Ben Truschel

School: Brentsville.

Sport: Wrestling.

Year: Senior.

Highlights: Truschel, the Tigers' co-captain who wrestles at 135 pounds, capped a four-year career by winning four matches at last month's Group A championship for his first state title. It ended a season in which he went 39-3, captured Bull Run District and Region B crowns, and helped his team win its third consecutive state championship. He compiled a 121-20 record over four years. The West Virginia University-bound runner was named most outstanding wrestler in Bull Run District and earned Tigers' "Ironman" award.

Notable: As a sophomore, he finished sixth at the state championships and third as a junior wrestling at 130 pounds. Last fall as co-captain, he led the cross-country team to a Group A state championship, finishing eighth individually. He earned the Bull Run District title in the mile, running a personal-best 4:39.

Personal: Off the mat, he has a 3.6 grade-point average with a curriculum that includes advanced placement U.S. Government. Truschel has achieved the rank of Life Scout for Boy Scout Troop 671 in Nokesville. Hobbies include wakeboarding and auto mechanics. For the last three summers, he has volunteered at a Brentsville track team camp for elementary school students.

Heather Gallagher

School: Central.

Sport: Swimming.

Year: Senior.

Highlights: Gallagher, the team captain, helped found the school's first varsity swim team as a sophomore, and capped off her three-year career with a ninth-place finish (1:23.68) in the 100-yard backstroke at the Prince George's County championships in February. The team MVP for the past three straight seasons, she also had the second-best seed times among Prince George's 3A/2A/1A schools this season in the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Notable: Anchored Central's 400 freestyle relay team that finished seventh (5:13.73) at this season's county championships. Until this past winter, Gallagher was a year-round swimmer, also competing for the Kettering Swim Club in Largo (summer) and P.G. Kings (winter). Two years ago, she and four classmates helped form the school's first girls' soccer team. Gallagher played sweeper for three years and was named "most spirited" as a sophomore and junior.

Personal: An international baccalaureate student, Gallagher has a 3.6 grade-point average taking courses that include theory of knowledge and literature. The vice president of the school's National Honor Society, is also senior class secretary and as a junior was class vice president. Was a counselor-in-training at Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) camp in Old Forge, N.Y. last summer, and plans to return this year as counselor. Served as a "buddy" to a classmate and Special Olympics competitor two years ago. Aspires to be a photographer and has been accepted to three East Coast art schools.

-- Dave Yanovitz