When Meg Waters popped her head out of the water after a torrid race in the 50-yard freestyle last night at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships, she saw her time on the scoreboard and let out a piercing shriek.
The Princeton-bound senior from Good Counsel surprised herself by finishing in 23.27 seconds, 0.01 of a second faster than the meet record.
"I think I had a bad turn, and being able to come back from that was far beyond what I could have expected," Waters said. "I mean, I knew I was going fast because I could see my coaches, but I didn't know I was that fast."
Waters's 50 freestyle was the top highlight in a meet full of them for the Falcons. She finished with two individual titles and swam on two victorious relays to lead Good Counsel to its 11th straight Metros championship. In all, the Falcons won six of 12 swimming events to outscore second-place O'Connell, 414.5 points to 295.
Waters, a two-time All-Met, broke the 50 freestyle record that former teammate Liz Kemp set last year.
"I feel bad taking it away because she only had it for a year," Waters said with a laugh. Waters also won the 100 freestyle in 50.36, just 0.01 of a second shy of the meet record. Falcons senior Colleen Haase, also a two-time All-Met, defended her two titles by winning the 100 breaststroke (1:02.01) and coming from behind in the 200 individual medley (2:05.02).
On the boys' side, senior Josh Hafkin broke two of his own meet records and swam on two victorious relays to help Georgetown Prep outscore second-place Gonzaga, 460.5 to 310, for its fourth consecutive Metros crown.
Hafkin won the 50 freestyle in 20.73, breaking his year-old record by 0.17 of a second. In the 100 backstroke, his time of 48.80 easily beat last year's mark of 49.51.
Besides Haase, Walter Johnson's Eric Friedland and Richard Montgomery's Katura Harvey won two individual titles.
Harvey's wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle ended her four-year wait for those championships, swimming in the shadow of former O'Connell star Kate Ziegler, who has since graduated.
"Getting first was never an option," Harvey said. "I always swam against Kate, but that was amazing. Swimming against her was special, but so is finally being able to win myself."
A Fast Meet: All 22 swimming events were won with times that qualified for all-American status.
Goodbyes: Georgetown Prep Coach Kirby Weldon, who is retiring after 17 seasons, coached his final meet.