Fal­cons’ girls, boys are sec­ond in the state

Harter wins 200 IM; Moore takes first in the 100 breast

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL - BY CAL­LIE CAPLAN cal­lie.caplan@wash­post.com

Briar Woods fresh­man Abby Harter couldn’t help but smile as she re­flected on her first Vir­ginia 5A swimming and div­ing state championship ex­pe­ri­ence on Satur­day night.

She ap­pre­ci­ated the friend­ships she’s de­vel­oped and the “tightknit” bond Coach Eric Bateman has fos­tered to make the Fal­cons the loud­est team on the Jim McKay Nata­to­rium deck at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity.

Her per­for­mance likely con­trib­uted to her high spir­its. Harter dom­i­nated the 200-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 2:00.26 to set a meet record and fin­ished sec­ond in the 100 but­ter­fly to help the Briar Woods girls fin­ish sec­ond for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with 211 points.

Pa­trick Henry won the girls’ com­pe­ti­tion with 328 points, while Dou­glas S. Free­man (195) took third.

“Com­ing into the sea­son, we knew she was an in­cred­i­ble tal­ent,” Bateman said. “We had high ex­pec­ta­tions and she’s lived up to ev­ery sin­gle one of them so far.”

The Fal­cons’ depth on the girls’ side has given Bateman flex­i­bil­ity in which events to race his swim­mers. Harter posted an all-Amer­i­can mark in the 100 breast­stroke at the 5A North re­gion meet ear­lier in Fe­bru­ary, but she wanted the chance to set a per­sonal best in the 100 fly Satur­day night.

She did — in 53.72 — mid­way through Satur­day’s com­pe­ti­tion, but she missed on first by .21 sec­onds. Her team­mates also logged stand­out per­for­mances, with se­nior Cam­ryn Barry set­ting a meet record in the 100 free in 50.79.

The duo also helped Briar Woods fin­ish sec­ond in the 200 med­ley re­lay

“It was so ex­cit­ing,” Barry said. “I hon­estly couldn’t ask for a bet­ter team and a bet­ter way to end my high school ca­reer. Abby has es­pe­cially been so much fun to swim with this year.”

The Briar Woods boys, mean­while, also fin­ished sec­ond with 212 to match their 5A North re­gion fin­ish. Princess Anne, the 2014 cham­pion and run­ners-up in 2015 and 2016, won with 236 points. Jef­fer­son (174) was third.

Thomas Moore won the most spir­ited race of the night as his Fal­cons team­mates bel­lowed his name as he claimed the 100 breast in 56.84 for all-Amer­i­can con­sid­er­a­tion.

Jef­fer­son’s Jonathan Pol­lock had per­haps the most im­pres­sive in­di­vid­ual slate on the boys’ side as he fin­ished his ju­nior year with state ti­tles in the 200 free (1:38.90), dis­tanc­ing him­self from the pack by a few body lengths, and the 100 free for a meet-record 45.21.

He also an­chored the Colo­nials’ the 400 free re­lay, start­ing in seventh be­fore threat­en­ing Briar Woods for sec­ond place.

“I was re­ally happy,” Pol­lock said. “I was re­ally amped up tonight, and that just kind of car­ried me through the en­tire meet from start to fin­ish.”

Other win­ners in­cluded Po­tomac Falls’ Char­lotte Fieeiki in the 100 back­stroke, and Falls Church’s Anna Lan­don in the 100 breast.

Jeb Stu­arts’ Ai­dan Jones won the boys’ 1-me­ter div­ing com­pe­ti­tion with 331.20 points, while Princess Anne’s Olivia Fran­cella, who also won the 5A South re­gion ti­tle, claimed the girls’ win with 416.15 points.

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