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Feb. 13, 2006

Blair boys take second at Division II swimming championships

by Pratik Bhandari, Page Editor

At the Division II county championships, the Blair swim team had a great meet as the boys finished second and the girls, while finishing last, set many individual records.

The new pool was great in terms of allowing people to put up fast times. Swim team coach David Swaney concurred, saying, "Just about everyone had their best times today." In fact, both freshman Melanie Snail and senior captain Kelsey Dean broke their own Blair records set just last week. Snail broke her record in the 100 Back by more than a second with a blazing 1:06.21 while Dean turned in her own record-setting time of 2:24.5 in the 200 IM. Also, in the diving meet held earlier in the day, senior Blair divers Sam Silsbee and Sam Rosenthal beat out Quince Orchard for fifth place.
The new Germantown Indoor Swim Center at the Germantown Soccerplex. Pratik Bhandari
The new Germantown Indoor Swim Center at the Germantown Soccerplex.

But the real story of the day was over on the boys' side as the undefeated Blazers looked to capitalize with a county championship. Going into the last two events, the 100 Breast and the 400 Free Relay, Blair had a comfortable 14-point lead over Wootton. It looked great for Blair as the 100 Breast had been one of the strongest events for the Blazers throughout the year.

The championship seemed to be assured when sophomores Yang Yang and Eddie Tang finished 1-2, but Yang was disqualified for taking an illegal kick off the turn. A disappointed Yang said, "The judge called me for a dolphin kick on the breaststroke, otherwise we would have won." Contributing to the confusion surrounding the DQ is the fact that the kick is legal in U.S. events, but not yet legal in Montgomery County meets. Tang's time of 1:02.38 held up for first place, but Wootton was able to cut the Blair lead to only three points.

In the deciding 400 Free Relay, Wootton beat Blair by three seconds, 3:21.73 to 3:24.39,
Sam Bullard-Siken and David Vuong compete in the 100 Back. Pratik Bhandari
Sam Bullard-Siken and David Vuong compete in the 100 Back.
and the six-point difference between first and second place proved to be the difference between a dominating Blair victory and a controversial Wootton win. Wootton coach Howard Blume said, "That was a tough way for [Blair] to guys are solid."

The 415.5 to 412.5 loss overshadowed great achievements for the boys including first place in the Medley Relay, Tang's first place victory in the 100 Breast, junior David Vuong and sophomore Sam Bullard-Sisken finishing second and third, respectively, in the 100 Back, as well as senior Tyler Wilchek's third-place finish in the 50 free.

Furthermore, several swimmers qualified for the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships to be held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center later on this month. Some of the qualifiers were sophomore Tim Peng, and juniors Cole Brown and David Goode. Senior captains Bryan Erickson, Dean and Wilchek qualified as well.

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  • ........ on February 13, 2006 at 2:02 PM
  • secret informer man on February 13, 2006 at 3:04 PM
    tang won his heat but not the 100 free
  • blairswimfan on February 13, 2006 at 5:27 PM
    The girls also set a new Blair record in the 400-yard freestyle relay...
  • Swaney (View Email) on February 13, 2006 at 5:42 PM
    To secret informer man (see below): Tang not only won his heat, but the whole 100 breaststroke. He did not win the 100 free because he was not IN the 100 free. And the divers did great. All 4 of them. As Pratik said in the article, Sam Silsbee got 5th. The others had great scores.
  • Fellow Swimmer on February 13, 2006 at 7:03 PM
    Good job swimmers!! Congratulations! It was a great season!!!
  • Yang on February 13, 2006 at 8:04 PM
    I so did not dolphin kick -.-
  • francesca on February 13, 2006 at 8:05 PM
    bonzai blazers!
  • Andy H on February 13, 2006 at 8:07 PM
    who care we still pwone Divison II
  • Pratik on February 13, 2006 at 9:28 PM
    no one's blaming you Yang; go get 'em at Metros man! =)
  • Blair Alum '05 on February 13, 2006 at 10:56 PM
    Oh man...tough break to the boys.

