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Oakton Girls Swim & Dive Wins AAA State Championship Title

Oakton High School Swim & Dive Girls Team

Oakton High School Swim & Dive Girls Team Photo Contributed

Oakton High School’s Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive teams participated in the Virginia AAA State Championship Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at George Mason University. The girls placed first with 275 points over Yorktown (128) and McLean (119). The boys placed third with 192 points behind Robinson (218.5) and James Madison (192.5). This is the second consecutive AAA State Title for the girls’ team.

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Oakton High School Swim & Dive Boys Team

The girls had a night full of winning relays beginning with the 200yd Medley Relay placing first with a time of 1:45.11, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews made up the 200yd Medley Relay team. Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, Megan Byrnes, and Janet Hu placed first in the 400yd Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:28.44, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, and Laura Branton placed first in the 200yd Freestyle Relay with an AAC qualifying time.

Janet Hu dominated the pool with four state records. Hu placed first in the 100yd Butterfly with a time of 52.84, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. She also placed first in the 100yd Backstroke with a new state record (53.27) and an AAA qualifying time.

Megan Byrnes placed first in the 500yd Freestyle with a time of 4:49.75, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. She also placed second in the 200yd Freestyle with an AAC qualifying time.

Philip Hu placed first in the 100yd Backstroke with a new state record (49.44) and an AAA qualifying time. In the 100yd Butterfly, Hu placed sixth.

Laura Branton placed first in the 100yd Freestyle with an AAA qualifying time and second in the 50yd Freestyle with an AAC qualifying time.

Diver Bennett Fagan, placed eighth overall at the AAA State Boys 1m Diving Final with 347.70 points.

The boys 200yd Medley Relay team of John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Michael Ambrose placed third with an AAC qualifying time.

John Shebat, Gregory DeRosa, Michael Ambrose and Denny Nguyen placed fifth in the 200yd Freestyle Relay.

John Shebat placed second in the 100yd Backstroke with an AAC qualifying time and seventh in the 50yd Freestyle.

Denny Nguyen placed sixth in the 200yd Individual Medley.

Nathan Pawlowicz placed seventh in the 500yd Freestyle.

Gillian Crews placed fifth in the 100yd Butterfly.

Julia Capobianco placed seventh in the 100yd Butterfly.

Complete results from the Virginia AAA State Championship Meet can be found at www.vhsl.org/athletics.