Oak­ton girls set meet record, join Madi­son boys as champs

The Washington Post Sunday - - GOLF - BY BRYAN FLA­HERTY fla­her­tyb@wash­post.com

Swim­mers achieved 16 au­to­matic all-Amer­i­can times, broke 12 re­gional marks and nearly top­pled two na­tional high school records at the North­ern Re­gion swim­ming and div­ing cham­pi­onships on Satur­day night.

All of that passed by Madi­son Coach An­drew Foos un­no­ticed as the Warhawks piled up points — 310 in all — on their way to the boys’ ti­tle, beat­ing out teams stacked with record-break­ers and all-Amer­i­cans at the Oak Marr RECen­ter in Oak­ton.

“This meet is usu­ally all about in­di­vid­u­als, but we showed that a team with depth can win too,” Foos said. “We’re a true team and this was a true team win.”

Madi­son only scored one in­di­vid­ual win in the meet, and that came from fresh­man Grayson Camp­bell dur­ing Tues­day night’s div­ing por­tion of the meet. In lieu of first-place vic­to­ries, Madi­son’s boys col­lected points the hard way in the con­so­la­tion heats and with gutsy fin­ishes in out­side lanes to top sec­ond-place Robin­son (254).

Oak­ton won the girls’ cham­pi­onship in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, to­tal­ing 313 points to break the pre­vi­ous record of 311 points.

“We went around and put 312 on all the girls’ lock­ers be­fore the meet,” Oak­ton Coach Parker Rams­dell said. “The girls wanted to do some­thing amaz­ing at this meet, be­cause they know how spe­cial this team really is.

“I had no idea how much the girls would buy into it. They came in here tonight to make a state­ment and they did.”

Ju­nior Janet Hu, the 2012 Al­lMet swim­mer of the year, led the way for the Cougars, re-set­ting her own meet records in the 100yard freestyle and 100-yard back­stroke. Her time of 48.90 sec­onds in the freestyle was .75 of a sec­ond off the na­tional high school record. She also an­chored Oak­ton’s 400 freestyle re­lay which smashed the record by nearly two sec­onds. She was joined by Laura Bran­ton, Ken­dall Lawhorn, and fresh­man Me­gan Byrnes, who added meets records in the 200 and 500 freestyle, both in au­to­matic all-Amer­i­can cut times.

West Po­tomac se­nior Hellen Mof­fitt hung on to win the girls’ 100 but­ter­fly (54.43), break­ing the old­est record in the meet, set in 1986, by over half a sec­ond. She out-touched Oak­ton’s Laura Bran­ton and Wood­son’s Lead Rogers, who were also un­der the pre­vi­ous record.

To close out an ac­tion-packed meet, Jef­fer­son sopho­more An- drew Seliskar set the record in the 100 breast­stroke (54.09), just miss­ing the na­tional high school record, held by three-time Olympic gold medal­ist Bren­dan Hansen, by .42 of a sec­ond.

Seliskar also smashed his own re­gional record in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (1 minute 46.43 sec­onds) ear­lier in the meet. As he took his fi­nal stroke into the wall, the rest of the field was just sur­fac­ing af­ter their fi­nal turn — 20 yards be­hind him.

“It felt good — a lot faster than I thought I’d be un­shaved and un­ta­pered,” Seliskar said. “I have two more years to go for that record.”

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