Sets National Record
Gar-Field senior Brett MacLennan capped his record-setting career in fitting fashion yesterday, setting a national standard in the 200 individual medley at the Virginia AAA state meet in Virginia Beach.
MacLennan, who finished second in the event last season, swam an automatic all-American time of 2 minutes 5.62 seconds, breaking the national high school record in the event by four-tenths of a second. Last year's winner, Oakton's Mike Ott, finished nearly three seconds behind MacLennan. [Additional coverage, Sports, Page D12.]
"It was a great race. I did not expect to go that fast," said MacLennan, who holds every individual Gar-Field school record. "I've raced Mike Ott for the past eight years, year-round, and he's a great competitor."
MacLennan and Ott were even through the first leg of the medley, the butterfly, but MacLennan began to creep ahead in the second leg, the backstroke.
"The second lap of backstroke, I saw his arms coming down farther back," MacLennan said. "I was like, 'Okay, here we go.' "
MacLennan increased his lead in the breaststroke leg, then pulled away with a blistering 50 freestyle.
"That is the strongest I've ever brought it back before," MacLennan said. "I always die on freestyle."
Stevison a 10 Also in Virginia Beach, Osbourn Park senior Kelly Stevison achieved a 10.0 on the vault in yesterday's Virginia AAA individual competition, becoming the first gymnast in the history of the state meet to post a perfect score in individual competition.
Stevison, the Cedar Run District and Northwestern Region all-around champion, posted a 9.7 on the vault in Friday's team competition, in which Osbourn Park finished sixth. [Additional coverage, Page 13 in this edition and Sports, Page D12.]
WRESTLING: The Cardinal District and Cedar Run District championships scheduled for this weekend will be held Tuesday if Prince William County has school Monday. Otherwise, meets are Wednesday. Woodbridge and Osbourn Park are the meet hosts.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Yesterday's Northwestern Region championships have been moved to Friday at Fork Union Military Academy.
GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: The Bull Run District tournament, scheduled for yesterday, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow or Tuesday at Brentsville, depending on the weather. Brentsville plays Strasburg in one semifinal, and Rappahannock plays Clarke County in the other. The championship match will follow.
-- Jake Schaller and Dave Yanovitz