CHRISTIANBURG, Virginia, February 17. VIRGINIA'S high school swimming season is coming to a close with the Division AA-A Championships held Feb. 9-11 in Christianburg and the Division AAA Championships happening this weekend in Fairfax.
Five AA-A records fell, four on the girls side. Western Albemarle's Remedy Rule lowered the 200 yard free record to 1:49.16 and came within 3-hundredths of the 100 free standard with her 51.18.
All three relay teams set AA-A records as well. William Byrd's team of Kali Edsall, Annie Lane, Kacy Edsall and Mackenzie Lingle bettered the 200 medley relay in 1:45.51 and the 400 free relay with their 3:31.80. Kali Edsall was tops in the 200 IM (2:04.45). Cave Spring's squad of Lauren Cowher, Hailey Bivens, Maggie Harman and Jackie Crawford lowered the state record in the 200 free relay to 1:37.12.
Christianburg's Leah Piemonte repeated as the diving champion, scoring 400.50 points. Also claiming individual event titles were Pulaski County's Nataliee Rosebery (50 free, 23.96), Spotswood's Jessie Arnold (500 free, 5:04.19), York's MaryElizabeth Warhol (100 back, 55.93, just 12-hundredths off the state record), Heritage's Kaleigh Rosenburg (100 breast, 1:03.21) and Western Albemarle's Natalie Cronk (100 fly, 56.99).
Christiansburg swept the diving titles courtesy of Ronnie Piemonte, who set the only AA-A record among the boys with his 482.35 points.
Cave Spring's Jacob Siar was victorious in the 100 back (50.53) and 200 IM (1:52.69). Also getting to the top of the podium stand twice was Evan Naff of Marion with wins in the 100 free (45.74) and 200 free (1:39.80).
Justin Doyle, swimming for Brentsville District, splashed his way to a 21.76-21.80 win in the 50 free over Tabb's Jeffrey Prichard. Other individual event champions included Hidden Valley's Lucas Otruba (500 free, 4:36.88), Charley Bowles of Tabb (100 breast, 59.63) and Lafayette's Ben Colley (100 fly, 50.81).
Hidden Valley's 200 medley relay of Otruba, Ben Schmidt, Peter D'Ortenzio and Jacob Gibbs combined for a 1:37.80 victory. Grafton grabbed both freestyle relay victories with the quartet of Andrew Ferguson, Ryan Carter, Chris Prewitt and Bryce Hartman. They combined for a 1:27.45 in the 200 free relay and 3:14.16 in the 400 free relay.