Va. swimming: Oakton girls, Robinson boys repeat in 6A; Andrew Seliskar, Jefferson take second in 5A

February 22

As the Oakton girls’ team waited for the results of Virginia 6A state swim and dive championships to be announced, they formed a circle on deck, wrapped their arms around each other and celebrated. They already knew they had won their third straight state title, but they wanted one last memory together.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Janet Hu, who concluded her high school career Saturday night at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center with an undefeated record and eight individual state titles.

The Stanford-bound senior capped her run by winning two individual events and providing key splits on two winning relays.

“When Janet got to Oakton, the banner in the gym was blank: no district titles, no region titles, no state titles,” Oakton Coach Parker Ramsdell said. “Four years later they have four district, three region and three state titles. Not a lot of teams have done that.”

Oakton dominated with 263 points. Langley finished a distance second (185), and Chantilly was third (173).

In the boys’ meet, Robinson repeated as champion behind the efforts of sophomore all-Americans James Murphy and James Jones, edging a resurgent Oakton boys’ team, 264 to 257. Cox was third (190).

Hu won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.4 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 52.46, missing the national high school record in both by a combined 0.95 seconds.

The Cougars also had standout performances from Laura Branton, Julia Capobianco and Megan Byrnes, all of whom earned top-three points individually and combined with Elise Bourdelais to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Langley freshman Bella Rongione won the 200 freestyle (1 minute 49.17 seconds) and 500 freestyle (4:44.69) — both automatic all-American cuts.

For the Robinson boys, Murphy and Jones split the freestyle events. Murphy claimed the 200 (1:39.21) and 500 (4:31.09), and Jones won the 50 (20.75) and 100 (46.13). They also helped propel Robinson to victory in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

“Oakton put up an great fight tonight,” Murphy said. “We know that as a team we’re going to have to keep working hard if we want to three-peat next year.”

Seliskar, Jefferson shine

Andrew Seliskar, the top recruit in the class of 2015, claimed individual titles in the 200 freestyle (1:35.76) and 100 breaststroke (53.90) in automatic all-American cut times Saturday morning. The former was the fastest time ever in the event by a D.C.-area high schooler. The latter was 0.56 seconds off his national high school record in the event, set Friday in prelims.

“I didn’t want it to come down to my last race of the season,” Seliskar said of his record-breaking swim. “I didn’t think there was any point in wasting a perfectly good swim, so I went after it.”

Princess Anne won the boys meet. Jefferson’s boys took second. Albemarle won the girls’ title. Because of issues with the meet software, team scores are unofficial.

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