENT BOYS 99, CALVERT 52: Three Panthers won two individual events apiece as Patuxent--the conference's last-place team last season--won its opener.

Junior Patrick Chan won the 200 IM (2:20.10) and the 100 back (1:06.06), junior David Burkhart finished first in the 100 fly (1:25.62) and 500 free (6:31.57), and senior Ryan Kentrus won the 100 free (1:08.78) and 200 free (2:41.78).

Calvert was led by Nick Grigsby, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.17.

PATUXENT GIRLS 99, CALVERT 54: Junior Anna Joy took the 100 back (1:16) and 200 IM (2:50.28) to lead the Panthers to victory. Junior Barbara Warner provided Calvert's lone first-place finish, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.54.