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By Erin Himes, Swimming World College Intern
Tons of 3A State records were broken at 3A Virginia High School States this weekend.
The Hidden Valley High School squad of Jackson Gray, Keith Myburgh, Jason Hamilton, and Greg Reed won the men’s 200 medley relay, finishing in 1:34.28. They were followed by the Tabb High School team of CJ Omweg, Chris Verastek, Nick Talati, and Sean Du in 1:37.57 and the Western Albemarle High School team of Noah Hargrove, Matt Mandell, Jason Heilman, and AJ Donovan in 1:38.93.
On the women’s side, Riverside High School took first in 1:48.52 with the team of Ashley Bae, Hannah Ye, Claire Nguyen, and Allison Kopac. In second was York High School, with Megan Gaffney, Danika Katzer, Alyssa Reilly, and Alex Slayton posting a 1:48.68. Third place went to Paige Assaid, Emma Muzzy, Allie Lawson, and Sydney Hilovsky of Cave Spring High School, touching in 1:51.92.
In the men’s 200 freestyle, Reed took first in 1:39.96, a new 3A state record. In second was Talati in 1:42.63 and in third was Ethan Apisa of Blacksburg High School in 1:44.69.
On the women’s side, Nguyen won in 1:48.46, also a new 3A state record. Julianna Jones of New Kent High School finished second in 1:52.84. Sydney Smith of Hidden Valley High School and Laura Hodge of Blacksburg High School tied for third with 1:55.10.
Myburgh took the men’s 200 IM in 1:50.41, breaking the 3A State Record. August Lamb of Western Albemarle High School took second in 1:53.69 and Hamilton took third in 1:54.34.
In the women’s race, Muzzy shattered the 3A state record with a 1:59.22. She was followed by Katzer with a 2:01.19 and Zorey Sargent of New Kent High School in 2:10.59.
Parker Harp of York High School won the men’s 50 free in 21.55. Aiden Finucane of Hidden Valley High School finished second in 21.65 and Donovan took third in 21.87.
Slayton won the women’s race in 23.88. She was followed by Tristan Harrison of Tabb High School in 24.17 and Morgan James of Western Albemarle High School in 24.20.
In 1 meter diving, Caleb Hatcher of Christainsburg High School won with 350.40. Jacob Smidt of Hidden Valley placed second with 322.85 and William Peritz of Western Albemarle placed third with 316.55.
In women’s diving, Lexi Mills of New Kent won with 451.60 points, a new 3A state record. In second was Brooke Leftwich of Cave Spring with 435.55 and in third was Maddie Nichols of Hidden Valley with 349.75.
Next up was the men’s 100 fly, which Angelo Russo of Cave Spring won in 48.45, a new 3A state record. In second was Talati in 51.73 and in third was Chandler Jearls of Northside High School in 52.60.
Olivia Bray of Lord Botetourt High School won the women’s 100 fly in 53.62. Nguyen took second in 54.89 and Morgan Whaley of Warhill High School took third in 56.22.
Harp won the men’s 100 free in 46.90. Finucane took second in 46.91 and Lamb took third in 46.96.
On the women’s side, Kopac won in 51.15, breaking a 3A state record. Jones finished second in 52.00 and Slayton took third in 52.09.
Reed dominated the men’s 500 freestyle in a 3A state record breaking time of 4:26.75. He was followed by Hamilton in 4:37.11 and Apisa in 4:41.91.
In the women’s 500, Kopac won in 4:55.71. Megan Cummins of Christainsburg High School took second in 5:05.92 and Ashley Sennett of Brookeville High School took third in 5:07.72.
Next up was the men’s 200 free relay. Hidden Valley High School won with a 3A state record of 1:26.88 with the team of Colin Gibbons, Finucane, Gray, and Myburgh. Western Albemarle took second in 1:28.22 with the squad of Lamb, Donovan, Johnny Riordan, and Heilman. In third was Ryan Hutcherson, Gabriel Penn, Brian Harnish, and Nate Romanowski of Brentsville District High School in 1:29.97.
York High School won the women’s race with the team of Slayton, Gaffney, Reilly, and Katzer finishing in 1:39.10. Cave Spring High School finished in 1:42.06 with the team of Muzzy, Allie Lawson, Hilovsky, and Assaid. In third was Warhill High School in 1:43.50, with the squad of Whaley, Faith Tyranski, Kate Watkins, and Zoe Rippel.
Russo won the men’s 100 back in 3A state record timing, going a 49.23. Gray finished second in 51.22. Omweg finished third with a 53.34.
Bray won the women’s race, touching in 54.20, a 3A state record. Assaid took second in 56.81 and Sennett took third with 59.12.
Myburgh won the men’s 100 breaststroke, taking down his own 3A record in 56.35. Jonathan Brooks of Brentsville District High School took second in 58.92 and Verastek took third in 59.66.
Muzzy broke the 3A record on the women’s side, touching in 1:02.95. Katzer finished second in 1:04.18 and Ye took third in 1:07.68.
Hidden Valley High School men won yet another relay with the 400 free relay touching in a 3A record of 3:11.41. The team was made up of Gibbons, Finucane, Hamilton, and Reed. In second was the Western Albemarle squad of Lamb, Stephane Karp, Riordan, and Hargrove, touching in 3:16.13. York High School took third in 3:20.37 with the squad of Kyle Mastracci, Jacob Rice, Noah Fields, and Harp.
Riverside High School won the final women’s race with a time of 3:34.98 and the team of Nguyen, Bae, Ye, and Kopac. In second was Blacksburg High School, with the team of Hannah Jirsa, Hodge, Gracie Slusser, and Cameron Seeley touching in 3:40.78. Third place went to Hidden Valley High School’s squad of Smith, Stephanie Lodico, Grace Landolt, and Elena Lloyd, who touched in 3:43.96.
Hidden Valley High School won the men’s meet, scoring 399 points. In second was Western Albemarle with 347 point and in third was Brentsville District with 210.
Riverside High School won the women’s meet with 270 points, followed by York High School with 192 and Blacksburg High School with 185.5.
Full results available here.