Sho'men 15-18 girls win age group, set meet record in medley relay

Sho’men Aquatics’ 15- to 18-year-old girls won their division of the Delmarva Swim Association Championships July 27. From left are McKenzie Hemingway, Hailey Ritter, Anna Miller, Melissa Bittner and Sarah Caron.

GEORGETOWN, DEL. — Sho’men Aquatics’ 15- to 18-year-old girls ruled their age group at the Delmarva Swim Association Championships, medaling in all seven events and establishing a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay.

Chestertown area resident McKenzie Hemingway, a rising senior at Queen Anne’s County High School, led the way with four gold medals and a silver medal. Hailey Ritter of Church Hill, who is headed to NCAA Division I Towson University as a swim recruit, and Marissa Bittner, a rising senior at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Del., swam on both winning relays and captured individual medals.

Sarah Caron of the Chestertown area and Anna Miller of Cecil County also contributed to the scoring. Caron, who swam on both gold medal relays, is planning on swimming at Dickinson College in the fall.

Brayden Moore, who headed the 25-yard butterfly in the 8-and-younger division, was the only gold medalist for Sho’men’s boys.

The relay of Bittner, Heminway, Ritter and Caron — in that order — stopped the timer in 1 minute, 51.71 seconds, establishing a meet record and a team record.

The gold medal-winning 200 freestyle relay consisted of Ritter, Caron, Hemingway and Miller, a rising senior at Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City.

Hemingway led the 50 breaststroke in 31.16, establishing a Sho’men record, and the 50 free and placed second in the 100 individual medley.

Ritter took silver in the 50 butterfly, while Bittner was the runner-up in the 50 backstroke and third in the 100 IM.

The championship meet was July 27 at the Sussex Academy Aquatic Center, its eight-lane indoor pool hosting nearly 25 youth teams. Overall, Sho’men Aquatics took third, slipping past Sea Colony, 966-962, to match last year’s place-finish.

Ocean Pines led the way with 1,287 points. Henson Family YMCA of Salisbury (1,213.5) was the runner-up.

Sho’men Aquatics’ medal winners are printed here.

8 and under girls

100 freestyle relay of Viviana Fevola, Lucy Spero, Anna Evans and Emelia Karlik, third.

8 and under boys

Brayden Moore: 25 butterfly, first; and 25 breaststroke, third.

100 freestyle relay of John Yowell, Kyle King, Wyatt Stephens and Moore, second.

100 medley relay of Yowell, King, Stephens and Moore, second.

9- and 10-year-old boys

William Meyer: 25 freestyle, third.

100 free relay of Meyer, Tucker Ervin, Conner Evans and Trey Moore, third.

11- and 12-year-old girls

Bianca Baker: 50 breaststroke, second; and 50 butterfly, third.

200 freestyle relay of Logan Loller, Haley Cole, MaryJane Joiner and Baker, third.

200 medley relay of Loller, Cole, Joiner and Baker, third.

11- and 12-year-old boys

Isaac Meyer: 50 freestyle, third; and 50 breaststroke, third.

13- and 14-year-old boys

200 freestyle relay of Jack Cullum, Luke Barnette, Zachary Bittner and Nathan Olah, third.

200 medley relay of Bittner, Aaron Saunders, Olah and Barnett, third.

15- to 18-year-old girls

McKenzie Hemingway: 50 breaststroke, first in team record of 31.16; 50 freestyle, first; and 100 individual medley, second.

Hailey Ritter: 50 butterfly, second.

Marissa Bittner: 50 backstroke, second; and 100 individual medley, third.

200 medley relay of Bittner, Hemingway, Ritter and Sarah Caron, first in meet record and team record of 1:51.71.

200 free relay of Ritter, Caron, Anna Miller and Hemingway, first.

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