Gonzaga wins National Catholics, as the dual meet season comes to a close for Montgomery County High Schools; Virginia district championships kicked off. Results posted for MCPS, Va. AAA Cardinal, Concorde, Liberty, National, & Patriot Districts, as well as National Catholics and Va. AA Dulles District. Also a quick look ahead to the second weekend of championship meets.
It was an exuberant atmosphere Friday night at Claude Moore RECenter for the 2012 Liberty District Championship meet. Swimmers from all teams were in high spirits and ready to race. In the end, Langley girls and Madison boys' again claimed the district title, Madison for the third year in a row. Abi Speers and Cyrus Hashemi shined for their teams.
RFTW's look at this weekend's Va. AAA Liberty District Championship Swim & Dive Meet, taking place January 26-28 at Audrey Moore RECenter in Annandale. Will Madison's boys and Langley's girls be able to repeat as district champions? Or will another team step up this year and steal the crown? It's a toss up between the top teams, but we know freshmen swimmers will be the key this year in the Liberty District.
The high school season kicks back into gear this weekend with rivalry meets in northern Va. and heavyweight bouts in Montgomery County, featuring Madison-Langley, Robinson-Westfield, Walter Johnson-Wootton, and Churchill-B-CC. We'll see who trained the hardest during the three week holiday break as we enter the 2012 half of the high school season.
Langley's girls used an all-around team performance and two relay wins to vault back to the top of the Virginia AAA swim championships, while Westfield's confidence boosted them to the program's first-ever title. Complete meet results inside (pdf)
After taking second place at the district, regional, and state meets last year, the Langley girls are back and stronger than ever. With district and regional titles already to their names this year, the girls hope to add a state title to that collection this weekend.
Madison divers won both the boys' and girls' 1M diving competition to open the 2011 Northern Region Swim and Dive Championships, but the region titles won't be decided until the swimmers take the water on Saturday evening.
Five days after winning the girls' and boys' diving titles at the AAA Liberty District meet, Madison seniors Kelly Corish and Ryan Fox capped a memorable week with a clean sweep at the Northern Region diving championships. At the WMPSSDL championships, Sidwell Friends junior Olivia Grinker won her third straight diving title while Landon's Jordan Gear won the boys' title.