Notre Dame Prep girls dunk IAAM field

Pirates win 8 of 11 events, cruise to 2nd straight title

Swimming

High Schools

January 29, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Notre Dame Prep girls swimming team took its dominance to a new level yesterday.

The Pirates' swimmers won eight of 11 events, with sophomore Bridget Kimmel and freshman Meghan Sackett both sweeping all four of their events, as NDP won its second consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship. The Pirates, who won Catholic League titles from 1995 to 1999, have now won seven straight league championships.

NDP finished with 455 points; McDonogh came in second with 365 points; and Archbishop Spalding was a distant third with 191.

Kimmel and Sackett became the third and fourth female swimmers to sweep all four of their events at a Baltimore-area Catholic school conference championship meet. Sackett is the first freshman to accomplish the feat since Laurie Felker, of Seton Keough, in 1994.

Individually, Kimmel won the 100-meter butterfly in 59:85 and the 100 backstroke in 1:00.69. Sackett took the 200 freestyle in 1:55.82 and the 500 freestyle in 5:06.53.

The two teamed to win 200 relay medley, along with junior Lauren Taylor and freshman Katie Hopkins, in 1:56.69. They later capped the morning with a thrilling final two legs to win the 400-freestyle relay in come-from-behind fashion by eight one-hundredths of a second over McDonogh.

"The excitement was fantastic," said NDP coach Lisa Wiegmann, who has led the Pirates to a league title all six years she has been coach. "That ending was just a nice way to finish a very good season."

NDP senior Jasmine DeGross upset heavily favored McDonogh senior Jinji Fraser in the 50 freestyle, but Fraser came back to win the 100 freestyle. Hopkins won the 100 breaststroke, and NDP freshman Katherine Godwin swam a leg on the winning 400-freestyle relay team.

Kimmel's accomplishment is more impressive considering she took eight months off from competitive swimming at the conclusion of last year's high school season.

"I think it's all head strength and mental," Kimmel said. "I crave competition. I love being the underdog. It helps me out and makes me swim faster."

Sackett put the exclamation point on the morning when she edged McDonogh freshman Danielle Spearman - who won the 200 individual medley - after the two swam neck and neck for the final 100 meters of the 400-freestyle relay.

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