CoEd Varsity Swim & Dive
|West Potomac High School||216|
|T.C. Williams HS - Boys||95|
The West Potomac Swim & Dive Teams took to the pool for the first meet of the season Friday night Dec. 1 against the T.C. Williams Titans at the Mount Vernon Rec Center. Both teams came away with a victory, with the Wolverine boys beating T.C. Williams by the score 216-95, and the girls winning 207-98.
The West Potomac boys won 7 of the 9 individual events and all 3 relays on the way to the win, sweeping the top three places in three of the swim events. Junior Sean Jansen led the way, winning two individual events and contributing to two relay victories. Jansen won the 500y freestyle in 4:55.55 and the 200y Individual Medley in 2:05.71. His win in the 200y I.M. was part of a 1-2-3 sweep by the Wolverines. Freshman Alex Micheli (2nd in 2:16.81) and junior Sean Murphy (3rd in a personal best 2:20.84) rounded out the top three for West Potomac.
Freshman A.J. Terio led another 1-2-3 sweep for West Potomac, as he won the 100y butterfly in 58.61, followed by junior Cole Miller in second (59.81) and senior Liam Orr in third with a personal best time of 1:05.05. Terio also finished third in the 200y freestyle in 2:01.80. The other 1-2-3 sweep for the Wolverines came in one of the most closely contested events of the night, the 100y backstroke, where the top three swimmers were separated by less than 0.4 seconds. Sophomore Wesley Uhrin took first with his personal-best 1:06.60. He was followed by freshman Andrei Zaitsev in second (1:06.89) and senior Finn Gilmartin in third (1:06.99).
Other first place finishes for West Potomac included freshman Clark Bayer’s win in the 200y freestyle in 1:56.13. Bayer was also second in the 100y freestyle in 52.92. West Potomac’s Cole Miller won the 50y freestyle in a personal best 23.74. Freshman Kevin Dinkel won the 1m dive event with 168.25 points. All three of the Wolverines’ relays took first, starting with the 200y medley relay, where the team of Gilmartin, Jansen, Terio, and Bayer won in 1:47.90. The 200y freestyle relay team of Jansen, Miller, Terio, and Clark won in 1:35.60. In the final event of the meet, West Potomac’s team of Micheli, sophomore Brian McNamara, Murphy, and Miller won in 3:40.87.
West Potomac had a number of other second place finishes. Junior Will Klima was second in the 100y breaststroke in 1:06.43. The 200y medley relay team of McNamara, Klima, freshman Marco Molino and Micheli finished second in 1:51.78. Sophomore Hain Henderson, Klima, Orr, and Gilmartin teamed up to swim 1:41.38 to finish second in the 200y freestyle relay.
Other top-3 finishes came from Gilmartin, third in the 50y freestyle in a personal best 24.36, Sophomore Harrison Mikulski in the 1m dive with a personal best 128.30 points, Micheli in the 100y freestyle in 54.77 and Klima in the 500y freestyle in 5:29.36.
West Potomac swimmers achieved many more personal bests on the night. Senior Colin Keightley had the biggest time drop of the meet, taking 35 seconds off his 500y freestyle time. Other best times came from senior Sam Wainwright and sophomore Alex Johnson in the 200y freestyle, Henderson in the 200y Individual Medley, Murphy in the 500y freestyle, and sophomore Camden Mounts in the 100y backstroke.
The West Potomac girls’ team had an equally successful night, winning 7 of the 9 individual events and all three relays, sweeping the top three places in one event. The girls were led by two double winners - senior Cassidy Bayer and sophomore Gabrielle Greszler, who in addition to winning two individual events each contributed to the three relay victories. Bayer teamed with senior Jenna Martin, freshman Julianna Skopp-Cardillo, and Greszler to win the first event of the meet, the 200y medley relay, in 1:56.64. She followed that with a win in the 200y individual medley in a State meet qualifying 2:02.65. Bayer’s next win came with a new West Potomac team record and State meet qualifying 4:56.90 in the 500y freestyle. Bayer was part of a 1-2-3 Wolverine sweep in the event, where junior Lilly Harris finished second in 5:58.21, and sophomore Abby Dittman rounded out the top three places by finishing third in 6:38.16. Shortly afterwards, Bayer finished her night by joining teammates Skopp-Cardillo and sophomores Olivia Petretich and Sheridan Phalen in winning the 200y freestyle relay in 1:42.75.
Greszler had a great night in the pool as well. She followed up the win in the 200y medley relay with a narrow victory in a very closely-contested 50y freestyle, winning by just .01 seconds in 26.21. Olivia Petretich was close behind in second with a personal best 26.22 in a race where the top 5 finishers were separated by just 0.25 sec. Greszler returned to the pool later to win the 100y freestyle in 57.35.
The Wolverine girls had three other individual winners. Sheridan Phalen won the 200y freestyle with a personal best time of 2:06.77. Hers was the biggest time drop of the meet for the Wolverine girls. Freshman Winnie Mikulski won the 1m dive event with 137.55 points, and Jenna Martin finished first in the 100y backstroke in 1:03.79. Martin, Greszler, Petretich, and S. Phalen combined for one more win for West Potomac, winning the final event of the evening, the 400y freestyle relay, in 3:51.77.
West Potomac had several other girls who finished second. Senior Elaina Phalen was second in the 100y butterfly in 1:04.87. She also finished third in the 200y individual medley, swimming a personal best 2:33.80. Sophomore Tierney Offringa placed second in the 1m dive with 131.55 points, a personal best for her. Freshman Maeve Gilmartin finished second in the 100y freestyle in 1:04.04, and Skopp-Cardillo was second in the 100y breaststroke in 1:21.68. The West Potomac team of freshman Callie Stinson, sophomores Kelly Bodner and Dittman, and Elaina Phalen swam 1:53.13 to finish second in the 200y freestyle relay.
Other Wolverines finishing in the top three places included senior Parker Fulghum, third in the 100y backstroke in 1:10.43, and Bodner, who swam a personal best 1:23.96 to finish third in the 100y breaststroke.
Several West Potomac girls turned in additional personal best performances, including junior Carly Shawn (200y freestyle), junior Erica Martin (200y IM and 100y freestyle), Petretich (100y butterfly), sophomore Dulcie Davis (100y breaststroke), Sheridan Phalen (100y butterfly), and Dittman (500y freestyle).
Next up for the Wolverine swim and dive teams are back to back meets Friday and Saturday – against South County on Friday Dec. 8 at the George Washington Rec Center, and Saturday Dec. 9 at Lee District Rec Center at the Gunston Invitational, featuring all five teams in the Gunston District.