Patriot High School Men, James Madison High School Women Win Virginia 6A Championships

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By Erin Himes, Swimming World College Intern

At the Virginia 6A High School state championships, Patriot High School won the men’s 200 medley relay in 1:30.91, a new 6A record. The team consisted of Will Cumberland, Spencer Rowe, Cole Cooper, and AJ Ross. Westfield High School finished second in 1:34.86 with the squad of Ben Neubauer, Leo Wang, Alan Zhai, and Max Kuranda. South Lakes High School team of Hunter Ellis, Michael George, Tyler Ellis, and Gianmichel D’Alessandro finished third in 1:35.14.

In the first women’s relay, Chantilly Chargers finished first in 1:44.89 with the squad of Elise Mozeleski, Jacquee Clabeaux, Lea Gwennap, and Emma Rowson. In second place was James Madison High School’s team of Rachael Holp, Anna Keating, Elizabeth Kuhlkin, and Anna Miller in 1:46.04. Third went to Centreville High School’s squad of Emily Drakopoulos, Thalia Costanza, Lexi Cuomo, Gabby Kuehhas in 1:46.26.

Sam Pomajevich of Stonewall Jackson High School won the 200 free in 1:37.47. Lane Stone of West Springfield took second in 1:38.52 and Daniel Gyenis of Oakton High School took third in 1:40.27.

Sinead Eksteen of McLean High School broke the 6A record and won the 200 free in 1:46.53 on the girls side. Madeline LaPorte of James Madison High School finished second in 1:48.55, while Isabella Rongione of Langley High School took third in 1:49.32.

Casey Storch of Langley High School won the 200 IM for the men in 1:48.80. Cumberland took second in 1:48.87 and his teammate Rowe took third in 1:50.67.

Gwennap won the women’s 200 IM in 2:00.49. She was followed by Holly Jansen of West Potomac High School in 2:03.25 and Keating in 2:04.66.

Tommy Hallock of Oakton High School took first in the men’s 50 free in 20.28. Cason Wilburn of First Colonial took second in 20.59 and Corey Shepard of Osbourn Park High School took third in 21.13.

Anna Ober of Fairfax High School won the women’s 50 free in 23.56. Emily Meilus of Herndon Hornets took second in 23.58, while Evie Gieseman of Washington-Lee High School placed third in 24.07.

Pomajevich won the men’s 100 fly in a 6A record of 48.23. Christian Ginieczki of Herndon Hornets placed second with a 48.99 and was followed by Luke Durocher of Riverbend High School in 49.60.

Joanne Fu of Langley High School won the girl’s race in 54.93. In second was Cuomo in 55.13 and LaPorte finished third with a 55.94.

Hallock won the men’s 100 free in a 6A record of 44.24. Wilburn finished second in 44.69 and Ross took third with a 45.36.

Ecksteen broke another 6A record in the 100 free, finishing in 49.85. Ober took second with a 51.14 and Savannah Nash of Battlefield High School took third in 51.89.

Stone won the men’s 500 free in an all time VA record of 4:24.52. Philip Manoff of Battlefield High School came in second in a 4:29.39, while Gyenis finished third in 4:34.11.

On the women’s side, Rongione took firs place in a 4:46.19. Michelle Owens of Langley High School finished second in 4:49.88 and Emily Hetzer of Battlefield High School took third in 4:51.64.

Oakton High School won the men’s 200 free relay in 1:25.77. The team was made up of Drew Weber, Patrick O’Malley, Jet Pham-Ton, and Hallock. Patriot High School finished second in 1:26.16 with a squad of Cooper, Daniel Wong, Austin Gentry, and Ross. In third was Washington-Lee High School’s squad of Jayaprakash Kambhampaty, Lachlan Flatin, Jack Mowery, and Kai Green touching in 1:26.32.

Centreville High School won the women’s race with the team of Kuehhas, Drakopoulos, Costanza, and Cuomo touching in 1:36.60. First Colonial High School finished second in 1:36.85. The team was made up of Lilja Mckendry, Shelby Raber, Kierstin Godrey, and Elle Caldow. James Madison High School’s team of LaPorte, Miller, Keating, and Julia Downing touched in 1:37.42 for third place.

Cumberland won the 100 backstroke in 48.94. Ginieczki came in second in 49.40, while Kambhampaty took third with a 50.24.

Meilus placed first in the women’s 100 backstroke with a 6A state record of 54.65. Kylie Stronko of Osbourn Park High School and Anna Redican of South Lakes High School tied for second with a 55.71.

Rowe won the men’s 100 breaststroke in record setting fashion, swimming a 54.56 to take the 6A record. Dorje Wu of McLean High School placed second in 55.29 and Wang placed third in 55.53.

Clabeaux broke the 6A state record and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.03. Keating took second in 1:02.91 and Jansen finished third in 1:02.31.

Oakton High School’s boys won the 400 free relay in 3:07.91 with the team of Gyenis, Albert Xu, Devin Gardner, and Hallock. West Springfield finished second with the team of Stone, Peter Jones, Andrew Verdin, and Andrew Hale touching in 3:09.22. Patriot High School finished third with the squad of Cumberland, Wong, Cooper, and Rowe touching in 3:10.11.

Chantilly women won the 400 free relay in a 6A record of 3:28.03. The squad was comprised of Gwennap, Madison Kim, Lauren Young, and Clabeaux. James Madison’s team of LaPorte, Kuhlkin, Downing, and Holp finished second in 3:29.25. Oakton High took third in 3:31.30 with the team of Caroline McCleskey, Nike Sauger, McKenna Witlin, and Leaya Ma.

Patriot High School won the men’s side of the meet, while James Madison High School won on the women’s side.

Full results available here.

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Author: Erin Himes

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Erin Himes is a rising senior at Pepperdine University. She swims distance freestyle and has been a top scorer for the Waves in the 1,650 free each year at the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championship. She grew up swimming in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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