The McDonogh girls swimming team, tired of being second best, had something to prove in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet against perennial powerhouse Notre Dame Prep.
The visiting Eagles' run as runners-up may be coming to a close, as they won 10 of 11 events and set eight school records en route to a 92-78 victory.
McDonogh has witnessed the Blazers win three IAAM titles, and five straight Catholic League titles before that.
"You can't stay on top of the mountain all the time. You've got to come down some time," said Notre Dame Prep coach Lisa Wiegmann. "Today was their meet."
For the second straight year, the Eagles (4-0) have beaten the Blazers (4-1) during the regular season.
"We are optimistic about the win," McDonogh coach Scott Ward said. "We just hope that we can maintain the focus for the championship. We have beaten them twice before in the regular season, and they have beaten us in the championship, when it really counts."
The Eagles led from start to finish in overall points but saw the Blazers pull to within 41-37 after senior Bridget Kimmel won their only event, the 100-yard butterfly. From there, McDonogh pulled away, winning the final six events and setting school records in the last five.
Sophomore Claire Hutchinson set school records in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 54.10 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:00.28). She was also a part of the record-setting 200 freestyle relay team (1:43.62) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:41.76).
McDonogh senior Liz Williams, an All-American in the 100 free, won the 50 free (0:24.97) and the 100 free (0:54.82). Williams was also part of the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay (1:50.49), yet another record.
"We have never beaten them at their pool. So this is very exciting for us," Williams said.
McDonogh's freshman duo of Anne-Marie Botek and Kelly Peloquin set back-to-back records in the 100 backstroke (0:57.43) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.36), respectively, down the stretch to push the Eagles' lead to 84-72 heading into the final event, the 400 free relay.
The Eagles are now 19-0 in the regular season spanning three seasons.