CoEd Varsity Swim & Dive
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Feb 3, 2018
West Potomac will send eight swimmers to the State Championship meet Feb. 17 at George Mason University, thanks to an outstanding Occoquan Region Swim & Dive Championships performance by the Wolverines. The Wolverines traveled to Colgan High School’s impressive new aquatic center for the Region meet, with preliminary heats swum on Friday Feb. 2. The top 16 individuals and relay teams from the prelims qualified for the finals Saturday Feb. 3. The divers competed on Saturday.
West Potomac’s standout swimmers came through with spectacular swims, with seniors Cassidy Bayer and Holly Jansen and junior Sean Jansen each notching two wins in individual events. West Potomac won four out of the first six events to start the finals on Saturday. Cassidy Bayer won her first event, the 200y freestyle, with an Automatic All-American time of 1:48.20. She also achieved automatic All-American status in the 100y butterfly, winning in 53.95. Holly Jansen won both the 200y individual medley and 100y breaststroke. Her winning time in the individual medley, 2:03.36, was enough for All-American consideration. Her winning 100y breaststroke time of 1:02.67 is an automatic All-American time.
Sean Jansen took the 200y freestyle, winning in 1:44.40, and the 500y freestyle, where he swam 4:43.91 to win. As this was the first championship meet in the newly-formed Occoquan Region (Virginia Region 6C), every winning time in every event established a new Occoquan Region record. The one other first place finish for West Potomac came in the girls 200y medley relay, where the Wolverine team of seniors Jenna Martin, Holly Jansen, Cassidy Bayer and sophomore Sheridan Phalen swam 1:46.21, good enough for All-American consideration. Sheridan Phalen had a great day in the pool in her individual events as well, as she swam a personal best 24.24 to finish third in the 50y freestyle, and 54.00 to finish seventh in the 100y freestyle.
Three additional West Potomac relays qualified for the “A” finals in their events, finishing in the top 8. The girls 200y freestyle relay team of Cassidy Bayer, freshman Julianna Skopp-Cardillo, and sophomores Gabby Greszler and Olivia Petretich swam 1:37.84 for third place. Freshmen Clark Bayer and A.J. Terio joined junior Cole Miller and senior Finn Gilmartin to swim to a 6th place finish in the boys 200y freestyle relay in a season-best 1:30.73. The boys 200y medley relay team of juniors Sean Murphy, Sean Jansen, and Will Klima, and Clark Bayer swam a season-best 1:42.43 and finished 7th.
Many other West Potomac swimmers scored points for the Wolverines by qualifying for the finals and placing in the top 16. Clark Bayer made the finals in both of his events, swimming a personal best 22.42 in the 50y freestyle and finishing 13th, and placing 14th in the 100y freestyle in 50.45. Greszler swam personal best times and made the finals in both of her individual events also – she was 12th in the 50y freestyle (swimming her best time, 25.21, in the prelims) and 10th in the 100y freestyle in 55.22. Klima, too, placed in both of his individual events. He was 12th in the 100y butterfly (swimming his best time, 56.24, in the prelims) and 15th in the 100y breaststroke in a personal best 1:04.79.
Senior Jenna Martin made the most of her last Regional Championship meet as a Wolverine, scoring in both the 100y freestyle and 100y backstroke after her team win in the medley relay. She was 11th in the 100y freestyle in 55.77 and 9th in the 100y backstroke, winning the “B” final in 1:01.77. Teammate Petretich was 15th in both of her events – the 100y butterfly in a personal best 1:03.76 and the 100y backstroke in 1:04.79. Other girls contributing to the Wolverines’ point total were Skopp-Cardillo, who swam a personal best 25.10 to win the “B” final and finish 9th in the 50y freestyle, senior Elaina Phalen, 14th in the 100y butterfly in 1:03.25, senior Parker Fulghum, 15th in the 100y freestyle in a personal best 57.37, and junior Lilly Harris, swimming her signature event, the 500y freestyle, in 5:47.14 to place 14th.
The Wolverine boys’ team effort was aided by junior Cole Miller’s 14th place in the 50y freestyle (a personal best 23.21), freshman Kevin Dinkel’s 11th place in the 1m dive (260.30 points), and the 400y freestyle relay team of Sean Jansen, Miller, Terio and Gilmartin, who swam a season-best time by over three seconds (3:24.63) and finished 10th.
The biggest time drops of the meet for West Potomac swimmers came during the preliminary session on Friday, where sophomores Camden Mounts, Kelly Bodner and Abby Dittman all had big improvements in their 500y freestyle times. Seniors Sam Wainwright and Finn Gilmartin provided some exciting races in their final individual races as Wolverines, with Wainwright swimming to a best time in the 100y breaststroke and Gilmartin swimming a personal best in the 100y freestyle to close out their high school swimming careers.
Cassidy Bayer, Holly Jansen, Sean Jansen, Sheridan Phalen, Jenna Martin, Gabby Greszler, Olivia Petretich and Julianna Skopp-Cardillo will represent West Potomac at the State Swim & Dive Championships at George Mason, with Elaina Phalen and Parker Fulghum also making the trip as relay alternates.