The Madison boys swim/dive team claimed the Northern Region championship at Oak Marr Rec Center last Saturday, finishing the meet with 310 points. Robinson placed second with 254 points, while Concorde champion Oakton finished with 235 points to grab the third spot.
Madison’s winning performance marked the pinnacle of the steady improvement made during the past few years. The four-time defending Liberty District champions finished in fourth place at regionals two years ago and came in third place last year.
Saturday’s triumph came on the heels of an overall team effort that saw the Warhawks claim numerous second and third-place finishes while only actually winning one event. Fifth-year coach Andrew Foos credits that to his unit’s long-running emphasis on team building rather than individual glory. Rather than simply require his swimmers to come to one high school practice per week like most schools, Foos asks his swimmers and divers to attend at least two practices, which has resulted in everyone attending at least two or three practices every week this winter.
Four individual Madison boys swimmers, one diver and all three relays advance to the state meet at George Mason next Saturday. Four individuals and two relays advance on the girls team, which finished in 11th place at regionals.
“It was a big moment for us, especially as a team,” Foos said. “A lot of times we don’t get a whole lot of recognition as a team in large part because we don’t have a whole lot of top-line, stud swimmers that everyone likes to talk about... But we have a lot of really solid, very good swimmers who kind of do it largely anonymously.”
The Oakton girls team came away with 313 points to defend its regional title last Saturday. Liberty champion McLean finished in second place with 194 points, and Langley came away with 183 to claim third.
Oakton junior Janet Hu broke two regional records at the meet, finishing the 100-yard freestyle in 48.90 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 52.81 seconds. Freshman Megan Byrnes broke two records as well, completing the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.34 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes 50.43 seconds.
The Robinson wrestling team won its first Concorde District crown since 2010 last Saturday, finishing 21 points clear of two-time defending champion Westfield. The first-place Rams won seven of the meet’s 14 championship matches, while the Bulldogs won six. Robinson’s champion wrestlers included Greyson Olimpo, William Riggs, Dane Robbins, Jack Bass, Zak DePasquale, Cole DePasquale and Jake Pinkston.
Robinson was propelled in part by the turnaround of the DePasquale brothers, both of whom had lost to their childhood friends and Westfield rivals, the Aiello brothers, in the dual meet between the two teams last month. Zak DePasquale defeated Steve Aiello in the 160-pound title match; Cole DePasquale beat Frank Aiello in the 170-pound bout.
“During the season we had a really close match with them,” Robinson coach Bryan Hazard, whose team lost to Westfield by five points in last month’s dual meet. “We lost three overtime matches and four other really close matches. They’re a very good, hard-working team ... For us, every week it’s important to punch our ticket to the next show. It’s always nice to win the last district tournament, but we have regionals this weekend.”
McLean finished with 191 points to win the Liberty District meet, clear of the 167 points put up by second-place South Lakes. Conor Grammes, Eric Johnston, Adilet Uspeev and Forrest Stieg came away with titles for the Highlanders.
Lake Braddock won the Patriot District championship with a total of 231.5 points. West Potomac finished second with 156. Nine of the Bruins’ 14 wrestlers made the finals, and eight emerged with titles.
Mount Vernon tallied 225 points in the National District meet to come out ahead of second place Edison, which finished with 135 points.
The Northern Region meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Hayfield Secondary.
McLean captured its second straight Liberty gymnastics title last week. Jackie Green led the Highlanders with a first-place finish on the beam and a second-place finish in the All-Around competition. Lizzy Brown-Kaiser finished first on the bars and on the floor, in addition to a second-place finish on the vault.
Finishing in second place in the All-Around competition, Emily Fawcett led Chantilly to a victory in the Concorde District meet. Oakton finished in second place, edging third-place Westfield by two points. Westfield’s Katie Freix finished half-a-point ahead of Fawcett to win the All-Around.
W.T. Woodson won the Patriot District championship. The Cavaliers finished 22 points clear of second-place Lake Braddock, which beat West Potomac by just one point.
Washington-Lee defended its command of the National District, finishing ahead of Yorktown and Hayfield, respectively.
Wednesday’s regional championship meet, which involved the first and second-place teams from each district, took place too late for press time.
The South Lakes track and field teams won Liberty District titles last Thursday at the Prince George’s Sportsplex in Landover, Md.
A record-setting performance in the 4x400 relay paced the girls team to its second consecutive district title. Seniors Haley Vaughn, Kyannah Calhoun, junior Grace Gillen and sophomore Maya Rodriguez set a Liberty District record of 4:06.75 in the event to help the Seahawks finish with 178 points. Langley finished second with 58 points.
Senior Zac Parker paced the boys team with a win in the 55-meter dash and second-place finishes in the long jump and 300-meter dash. South Lakes finished with 131.5 points, ahead of second-place Langley’s 102 total.Northern Region Championships on Saturday at George Mason.
South County senior Felecia Majors ran the fastest 500-meter dash time in the country last Saturday at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg. Her time of 1 minute 12.57 seconds was 1.3 seconds ahead of top-seeded Tiana Patillo of Wakefield (N.C.) and was the seventh-fastest mark ever run by a high school girl in the event. Majors - a Tennessee recruit - also finished in second place in the pole vault, with a mark of 12 feet.