McDonogh still rules IAAM

Botek, Peloquin lead Eagles to 4th in row

Girls swimming

High Schools

February 06, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Anne-Marie Botek ended her swimming career in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland the same way she began it - by dominating her opponents.

The McDonogh senior captured the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events yesterday to help the Eagles capture their fourth straight championship with 455 points, well ahead of second-place Mount de Sales (311.50). Senior teammate Kelly Peloquin won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in the meet at UMBC.

"We banded together and did really well as a team," said Botek, who will swim next year at the University of Georgia. "We had a lot of good spirit."

Botek also was part of McDonogh's winning 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. Peloquin was part of the first-place 400 freestyle and the 200 medley relays. Overall, the Eagles won seven of the 11 events in the meet that featured 15 teams.

After yesterday's meet, McDonogh coach Scott Ward said his program will have trouble replacing Botek and Peloquin.

"They have both been special athletes, and we have been very blessed to have them on the team," Ward said. "We are going to be counting on a lot of kids next year to work real hard and step up."

Third-place Notre Dame Prep also had two first-place finishers, Rebecca Godwin in the 500 freestyle and Kate Baust in the 200 freestyle.

Other top finishers were Erin O'Donnel of seventh-place Roland Park, who won the 100 butterfly, and Emily Dean of Mount de Sales, who captured the 100 backstroke.

John Clark, coach of Mount de Sales, is hoping his team can begin to close the gap with McDonogh next season. The task might less daunting without dealing with the Eagles' two dominant swimmers.

"We have had a lot of close races with McDonogh, and they are clearly one of the best high school teams in the country," Clark said. "You just hope to have your best race against them. They are really deep."

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