Matt McLean of Potomac Falls High School in Sterling will bring a gold medal back to Northern Virginia for swimming, and Terrence Jennings of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria notched a bronze in taekwondo at the recently concluded Summer Olympics in London.
McLean swam a 200-meter leg of the 800-meter freestyle relay in the preliminary round, finishing almost 2.5 seconds ahead of the second-best team, setting up the Americans as the top seed in the finals. He was then replaced by some guys named Phelps and Lochte and did not swim in the finals, but he got gold for his key part.
Here is how the rest of NoVa’s Olympic delegation came out:
Nataly Arias, Alexandria — Soccer (Colombia): 0-3 in prelim round
Claire Hallissey, Arlington — Marathon (England): 57th place
Moise Joseph, Reston — Track (800 m) (Haiti): 6th in heat
Samyr Laine, Alexandria — Field (Triple jump) (Haiti): 11th place
Giuseppe Lanzone, Annandale — Rowing (eight): 4th place
Claire Laubach, Bristow — Field hockey: 12th place
Andy Najar, Alexandria — Soccer (Honduras), 1-2 in prelim round, lost in quarterfinals
Karen O’Connor, The Plains — Equestrian (Oldest U.S. Olympian): 9th place
Julie Zetlin, Arlington — Rhythmic gymnastics: 21st place
Kate Ziegler, Great Falls — Swimming (800 m free): 8th in heat