Washington defeats St. Mary’s in swimming to close out 2023

CHESTERTOWN – Washington swept state rival St. Mary’s in a non-conference swim meet here on Dec. 9.

The Shore ladies (3-6) won 11 of the 14 events on the way to a 152-95 victory. They improved to 22-4 all-time in the series, and have won the last eight meetings.

In this most recent matchup, junior Kylee Smith led the 100-yard freestyle (55:09), 100 butterfly (59.82) and 200 fly (2:15.15).

Three other Washington women each won two individual events: freshman Gabby Bonds, 100 backstroke (1:06.61) and 200 back (2:25.84); senior Kenley Hewitt, 100 breaststroke (1:15.03) and 200 breast (2:44.51); and sophomore Lauren Paules, 500 free (5:35.86) and 1000 free (11:26.23).

Ayana Davis was first to the wall in the 50 free (26.23), and Washington also had a winner in its 200 free relay of Smith, Paules, Davis and Emma Schultz (1:44.71).

On the men’s, side, Washington defeated St. Mary’s for the 11th time in a row. The score was 153-106.

Junior William Schmidt was the lone Shoreman to win two individual events, leading the 100-yard backstroke (54.18) and 200 individual medley (2:00.20).

Other winners for 4-5 Washington were: Connor Kravitz-Yoffee, 1000 free (10:46.62); James Hackett, 200 free (1:49.75); Chase Hensen, 100 breast (58.95); Nathan Rawa, 200 back (2:01.58); Zach Affeldt, 200 breast (2:12.27); and Justin Fitzpatrick, 100 fly (52.93).

Sophomore Liam Peregoy of Worton, who came up through the local Sho’men Aquatics age-group program, placed third in the 100 and 200 backstroke and led off for Washington’s third-place 400 medley relay.

Washington’s men lead the series, 23-3, with the 11-meet winning streak beginning with a 115-90 victory in the 2012-13 season.


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