Eleanor Roosevelt sophomore Daniel Calderone woke up at 5:20 yesterday morning so he could get to Arundel Olympic Center in time for the Annapolis Senior Invitational qualifying races. In the morning Calderone swam in three events and qualified for evening championship heats in two of them.
But between the prestigious Senior Invitational preliminaries and finals, Calderone made a 25-minute trip to Prince George's Community College to participate in his high school team's double dual meet against Largo and archrival Bowie.
Calderone and Eleanor Roosevelt senior Courtney Dantone, who also participated in both meets, helped the Raiders' boys' and girls' teams to sweeps.
"That shows a lot of dedication," second-year Eleanor Roosevelt coach William Dunlap said. "It shows they care about their school team as well as their [club] team and their individual careers and pursuits."
Said Eleanor Roosevelt sophomore Hannah Varner: "They didn't have to do it and nobody asked them to do it. For them to come over and help the team is really great."
Eleanor Roosevelt's boys defeated Bowie, 95-75, and Largo, 130-20; its girls defeated Bowie, 102-67, and Largo, 132-16. With their victories, the Raiders' boys' and girls' teams both improved to 10-0. More importantly, they avenged last year's dual-meet losses to the Bulldogs.
"It's nice to get the victory," said Dunlap, whose team's meeting with Bowie is typically the top meet of the season in Prince George's County. "But it's also nice because a lot of my kids swam their best times of the year."
Calderone led the Roosevelt boys with victories in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, and swam a leg in the winning 200 medley relay.
"It gets real tiring, but these meets are a lot of fun," Calderone said. "They keep you going."
Eleanor Roosevelt junior Matt Hoffman also posted two individual victories. Hoffman took the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and participated in the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
Bowie's Brandon Greenfield and Chris Reed posted the Bulldogs' only individual victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Reed, like Calderone and Dantone, headed back to the Annapolis Senior Invitational at the end of the double dual meet.
"Some [club] coaches didn't want their kids to swim this meet," said Bowie Coach Patti Bayly, who petitioned to have yesterday's double dual meet moved from 4 to 1 p.m. so kids could compete in both meets. "But they should be allowed to swim it. This is where they have fun and get recognition."
On the girls' side, Eleanor Roosevelt dominated with victories in every individual event. Sophomore Hannah Varner (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), senior Beth Gingold (50 and 100 freestyles) and freshman Maresa Like-Mathews (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke) each posted two victories.
"We knew the times coming in," said Bayly, whose teams lost for the first time this year. "We know how strong Roosevelt is. But I'm proud of my kids. They all swam well."