Western Albemarle decided to play the long game Saturday, using the Class 3, Region C meet to qualify as many swimmers as possibly for Friday’s state championship meet. Which meant boys swimmers like Noah Hargrove and August Lamb and girls swimmers like Kathryn Burr and Claudia James didn’t race.
That approach helped the Warriors qualify more swimmers and it cost them nothing except margin of victory as Western still swept the the Region 3C championships despite the squad’s only individual championships coming in the dive competition earlier in the week.
The Western girls scored 165 points to hold off a charge from runner-up Monticello who scored 103 points while Fluvanna County took third in the meet. The Western boys scored 159 points to outpace runner-up Rockbridge’s 90 points with Monticello taking sixth as a team.
Swimmers finishing in the top four and others with qualifying times from earlier in the season will compete in the Class 3 state championships at Swim RVA in Richmond Friday.
William Peritz won the dive for the Warriors’ boys and kicked off a sweep of the top four spots by Nate Hargrove, Wade Donalson and Trevor Donalson.
The Western boys finished as the runner-up in the 200 medley relay, third in the 200 free relay and fourth in the 400 free relay. Zach Bowen was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle while A.J. Given was the runner-up in the 50 free and took fifth in the 100 free. Johnny Riordan took second in the 100 free. Evan Sposato was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 backstroke while Andrew Holzwarth took fourth in the 400 free and fifth in the 100 backstroke. Josiah Walcott took third in the 100-fly and fourth in the 200 free, Zach Bowen took fifth in the 400 free and Alex He was third in the 100 breaststroke.
On the girls side, Western’s Carey D’Arte won the dive, with Sara Warren, Sara Beth Manning and Riley Stackhouse taking the next three spots to pile up points for Western. The Western relays took runner-up spots in the 200 free and 400 free relays as well as third in the 200 medley relay.
Sydney Dutton was the runner-up in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 backstroke while Kimball Sheehan was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. Claire O’Connell took third in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke and Kayleigh Jumper was fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 butterfly. Maya Chatterson took third in the 200 free and Maeci Frank was third in the 100 breaststroke. Anjali Nietzche was fourth in the 100 butterfly and Libby Addison was fifth in the 100 free.
The Monticello girls dominated the relays to power the Mustangs’ runner-up finish, winning the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Ava Burnsed won the 100 free and took fifth in the 200 free. Kayleigh Stebbins was the runner-up in the 100 free. Adaire Burnsed took fifth in the 200 IM and Katie Jordan was fourth in the 400 free.
The Fluvanna girls’ third place performance got a big boost from a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay and a third place in the 200 free relay. Abigail Fuller also won the 200 IM and took second in the 100 fly while Zoe Moore was third place in both the 50 freestyle and 400 freestyle. Caylyn McNaul was fifth in the 400 free.
The Monticello boys took second in the 200 free relay and fifth in the 400 free. They got a pair of fifth place finishes from Owen Linville in the 200 free and Jack Culbreath in the 50 free.
Fluvanna’s boys finished fourth in the 200 free relay and Hunter Strickland took fourth in both the 200 IM and 100 freestyle races.