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Back on top: Oakton boys and girls swim & dive wins regions

By Bryan Flaherty

[Complete results]

On a night where few races were won without achieving an All-American cut time, Oakton‘s boys’ and girls’ teams outlasted the competition to once again stand tall as the AAA Northern Region champions. Oakton’s boys beat Woodson, 281.5 to 250, at Oakmarr RECenter, despite not winning a single event until the final relay of the night.

The girls’ side was more decisive, Oakton’s girls pulling away from a top-loaded West Potomac team to win 245 to 190. They were led by sophomore Janet Hu, who set two new regional records in the 100-yard freestyle (49.52 seconds) and 100 backstroke (53.76 seconds), both in Automatic All-American times, before delivering a come from behind victory in the girls’ 400 freestyle relay.

OAKTON, VA - FEBRUARY 4: Oakton's Janet Hu (top) leads Langley's Abi Speers in the girls 100-yard freestyle. Hu would set a record with a time of 49.52 in the race. (Photo by Preston Keres/For The Washington Post)

Where Hu was impressive, no one could outshine the duo of Seliskar brothers from Thomas Jefferson.

Freshman Andrew Seliskar finished with four All-American cuts – three Automatic – and a regional record.

A. Seliskar first AAA cut came in the boys’ 200 medley relay, where he and his brother, senior, Stephen Seliskar, delivered key legs to take first in a time of 1:35.10, along with Reese Frerichs and Miles Oakley. The brothers would achieve an All-American Consideration cut in the 200 freestyle relay, as well.

“I didn’t expect to swim like this,” said A. Seliskar. “It’s really great that I get to swim alongside my brother and the rest of the [Jefferson] team. We’re all pumped to go to states in a couple weeks and compete.”

Individually, A. Seliskar outpaced the field in the boys’ 200 individual medley, where he set a new regional record of 1:50.14, and the 100 butterfly (49.71), both in AAA cut time. Stephen ended the impressive night for the siblings with an AAA cut in the 100 backstroke, winning in 50.05. He had set the regional record in the event the night before at prelims in 49.97.

Also setting a new regional record was the West Potomac team of Reanna Dona, Maxine Clifford, Sara Bertram, and Hellen Moffitt in the girls’ 200 medley, with a time of 1:46.19, in an AAA cut. Oakton had the early lead thanks to Hu, but after that it was a dog-fight between West Potomac and Woodson. Moffitt provided the knockout punch for the Wolverines to beat out Woodson, both in AAC qualifying times.

Other AAA swims came from Brandon Fiala in the boys’ 200 IM (1:51.52), finishing second to A. Seliskar, Abi Speers (Langley) in the girls’ 50 freestyle (23.32) and Jenna Van Camp in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.49). Speers and Fiala would also get their AAC cuts in the 100 freestyle (51.55) and 100 breaststroke (57.54), respectively.

No less impressive were the number of All-American Consideration qualifying swimmers. Including, Cyrus Hashemi, winner in the 200 freestyle (1:40.09) and 100 freestyle (45.85), Falls Church’s Laura Schwartz in the 200 IM (2:03.93) and 500 freestyle (4:57.80), Chantilly’s Chris Grimmett-Norris behind Cyrus in the 200 freestyle in 1:40.85, Oakton’s Laura Branton in the 100 butterfly with a 56.49, Carli Molano in the 50 freestyle, despite falling to second behind Speers, finishing in 23.80, Langley’s Ryan Natal in the 100 butterfly (50.47), Philip Hu in the 100 backstroke (50.78), as well as Michael Herrmann (South County) in 51.16, Moffitt in the 100 backstroke (55.96), and Bo Ilgenfritz (57.20) and Rachel Canty (1:04.98) in the 100 breaststroke, not to mention the many relays that achieved their AAC times as well.

Read more about the 2012 High School Championship meet season here.

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9 Responses to “Back on top: Oakton boys and girls swim & dive wins regions”

  1. Swim fan says:

    It was a great night of swimming! Congrats to all the swimmers. Brandon Fiala also received AAA for his 200 IM race, which was a great one between him and Andrew Seliskar.

  2. Bryan Flaherty says:

    I am very sorry for missing that AAA cut for Brandon. I will update immediately.

  3. just sayin says:

    Abi Speers was also a new Region Record in 50 free, in addition to AAA.

  4. WP Fan says:

    Great job by the girls team from West Potomac. They were able to compete with Oakton and other girls teams with just eight girls qualifying for the region meet (five in individual events) and they finishing fourth in their district meet the week before.

  5. slippery willy says:

    Not sure 56.49 in girls 100 free is automatic all american consideration…can you recheck the numbers?

  6. NovaSwimCoach says:

    Amazing meet! Congrats to Oakton’s boys and girls! They certainly earned their titles. Can’t believe how fast some of the events were tonight. The girls’ meet started out with WP, WTW, and Oak swimming 3 of the 4 fastest medley relays EVER at this meet (Oak just missed being the third to break the record by .35). Wow! Can’t wait to see that race again at States. Also can’t believe Janet’s 48.6(or 7) to come from behind against a VERY talented WP 400 free relay. The Northern Region should be very well represented in two weeks at GMU. Way to go everyone who swam and dove this week!

  7. Bryan Flaherty says:

    Sorry Willy, Laura’s 56 was in the butterfly, which is definitely AAC.

  8. Mike Lambert says:

    “Amazing” is the word we keep seeing over and over, and it’s certainly fits best for this meet. The Seliskars continue to blow my mind as well as the Oakton ladies….just a fast, FAST meet.

  9. Dominic says:

    According to the results, van camp won 100 breast with a 1:02.49… :)

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