Northern sophomore Andrew Morrison couldn't have picked a better time to win his first-ever individual event. He did it in the 100-yard breaststroke in the Patriots' Saturday night meet with defending Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champion Westlake, and Northern wouldn't have pulled out an 86-84 victory without his triumph.

"Honestly, we didn't even expect [Morrison] to win the breaststroke," Westlake junior Jeff Burek said. "But when he won that race, that saved the meet for us."

All season, Morrison has been finishing second to sophomore teammate Brian Freimuth in the event. But on Saturday, Morrison swam a personal-best time of 1 minute 16.22 seconds to edge Westlake senior Jeff Carbone, who finished second, and Freimuth, who was third.

"I actually thought the race was going to come down to Jeff and Brian," said Northern Coach Kandy Spain, whose team leads the SMAC at 4-0 with two regular season meets left. "But [Morrison] swam a great meet."

The Patriots also got wins from Burek in the 50 freestyle (23.6) and freshman Matt Cribbs, who won the 200 individual medley (2:27.03) and 100 butterfly (1:09.6). The Wolverines (3-2) were led by sophomore Derik Holley, who won the 500 freestyle (5:28.86) and 100 backstroke (1:06.67), with Carbone winning the 100 freestyle (57.36).

All SMAC teams have this Saturday off because St. Mary's College is hosting a youth swimming meet. All teams other than Patuxent--which has a bye--are scheduled to resume Feb. 5.

WESTLAKE GIRLS 92, NORTHERN 78: The defending champion Wolverines (5-0) remained undefeated as freshman Katie Smith won the 100 fly in 1:04.21. Senior Kim Hampton took the 200 individual medley (2:27.3), and Erin Antroinen captured the 100 free (1:04.21).

Northern sophomore Christine Mazzella notched her first high school victory--and then added her second a little later. She took first in the 200 free (2:28.53) and 500 free (6:45.18). Sophomore Kristen Booros stayed undefeated in the 50 free by finishing first in 27.89. Booros also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:13.58.

The Patriots fell to 2-2 with the loss, nearly out of the running for the regular season conference title. Westlake is the only undefeated SMAC girls team.

LA PLATA BOYS 76, CALVERT 73: The Warriors (1-3) won for the first time in school history by beating the winless Cavaliers. The team, in its first year, was led by sophomore Dean Campbell, who won his first career individual race, taking the 200 free in 2:30.87. Sophomores Matt Diehl and Scott Wood also had big days for the Warriors, as Diehl won the 200 individual medley (2:36) and 100 fly (1:17.50), and Wood took first in the 50 free (25.62) and 100 backstroke (1:12.82). La Plata senior John Bennett posted his first high school win, swimming 7:37.87 in the 500 free.

The Cavaliers were led by junior Nick Grigsby, who won the 100 free (55.98) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.18).

CALVERT GIRLS 97, LA PLATA 69: In a meet between previously winless teams, the Cavaliers won behind junior Mya Breitburg, who won the 200 free (2:41.69) and 500 free (7:30.89).

La Plata (0-4) was led by junior Shanann Cooksey, who has won every individual race she has entered this season. On Saturday, she captured wins in the 50 free (27.89) and 100 fly (1:21.85).

PATUXENT BOYS 89, THOMAS STONE 71: The Panthers (3-2) were sparked by junior Patrick Chan, who won the 200 individual medley (2:19.87) and 500 free (5:41.9), and junior Greg Fritz, who earned his first win as a Panther, taking the 100 free (1:06.19).

Thomas Stone (1-3) was led by sophomore Steve Heimpel, who won the 200 free (2:07.69) and 100 fly (1:10.85). Senior Scott Lohman added victories in the 50 free (24.02) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.97.)

THOMAS STONE GIRLS 87, PATUXENT 83: Junior Diana Rhoades swam to wins in the 200 individual medley (2:21.71) and the 100 free (58.65) as the Cougars improved to 2-2. Junior Victoria Webber and freshman Mary Scott were also double winners for Thomas Stone. Webber won the 200 free (2:12) and 100 fly (1:13.38), and Scott claimed victory in the 500 free (6:04.35) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.10).

Patuxent (2-3) was led by junior Anna Joy, who won the 100 back in a time of 1:10.82.

SMAC SWIMMING

BOYS

Saturday's Results

Northern 86, Westlake 84

La Plata 76, Calvert 73

Patuxent 89, Thomas Stone 71

Saturday Feb. 5 Meets

at St. Mary's College

Westlake vs. Thomas Stone, 5

La Plata vs. Northern, 7

Calvert vs. McDonough, 9

GIRLS

Saturday's Results

Westlake 92, Northern 78

Calvert 97, La Plata 69

Thomas Stone 87, Patuxent 83

Saturday, Feb. 5 Meets

at St. Mary's College

Westlake vs. Thomas Stone, 5

La Plata vs. Northern, 7

Calvert vs. McDonough, 9

CAPTION: Northern sophomore Andrew Morrison, shown swimming the 200 individual medley, scored a crucial victory for the Patriots in the 100-yard breaststroke.