Albemarle’s boys swim team put together a strong performance Wednesday night and it gives the Patriots a lot of momentum a little more than a week ahead of the state championships.
The Patriots held off runner-up Stafford 429 to 381 to win the Class 5, Region D championship.
Albemarle’s girls performed well too, taking third place behind a loaded Patrick Henry squad and runner-up Mountain View.
The Albemarle boys got the job done with a huge win in the final event, the 400-free relay, beating Stafford head to head. The Patriots also took the runner-up spot in the 200 medley relay and third in the 200 free relay.
In individual events, Nick Ashby led the way with a win in the 100 breaststroke and he also took third in the 200 IM. Thomas Leckrone won the 100 butterfly and Seton Hall-bound Caleb Smith also gave the Patriots a boost, finishing as the runner-up in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 IM. Alex Tan took third in the 500 freestyle while Luke Strickler took fifth. Walker Davis finished as the runner-up in the 100 backstroke and took third in the 100 freestyle. Strickler also took fifth in the 200 freestyle, with teammate Jake Hartogensis taking fourth in that race. Victor Valovalo finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. John Hornsby finished fifth in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Charlie Cross took fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Albemarle’s girls team was strong in the relays too, taking third in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay while grabbing fourth in the 200 medley.
Claire Moody took fourth in the 200 free and 100 free. Sophie Haise took fourth in the 50-free and fifth in the 100-freestyle. Rachel Wang finished fourth in the 100-butterfly. Maren Weathersby finished fifth in the 100 fly and 100-backstroke
Orange County’s girls and boys placed 10th overall. Jenna Faulconer took sixth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 breaststroke to lead the Hornets’ effort.