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Best of Northern Region to collide Saturday

By Taylor Knight

The Langley girls and the Westfield boys look to be Northern Region favorites (Photo courtesy of Mark Overend http://markoverend.smugmug.com/)

The Langley girls and the Westfield boys look to be Northern Region favorites (Photo courtesy of Mark Overend http://markoverend.smugmug.com/)

Often a thrilling preview of the state championships, the Northern Region swim and dive meet got underway this week, beginning with boys’ and girls’ diving on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Before any swimmers hit the water, Madison had already accounted for two regional titles, as senior divers Ryan Fox and Kelly Corish added to the Liberty District titles they won five days earlier.

The meet now marches into its final two days of competition with the girls’ swimming preliminary rounds this evening (the boys’ prelims took place Thursday night) and a combined boys and girls final on Saturday night.

The Northern Region Championships are often unpredictable events, but there are certainly a couple of favorites heading into Saturday’s finale. On the boys’ side, expect a crop of new teams to compete with the usual suspects for the title. First among these challengers is the team from Westfield, which, after finishing in seventh place at last year’s regional meet, tore through the Concorde District this season to finish 7-0 in dual meets and edge Oakton for the district crown. Westfield’s closest competition may well again be Oakton, but look for Madison, Langley, and Woodson to seriously challenge the Bulldogs.

Said Madison head coach Andrew Foos of his boys, “I have a lot of confidence that our men will have great swims and represent themselves and our district well…We don’t have many front-line swimmers who are going to win races. What we have is a solid core of guys who are strong.”

Event-by-event title contenders (times are from Districts):

200 freestyle – Charlie Putnam, McLean (1:42.66); Christopher Grimmett-Norris, Chantilly (1:44.32)

200 IM – Chuck Katis, Langley (1:52.21)

50 freestyle – CJ Fiala, Westfield (21.07); Travis Lauri, Fairfax (21.33)

50 butterfly – Kurtis Ratcliff, Westfield (50.54)

50 freestyle – CJ Fiala, Westfield (46.87)

500 freestyle – Kurtis Ratcliff, Westfield (4:36.73); Cyrus Hashemi, Marshall (4:42.65)

100 backstroke – Philip Hu, Oakton (51.37); Charlie Putnam, McLean (52.62); Kyle Tyrrell, Annandale (52.23)

100 breaststroke – Chuck Katis, Langley (56.95)

On the girls’ side, the question still remains: is there any team that can beat Langley? The Saxon girls have turned in a particularly strong season to date, running the table in dual-meet competition and easily taking the Liberty District title. The team that perhaps has the best shot to challenge Langley is also the school most likely to play spoiler in the boys’ meet, Oakton. Under head coach Hunter Owen, the Cougar girls also escaped the dual-meet schedule unscathed and picked up the Concorde District title.

Other teams to keep an eye on include South County, a team which completed a perhaps improbable reordering of the Patriot District, and Robinson. Despite a couple of uncharacteristic stumbles in the dual-meet schedule, the Rams rebounded to take second place at the Concorde District Championships and are always a post-season threat.

Event-by-event title contenders (times are from Districts):

200 freestyle – Kaitlin Pawlowicz, Oakton (1:52.29); Jayme Katis, Langley (1:56.23)

200 IM – Janet Hu, Oakton (2:02.54)

50 freestyle – Abi Speers, Langley (24.22); Carli Molano, Westfield (24.25); Hellen Moffitt, West Potomac (24.89)

100 butterfly – Janet Hu, Oakton (54.98); Hellen Moffitt, West Potomac (57.97)

100 freestyle – Carli Molano, Westfield (53.27); Abi Speers, Langley (52.73)

500 freestyle – Kaitlin Pawlowicz, Oakton (5:00.13)

100 backstroke – Eva Greene, McLean (58.80); Logan Coulson Moore, Chantilly (58.94); Reanna Dona, West Potomac (59.40)

100 breaststroke – Jenna VanCamp, Herndon (1:05.04)

WMPSSDL Championships conclude Saturday

The top private school swimmers in the region will compete in Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League finals Saturday night at Takoma Aquatic and Community Center.

Here’s a look at the psych sheets and boys’ preliminary results from the meet. Also check out the diving results from earlier this week.

Boys’ Psych Sheet
Girls’ Psych Sheet

Boys’ Prelims Results

Boys’ Diving Results
Girls’ Diving Results

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2 Responses to “Best of Northern Region to collide Saturday”

  1. swimmer says:

    West Potomac girls finished fourth with only four girls in final… only three swimming individual events. That’s impressive…

  2. NovaSwimCoach says:

    They did a great job. They have a very talented (and young) core and will be a team to reckon with in the coming years. Especially at the regional and state meets.

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