Hu dominates as Oakton girls win Va. AAA title

Hu dominates as Oakton girls win Va. AAA title [complete results]

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Results from the 2012 Va. AAA State Swimming and Diving Championship [local teams only]

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Oakton sophomore Janet Hu won two individual events in record-breaking fashion to lead the Cougars to their first Virginia AAA girls’ swimming and diving championship on Saturday at George Mason University’s McKay Natatorium.

The Cougars finished with 183 points, pulling away from Osbourn Park and West Potomac, which finished with 166 and 162 points, respectively.

Cox of Virginia Beach won the boys’ title, ending a decade of dominance by Northern Region schools. The Falcons won two of three relays in record time to finish with 246 points. Oakton was second with 168 and Jefferson was third with 146.

“We didn’t have a great prelims [on Friday night],” Oakton Coach Parker Ramsdell said. “Cox was just too strong for our boys this year, they have a phenomenal team. But our girls knew what they had to do tonight. We came out and just started picking up points.”

Hu, an All-Met last year as a freshman, provided many of those points. Her long, powerful stroke and near perfect underwater kicks made her untouchable in every race she competed in. In both of her individual events, she eclipsed both the state meet and the pool records.

In the 100 butterfly, Hu won with a time of 53.20 seconds, shattering the state record of 54.78 that was set in 2008. She swam a 53.45 in the 100 backstroke, beating the state record by more than a second.

Hu saved the best for last, anchoring the Cougars’ 400 freestyle relay. Just as she did two weeks ago at the Northern Region championships, she delivered a blistering split to lead Oakton to victory in come-from-behind fashion.

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)

The other big finishers in the girls’ meet was the Battlefield relay of Nina Tremols, Natalie Martin, Holly Criscuolo, and Sofia Revilak, who broke the state record in the girls’ 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.57. Freshman Revilak split a 23.08 to seal the win for the Bobcats. She won the girls’ 100 freestyle in a time of 51.44.

West Potomac’s girls’ 200 freestyle relay narrowly missed the state record, finishing in a time of 1:36.58. Junior Hellen Moffitt anchored in a time of 23.50, along with Reanna Dona, Sara Bertram, and Maxine Clifford.

Seniors dominated on the boys’ side. Marshall All-Met Cyrus Hashemigot things going early, using his long, loping stroke to break the state record in the 200 freestyle by .05 with a time of 1:39.83. Later he won the 100 freestyle in 45.39, again setting a new state mark.

OAKTON, VA - FEBRUARY 4: Marshall's Cyrus Hashemi swims to a victory in the boys 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.09. (Photo by Preston Keres/For The Washington Post)

Earlier on Saturday, Robinson senior Cory Bowersox broke his own state record in diving, racking up 551 points to beat Washington-Lee senior Carl Buergler, last year’s state champion by over 50 points.

Jefferson senior Stephen Seliskar broke one of the meet’s oldest and fastest records in the boys’ 100 backstroke with a time of 50.08. Austrian Olympian Markus Rogan set the previous record of 50.20 in 2000 while swimming for Mount Vernon.

Stephen’s younger brother, freshman Andrew Seliskar, made a statement of his own, breaking the state record in the 200 individual medley by nearly two seconds, going 1:49.83. Junior Brandon Fiala (Westfield) also went under the previous record, finishing second in 1:51.57. Andrew Seliskar was also the winner in the boys’ 100 butterfly in a time of 49.64.

Cox sophomore Austin Temple broke the state record in the boys’ 100 breaststroke (57.04), beating out Woodson’s Bo Ilgenfritz (57.37) and Westfield’s Fiala (57.42).

In one of the most exciting races of the night, Chantilly High School prevented Cox from sweeping the boys’ relays by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:09.72 to Cox’s 3:09.97. Cox had the lead going into the final exchange, but Chris Grimmett-Norris gutted out a tough 100 yards to out-touch Cox’ Nate Dacruz. Grimmett-Norris split 45.57, garnering cheers from the Northern Region teams. He was joined by Evan Baker, Will Schulte, and Brian Rothschild in the win.

