Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Anne Koroknay acknowledged she had no clue what to expect when she and her swim team walked into the University of Maryland recreation center on Saturday morning for the 4A/3A state title meet.
Not only is Koroknay in her first year coaching at Roosevelt, but this was the first official state meet.
She and the Raiders walked out five hours later in celebration, having taken second place in the girls' meet, behind Anne Arundel County powerhouse Severna Park. Severna Park finished with 330.5 points. Eleanor Roosevelt had 280.
"Our girls' team, they were very strong, and I thought we could do well," Koroknay said, "but to finish second was amazing. . . . I was surprised."
Claiming state titles for the Raiders were junior Stephanie Goldbeck in the breaststroke (1 minute 11.32 seconds) and sophomore Emily Morse in the 200 IM (2:13.8). Roosevelt's girls also took third in the 200-freestyle relay. Sophomore Kendall Irish took second in the 100 butterfly (1:02.81) and third in the 200 IM.
Bowie's boys also had a strong meet, taking third with 177 points. The Bulldogs were led by junior James Lilly, who placed third in the 200 IM (2:05.39) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.00).
"The boys performed very well," Bowie Coach Maggie Fletcher said.
If there were one asterisk to affix to the meet, it was the fact that no teams from swimming-rich Montgomery County were present; its teams were competing the same day at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.
Bowie's girls finished 14th (36 points), while Roosevelt's boys took 10th, with 93 points. Raiders junior Jou Hou Lau came in second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.21.
In the 3A/2A/1A meet, Farimont Heights junior Temara Jordan finished second in the 50 freestyle (25.47 ) and 100 backstroke (1:01.53), while Oxon Hill's Prescott Stewart took third at the 4A/3A in the 50 free (23.32).
Wollman Is All-American DeMatha sophomore Evan Wollman earned all-American status with his third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.
Wollman finished in 58.37 seconds, 1.97 behind first-place finisher Eric Friedland of Walter Johnson. Six swimmers posted automatic all-American times in the race.
Wollman won the event last month at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League Championships.
"He's a great competitor and racer," Stags Coach Tom Krawczewicz said. "He'll raise himself up to whomever he competes against."
DeMatha (226 points) finished fourth in the team standings behind Georgetown Prep (460.5), Gonzaga (310) and Walter Johnson (232). Junior Alex Smith placed fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:41.29) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:45.14), while junior Aidan Considine came in sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.29) and 200 individual medley (1:56.91).