The North Stafford boys and girls swim teams swept their meets against Fauquier on Friday, under different circumstances.
The North Stafford boys won despite a lack of depth, and the girls won primarily because of a deep roster.
With three starting swimmers missing, the boys rallied behind the performances of seniors Brian Bradley and Ira Seth and sophomore Dan Slear to defeat Fauquier, 125-112. The girls split first-place finishes with Fauquier but still won all but two events en route to a 169-116 victory.
The boys were without regular starting juniors Greg Bray and Ryan Gerwig--who had club team commitments--and junior Joe Dwyer, who is recovering from pneumonia. Helping fill the void were Bradley (who won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly), Seth (100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle) and Slear (200 free and 100 back).
"The three of them stepping up and taking firsts is why we won," North Stafford Coach Traci Abramson said. "The guys behind them certainly did their part, but those three [were key]."
The North Stafford girls jumped out to a 36-11 lead after nearly sweeping the first two events and held on for the win behind a balanced performance.
Freshman Julie Jaworowski broke her own school record in the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes 57.38 seconds. Also contributing were sophomore Rachel Sokoly (who won the 200 free), senior Katie Martz (first in the 200 IM) and junior Kathy Bye (second in the 50 and 100 free).
"It's huge," Abramson said of the depth advantage. "You can literally win every race, but if you don't have the kids behind them you're going to lose the meet."
Both the boys and girls teams are now 3-2 overall. North Stafford has only one meet left on its schedule--Jan. 21 against Brooke Point--but would like to add a couple of dates. The Wolverines' schedule was shortened this year out of concern that participation would drop with the opening of Colonial Forge, which took a number of North Stafford students, Abramson said.
Hylton vs. Potomac
The Hylton boys and girls teams routed Potomac behind the performance of several quadruple-event winners. Both teams had three swimmers win four events each, leading the boys to a 149-30 victory and the girls to a 141-35 win.
Quadruple-event winners for the boys were: junior Gerardo Granados (100-yard free, 100 breast, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay), sophomore Jesse Way (100 fly, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay) and sophomore Russell Wood (200 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay).
Quadruple-event winners for the girls were: senior Nicole Gallant (50 free, 100 back, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay), senior Amanda Brown (500 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay) and junior Ashley Joswick (100 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay).
A bright spot for Potomac was Jay Welch, who won the 500 free and set a team record in the 200 free.
Osbourn Park vs. Osbourn
Osbourn Park swept Osbourn, with the boys winning, 154-132, and the girls, 175-111.
Tara Koff (200 IM, 100 breast) and Krissy Mulholland (200 and 500 free) won two events apiece for the Yellow Jackets girls. Koff posted a state qualifying time (2:13.72) in the 200 IM and a regional qualifying time in the 100 breast. Osbourn Park's girls swept the three relays, including a regional qualifying effort in the 400 free (Koff, Mulholland, Kristin Nash, Erin Hammersley).
Osbourn's Shannon Woolard won the 50 free and 100 fly for the Eagles.
The Osbourn boys won two of the three relays but could not hold off Osbourn Park, which was led by first-place finishers Evan Chicoine (200 free), Jesse Osborne (50 free) and Jon Hayden (500 free). Kerry Mulholland had second-place regional qualifying times in the 200 IM and 100 fly, and Mulholland, Jeff Carson, Dan Freed and Osborne snared a first-place qualifying time in the 200 free relay.
For Osbourn, Aaron Kendle posted first-place regional qualifying times in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Teammate Peter Waldron finished first in the 100 free and had a second-place regional qualifying time in the 100 breast, and Matt Golay grabbed a first-place regional qualifying time in the 100 fly.
Woodbridge vs. Stonewall
Led by three double-winners, Woodbridge swept its meet against Stonewall Jackson. The boys won, 169-114, and the girls were 177-109 victors.
Cara Lanzetta led the girls with victories in the 50 and 100 free.
Chris Coxe (200 and 500 free) and Scott Yamada (200 IM and 100 breast) led the boys with two wins each.