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RICHMOND, Virginia, February 27. THE Rams of Robinson High finished the boys portion of the Virginia 6A High School Swimming and Diving Championships just seven points ahead of the Oakton Cougars, 264 to 257. The Lady Cougars had little difficulty in securing their team title, scoring 265 points to runner-up Langley's 185. The meet took place February 20-21 in Richmond at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center.
Robinson's Matt Jones and Matthew Honnold (seniors) joined sophomores Luke Jones and James Murphy for a winning 1:26.45 in the 200 free relay. Sophomore James Jones anchored the 400 free relay of Murphy, Matt Jones and Luke Jones to give the Rams a freestyle relay sweep (3:06.48).
Individual first-place awards were presented to James Jones, who swept the sprint freestyle events with times of 20.75 in the 50 free and 46.13 in the 100 free; and Murphy, who doubled in the distance frees with his 1:39.21 in the 200 free adn 4:31.09 in the 500 free.
Oakton junior John Shebat claimed victory in both the 100 back (48.92) and 200 IM (1:50.27). Shebat led off Oakton's winning 200 medley relay (1:33.86) with junior Michael Pettinichi, senior Denny Nguyen and junior Michael Ambrose.
Austin Temple, who will head to Texas in the fall, closed out his high school career at F.W. Cox with a 55.37 to take the 100 breast. Chantilly's Evan Baker posted a 49.23 to win the 100 fly. Baker will transfer to William and Mary next year.
Ben Schiesl, a Woodson junior, was the top diver with 540.95 points.
Frank W. Cox finished in third with 190 points, with James Madison fourth (161) and Chantilly fifth (148).
The Cougars swept the relay races. Senior Janet Hu, freshman Jade Chen, junior Julia Capobianco and sophomore Elise Bourdelais combined for a 1:45.23 200 medley relay. In the 200 free relay, Bourdelais, Capobianco, sophomore Megan Byrnes and junior Laura Branham put together a winning 1:36.66 to Chantilly's quartet of freshman Jacquee Clabeaux, junior Lauren Hensley, freshman Lea Gwennap and senior Logan Coulson Moore's 1:36.88. Branton, senior Kendall Lawhorn, Byrnes and Hu ended the meet with a 3:28.50 in the 400 free relay.
Oakton's Hu, who will swim for Stanford next year, claimed the 50 free (22.40) and 100 fly (52.46). Isabelle Rongione, who is a freshman at Langley, topped the field in both the 200 and 500 free (1:49.17 and 4:44.69).
McLean senior Madalyn Ulrich held off F.W. Cox sophomore Claire Ostrowski for first in the 100 breast, 1:04.02 to 1:04.08. Chantilly's Gwennap claimed her first championship award with her 2:02.47 in the 200 IM. Also posting victories in individual events were Hannah Baker, a sophomore at Robinson (100 free, 50.81) and Herndon freshman Emily Meilus (100 back, 55.40). The diving event went to Hayfield junior Anise Muir (397.50 points).
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Results: High School State Championships: Virginia 6A