If Wilson High's performance in the 13th Annual D.C. Coaches Association's Swimming Relay Championships last week is an indication of what's ahead, the Tigersharks will have no problem repeating as Interhigh swimming champions in both boys and girls competition.
The Interhigh championships are scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20 at the Wilson pool in Northwest Washington.
Eligibility problems at several schools curtailed participation in the relay event at last week's meet and several teams lost athletes. As a result, Wilson with its 43-member team -- 17 girls and 26 boys -- outnumbered other teams four to one and was unopposed in some of the relays.
Wilson had 218 points in the boys divison, winning all but one event. Runner-up H.D. Woodson had 84 points and third-place Theodore Roosevelt 76.
Wilson's girls had 224 points, Runner-up H.D. Woodson had 78 and third-place Theodore Roosevelt 76.
The Wilson girls took first in every event except for the 200-meter freestyle relay, in which Woodson's foursome of Lisa Dove, Kia Moore, Kimberly Mitchell and Kimberlee Green beat the foursome of Rebecca Coder, Eileen Ryan, Julienne Bollerud and Hillary Vaughan of Wilson, 2:40.60 to 2:40.70.
Dove and Moore started quickly to give the Warriorsharks an early lead after two legs, but Wilson's Bollerud narrowed the lead on Mitchell. Wilson's Vaughan caught Green on the final turn but Vaughan tired and Green won.
In the boys 500-meter crescendo relay, Wilson's Matthew Whitaker gave the Tigersharks the lead after 50 meters. H.D. Woodson's Michael Lyon was able to overtake Kelly Summers on the second leg and Michael Williams increased the margin to one-third the length of the pool on his 200 meters.
"I knew I had a good-sized lead on him after the fifth lap," said Williams. "Before, I could see his hands in the water, but after the fifth lap, I couldn't see him anymore. I knew I had him then."
Teammate Bernard Morton maintained the lead during the 100-meter fourth leg but it was Markeith Holt who held off Joshua Cohen to give H.D. Woodson the victory.
Wilson's Justin Amacker and Chris Landberg teammed up on three winning events, the 400 meter individual medley, 200 meter butterfly and breaststroke relay, and the 400 meter freestyle. Patrick Keegan was a member of the winning 200 and 400 meter freestyle relays along with the runner-up 500 meter crescendo relay team.
Seniors Courtney Fahy and Jennie Peabody helped lead the Wilson girls. Fahy and Peabody teamed to help win the 200 meter butterfly and breaststroke relay and the 400-meter individual medley relay. Fahy was on the winning 400 freestyle relay team and Peabody swam the third leg on the 500 meter crescendo relay.