Western Albemarle Sweeps Virginia 3A State High School Championships

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Western Albemarle High School swept the girls and boys titles at the Virginia 3A State High School Championships.


Western Albemarle won the 3A state title with 278 points.  Blacksburg (231), Cave Spring (184), Hidden Valley (181) and York (170) also made the top five.

Cave Spring’s Emma Muzzy picked up the 3A state mark in the 50-yard free with a 23.42. That swim beat the 23.99 posted by Alex Slayton last year.

Muzzy claimed another 3A state mark with a 4:52.36 in the 500-yard free.  That swim cleared the 4:54.33 set by Abigail Richey back in 2014.

York’s Danika Katzer obliterated the 3A state record in the 200-yard IM.  Katzer clocked a 2:04.49 in prelims before posting a 2:02.65 to win the finale.  Emma Muzzy set the previous record last year with a 2:07.16. Katzer doubled with a 1:05.58 in the 100-yard breast.

Riverside’s Claire Nguyen won the 200-yard free in 1:51.33.

Warhill’s Morgan Whaley topped the 100-yard fly in 55.86.

New Kent’s Julianna Jones won the 100-yard free in 52.35.

Cave Spring’s Paige Assaid earned the 100-yard back title in 55.97.

Cave Spring’s Paige Assaid, Tessa Muzzy, Allie Lawson and Emma Muzzy won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.19.

York’s Alex Slayton, Elena Evans, Makenzie Katzer and Danika Katzer topped the 200-yard free relay in 1:39.55.

Cave Spring’s Paige Assaid, Allie Lawson, Tessa Muzzy and Emma Muzzy claimed the 400-yard free relay in 3:36.50.

Hidden Valley’s Celia Harding topped the one-meter diving event with 361.30 points.


Western Albemarle won the 3A title with 351 points, while Hidden Valley took second with 276 points. Tabb (216), Brentsville District (196) and Monticello (164) finished third through fifth.

Hidden Valley’s Greg Reed lowered the 3A state record in the 200-yard free with a 1:42.09.  That swim cleared the 1:42.88 set by Brad Allison last year.

Reed then unloaded on the 500-yard free 3A state record.  He clocked a 4:34.24 in prelims before winning in 4:32.49.  Both swims downed the 4:36.01 set by Carter Kale last year.

Cave Spring’s Angelo Russo became the first 3A swimmer to break 50 in the 100-yard fly with a 49.97.  That lowered Khalil Fonder’s 3A mark of 50.32 from last year.

Russo doubled up with a pair of 3A records in the 100-yard back.  He posted a 50.08 in prelims before winning in 49.48.  Both beat Fonder’s previous record of 50.87 from 2015.

Western Albemarle’s Aaron James twice downed the 3A state mark in the 50-yard free.  He posted a 21.08 in prelims before winning in 20.85.  Will Orrison owned the previous mark with a 21.17 from last year. James then doubled up with a 56.81 in the 100-yard free.

Hidden Valley’s Keith Myburgh claimed the 200-yard IM title in 1:51.69. Myburgh then doubled with a 56.51 to break the 100-yard breast 3A record.  That lowered the 57.60 set by Michael Craddock last year.

Tabb’s CJ Omweg, Chris Verastek, Nick Talati and Sean Du won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37.78.

Western Albemarle’s AJ Donovan, August Lamb, Jason Heilman and Aaron James lowered the 3A state record in the 200-yard free relay with a 1:27.32.  That eclipsed the 1:28.63 set by Kettle Run last year.

Hidden Valley’s Greg Reed, Jackson Gray, Jason Hamilton and Keith Myburgh blasted the 3A record in the 400-yard free relay with a 3:11.69.  That cleared the 3:14.03 set by Lafayette a year ago.

Hidden Valley’s Jacob Smidt won the one-meter diving title with 318.00 points.

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