Joiner, Martinez are crowned conference swim champs

CAMBRIDGE — Kent County High School junior Henry Martinez won Bayside Conference gold in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and sophomore Mary Jane Joiner was crowned a conference champion for the second year in a row.

Martinez was the only boy to win more than one individual event at the Feb. 3 championship meet at the Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Family YMCA in Cambridge.

On the girls side, Kent County’s Joiner and junior Izzy Anderson each medaled in two individual events and swam on the 200 free and medley relays. 

In addition to his two individual gold medals, Martinez anchored the Trojans’ third-place 200 free relay.

Senior Aaron Saunders medaled in three events; he led off for the 200 free relay, placed second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 individual medley.

Exchange student Marta Mareno (50 and 100 free), freshmen Tucker Ervin (100 free) and Ben Hinton (50 free), and Anderson (100 backstroke) recorded personal bests.

While Kent County did not have the numbers — only four girls and seven boys — to challenge larger Class 2A Kent Island and Queen Anne’s and Class 3A Stephen Decatur for a team title, KCHS had the best finish among the Class 1A schools.

Kent Island and Stephen Decatur placed first and second, respectively, in both the girls and boys meets.

Printed here are complete results for Kent County High School.

GIRLS

200 medley relay of Izzy Anderson, Liza Loller, Mary Jane Joiner and Marta Mareno, season best of 2:31.88, fourth.

200 freestyle: Joiner, 2:11.57, first. She established the school record of 2:08.06 in 2023.

200 individual medley: Anderson, season best of 2:34.78, third.

50 free: Mareno, personal best of 35.63, 15th; and Loller, 40.71, 16th.

100 butterfly: Joiner, season best of 1:08.59, third. She won this event last year. She holds the school record of 1:05.68, set in 2023.

100 free: Mareno, personal best of 1:19.91, 11th; and Loller, 1:40.26, 14th.

200 free relay of Anderson, Mareno, Loller and Joiner, season best of 2:14.55, fifth.

100 backstroke: Anderson, personal best of 1:07.82, second. She won this event last year.

BOYS

200 medley relay of Aaron Saunders, Tucker Ervin, Henry Martinez and Ben Loller, 1:57.63, fifth.

200 freestyle: Andy Messick, season best of 2:25.80, 10th.

200 individual medley: A. Saunders, season best of 2:22.67, third; and Loller, season best of 2:49.36, 10th.

50 free: Martinez, 23.08, first; and Ben Hinton, personal best of 34.41, 14th. Martinez established the school record of 22.38 in 2023.

100 butterfly: Lynden Saunders, 1:10.84, fifth.

100 free: Martinez, 50.49, first; Ervin, personal best of 58.36, eighth; and Bjorn Birkmire, 1:18.47, 14th. Martinez established the school record of 49.81 in 2023.

500 free: L. Saunders, season best of 6:10.19, fifth.

200 free relay of A. Saunders, Ervin, L. Saunders and Martinez, season best of 1:44.58, third.

100 backstroke: A. Saunders, season best of 1:03.85, second. He won this event last year.

100 breaststroke: Ervin, 1:16.76, sixth; Loller, season best of 1:23.21, 10th; and Messick, 1:25.14, 11th.

NEXT UP for the Trojans is the Class 1A-2A-3A East Region championships Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick. The region consists of 16 schools — four from Calvert County, five from Charles County and Eastern Shore schools KCHS, Queen Anne’s, Kent Island, Easton, Cambridge-South Dorchester, Pocomoke and Stephen Decatur.

The top three place-finishers in every event in each of the four regions automatically qualify for the state championships Saturday, Feb. 24 at the University of Maryland.

Also, individuals and relays who in their region meet final have the top 12 times statewide — excluding automatic qualifiers — advance to fill out the field of 24 competitors for each event.

 

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