    Still, an excellent job and I really believe you guys can get 1st at counties. What were the coed scores? Congrats to everyone that competed and good luck at Counties.

  • woohoo!!! on February 13, 2006 at 11:06 PM
    go blazers!!!

    and it's okay, yang^2 - just cuz the judge hasn't been to national championships don't mean you kick butt!
  • BRYAN (View Email) on February 14, 2006 at 10:01 AM
  • Tyler on February 14, 2006 at 10:34 AM
    The boys got beat by 3 seconds in the 400 free relay because we choose to evenly spilt the three relays taking 1st, 3rd and 2nd in the 200 Medley, 200 Free, and 400 Free relays respectively. The Wootton team choose to stack their last two relays taking 6th, 1st and 1st. It was different strategies taken by each team.
  • Sahil's friend on February 14, 2006 at 12:16 PM
    How could the judge tell if yang was butterfly kicking underwater?
  • Ms. Murphy's a LIIIIIAAAAARRRR on February 14, 2006 at 1:31 PM
    Ms. Murphy is a spiteful woman who apparently doesn't like yang.

    Vote to overturn her call... and yang for president
  • Tyler on February 14, 2006 at 6:35 PM
  • christoff on February 14, 2006 at 7:31 PM
    I wasnt there... but good job im sure and "Bonzaiiiiiiiiiiii"
  • tang on February 14, 2006 at 7:49 PM
    What Yang did is just a natural reaction to a breaststroke pull-out. Thats why they made it legal internationally. The US high school league commonly waits a year after a rule change to change their own rules to match.

    Besides,Ms.Murphy caught yang twice during one meet so she was looking for it.
  • ... on February 14, 2006 at 7:52 PM
    Wooton's coach was such a .... unsportsman-like competitor. When yang got dq'ed he was screaming and cheering...
  • tim peng on February 14, 2006 at 7:53 PM
    step up the game for counties yo
  • swimmer on February 14, 2006 at 8:32 PM
    what about girls diving?
  • Theta on February 15, 2006 at 8:19 AM
    We are amazing.
    #Theta - Cole Brown
    #3.14 (Pi) - Eddie Tang
    #2.71 (e) - Timmy Peng

    and props to all the other members of the cool club that I'm forgetting in my delirium!
  • to add on to theta on February 15, 2006 at 1:11 PM
    #i- Minh!
    BIG ROB- Robert Feasley
  • sahil's friend on February 15, 2006 at 3:05 PM
    are you talking about lynn murphy?
  • Lotte on February 15, 2006 at 4:48 PM
    I came just for you guys out to Germantown:)
  • sam silsbee on February 15, 2006 at 6:59 PM
    good luck to everyone this week! we will rock counties
  • Nicole on February 16, 2006 at 4:02 PM
    good luck at counties everyone! yea blair divers ... wish I was going! ill be thinking about you! YEA CAITLIN .. awesome job at getting all of ur dives. hehe
  • parent on February 17, 2006 at 10:48 AM
    How did Blair do at the 500 event yesterday?
  • Tyler on February 19, 2006 at 9:59 AM
    The boys scored 20 points. David scored 13 with his 6th place finish with a time of 4:50.99, only .28 off the Blair record. Yang Yang finished 10th with a time of 4:54, earning 7 points.
    The girls scored 11 points from Kelsey Dean, with a lifetime best and Blair record 5:29 and coming in 8th place. Rachel Passman dropped 5 seconds from her seed time, but did not score.

    The boys scored 5 more points than last year, finishing with 245, and finished in 2nd place, while the girls scored 15 more points than last year totaling 44.5 and in 15th place (compared to 19th last year). However combined, we still finished 8th even though both improved... (hmm last year 6th?)

    You can find the results online @
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