The Interhigh has showcased its top swimming talent at the league championships, and once again, the Wilson High School Tigersharks are the class in both the boys and girls divisions.
In the girls division, the outcome was never in doubt. Wilson breezed to 11 out of 12 first-place finishes and totaled 118 points. H.D. Woodson was runner-up with 47 points followed by Cardozo with 25 points.
H.D. Woodson's Crista Tabor captured the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:38.99, defeating Catherine Taylor (1:41.12) of Wilson to prevent a Tigersharks sweep of all girls events. Wilson has dominated the league the last 10 years.
"It feels wonderful to win it all," said Wilson's meet MVP Jennie Peabody. "It was a team effort, and everybody was pulling for each other."
Peabody, along with junior Rosalina Pereira, who won the 200-meter freestyle, and Lori Philbrick, the 100-meter butterfly champion, helped Wilson score no less than nine points in each event. Other winners were Mikaela Nordenfelt (50-meter freestyle), Marybeth Krumm (200-meter individual medley), and Susanna Drayne (100-meter freestyle).
In the boys division, Wilson took an early lead by getting 14 points in winning the 200-meter medley relay in 2:20.56 with a team of Nate Beers, George Danihel, Tom Daugherty and Stephen Landberg. Cardozo, lagging behind early, placed second on the swimming of Cornell Kinard and Marc and Devyn Proctor.
One of the closest races took place in the 200 freestyle. Michael Williams of H.D. Woodson, the defending champion in that event, and Wilson's Elliott Beard matched stroke for stroke until the last turn. Williams opened a slight lead and increased it the last 20 meters to win in 2:34.77 to Beard's 2:40.53.
Williams also was victorious in the 100-meter freestyle and helped H.D. Woodson capture the 400 meter relay to earn honors as male swimmer of the meet.
Ballou's Kenneth Moore was another outstanding meet performer. He captured first place in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:55.18 and took first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:18.16.
Woodson finished one-two in the 50-meter freestyle with Maurice Allain winning in 28.54 followed by Mozone Kelly in 28.68. The finish helped assure the Warriorsharks a second-place finish.