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Oakton girls, Robinson boys claim Virginia AAA swimming and diving championships

By Bryan Flaherty
Va aaa swimming states

Swimmers dive from the starting blocks during the Virginia AAA swimming championships at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday, February 16, 2013. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)

As Janet Hu took her final strokes into the wall in the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay, her Oakton teammates on deck exploded into a fit of joy, hugging each other as they celebrated the team’s fifth state record at Saturday’s Virginia AAA state swimming and diving championship meet.

Oakton claimed its second consecutive girls’ state title, doubling up second-place Yorktown, 275-128. The Cougars did it in dominating fashion by capturing four individual titles and winning all three relays at George Mason University’s McKay Natatorium.

The Robinson boys topped Madison (218.50-192.50) to take home their first state title since 2009.

Complete results available here

“These girls chose to go out in a big way,” Oakton Coach Parker Ramsdell said. “Setting two relay records and missing the third by about four-tenths of a second shows just how much of a team effort this win was. We aren’t just a couple great swimmers, we’re a team.”

Oakton fans go wild after a relay race win. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)

No swimmer was more impressive for the Cougars than Hu, the 2012 All-Met Swimmer of the Year, who was in a class of her own all night. The junior provided jaw-dropping splits in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, both of which set new state marks.

Individually, she reset her own state and pool records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. She touched in 52.84 seconds in the butterfly and 53.27 in the backstroke, finishing with open water between herself and second place in both races.

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Langley’s Abi Speers gives a thumbs up to teammates

after setting a new state record in the 50 free. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)

Hu’s freshman teammate, Megan Byrnes also set a state record for the Cougars in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:49.75 — more than nearly 10 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Oakton sophomore Laura Branton won the 100 freestyle (50.79), narrowly upsetting 50 free winner Abi Speers of Langley (50.82). Speers set the 50 freestyle record with a 23.18.

In the boys’ meet, Robinson flipped the script from the Northern Region meet two weeks ago, where the Rams finished second behind Madison.

“Last year we weren’t even top 10 at this meet. We had some talented freshmen come in, but this was about more than just a few swimmers,” Robinson Coach Philip Caslavka said. “Not one swimmer from our medley relay scored individually, but their sixth-place finish was the difference in the meet.”

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Robinson’s James Murphy checks

out his time and the official results after winning the 100-yard freestyle. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post)

Freshman James Murphy shined for the Rams by winning the 100 freestyle in 45.70 and providing anchor legs in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays which finished second. Murphy also took second in the 200 freestyle, falling to Chantilly senior Chris Grimmett-Norris, who swam a near perfect final 100 yards to out-touch Murphy, 1:39.16 to 1:39.31. Both swimmers went under the previous state mark.

“I’m looking forward to the next three years with these freshman,” Caslavka said. “I don’t see why we couldn’t win three more state titles.”

Jefferson sophomore Andrew Seliskar posted another impressive state meet with two state records and a pool record. He won the 200 individual medley, breaking the state and pool marks with a time of 1:46.09. He also shattered his own 100 butterfly record with a time of 47.92, less than a second off the national public high school record held by Madison’s Sean Fletcher, set at the 2009 state meet.

[Correction: Seliskar did not break the state record in the 100 butterfly. Sean Fletcher, as mentioned, owns both the state and national public high school records in the event.]

“I felt fast tonight,” Seliskar said. “I was glad to come out and get my team the points they needed. Setting records is just a bonus.”

Madison’s Grayson Campbell won the boys’ diving title with 497.30 points. McLean’s Caroline McCleary won the girls’ competition with 393.65 points.

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11 Responses to “Oakton girls, Robinson boys claim Virginia AAA swimming and diving championships”

  1. james says:

    Please report on visaa virginia state independent schools meet some very fast swimming with all american times and should have many swimmers making the all met team

  2. GreatMeet says:

    Oakton’s spirit was unmatched and from watching, it clearly originates from the coaching staff. Those kids are lucky to have such awesome leadership. Although my kid swims for another school, it’s fun to watch the Cougars swim. Congrats to all on a great meet!

  3. editor says:

    Correction of the Correction: The National HS Record in the 100 SCY Butterfly was set this year (see link – http://www.nfhs.org/recordbook/Records.aspx?CategoryId=1313

    Fletcher still has the fastest time for public school.

  4. hscoach says:

    I love the energy at this meet. Lots of great and fast swims.
    Are the full results posted anywhere?

  5. Bryan Flaherty says:

    It is designated in both the article and the correction that Fletcher’s record is the national PUBLIC high school record. Schooling’s record is the national independent high school record and the NFHS national record.

  6. Anyone who can do simple math says:

    Anyone who can do simple math can tell that the 500 comment about winning by over 10 seconds was false and it was less than 10 but great reporting anyways… not!

  7. coach says:

    Yeah that .67 difference made for bad reporting…not!

  8. simple math says:

    really? a simple correction would have sufficed, without the snarky comment on reporting.

    This site is at risk of being discontinued after this high school season. Is that the result you would prefer – no reporting?

    As spectator of that 500 event, any objective observer would agree it was a great swim, second in the entire region only to Katie Ledecky. (whether it was more than or rather nearly 10 seconds faster than the second-place finisher).

    Great job on reporting, and posting all the results for all the meets in the area!

  9. coach says:

    @simplemath…the snarky comment came out of you being snarky in your first comment of harping on the reporting of making a very small mistake. I think Bryan does a great job reporting all of these local and national results and I am guessing he does most of it alone. How about when a mistake is made you go about making it known in a less condescending way?

  10. coach says:

    Sorry. I meant to leave that comment for the person who was complaining about the small difference in the mistake on the reporting. Not the second simplemath! I know you were agreeing with me! :)

  11. simple math says:

    Yes @coach, we definitely agree.

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