December 2 – In a close meet Friday night, Yorktown's boys' team outlasted Falls Church 94-92, while the Yorktown girls rolled 104-79.
The rivalry that existed in the early 2000s between perennial National District powerhouse Yorktown and Falls Church may be back. At least that is what head coach Clayton Joyner (Falls Church '02) has his swimmers believing. From 2000 through 2004, the top two spots at the National District championship were fiercely competed for by these two teams, with Falls Church winning three titles in a row. After Friday night's meet, which came down to the final relay, the National District may want to watch out for the Jaguar boys.
“Falls Church hasn't beaten Yorktown in a dual meet in over 15 years. We never beat them when I was swimming, even when we beat them at districts,” said Joyner. “We have some talent on this team. The district better watch out.”
Many of the night's races were battles for second and third, the winner decided after the first fifty yards.
Falls Church was able to capture eight of twelve first-place wins on the boys side, as well as seven on the girls. However, Yorktown's depth proved to be too much as the Patriot boys and girls were able to seize the majority of second- and third-place points to capture the victory.
Max Fish (Yorktown/AAC) was a double winner with victories in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. He also contributed to Yorktown's lone winning relay, along with Jason Henley, Will Tarkenton, and Dave Emson, in the boys' 200 medley.
Ryan Davenport (FISH) and James Sturges (YORK) had impressive performances for Falls Church. Davenport cruised to wins in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events, using early speed to put distance between him and the rest of the field. Sturges had closer battles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, but was able to finish strong to secure victories in both.
For the girls', Yorktown senior, Stephanie Romano (Curl-Burke), an All-Met Honorable Mention last year, made it look easy as she won the 200 and 500 freestyle. Other individual winners for Yorktown included Amanda Didawick (AAC) in the 100 butterfly and Elena Bavolack (Alexandria Dive Club) in diving.
All-American Laura Schwartz (Falls Church/Potomac Marlins) impressed in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, winning the latter by nearly a pool-length. Freshman Haley McLean (Potomac Marlins) also had a great first meet, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Romano and Schwartz faced each other as the anchor legs of the 400 freestyle relay. Romano wasn't able to gain an inch against the junior stand-out; the Falls Church girls finished first by the same margin they held at the start of the final leg.
Both coaches are first-year head coaches with their teams. Claire DiCesare has taken over the head coaching job for the Patriots, while Coach Joyner moved to the Jaguars after being dismissed as the head coach at Robinson High School last season following a hazing incident.
Both teams return to the pool on Friday, Dec. 9. Yorktown will host Mount Vernon at 6:30 p.m. Falls Church will face Edison at Audrey Moore Rec Center at 6 p.m.
Saints' boys win close meet over Sidwell Friends; Saints' ladies roll.
November 29 – St. Stephen's St. Agnes Saints faced off against Sidwell Friends on Tuesday in a fast meet between WMPSSDL opponents. The Saints' boys were able to squeak out a victory 76-71. On the girls' side, the Saints won by a wide margin, 122 to 58.
W.T. Woodson cruises in season opener
Dec. 2 – Woodson's
boys' and girls' teams opened their seasons with large margins of victory over South County, 217-98 (boys) and 196.5-118.5 (girls). Woodson began the meet strong as the divers took first through fourth place on the boys' side and first through third on the girls'. Woodson had several standout swims, including Lead Rogers who broke an 18-year-0ld Woodson record on her way to reaching her first State Cut of the season in a time of 58.76 seconds. Also achieving State qualifying times were the Woodson boys' 200 medley relay (1:40.94), South County's Michael Herrmann in the 100 butterfly (53.07) and 100 backstroke (53.89), and Herrmann's teammate Brooke Malone in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.86).
Lake Braddock girls defeat Annandale Atoms; Bruins' boys lose close meet
Dec. 2 – The Lake Braddock girls were able to double-up Annandale's points total, 211-104, in a lopsided victory, winning ten of twelve events. On the boys' side, the Bruins were able to keep it close, but Annandale's squad was able to secure the meet after winning nine of twelve events, including the final relay. Final score 160.5-154.5.
T.C. Williams boys win big over Robert E. Lee; Lee girls win by three points
Dec. 2 – T.C. Williams' boys recorded one of their highest scores in team history, winning 206 to 101, over the Lancers. Lee was able to win the girls' meet by a score of 156 to 153. T.C. Williams posted some great swims, including a 1-2-3-5 finish in the 500 freestyle by Abby Cox, Emily Dooley, Laura Graves and Amelia Underwood.
Thomas Jefferson crushes Marshall by triple digit margins
Jefferson never let up, sweeping first through fourth place in the girls 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke. Double winners included Katie Bennett in the 200 IM (2 minutes 20.48 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:02.98) and Sarah Liu in the 100 freestyle (58.54) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.69). The Colonials won 10 of the twelve events.
Following the girls lead, the Jefferson boys won nine of twelve events, including sweeps in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and 200 freestyle relay. The “A” relay team of Luke Thorsell, Miles Oakley, Andrew Seliskar, and Stephen Seliskar hit their first state cut with a time of 1:29.94. Jefferson's double winners included brothers S. Seliskar in the 200 freestyle (1:46.40) and 100 butterfly (53.21) – state cut – and freshman brother A. Seliskar in the 50 freestyle (21.84) and 100 freestyle (47.89) – both state cuts.
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Tags: Amanda Didawick, Brooke Malone, Falls Church High School, Haley McLean, James Sturges, Laura Schwartz, Leah Rogers, Max Fish, Michael Herrmann, National District, Northern Region, Ryan Davenport, Stephanie Romano, Virginia swimming, Yorktown High School