Swimmers to Watch
Daniel Calderon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Soph. -- Excels in distance events, especially the 200 and 500 freestyle. Last year at the Prince George's County championships, Calderon won the 500 by more than a minute and the 200 individual medley by more than 13 seconds.
Laura McCray, Laurel, Jr. -- A versatile swimmer, McCray has competed in five different individual events this season. She was county runner-up in the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly last year.
Erik Mitchell, Bowie, Jr. -- The defending county 100 freestyle champion won the event by more than a second and a half last year.
Kevin Mukri, DeMatha, Sr. -- Runner-up in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 500 free at the Metros Swimming and Diving Championships last season. Second-team All-Met will anchor the Stags' 400 freestyle relay.
Bryson Stewart, Oxon Hill, Sr. -- Won the 100 backstroke at the Prince George's County championships last season and was runner-up in the event at the Maryland State Invitational. This year, Stewart could challenge for the 50 free and 100 butterfly titles as well.
How will DeMatha fare against the area's other Catholic schools?
DeMatha placed third in the boys' competition at last season's Metros, behind champion Georgetown Prep and runner-up Gonzaga. The Stags upended the Eagles this year in a meet that, as in the previous two years, came down to the final event. The three schools should battle for the top spot at Metros again this year.
Will the county boys' and girls' titles come down to Eleanor Roosevelt and Bowie?
The two schools have combined to win all 15 Prince George's County 4A boys' and girls' swimming titles. The Bulldogs swept the Raiders in the teams' dual meet at the beginning of last season. At the county meet, however, Roosevelt's boys and girls claimed titles. The Raiders' girls' team must overcome the graduation of second-team All-Met Kathryn Gold.
Who is responsible for the start of DuVal's team?
Thanks in large part to sophomore Amber Luedtke, DuVal has a swimming team this winter. Luedtke approached Principal Robert Beery and Athletic Director Carol Konrad about starting a team, and this year, under the direction of Coach Suzanne Hancher, the Tigers have one.
-- Jake Schaller