Churchill boys prevail over Blair; girls team moves to 3-0
Churchill’s boys team began Saturday’s dual meet with Montgomery Blair with a win in the opening 200 medley relay by a narrow .23 second gap. The four point difference between first and second place proved to be crucial to the meet’s outcome as the Bulldogs and Blazers traded races all evening at the Rockville Swim & Fitness Center.
In the end, Churchill slipped past their division one opponent, 86 to 85, to earn their second win of the season. Churchill’s girls continued to roll in the new year, remaining undefeated in a decisive victory over Blair, 108 to 61.
Swimmers from the winning boys’ medley relay — Austin Cole, Harrison Gu, Kevin Gu and Steven Ge — all delivered for the Bulldogs, earning 44 of Churchill’s 86 points.
Cole won the 100 freestyle in an easy 48.33 seconds. K. Gu won the 50 freestyle in 22.97, leading a 1-3 sweep with teammates Njord Soevik (23.49) and Ben Moore (23.68). H. Gu won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.04) and was out-touched in the 200 IM by Blair senior Jack Foster who won 1:55.75 to 1:56.03.
Foster — one of two double winners in the boys’ meet — earned his second individual win in the 100 backstroke, finishing first by 1.5 seconds in 56.72. Sophomore Brian Tsau — Blair’s over double winner — posted convincing victories in the mid-distance freestyle events, winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle in 1:46.61 and 4:55.74, respectively.
Churchill’s girls claimed ten of 11 total events on Saturday, led by double event winner Hannah Lindsey. The Bulldogs also claimed both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Lindsey, a freshman, has been impressive all season in the freestyle and backstroke events. Against Blair, she claimed easy victories in the 200 freestyle (1:55.33) and 500 freestyle (5:06.66) by a combined margin of 33.87 seconds. Sophomore teammate Elaina Gu also took home a pair of wins, claiming the 100 freestyle (54.97) and 200 IM (2:13.76).
Senior Michelle Illig and junior Emily Andrews also had strong performances, swimming in both winning relays and each winning their individual events. Illig won the 50 freestyle in 25.15 and Andrews claimed the 100 butterfly (59.96).
In the loss, freshman Rona Yu won the girls’ 100 backstroke for Blair in 1:03.42. It was Blair’s lone win on the girls’ side.
Churchill’s girls’ divers went 1-2 once again this week adding two new divers to their already impressive arsenal. Bridie Dunn took first with 128.65 points, while fellow freshman Megan Roche took second with 112.80. Blair divers Nick Seidell and Brian Huang took the top spots on the boys’ board.
Magruder bests Springbrook
Magruder’s girls racked up 124 points against Springbrook’s squad.
Freshman power Einstein girls past Seneca Valley; boys fall to Screaming Eagles
Einstein’s girls’ squad was led by a pair of freshman on Saturday in a decisive 106 to 64 victory over the Eagles.
Catherine Fulton and Gail Anderson each claimed a pair of individual wins and helped power the Titans’ 400 freestyle relay to an easy victory. The Titans took home eight of 11 events, including a 1-2 sweep in diving.
Anderson claimed both mid-distance freestyle events, winning the girls’ 200 freestyle in 2:07.74 and the 500 freestyle in 5:34.11.
Fulton earned her victories in the 200 IM (2:27.77) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.89).
In the boys’ meet, Seneca Valley grabbed a close, 86 to 85, win over the Titans.
For the Eagles, Nick Knopf and Austin Von Heeringen were double winners. Knopf earned victories in the 50 and 500 freestyle, winning in 24.85 and 5:22.95, respectively. Von Heeringen claimed the 100 freestyle (52.62) and 100 backstroke (58.69).
In the loss, Einstein’s Rory Lewis took home decisive wins in both the 200 IM (1:56.93) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.32). Both times were season bests for the Titans sophomore.
Poolesville girls and boys squads overpower Damascus
Poolesville’s boys earned a dominating 113
to 58 victory over Damascus, winning nine of 11 events, including four 1-3 sweeps. The girls’ squad was equally impressive in their win over the Hornets, 109 to 62.
Xavier Laracuente earned victories in the boys’ 50 and 200 freestyle, winning in 22.80 and 1:56.13, respectively. Alex Lin claimed the 200 IM in 2:06.56 and 500 freestyle in 5:12.05.
Sweeps for the Falcons came in the 100 freestyle (Patrick Krisko, Ross Lippe, Richard Van Navel), 100 butterfly (Jack McCarty, Jacob Weiss, Sam Song), 100 backstroke (William An, Jake Rubenstein, John Van Navel) and 500 freestyle (Lin, Bruce Martin, Anthony Kim).
Damascus’ only wins on the boys’ side came from Hunter Botsford in diving (110.10 points) and freshman Ryan O’Leary in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.30).
Poolesville’s girls squad only lost one event all meet, including two first through third sweeps.
Freshman Dorit Song took home wins in the 200 freestyle (2:02.54) and 500 freestyle (5:18.18). Senior Diana Hanson was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:17.21) and 100 backstroke (1:05.46). Sayaka Vaules won decisively in the 50 (26.40) and 100 freestyle (57.76).
Song led the sweep in the 200 freestlye, along with Katie Dahlin and Jamie Koenig. Vaules led the sweep in the 50 freestyle, along with Cynthia Jih and Madison Cecco.
The lone win in the girls’ meet came from freshman Meghan Giron in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:16.37.
Oakton boys’ out-touch Westfield; girls’ dominate
Press release from Oakton Swim & Dive Team
Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams competed in their fifth dual meet of the season against Westfield High School at Cub Run RECenter Friday night. The girls’ team won by a large margin with 201 points over Westfield’s 108. The boys won with 161 points beating Westfield’s 155.
Julia Powell and Bennett Fagan dominated the dive portion of the meet, taking first place for both the Oakton boys and girls. Bennett Fagan scored a regional qualifying score of 214.10 points.
Oakton’s swims were consistently strong throughout the meet. Oakton girls and boys placed first in the 200 medley relay. Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Laura Branton swam for the girls. John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Gregory DeRosa swam for the boys. The Oakton girls and boys also won the 400 freestyle relays. Gillian Crews, Kendall Lawhorn, Elise Bourdelais, and Megan Byrnes placed first for the girls. Denny Nguyen, John Shebat, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Philip Hu swam for the boys.
Janet Hu took first place in the 200 individual medley and in the 100 butterfly. Megan Byrnes won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Laura Branton placed first in the 200 freestyle. Mary Arscott took first place for Oakton in the 500 freestyle. Melissa Shebat took first in the 100 breaststroke.
Philip Hu swam for first in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Denny Nguyen placed first in the 200 freestyle and 2nd in the 100 freestyle. John Shebat took first in the 50 freestyle. Nathan Pawlowicz won the 500 freestyle.
Oakton will return to the pool on January 11, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. against Herndon High School at Oak Marr RECenter.
Robinson tops Centreville
On the girls’ side, Katie Munch won the 50 and 500 freestyle events. Freshman Hannah Baker earned double victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
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