What a weekend for the B-CC Swim and Dive team. The Metros Championship meet is one of the top-tier high school championship meets in the nation and has seen several future Olympians, gold medalists, and world records holders shine. While this year’s meet lacked the star power of Katie Ledecky or Jack Conger, the talent that was on display did not disappoint.
On Wednesday night the meet kicked off with boys diving. Gavin May was our lone representative, competing in his first Metros. All he did was place 12th overall, finishing as the third highest freshman in the competition. On Thursday the meet continued with girls diving. Maddy Pfaff, Eleanor McGrath, and Emma Gold represented B-CC in a very talented and deep field. Maddy finished 2nd overall, breaking the school record in the process, B-CC’s highest diving finish at Metros since Jack Crow in 2015), Eleanor finished 16th, and Emma finished 29th.
When the swimming portion of the meet started on Friday there was no let down. When Friday evening was over we had two swimmers qualify for individual finals, two relays qualify for finals, and 4 new school records…..and it was only prelims for two events. Saturday morning picked up exactly where we left off with the boys medley relay breaking the school record in the very first event. Throughout the rest of the morning we saw all four relays qualify for finals and seven individual swimmers make it back in one or both of their events. While there were several highlights from the preliminary session (numerous lifetime bests across the board) the one that stands out is Diego Suarez Touzon’s new school record in 50 free, 21.42, a time which broke the oldest B-CC school record in the books (set all the way back in 1978-1979). Finals brought out even faster swimming. All six of our relays swam faster in finals, lowering 5 of the 6 school records in the process. Notably, the boys medley relay swam the 5th fastest time in MCPS history, the girls medley relay swam the 9th fastest time in MCPS history, and the boys 400 free relay swam the 4th fastest time in MCPS history.
All together there were 57 school entered in the meet. In the end the boys finished in 6th (with 6 new records) and the girls in 10th (with 5 new records), both repeat performances from 2016. This marks the first time since the 1978-1979 & 1979-1980 seasons that the boys team has finished back-to-back years in the top 10. For the girls, it’s the first time since the 2004-2005 & 2005-2006 seasons that we’ve had back-to-back top 10 finishes, a feat that prior to the ’06 season hadn’t been accomplished since 1981.
Congrats to all of our swimmers and divers on a great showing and thank you to all the parents, teammates, and beyond who came out to support.