CoEd Varsity Swim & Dive
|West Potomac High School||188|
|South County HS - Girls||124|
The West Potomac girls and boys swim and dive teams got their second wins of the season over the South County High School Stallions in a non-District meet Dec. 8 at the George Washington Rec. Center, remaining undefeated on the season. The girls won by the score 188-124, and the boys won 193-119.
The Wolverine girls got their win by taking first in all three relays and 6 of the 9 individual events. In five of those individual events and one of the relays, West Potomac placed 1-2. Senior Jenna Martin and sophomore Sheridan Phalen led the way for the Wolverines, as each won two individual events and participated in the relay wins. Martin won both the 200y freestyle (2:10.48) and the 100y backstroke (1:03.78). The 100y backstroke provided one of the 1-2 finishes for West Potomac, as sophomore Olivia Petretich finished second in 1:08.08.
Sheridan Phalen won the 50y freestyle in an Occoquan-Region qualifying time of 24.76. Senior Parker Fulghum assured a 1-2 finish for West Potomac as she placed second in 27.18. Sheridan Phalen came back later with her second win, in the 100y freestyle, where she swam a high-school personal best time of 55.34. West Potomac finished 1-2 in that event, as well, with freshman Julianna Skopp-Cardillo taking second in 1:00.36.
The West Potomac girls had two more individual winners, and two more 1-2 finishes. Sophomore Gabrielle Greszler won the 500y freestyle in 5:56.84. Junior Lilly Harris closed fast over the second half of the race to overtake and pass a South County swimmer and finish second in 6:01.53. Harris was also third in the 200y individual medley, swimming a high school personal best 2:30.09. Senior Elaina Phalen won the 100y butterfly in 1:06.94, just out-touching Gabrielle Greszler, who was second in 1:07.07. Phalen was also third in the 100y breaststroke 1:21.20.
J. Martin and S. Phalen combined with E. Phalen and G. Greszler to win the 200y medley relay in 1:57.52. West Potomac won the 400y freestyle relay with Skopp-Cardillo, Fulghum, sophomore Olivia Blondin, and J. Martin swimming 4:04.25 for the win. In the 200y freestyle relay, Petretich, Skopp-Cardillo, G. Greszler and S. Phalen won in 1:44.19. West Potomac swept the top two places, as freshman Callie Stinson, sophomores Kelly Bodner and Abby Dittman and E. Phalen were second in 1:49.58.
The West Potomac girls had two other top-3 finishes, as freshman Winnie Mikulski was second in the 1m dive event with a personal best score of 144.00, just out-scoring sophomore Tierney Offringa, who scored a personal-best 143.65 to place third.
In a meet where personal best times were hard to come by, junior Erica Martin had the biggest time drop for the Wolverines. She took more than 23 seconds off her best time in the 500y freestyle. Other swimmers achieving best times were junior Carly Shawn (200y freestyle), Petretich (200y individual medley), Dittman (200y individual medley), Stinson (100y butterfly), and freshman Maeve Gilmartin (100y freestyle).
In the boys’ meet, West Potomac won just 3 of the individual events and one of the relays, but superior depth allowed them to earn enough second, third, and fourth place points to ensure the win over South County. The Wolverine boys were led by juniors Cole Miller and Will Klima, and freshman A.J. Terio. Miller won the 200y freestyle with a personal best time of 2:00.52, and was second in the 100y freestyle in 51.88. Terio won the 50y freestyle (23.23), leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the event by West Potomac. Senior Finn Gilmartin (24.35), sophomore Brian McNamara (24.63), and junior Sean Murphy (24.68) were second, third, and fourth, respectively, all swimming personal best times. Terio later was second in the 100y butterfly in 59.44. In the butterfly, freshman teammate Alex Micheli took more than 2 second off his best time to finish third in 1:00.57. Micheli also raced to third place in the 100y breaststroke, swimming 1:09.76. Gilmartin later swam a personal best 55.74 to finish third in the 100y freestyle.
Klima racked up big points of his own, winning the 100y breaststroke in 1:08.04 and taking second in the 200y individual medley with a high school personal best 2:13.13. Freshman teammate Marco Molina swam 2:24.82 to finish third in that 200y individual medley. Micheli, McNamara, Murphy, and Miller won the 400y freestyle relay in 3:46.34. Marco and fellow freshmen Andrei Zaitsev, Aidan Lansburgh, and Sam Nelson made it a 1-2 finish for the Wolverines, swimming 3:55.58 for second place.
The Wolverine boys had several other top-3 finishes. Freshman Kevin Dinkel was second in the 1m dive with 160.65 points. His brother John Dinkel scored a personal best 150.45 to finish third. Zaitsev swam 5:55.69 for second place in the 500y freestyle. McNamara was second in the 100y backstroke in 1:05.79, followed by sophomore Wesley Uhrin in third in 1:08.51. Senior Sam Wainwright finished third in the 200y freestyle in 2:16.82.
Senior Liam Orr had the biggest time drop of the night by a Wolverine swimmer, taking more than four seconds off his time in the 200y individual medley. Sophomore Devin Quilty (100y breaststroke) and Wainwright (100y breaststroke) also swam best times. Sophomores Brian Deighton and Giovanni Marcucci both achieved their personal best scores in the 1m dive
The West Potomac swim and dive teams look to continue their winning streak when they face Annandale High School on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Mount Vernon Rec Center.