At the beginning of the high school swimming and diving season, W.T. Woodson senior Wes Reed set out to break a 12-year-old diving record. By the Northern Region championships March 1, Reed had shattered Mike Tober's mark by almost 50 points with a Washington-area record 566.95 for 11 dives.
That makes the 18-year-old Reed one of the more obvious choices for the first Washington Post All-Met swimming and diving team.
Five juniors form the nucleus of the squad. Churchill's Mike Barrowman, Friendly's Mark Henderson, Wakefield's Charles Cline, T.C. Williams' Michelle Griglione and Sherwood's Kelley Davies each were selected for excellence in more than one event.
Swimming choices were based strictly on times for each event. Since diving is more subjective, the selection was determined by scores from comparable meets.
Each of the five juniors holds the fastest area time for his or her event. Barrowman, 17, paced Montgomery County swimmers since early December. By the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships (known as the Metros) March 1, the 6-foot, 160-pound Barrowman owned county bests in seven of the eight open swimming events. His Metros records of 1:53.99 in the 200-yard individual medley and 58.19 in the 100 breaststroke led the area.
Henderson, 16, swam to a Metros meet record in the 100 butterfly (51.93) and to an area-leading time in the 100 backstroke (54.16). His butterfly time leads the rest of the area by two seconds. In the backstroke, his favorite, he won the Metros by almost three seconds and leads the area by over a second.
At the outset of the season, Northern Virginia coaches said Cline, 17, was the most accomplished swimmer in the league. He fulfilled their expectations, producing two area-leading performances by season's end. He tops all comers in the 200 freestyle (1:42.12) and the 100 freestyle (46.17).
Griglione made All-Met for the area's fastest clocking -- by over four seconds -- in the 200 individual medley (2:02.60) and the top time -- by over a second -- in the 100 butterfly (55.17).
Davies, who until this year confined her efforts to the short events, ranked atop area swimmers in all four freestyle events (50, 100, 200, 500).
Yorktown's Charles Thompson, Georgetown Day's Lunn Lestina and O'Connell's Valerie Corish are the team's seniors. Thompson can claim the honor as the area's fastest with a time of 22.50 in the 50 freestyle. Lestina leads the area's 500 freestyle swimmers by over 10 seconds. Corish won the Metros diving with 387.75 points.
Yorktown's Devon Hyde and Eleanor Roosevelt's Jennifer Peyton, both juniors, were singled out for their dominance of their strokes. Hyde leads the area in the 100 backstroke, Peyton is unbeaten in the 100 breaststroke.
Hyde, 17, was the only area girl to break 1:00 in the backstroke, swimming a 59.31 in the Northern Regionals. Peyton was the only girl to eclipse a 1:08 in the breaststroke this year. She swam a Metros record 1:07.11.