Torri Huske’s National HS 100 Fly Record Highlights Virginia Class 6A State Championships

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The 2019 Virginia Class 6 State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Friday, Feb. 15 at George Mason University’s Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va.

Yorktown sophomore Victoria “Torri” Huske stole the show at this meet, setting a new National High School record in the 100 fly. A total of seven Virginia state records were broken during these championships.

Oakton won their first state crown since 2015 with a total score of 226.5 ahead of Woodson (190) and James Madison (187). For the third-straight year, James Madison won the girls’ team title with 212 points ahead of First Colonial (208) and Yorktown (194).

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Boys Meet:

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Oakton – 226.5
2. Woodson – 190
3. James Madison – 187
4. Battlefield – 163
5. Washington-Lee – 155

The meet began as Oakton’s Anthony Grimm (20.87), Nick Highman (26.00), Kyle McCluskey (23.26) and Zach Baker (21.70) won the 4×50 medley relay in 1:31.83.

First Colonial’s Carson Wilburn cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:35.93. His final time came within inches of Andrew Seliskar’s overall Virginia state record of 1:35.76 set in 2014, but did break the previous Class 6 mark of 1:37.42. He also won the 100 fly in 48.13, fast enough for yet another Class 6 record.

It was an extremely close and exciting 200 IM race, as only three-tenths separated the top five swimmers. Highman ultimately got the win in 1:53.26 as Washington-Lee’s Adi Kambhampaty (1:53.28) was right behind.

Grimm, only a sophomore, stole the show as he threw down a blistering 19.67 to win the 50 free. That time crushed James Jones’ previous state and Class 6 mark of 20.16 set back in 2014. Oakton continued their winning and record-setting ways, this time in the 500 free as Daniel Gyenis won in 4:24.42. His time eclipsed the previous Virginia state and Class 6 record of 4:24.52 set by Lane Stone in 2017.

The 4×50 free relay went to Oakton’s Graham Evers (22.30), Gyenis (20.47), Albert Xu (21.70) and Grimm (19.28), who combined for a winning time of 1:23.75. Langley’s Will Koeppen took the top spot in the 100 back with a time of 50.11. Ocean Lake’s Kendall Ewing got his hands to the wall the fastest in the 100 breast, turning in a winning time of 55.38.

Washington-Lee’s Kai Green sprinted to first in the 100 free, out-touching runner-up Peter Makin of Fairfax (46.56) by .01. Washington-Lee’s Jack Mowery (46.88), Kambhampaty (47.38), Sean Conley (46.96) and Green (46.43) concluded the boys’ meets as champions in the 4×100 free relay with a final time of 3:07.65.

Girls Meet:

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. James Madison – 212
2. First Colonial – 208
3. Yorktown – 194
4. Oakton -167
5. Lake Braddock – 137

Yorktown’s Mary Kate Reicherter (26.74), Kayle Park (29.62), Huske (23.04) and Caroline Burgeson (23.76) began the girls’ meet as champions in the 4×50 medley relay. Their combined time of 1:43.16 was just off their own State and Class 6 record of 1:43.02.

First Colonial’s Elle Caldow cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:47.39. JRMD’s Grace Sheble also got under the 1:50 barrier in 1:48.11 for second. Caldow also won the 100 back in 53.91 to give First Colonial another win.

First Colonial’s Samantha Tadder was the only swimmer in the field to break the two-minute marker in the 200 IM, doing so in 1:59.88 for the gold. She then went on to claim her second victory, this time taking the 500 free in 4:49.28 to best the field by nine seconds.

Huske lit the pool on fire in the 50 free, splashing-and-dashing her way to a blistering 21.95. That quick time broke Janet Hu’s 2014 state and Class 6 record of 22.29. Soon after, Huske was back in the water to win gold in the 100 fly, again break Hu’s record of 52.46 with a jaw-dropping 51.29. That time also broke Beata Nelson’s National High School record of 51.62.

Floyd E. Kellam’s Nicole Venema sprinted her way to a win in the 100 free as the only swimmer to crack 50 seconds. Her time of 49.68 broke the Class 6 record of 49.85 set by Sinead Eksteen in 2017. James Madison’s Anna Keating got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in a swift 1:00.26 for another state and 6A mark.

First Colonial’s Kirstin Godfrey (23.74), Callow (23.28), Lilja Mckendry (24.74) and Tadder (22.41) won the 4×50 free relay in 1:34.17, blasting the previous state and Class 6 record of 1:35.45 set last year by Patrick Henry Roanoke.

The meet concluded with yet another state and Class 6 record, this time in the 4×100 free relay. First Colonial’s Olivia Tillett (54.48), Caldow (50.58), Godfrey (51.03) and Tadder (49.57) touched in 3:25.66, eclipsing the old mark of 3:25.98.

5 comments

  1. Ja Bounce

    50 – 23.69
    100 – 51.29 (27.60)
    Crazy!! #SetAsASophmore Congrats!!

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