Jr. Mike Gray, Northern
Finished second in the 50-yard free at the SMAC championships.
Sr. Trey Fischer, Patuxent
Strong sprint freestylist is the top returning swimmer for the Panthers. Will need to step up for the team, which has lost a fair share of talent.
Jr. Jackson Webb, Leonardtown
The top gun on a strong Raiders team, Webb won the 500-yard free at the SMAC championships.
Sr. Brittany Lee, Northern
Distance freestyle specialist anchors a strong Patriots squad.
Soph. Amy Lacosse, Northern
As a freshman, won the 100-yard backstroke in the SMAC championships and won the 50-yard free at the Southern Regional championships.
Sr. Allison Davis, Leonardtown
Sat out most of last year's SMAC championships with the flu. Comes back with a lot to prove.
Can Patuxent three-peat?
The Panthers boys' team has won the past two SMAC championships, but losing John Kitner to Great Mills will hurt. After narrowly holding off Leonardtown a season ago, can Patuxent keep the Raiders and an improved Northern at bay?
Is it Northern's time?
The Patriots might have the most top-end talent coming back on the girls' side, with distance specialist Brittany Lee and sophomore sensation Amy Lacosse. Northern will have to contend with a strong Leonardtown team and possibly LaPlata, which is reloading after the departures of standouts Krystina Weaver and Mikey Pride.
Is Leonardtown deep enough?
The Raiders should once again have the deepest team in the SMAC, and if they swim to their capabilities could pull off a sweep of the boys' and girls' titles after narrowly missing out on the feat last season. The boys will be led by junior Jackson Webb and the girls by senior Allison Davis.