Bishop O’Connell’s boys’ teamed captured second place in the team competition and Madeira freshman Kylie Jordan set two meet records at Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state swimming and diving championship meet over the weekend.
Jordan proved herself more than up for the challenge of competing against Virginia’s best independent school swimmers in her first VISAA championship meet, setting the breaking the records in the 100-butterfly and 200-individual medley in the two day competition held at the new Collegiate School Aquatic Center in Richmond. Her individual and relay performances earned her female swimmer of the meet honors.
“[Jordan]‘s a very level headed kid. Sometimes freshman get a little wide-eyed coming to a big meet like this for the first time. She handled it all,” Madeira Coach Rod Montrie said. “She is a swimmer you can rally around.”
Jordan swam away from the field in the girls’ 100 butterfly to win in 54.50 seconds — achieving the an automatic all-American cut and breaking the previous record by nearly a second in the process. She also won the 200 IM title, going 1.34 seconds
under the old mark in a recording setting time of 2:04.21. Freshman Reni Moshos of Highland (Warrenton, Va.) finished third in 2:06.42. Moshos won the 100 backstroke in an all-American consideration cut time of 56.56.
Jordan also anchored Madeira’s 400 freestyle relay with a blazing 50.97 second split to bring Madeira from sixth to fourth. It was the fastest split by a freshman swimmer this season and the fourth fastest relay split of the year behind Oakton’s Janet Hu, Holton-Arms’ Caroline McTaggart, and Sherwood’s Anna Kolanowski. Farrin Saba, Maddie Alagia, and Michaela Saunders led off for the Snails. Madeira finished sixth overall as a team with 125 points — the highest place among northern Virginia girls’ teams. Flint Hill finished seventh (120), Bishop Ireton eighth (97), and O’Connell ninth (82.5).
“Coming into this meet, we talked about the tradition of our school at this meet,” Montrie said, referenceing Madeira’s five VISAA titles in six years from 2001-2006. “I told them that this is the time to get fired up and to swim fast. And they really bought in. It was exciting to watch.”
O’Connell’s boys finished second to Fork Union Military Academy in the boys’ competition, 275-242.5. Collegiate won the girls’ crown in front of their home crowd with 383 points.
O’Connell’s boys’ squad put together a team effort to climb into second place, taking second in all three relays, second in boys’ diving, and placing four swimmers in the top eight in seven events.
Conor Chamness, Don Tucker, Michael Luciani, and Christian Tiernan of O’Connell finished second in the boys’ 200 medley relay in 1:35.07. The team of Tiernan, Chris Outlaw, Eric Mioduski, and Tucker finished second in the 200 free relay in 1:25.86, touching just after Fork Union Military Academy, who won in 1:25.18. Tiernan, Luciani, Outlaw, and Chamness combined for the second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, again touching after FUMA, 3:08.61 to 3:11.75.
O’Connell earned dual state runner-ups on the 1-meter boards. Junior Jack Gigliotti finished second in the boys’ diving event after finishing with 354.55 points. Junior Alayna Kelly placed second with 273.65 points on the girls’ board. Seton’s Joe Duran finished third in the boys’ competition with 351.15 points.
Woodberry Forest senior Zach Switzer starred in the boys’ meet, capturing two titles in automatic all-American splits. He won the boys’ 200 IM title in 1:50.20 — easily going under his previous record by half a second. He also posted the fastest time in the state in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 48.92. Switzer’s freshman brother Nick Switzer finished third in the 200 IM in 1:55.66. Bishop Ireton’s Ben Gorski was fourth in 1:55.84.
Other top area finishers: Flint Hill’s Rachel Swarts finished third in the girls’ 100 butterfly (57.31); St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes’ Ian Shackley finished third in boys’ 200 freestyle (1:45.10) and fourth in the boys’ 500 freestyle (4:43.33); Flint Hill senior Natalie Brendsal finished third in the girls’ 100 freestyle (53.96) and fourth in the girls’ 200 freestyle (1:56.93); O’Connell sophomore Outlaw finished fourth in boys’ 50 freestyle (21.82) and fifth in the boys’ 100 freestyle (48.47); O’Connell’s Tiernan finished fifth in boys’ 100 butterfly (52.59); O’Connell’s Sarah Cahill finished fifth in the girls’ 100 breaststroke (1:08.51).
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