Madison boys, Oakton girls take Northern Region swimming and diving titles
By Bryan Flaherty,
Swimmers achieved 16 automatic all-American times, broke 12 regional marks and nearly toppled two national high school records at the Northern Region swimming and diving championships on Saturday night.
All of that passed by Madison Coach Andrew Foos unnoticed as the Warhawks piled up points — 310 in all — on their way to the boys’ title, beating teams stacked with record-breakers and all-Americans at the Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton.
“This meet is usually all about individuals, but we showed that a team with depth can win too,” Foos said. “We’re a true team and this was a true team win.”
Madison only scored one individual win in the meet, and that came from freshman Grayson Campbell during Tuesday night’s diving portion of the meet. In lieu of first-place victories, Madison’s boys collected points the hard way in the consolation heats and with gutsy finishes in outside lanes to top second-place Robinson (254).
Oakton won the girls’ championship in spectacular fashion, totaling 313 points to break the previous record of 311 points.
“We went around and put 312 on all the girls’ lockers before the meet,” Oakton Coach Parker Ramsdell said. “The girls wanted to do something amazing at this meet, because they know how special this team really is.
“I had no idea how much the girls would buy into it. They came in here tonight to make a statement and they did.”
Junior Janet Hu, the 2012 All-Met swimmer of the year, led the way for the Cougars, topping her own meet records in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 48.90 seconds in the freestyle was .75 of a second off the national high school record. She also anchored Oakton’s 400 freestyle relay which smashed the record by nearly two seconds. She was joined by Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, and freshman Megan Byrnes, who added meet records in the 200 and 500 freestyle, both making the automatic all-American cut.
West Potomac senior Hellen Moffitt hung on to win the girls’ 100 butterfly (54.43), breaking the oldest record in the meet, set in 1986, by over half a second. She out-touched Branton and Woodson’s Leah Rogers, who were also under the previous record.
To close out an action-packed meet, Jefferson sophomore Andrew Seliskar set the record in the 100 breaststroke (54.09), just missing the national high school record, held by three-time Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen, by .42 of a second.
Seliskar also smashed his own regional record in the 200 individual medley (1 minute 46.43 seconds) earlier in the meet. As he took his final stroke into the wall, the rest of the field was just surfacing after their final turn — 20 yards behind him.
“It felt good — a lot faster than I thought I’d be unshaved and untapered,” Seliskar said. “I have two more years to go for that record.”