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Boys and Girls Teams Swim to Championship Victory

Over the weekend of February 5 and 6, McDonogh’s boys and girls swim teams, under the direction of Coach Scott Ward, earned their league’s championship titles a year after the pandemic sidelined the teams in 2021. Both championship events were held at Loyola University Maryland’s Mangione Aquatic Center. Congratulations to all the swimmers and coaches.

Boys Win MIAA Title

McDonogh’s boys swim team won their fourth straight MIAA A Conference championship title edging out Loyola Blakefield by more than 50 points. Swimmers from all grades contributed to the victory and a number turned in personal best records during the meet. Senior Alan Cherches won both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke with significant lifetime best times in both. He and Will Cussimanio ‘23, Caiden Bowers ‘24, and Langston Duncan ‘25 swam to victory in the 200 medley relay.

Sophomore Caiden Bowers, also had two personal best times when he touched first in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. McDonogh freshman Langston Duncan earned a win in the 50 freestyle.

Ward told a reporter for the MIAA, “We always try to put out our best lineup. We swim to win, and we talk about swimming hard through the season. We try not to go crazy (training hard) before meets. But we always seem to get up more for the championships.”

Girls Earn IAAM Victory

The following day, going into the IAAM championship meet, the competition between McDonogh, Bryn Mawr, and Notre Dame Prep was intense. The Eagles were defeated by both the Mawrtians and the Blazers in the regular season and statisticians were keenly aware that no team in the league had ever prevailed in the finals after two such regular-season losses.

“Nevertheless,” according to a report on the IAAM website, “the Eagles’ depth and determination put them over the top against a Bryn Mawr squad that won eight of the 11 events.”

Spectators were on the edge of their seats throughout the competition as Bryn Mawr won the first four races, followed by an NDP win. It wasn’t until the sixth race that McDonogh took a first place.

Ward told a reporter that the girls team was either “up by two (points), tied, or down by two” for most of the meet until rallying with Mia Li '22, Taylor Wilson '23, and Summer McKoy '23 in the backstroke and Natalia Diaz '23 and Olivia Sheridan '22 in the breaststroke and picking up 45 much-needed points. 

Senior Kira MacMullan told the IAAM, “We knew we were underdogs going into this meet. We knew both Bryn Mawr and NDP have incredible swimmers, but we also knew it wasn’t over. It was going to take every single swimmer, no matter what place or seed time they had to win. This team might not have had the fastest swimmers on paper, but we had the most passion and heart going into the meet.”

The girls swim team has now earned six consecutive IAAM titles.