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2020 Winter All-Met: Girls’ swimming and diving first team, second team, honorable mention

Stone Ridge's Phoebe Bacon is the girls' Swimmer of the Year. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
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The following student-athletes have been selected to The Washington Post’s 2020 Winter All-Met team for girls’ swimming and diving:

Swimmer of the Year

Phoebe Bacon, Sr., Stone Ridge

In her final high school meet, Bacon set a national high school record of 50.89 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke and helped the Gators earn a team title at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. She also set a meet record in the 200 individual medley and won Independent School League titles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. She will swim for Wisconsin in the fall, but first she will compete at the Olympic trials in Omaha in June.

First team

Catherine Belyakov, Sr., Quince Orchard

The Duke commit won the 100 breaststroke at Metros with a time of 1:02.48, besting the rest of the field by more than a second.

Maren Conze, Fr., Walter Johnson

Conze dominated the 500 freestyle at Metros (4:47.09) and set a Maryland record at the 4A/3A state meet (4:52.25). She also won the state title in the 200 freestyle (1:49.97).

Sophie Duncan, So., Holton-Arms

She won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.56 at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League meet, then followed it up with a second-place finish in that event and the 500 freestyle at Metros.

Erin Gemmell, Fr., Stone Ridge

In her debut season, Gemmell won all four of her events at Metros: the 100 freestyle (49.56) and 200 freestyle (1:45.96), as well as 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

Abby Harter, Sr., Briar Woods

The Virginia signee won Virginia Class 5 state titles in the 100 butterfly (52.68) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.37) and set Class 5 records in both events.

Torri Huske, Jr., Yorktown

Last year’s All-Met girls’ swimmer of the year broke Virginia state records in the 50 freestyle (21.83) and the 100 butterfly (50.69) at the Virginia Class 6 state championships.

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Anna Keating, Sr., Madison

Keating won her third straight state title in the 100 breaststroke at the Virginia Class 6 meet and set a state record (59.76). She will swim for Virginia in the fall.

Haley Marshall, So., Good Counsel

Marshall took the diving titles at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference meet, the National Catholic meet and Metros.

Mackenzie McConagha, Jr., Briar Woods

The Wisconsin commit won the Virginia Class 5 title in the 100 backstroke for the third straight season after setting a Class 5 record in the preliminary race (53.44).

Camille Spink, Fr., Battlefield

Spink’s high school career got off to a strong start, including two Virginia Class 6 records and state titles in the 100 freestyle (49.18) and 200 free (1:46.18).

Coach of the Year

Jason Blanken, Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Bethesda-Chevy Chase finished as runner-up at last year’s Maryland 4A/3A meet, but the Barons refused to get discouraged. They returned stronger and claimed the first state title in program history this year.

Second team

Jordan Buechler, Sr., West Springfield

Abby Carr, Jr., Washington Christian

Abby Daniel, Jr., Patriot

Alexandra Dicks, Jr., Madison

Paige Hall, Jr., O’Connell

Katherine Helms, So., South County

Catherine Purnell, Sr., Stonewall Jackson

Aris Runnels, Jr., Colgan

Carly Sebring, So., Damascus

Tatum Wall, So., Independence


200 freestyle: Makenzie Higgins, Sr.; Erika Chen, Sr.; Tia Thomas, Jr.; Erin Gemmell, Fr. (Stone Ridge): 1:34.47

200 medley: Phoebe Bacon, Sr.; Eleanor Sun, Fr.; Erin Gemmell, Fr.; Tia Thomas, Jr. (Stone Ridge): 1:41.62

400 freestyle: Makenzie Higgins, Sr.; Erika Chen, Sr.; Eleanor Sun, Fr.; Phoebe Bacon, Sr. (Stone Ridge): 3:25.04

Honorable mentions

Nina Allen, Fr., Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Lilia Atanda, Fr., Sherwood

Lauren Badger, Sr., Seneca Valley

Kate Bailey, So., O’Connell

Jazz Barry, Jr., Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Molly Benson, Sr., Walter Johnson

Jill Berger, Jr., Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Katherine Blake, So., Richard Montgomery

Moshelle Borjigin, Sr., Poolesville

Callie Borda, So., Rockville

Erika Chen, Sr., Stone Ridge

Kate Cosgrove, Jr., Holy Cross

Sarah Culkin, Jr., Good Counsel

Brynn Curtis, Sr., Oakton

Minh Donnell, Jr., Woodson

Maddy Grosz, Sr., Madison

Sarah Gurley, Sr., Paul VI

Lauren Hartel, So., Yorktown

Kaitlyn Hunter, So., Damascus

Raylen Jackson, Sr., Wilson

Rachel Jones, So., Robinson

Molly Kennedy, Jr., Stone Bridge

Allison Kopac, Sr., Riverside

Elizabeth Kuhlkin, Sr., Madison

Alli Marney-Bell, Sr., Montgomery Blair

Helena Narisu, Sr., Poolesville

Reagan Osborne, Sr., Lake Braddock

Janika Perezous, Jr., Potomac Falls

Sheridan Phalen, Sr., West Potomac

Anna Redican, Sr., South Lakes

Maria Sawadogo, Fr., Montgomery Blair

Fiona Schere, So., Key School

Megan Schueller, Sr., La Plata

Samantha Smith, Jr., Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Eleanor Sun, Fr., Stone Ridge

Genevieve Thibodeau, Sr., Stone Ridge

Tia Thomas, Jr., Stone Ridge

Jane Umhofer, Jr., Walter Johnson

Savannah Waymer, Sr., School Without Walls

Amanda Wenhold, Sr., Sherwood

Lauren West, So., Einstein

Joyce Wu, Fr., Holton-Arms

Georgia Yan, Fr., Churchill

Abigail Zindler, Jr., Oakton

Tatum Zupnik, Sr., Holton-Arms

— Text by Kate Yanchulis