Other winners were Audrey Kula (Osbourn Park) in the girls’ 200 freestyle (1:52.31), closely contested by Stone Bridge’s Andi Mack (1:52.45), Abi Speers (Langley) in the girls’ 50 freestyle (23.62), Katherine Van Winkle (Marshall) in girls’ diving (418.90 points), and Jenna Van Camp (Herndon) in the girls’ 100 breaststroke (1:02.95), as well as Amanda Carner (Menchville High), who was a double winner in the girls’ 200 individual medley (2:02.01) and 500 freestyle (4:54.93). Wesley Francis, Cox’s anchor of the winning 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays, won the boys’ 50 freestyle in 21.11. Christian Vivadelli (Maggie Walker) won the boys’ 500 freestyle in 4:32.68, ahead of Osbourn’s Henry Campbell and Greg Stoffa.

Results from the 2012 Va. AAA State Swimming and Diving Championship


  1. Congratulations to the boys from Cox. They definitely earned that title. Congrats to Oakton, Osbourn Park, and West Potomac who battled to the end for the girls’ title. So many amazing swims this weekend! In the history of this meet only one girls’ medley relay had ever been under a 1:47 and last night there were FOUR! The race in the boys’ medley between Oak and Cox was incredible (two teams with 1:33’s, amazing), as were the finishes for both of the 400 free relays. Congrats to everyone who got records and to those with AAA and AAC cuts (Friday night, an AAC cut was needed just to make the “A” final of the girls’ breaststroke). Also impressive was the number of great swims by underclassman. The future of this meet, and swimming in VA, looks very bright indeed.

  2. Great article and coverage of the meet. One additonal request though. There was another Virginia HS State championship meet this past weekend … the Virginia State Indepent School (VSIS) Swim Championships at the GMU Manassas Freedom Acquatic Center with over 40 schools from around the State. Granted, it may not have had some of the name swimmers from the “other” State meet, but there were still some great times, great HS atmosphere and some great swims by some local young men and women. There are full highlights at:

    We’d love you to offer some coverage of this great event.

  3. It is amazing how fast Virginia States has gotten. The boys 200 free relay was also amazing with both Cox and Jefferson going under the State record with the two anchors splitting 20.50 and 20.51 respectively. Andrew Seliskar’s lead-off leg for Jefferson at 21.4 would have placed him second in the individual event and he is only a freshman! The top 3 boys 200 Medley teams were also all under the existing state record. Lastly, Janet Hu’s anchor leg in the 400 free relay where she made up more than a second on the state champion in the 100 free to catch her in the flags put a fitting end to what was an amazing meet. Congrats to Cox, Oakton, and the rest of the amazing swimmers on an awesome meet.

  4. Disappointed that the article doesn’t give enough credit to the Osbourn Park girls team, which would have won the meet had it not been for a very heartbreaking DQ in the 200 medley relay. That team is very deep and talented.

  5. 100 breaststroke was ELECTRIC at finals, one of the best races I’ve ever watched — an impressive win by Cox’s Austin Temple…

  6. mom2two: Why the snark? I meant no disrespect to anyone with my comment. The talented Oakton girls deserved to win with their awesome finals performance. I just think it would have been nice if Bryan had recognized the OP girls as being equally talented and had noted that they came in second because of a very unfortunate relay dq.

  7. the snark is because there were plenty of other teams that had relays or individuals dq’d that didn’t get mentioned. As well as many individual swimmers who placed 3rd, 4th or 10th, had outstanding performances and didn’t get mentioned. Be glad the sport gets any coverage and quit whining because your second place team didn’t get the accolades that you feel they deserved….

  8. Yeah, nobody gives a crap about your almost championship team, honey

    by the way I think that people like West Potomac and WTW should be recognized for their outstanding performance with a lack of hardy swimmers

  9. Wow. I’m not whining, just clarifying, and yes, there were some tremendous swimmers with tremendous times this past weekend and it’s very difficult to give credit where credit is due in every instance. I just didn’t expect to be lambasted for my simple comments. Been involved in a lot of sports and tend to think swim parents/coaches are a cut above in the maturity level. Maybe not so much now.

  10. While we appreciate the comments, please remember to keep it cordial. Osbourn Park deserves a great deal of credit for swimming such a fantastic meet, as did a number of teams on both sides of the meet who were not mentioned. We try our best to recognize everyone, but are often limited by space and time. Thank you for your continued readership and involvement.

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