With plenty of depth and some strong relay teams, McDonogh slipped past four-time defending champ Severn and up-and-coming Notre Dame Prep to win the sixth annual Association of Independent Schools swimming championship.
With 251 points, McDonogh outdistanced second-place NDP (211) and third-place Severn (133). Mercy and the Institute of Notre Dame tied for fourth with 89 points each.
Although Severn saw its string of titles snapped, the Admirals did boast the Swimmer of the Meet, Joan Chidester.
Two years ago, Chidester won the honor as a freshman. This year, she was the only swimmer to earn two individual gold medals. A member of the Naval Academy Juniors club team, Chidester won the 200 individual medley and the 100 free.
Comparing swimming for Severn to competing for her club team, Chidester said, "It's a lot more laid-back. You're more relaxed, and it's more of a team experience. For club, it's more individual. When you have a team you have to think about everybody else and that makes it more exciting sometimes."
Teammate Jenni Phillips placed second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle.