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Weekly Wrap-up: Woodson, Yorktown, Oakton alone at the top in Va. with Districts around the corner

By Bryan Flaherty

We’re approaching the beginning of the championship season, and several teams are looking strong going into the final meets of the dual meet season. But an undefeated season won’t mean much to these teams if they can’t win their district or divisional championship title.

Woodson, Yorktown, and Oakton are undefeated on both girls’ and boys’ sides in the Northern Region with one meet to go. Churchill, Wootton, Walter Johnson, and Whitman are battling it out in the MCPS’ top division, and are looking ahead to their first Maryland states appearances.

Click to find full meet results and top times from the 2011-2012 high school season. If you would like your team’s meet to be featured, remind your coaches to send in meet summaries and results, or submit highlights yourself, so we can include them in this week’s high school wrap-up.

Featured Meet of the Week: Woodson tops West Springfield to advance to 6-0

In a clash between two of the region’s top-tier teams, Woodson and West Springfield both entered the district meet with 5-0 records. Woodson left 6-0, and with a clear path to the Patriot District championship. [Click here to keep reading]

Clarksburg boys keep three-year winning streak alive; Watkins Mill girls win

Clarksburg boy’s haven’t lost a meet since the 2008-2009 season, but with a season ending injury to the Coyotes’ star junior, Andrew Qian, it looked like Watkins Mill had a shot to steal the win this week.

But despite three disqualifications, Clarksburg managed to beat the Wolverines boys by one point, 85-84. Watkins Mill’s girls’ team won 94-73.

Key swims came from Michael Le who won the 100 breaststroke and Josh Kiehl in the 50 freestyle. Jared White also performed well, winning both the 200 and 500 freestyle events for Clarksburg.

It was a team effort for the Watkins Mill girls’ team, who picked up the majority of the seconds, thirds, and fourths. Kelly Lewis was the only double winner for the Wolverine ladies, winning the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events.

Clarksburg’s girls were led by Carly Alvarado, who won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Patriots topple Edison

*excerpts taken from Yorktown team page

The Yorktown swim and dive teams traveled to South Run Recreation Center on Friday, January 13th for a swim meet with Edison. The Patriots emerged as the winner in both the boys’ and girls’ meets, to advance to 6-0 on the season.

The boys won 215-99, with first place wins in every event, while the girls won their meet 222-82, winning 11 of 12 events.

Will Tarkenton was a double winner with first place finishes in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle events. For the girls, Ellie Belilos won the 200 and 100 freestyle, and Amanda Didawick won the 50 freestyle and100 backstroke.

Yorktown won each of the three relay events on the boys’ and girls’ sides.

The Patriots conclude the dual meet season next weekend against Arlington rival Washington-Lee, at the newly built Yorktown Pool. The meet begins at 6:30 p.m.

Other individual winners were Jason Henley (200 free), Evan Kopca (200 IM), David Emson (50 free), Hunter Simmons (diving), Max Fish (100 free), Timothy Aldinger (100 back), and Jack Storrs (100 breast) for the boys team, and Abby Young (200 IM), Kirby Nassetta (diving), Grace Greenwood (500 free), and Rachel Robertson (100 breast).

Wootton wins big over divisional opponent Whitman

Wootton’s boys rebounded from last week’s loss to Walter Johnson, winning 116-53 against Whitman. The Patriot girls continued to build momentum, winning 113-58, heading into next week’s showdown with Churchill.

Kevin Fu was big for the Patriots, winning two close races in the 100 freestyle (50.35) and 200 freestyle (1:52.44). Nick Tragotsis and Michael Fu were also double winners for Wootton. Tragotsis won the 200 IM (2:02.46) and 500 freestyle (5:01.80), as Michael Fu continued impressed, winning the 50 freestyle (22.73) and 100 butterfly (55.35).

Kristina Li and Jessica Chen led the way for Wootton’s girls’ team. Li put together wins in the 100 freestyle (54.01) and 100 backstroke (58.11), both in season best times.

Likewise, Chen captured the first-place points for Wootton in the 50 freestyle (24.89) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.64), where she beat out Audrey Gould (1:09.84). Gould won the 200 IM for the Vikings in 2:13.72.

The bright spot for Whitman were it’s divers, who swept the boys’ and girls’ events.

For complete results, click here.

Falls Church crushes Hayfield, surges heading into rivalry meet against Stuart

Falls Church (4-2) rolled, Friday night, against Hayfield (1-5). The boys’ team won 196-119, as the girls assembled a commanding triple digit lead over the Hawks, 229-68.

Falls Church’s star junior, Laura Schwartz made it look easy, finishing well ahead of everyone in the 200 freestyle (2:00.67) and 100 backstroke (1:03.93).

Freshman Ben Lambert did everything he could for the Hawks against the Jaguars deep boys’ team. Lampert won took first in the 100 freestyle (50.58) and 50 freestyle (22.91).

Falls Church is looking strong heading into their final dual meet of the season against rival JEB Stuart. They will meet Friday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., at Providence RECenter.

Hayfield hopes to get its second win of the season against a struggling Mount Vernon squad, Friday, 6:30 p.m., at GW RECenter.

Churchill handles division one newcomer Blair

*excerpts taken from Churchill team page

On Saturday, the Churchill Bulldogs faced off against division one newcomer, Blair Blazers. For the fourth meet in a row, the boys started the meet by taking first and second in the opening 200 medley relay.

In the first individual event, the 200 freestyle, Joey Bieda, Chris Wysocki and Colin Asbury swept. The boys’ team (4-0) were well on their way to defeating the Blazers 122.5 to 48.5. Harrison Gu (200 IM) and Austin Cole (50 free) won the remaining events of the first half. Tim Faerber returned this week to win diving.

The break did not slow down the swimmers. Eric Eig, Andy Rosenthal and Eric Shiang kept the wins coming by sweeping the 100 butterfly. Then, Cole (100 free) and Gu (100 breast) won their second events of the meet. In the end, the boys won eight out of the nine individual events.

Jack Foster was the lone winner for the Blazers. He took first in the 500 freestyle, and a close second in the 200 IM.

Like last week, the Bulldogs’ “A” relay faced a battle in the 400 freestyle relay, and again, Cole anchored the relay to guarantee victory. This week he was joined by Asbury, Bieda and Wysocki. They were challenged by the Bulldogs “B” relay of Eig, Rosenthal, Steve Ge and Odin Soevik, who came in second.

The girls have not lost a race since December 17, 2011, and nothing would change this week. Against the Blazers, the girls (3-1) won every single individual and relay race on their way to a 127-44 victory.

Shannon Ridge, Elizabeth Gelbaugh, Elaina Gu and Michelle Illig won the opening 200 medley relay.

Natalya Ares followed the relay victory by winning the 200 free. She would also win the 100 butterfly. The girls then swept the next five events.

Gu was a double winner in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, along with Alicia Tiberino, who won the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

In the last individual event, the girls swept the 100 breaststroke for their sixth sweep of the meet.

For complete results, click here.

Battlefield beats Osbourn, remains undefeated

Battlefield’s girls didn’t lose an event in the lopsided, 196-90 win over Osbourn. The boys’ team handled Osbourn, 181-108, to remain undefeated in the Cedar Run District.

Seniors Ford Whitticar and Jacob Croasdell shined for the Bobcats. Whitticar placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:52.92) and 100 butterfly (54.55), while Croasdell held off the field in the 100 freestyle (50.99) and 100 backstroke (58.43).

For the girls, Sofia Revilak won the 200 freestyle (2:02.90) and 100 freestyle (56.29) for Battlefield, and teammate Nina Tremols was a double winner in the 100 butterfly (1:01.81) and 100 backstroke (1:0361).

Henry Campbell and Adam Mustafa both had excellent swims for the Eagles, each with an individual win and a close second place finish apiece. Campbell won the 500 freestyle in 4:54.19. Mustafa cruised in the 200 IM in 2:05.53. Both won by commanding leads.

Battlefield meets Patriot High School next Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Freedom Aquatic Center in Manassas. Both teams are undefeated this season.

For complete results, click here.

Gaithersburg rolls Kennedy

Gaithersburg presented their coach with a clear victory for both the boys’ and girls’ squad in the meet versus Kennedy High School, winning 102-60 (boys) and 100-60 (girls).

Gaithersburg’s boys were able to capitalize on sweeps by the boys in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. The boys won nine of 11 events, while the girls took ten of 11.

The meet began and ended with first place finishes by Gaithersburg’s boys’ and girls’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Double winners for the Spartans were Amelia Robinson, who won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, and Nicole Polen, who won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. (

Tyler Pham won the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly for Gaithersburg.

For complete results, here.

Oakton Sweeps Robinson for a 6-0 Season

*excerpts taken from Oakton’s teampage

Oakton High School’s varsity swim and dive teams went head to head with Robinson Secondary for the second time this season, Friday night, at Cub Run Recreation Center. Oakton’s boys and girls had a strong meet, remaining undefeated. The boys won 202-113, and the girls won 192-123.

The meet started off with Senior Recognition Night. Dr. Banbury, Oakton High School’s principal, and Pat Full, Oakton’s Athletic Directory, were on deck to pay tribute to the team’s 20 graduating seniors.

Cheryl Meltz, head dive coach, shared her thoughts on the night, “We got to pay tribute to our 20 wonderful senior swimmers and divers who have done so much for our team over the last four years. We will definitely miss their contributions to the team after they graduate. We are excited to have both our boys and girls’ teams undefeated going into our last dual meet. We are hoping to finish up the season undefeated in our last dual meet next weekend and then look forward to an amazing championship season.”

Philip Hu placed first in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Carter Sharer also took first in two events, winning the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Conor Murphy finished first in the 100 backstroke and second in the 50 freestyle.

Janet Hu finished first in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Julia Capobianco placed first in 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Oakton will return to the pool for the last meet of the regular season at 8:30 pm on Friday, January 20, against Robinson Secondary at Audrey Moore.

Other results:

Walter Johnson’s boys keep on rolling, win 107-64 over B-CC; girls bounce back, 109-62 [complete results here]

Jefferson ladies ready to unseat Langley after win over Fairfax, 190-125; boys win 211-103 over the Rebels

Poolesville wins 110-61 (girls); 99.5-71.5 (boys) [complete results here]

Loudoun County wins 168-117, 157-124 over Woodgrove’s girls’ and boys’ teams [complete results here]

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2 Responses to “Weekly Wrap-up: Woodson, Yorktown, Oakton alone at the top in Va. with Districts around the corner”

  1. WaterTaxi says:

    As I’ve posted before, no love for some of the great swimming happening in Prince William Co. except for the Battlefield info above. Osbourn Park HS boys and girls are still undefeated and dominating their meets in their district.

  2. Annoyed says:

    WaterTaxi- instead of complaining, how about you submit a meet write up for yourself if you really want to see one? Just a thought…

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