Like many of his colleagues, Urbana swim coach Jim Kinsey used to total the points after the unscored 3A/2A/1A region meet to figure out who would have won the meet had there been an official state champion.
"Anytime you go to a meet, you want to know how you did," he said. "Last year, we won."
This season, his team's sweep of the girls' and boys' 3A/2A/1A meet was official at the inaugural Maryland swimming championships at the University of Maryland. In addition to Urbana's sweep, the Severna Park girls and Fallston boys captured the 4A/3A team titles.
The performance of the day was produced by Severna Park's girls, who rode freshman twin sisters Emily and Sarah Lloyd to 330.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Eleanor Roosevelt (281). Sarah Lloyd won titles in the 100-yard butterfly (58.36 seconds) and, while Emily Lloyd took first in the 100 backstroke (1 minute 1.69 seconds) and 100 freestyle (51.97). Falcons sophomores Jordan Gibbs and Esra Seniz took first and second, respectively, in the 50 free.
"I wasn't really surprised by their performance," Severna Park Coach Kacie Owens said. "The girls were expected to win states since the beginning of the year."
In the 3A/2A/1A, freshman JoAnna Yeh led the way for Urbana by winning a state title in the 100 freestyle (54.44), taking second in the 200 individual medley (2:19.06) and pacing the first-place 200 IM relay team (1:59.21) that edged Easton by one-third of a second. Middletown's boys and girls each took second.
"This whole experience has been great," Yeh said of the first state meet.
An asterisk to the meet was the notable absence of swimmers from Montgomery County, who were at D.C. Metros.
Fallston, of Harford County, won the boys' 4A/3A title by scoring 323 points. Thomas Johnson (225) took second, led by senior Tyler Henderson's wins in the 100 backstroke (56.35) and 100 butterfly (54.82). South River took third with 185 points, followed by Thomas Stone (179) and Bowie (177).
South River's girls captured third place with 191 points and Leonardtown (180) placed fifth.
Other standouts: South River sophomore Justin Vagts won 4A/3A titles in the 200 free (1:45.89) and 500 free (4:43.13); Middletown's bother-sister combo of senior George Rossick and freshman Katelyn Rossick won 3A/2A/1A titles in the 100 butterfly (54.28) and 200 IM (2:11.00), respectively.