By Brian Savard
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, March 14. LAFAYETTE'S Hannah Davis etched her name in the record book multiple times throughout the course of the Virginia AA state meet.
Davis, who will swim for the University of Virginia next year, started her assault on the AA records in the 50 freestyle with a 23.91 preliminary swim. Sara Smith of Spotswood held the former mark of 23.95, which she set in 2005. Davis lowered another Smith record with a 100 freestyle time of 51.49. Smith set the former mark in 2005 with a 52.03 time.
Davis also anchored a relay that lowered the 200 freestyle relay standard set by Lafayette in 2005 (1:39.74). Jennifer Johnson, Sarah Crockett and Catie Pittman teamed up with Davis and swam to a record time of 1:39.46.
Lafayette also won both the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay. Pittman, Paige Boyer, Michelle Schisa and Johnson fell short of the 2005 medley relay record set by Lafayette with a 1:51.18 time. The foursome of Crockett, Schisa, Boyer and Davis distanced the field in the 400 freestyle relay by three seconds with a winning time of 3:38.11.
Lauren Ritter from Dominion High School, aided by a strong last 100, bettered the 500 freestyle state mark with a 4:55.26. Sasha Malanina of William Byrd set the former mark of 4:56.51 in 2003. Ritter broke away from the pack in her third 50 of her 200 freestyle, and she finished well in front of the second-place competitor with a 1:53.60 time.
Grafton High School standout Meaghan Holloway rounded out the double event winners in the women's competition with victories in the 200 I.M. (2:06.99) and the 100 butterfly (56.69).
Julia Koff of Hidden Valley High School won the gold medal in the diving competition with a score of 317.30. Sam Perino of Tabb High School placed second with a 312.80 score and Tara Svadeba of Lafayette placed third with a 268.05 score.
Lafayette finished the meet with 344 points, which bested the other competing schools by well over 100 points. Second-place Grafton High School tallied 180 points, while the third-place finisher, Western Albemarle High School, scored 176.
Jefferson Forest High School's Stephen Hawkins highlighted the men's meet by picking up two individual gold medals and one state record.
Hawkins swam a state-record time in the 100 freestyle against two other competitors who recorded individual wins. Hawkins's 45.52 time bettered the former time of 45.91 set by Rockbridge's William Copeland in 2004.
Matt Baumler of Lafayette set a state record in the 100 backstroke with his 51.75 swim. John Hartman of Jamestown set the former standard in 2001 with a 52.14 time. Baumler also snared a state title with his 100 butterfly performance (50.81).
Alexander Morres of Brentsville District High School also captured two state titles. Morres won both the 500 freestyle (4:44.63) and the 100 breaststroke (59.42).
Lafayette took two out of the three relays. The foursome of Baumler, Brent Harkins, Ben Lerose and Kurt Linkenauger utilized a strong front half to best the 200 medley relay field with a 1:38.53 time. Linkenauger, Drew Crockett, Harkins and Baumler combined talents to edge out Jamestown High School with a 1:28.40 time.
Jamestown High School swept first through third in the diving competition. Mike Newcomb placed first with a 342.45 score, while Patrick Russell and Ben Davidson placed second and third with scores of 311.60 and 298.00, respectively.
Jamestown High School bested the other schools by scoring 329.5 points throughout the course of the meet. Lafayette High School finished second with 216 points while Western Albermarle High School took third with 151 points.