CHRISTIANBURG, Virginia, February 20. WESTERN Albemarle claimed the girls team title, and Hidden Valley was the top boys team, at the Virginia A-AA State High School Championships Feb.15-16.
Western Albemarle combined for 210 points, followed by Cave Spring (196) and Lafayette (139). Tabb grabbed fourth (135), with William Byrd edging out Jefferson Forest for fifth, 127-125.5.
Cave Springs' 200 free relay of Maggie Harman, Tessa Muzzy, Lauren Cowher and Hailey Bivens lowered the state 1A-2A record Cave Springs set last year (1:37.12) to 1:36.92. They also combined for a 1:48.31 victory in the 200 medley relay. Individually, Cowher took the 50 free (24.17) and Bivens the 100 free (52.78).
Kaleigh Rosenberg of Heritage set the only individual girls standard with her 1:02.12 in the 100 breast, taking down Susanna White's 1:02.78 from 2011. Rosenberg also placed first in the 200 IM with her 2:04.25.
York's Mary Elizabeth Warhol also claimed two titles, posting times of 1:50.95 in the 200 free and 56.23 in the 100 back.
Remedy Rule of West Albemarle came in first in the 100 breast (55.68) and Spotswood's Jessie Arnold's 4:56.92 gave her the 500 free victory. Arnold anchored Spotswood's victorious 400 free relay of Julia Sheffer, Emily Smith and Olivia Sheffer.
Grafton's 200 free relay of Jonathan Spires, Tyler Titsch, Marcus Quint and Andrew Ferguson set the only boys division record this year with their 1:27.10. Brentsville District had held the record of 1:27.43 since 2011. They also combined for a winning 3:12.42 in the 400 free relay.
Hidden Valley grabbed the 200 medley relay with the quartet of Will Moles, Ben Schmidt, Peter D'Ortenzio and Jacob Gibbs (1:38.66). Gibbs topped the field in the 100 free (47.61), and placed a very close second to Staunton River's Zachary Dehli in the 50 free, 21.56-21.64.
Lafayette's Carter Kale captured both the 200 IM (1:54.64) and the 500 free (4:39.78). Ben Kennedy of Glenvar also secured wins in two events–the 100 back (52.85) and the 100 fly, finishing 2-hundredths ahead of Lafayette' Carter Stulen (51.43-51.45).
Tabb's Trevor Jones came in first in the 100 back (59.15) and Brad Allison of James Monroe's 1:43.73 gave him the 200 free win.
Hidden Valley edged Lafayette for the team title, 195-185.5. Western Albemarle finished third (147.5). By just 1-1/2 points, Tabb claimed fourth over Grafton (123.5-122).
Christianburg divers swept the diving competition. The brother-sister combo of Leah (482.95) and Ronnie (511.45) both bettered their state records. Leah set hers in 2011 (460.00), while Ronnie posted his last year (482.35).