August Lamb Leads Western Albemarle to Team Title Sweep; Diver Lexi Mills Breaks State Record at Virginia Class 3 Meet

Western Albemarle
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The 2019 Virginia Class 3 State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the SwimRVA Pool in Richmond, Va.

August Lamb won four gold medals and broke five Class 3 records to guide Western Albemarle to a dominant performance, winning the boys’ team title with 503 total points. New Kent’s Lexi Mills broke the 16-year-old Virginia State mark on the 1-meter diving board while Western Albemarle also won the girls’ championship crown with a score of 338.5.

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Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Western Albemarle – 503
2. York – 243
3. Hidden Valley – 218
4. Brookville – 217
5. Fluvanna County – 143

York’s Noah Fields (24.40), Nick Barrows (28.43), Jacob Rice (23.66) and Andrew Creelman (22.47) began the meet by winning the 4×50 medley relay in 1:38.96. Fields then went on to claim an individual gold in the 100 back with a time of 51.89.

Lamb dominated the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:39.51 to break Greg Reed’s 2017 Class 3 record of 1:39.96. He did the same thing in the 100 free, winning the race in 45.16 to crush his own Class 3 mark of 46.15 set last season.

Western Albemarle’s Noah Hargrove won the 200 IM in 1:51.49, just ahead of the runner-up Nick Talati (1:51.94) of Tabb. Talati was the only swimmer in the field to crack the 50-second barrier in the 100 fly, doing so in 49.80 for the victory. Hargrove also won the 500 free in 4:38.17.

Spotswood’s Evan Weakley splashed-and-dashed his way to a win in the 50 free, posting a quick 21.54 ahead of Western Albemarle’s Tyce Winter (21.65). Christiansburg’s Caleb Hatcher dove to first on the 1-meter board with a final score of 399.35. Hidden Valley’s Collin Myburgh was the only swimmer in the field to go under the minute-marker in the 100 breast, getting his hands to the wall the fastest in 57.31.

Western Albemarle continued their winning ways as the 4×50 free relay squad of Lamb (20.84), Winter (21.10), Jason Heilman (22.48) and Hargrove (20.97) won in 1:25.39, setting a new Class 3 record. Lamb’s lead-off split of 20.84 eclipsed the previous Class 3 mark of 20.85 set by Aaron James in 2016.

Western Albemarle concluded their dominant meet by winning the 4×100 free relay. The team of Stephane Karp (48.83), Peyton Wray (49.22), Hargrove (46.96) and Lamb (45.32) won in 3:10.33, breaking the old Class 3 mark of 3:11.41.

Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Western Albemarle – 338.5
2. York – 328.5
3. Fluvanna County – 225
4. Monticello – 204
5. Tabb – 168

Fluvanna County started the girls meet with a win in the 4×50 medley relay as the team of Maialen Sudupe (27.12), Abigayle Harlow (29.92), Allyson Lounsbury (27.17) and Abigail Fuller (23.54) won in 1:47.75. Their 4×50 free relay squad of Sudupe (25.22), Emma DiFazio (26.09), Harlow (23.97) and Fuller (23.58) also won in 1:38.86.

Cave Spring’s Suzanne Harris dropped nearly three seconds from her prelims time to win the 200 IM in 2:05.63. Tabb’s Meagan Turner narrowly won the 100 breast in 1:06.23, only three-hunderedths faster than runner-up Elisabeth Bendall (1:06.26) of Monticello.

Monticello freshman Izzy Bradley sprinted to first in the 50 free, posting a swift 23.67 to finish just ahead of runner-up Kimberley Large (23.71) of Abingdon. Large then went on to win the 100 free by exactly one second in 51.89.

Monticello’s Athena Vanyo flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 55.06 ahead of Tabb’s Tristan Harrison (55.11). Harrison later won the 100 back in 56.10 ahead of Bradley (56.21).

Senior Mills dove to first on the 1-meter board with a final score of 503.55 to break Mary Yarrison’s 2003 overall state record of 483.50 as well as Brooke Leftwich’s 2018 Class 3 mark of 480.45.

York’s Hannah Garner cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:53.43 for the win. She later went on to post a three-second victory in the 500 free, finishing the race with a final time of 5:05.01. York’s Laura Gaffney (53.77), Megan Gaffney (54.58), Alyssa Reilly (54.56) and Garner (53.51) concluded the meet as champions in the 4×100 free relay with a final time of 3:36.42.