4 from Kent earn All-Bayside recognition in swimming

Kent County senior Shane Saunders placed sixth in the Bayside Conference’s 100-yard butterfly Saturday. He also placed third in the 50 freestyle and swam on the second-place 200 free relay and third-place 200 medley relay. At the conclusion of the championship meet, Saunders was one of four Kent County swimmers to be named to the All-Bayside team.

CAMBRIDGE — Kent County’s Claire O’Brien, Annie Squire Southworth, Shane Saunders and Andrew Smith have been named to the All-Bayside Conference swim team, putting the exclamation mark on Saturday’s championship meet at the YMCA here.

This was the first appearance in the conference meet for all of the current Trojans.

“I thought it was a great event and gives the swimmers a chance to compete with the Eastern Shore teams before regionals,” Kent County coach Ruth Reed said of the state- qualifying East Region meet Feb. 15 at the Arundel Swim Center.

Reed described Saturday’s seven-school conference championship meet as “a great warmup before the bigger events.”

Kent County’s all-conference performers were nominated by their coach. Reed said she chose the swimmers who have contributed the most points and who have been the most willing to swim any event when needed.

Kent Island’s girls and Easton’s boys captured the team trophies. Easton’s boys repeated as champions.

In the team standings, Kent County’s boys finished third and the girls finished sixth. It is worth noting that Kent made the trip with only four girls.

Smith had the best individual finish for the Trojans, placing second in the 100-yard freestyle. He also was a member of the second-place 200 free relay.

Kent County also had a fine showing in the 100 backstroke, where Liam Peregoy, Nick Jones and Sam Peregoy all placed in the top 10.

Kelley Moore of Queen Anne’s was named coach of the year. She previously was the head coach at Kent County, when she was a guidance counselor at the high school.

Queen Anne’s McKenzie Hemingway established meet records in the 200 individual medley (2:15.68) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.49). She also holds the meet record in the 100 free, which she did not swim this year.

In the final event, Queen Anne’s 400 free relay of Sarah Bowyer, Abigail Barnett, Lily Golden and Hemingway won by more than 15 seconds in a meet record of 3:42.18. They are alumnae of the Sho’men Aquatics age-group program that is based at Washington College.

Hemingway and Queen Anne’s Nathan Olah, also a Sho’men alumnus, were named to the All Bayside team.

Complete results for Kent County are printed here. Top 10 place-finishes are noted.


200 medley relay of Ally Berghaus, Claire O’Brien, Alex Joiner and Annie Squire Southworth, 3:06.65, fifth.

200 freestyle: O’Brien, 3:08.61.

50 free: Southworth, 37.74; and Berghaus, 38.31.

100 free: Joiner, 1:18.18; and Berghaus, 1:34.46.

100 backstroke: Joiner, 1:41.19.


200 medley relay of Liam Peregoy, Andrew Smith, Shane Saunders and Matt Rickloff, 1:54.87, third.

200 freestyle: Sam Peregoy, 2:19.89, fifth; Jack Cullum, 2:20.28, eighth; and Thomas Martinez, 2:46.38.

200 individual medley: Smith, 2:16.83, third.

50 free: Saunders, 22.50, third; Liam Peregoy, 25.84, eighth; and Rickloff, 26.51, 13th.

100 butterfly: Saunders, 1:03.34, sixth; and Ian Walters, 1:10.79, 10th.

100 free: Smith, 54.27, second; Nick Jones, 1:00.32, ninth; and Brandon Bowman, 1:12.50.

500 free: Jake Jones, 6:20.64, sixth.

200 free relay of Saunders, Liam Peregoy, Rickloff and Smith. 1:41.06, second.

100 backstroke: Liam Peregoy, 1:06.30, third; Nick Jones, 1:11.89, seventh; and Sam Peregoy, 1:15.37, ninth.

100 breaststroke: Cullum, 1:16.59, fifth; and Rickloff, 1:21.32, 10th.

400 free relay of Cullum, Jakes Jones, Sam Peregoy and Nick Jones, 4:16.83, sixth.

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