Region 5B swim championships N8494

Douglas Freeman’s Maura Graff won the 100-yard butterfly at the Region 5B championships last season. The girls team finished second in the state championship.

Douglas Freeman swatted away the competition in the Region 5B swim championships Friday at SwimRVA, with the Rebels’ boys and girls teams winning their respective championships by wide margins.

The Freeman boys amassed 452 points compared with 294 for second-place J.R. Tucker and 293 for third-place Mills Godwin. The Eagles and Tigers swapped places on the girls side. Freeman finished first with 488 points, followed by Mills Godwin with 388 and J.R. Tucker with 228.

“Everybody swam fantastically,” said Douglas Freeman coach Chris Dingman. “We couldn’t ask for anything more from any of the kids.”

Carter Bristow led the Rebels’ girls with four wins: individually in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and as part of the 200 medley relay team (with Grace Edwards, Maya Atkins and Maura Graff) and 400 freestyle relay team (with Atkins, Lizzie Danforth and Sarah Bender).

Dain Ripol and Nicholas Viers led the Douglas Freeman boys. Ripol had three wins: in the 200 individual medley and as part of the 200 freestyle relay team (with Decker Bristow, Colin Whiting and Hunter Locher) and 400 freestyle relay team (with Viers, Whiting and Reid Hutcherson) and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle. Viers also won the 100 breaststroke and finished second in the 100 butterfly and as part of the 200 medley relay team (with Locher, Hutcherson and Anderson Broughton).

Boys

Team scores: 1. Douglas Freeman 452; 2. J.R. Tucker 294; 3. Mills Godwin 293; 4. Lee-Davis 217; 5. Atlee 207; 6. Matoaca 168; 7. Deep Run 145; 8. Glen Allen 124; 9. L.C. Bird 102

200-yard medley relay: 1. J.R. Tucker (Madden, Chance, Whelan, Dalla Valle) 1:37.93; 200 freestyle: 1. Dalla Valle (JRT) 1:43.30; 200 individual medley: 1. Ripol (DSF) 1:54.27; 50 freestyle: 1. Griffiths (L-D) 22.03; 100 butterfly: 1. Whelan (JRT) 50.93; 100 freestyle: 1. Farrar (L-D) 47.20; 500 freestyle: 1. Dalla Valle (JRT) 4:40.41; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Douglas Freeman (Bristow, Whiting, Locher, Ripol) 1:29.93; 100 backstroke: 1. Madden (JRT) 52.44; 100 breaststroke: 1. Viers (DSF) 1:00.60; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Douglas Freeman (Ripol, Viers, Whiting, Hutcherson) 3:14.71

Girls

Team scores: 1. Douglas Freeman 488; 2. Mills Godwin 317; 3. J.R. Tucker 228; 4. Atlee 224; 5. Glen Allen 212; 6. Deep Run 202; 7. Lee-Davis 175; 8. Matoaca 99; 9. Varina 54; 10. L.C. Bird 2

200-yard medley relay: 1. Douglas Freeman (Edwards, Atkins, Graff, Bristow) 1:46.69; 200 freestyle: 1. Bristow (DSF) 1:51.35; 200 individual medley: 1. Danforth (DSF) 2:04.72; 50 freestyle: 1. Malloy (MG) 23.89; 1. 100 butterfly: 1. Graff (DSF) 57.49; 100 freestyle: 1. Bender (DSF) 51.83; 500 freestyle: 1. Bristow (DSF) 4:54.90; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Douglas Freeman (Proffitt, Cortright, Bender, Graff) 1:38.46; 100 backstroke: 1. Fuller (GA) 57.69; 100 breaststroke: 1. Atkins (DSF) 1:03.60; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Douglas Freeman (Bristow, Atkins, Danforth, Bender) 3:31.25


Hanover boys, Monacan girls win in Class 4, Region B

For a while, it looked as if Monacan’s boys might thwart Hanover’s bid for its first region title at the Region 4B championships at SwimRVA.

But the Hawks’ depth provided them the boost they needed to pull away from the Chiefs in the final events and win that elusive championship by a 60-point margin, 353-313.

But the Chiefs, in their first year of varsity competition, didn’t go away empty handed. Their girls held off a charging King George 468-449 to take the Region 4B girls title.

“It was an outstanding day,” said Hanover coach George Massey. “We came close last year, got second. This year, we finally got over the hump, finally got a region title.”

Both teams had well-seasoned rosters, many still finding ways to improve their times in their latest performance. But Hanover had more swimmers on its roster, and those numbers began to make themselves felt in later races, such as the 500-yard freestyle relay, in which the Hawks had three swimmers in the final — and fastest — heat, while Monacan had just one.

Monacan coach Brian Singleton had no complaints.

“I couldn’t be more proud of both teams,” he said. “They did an outstanding job. They worked hard all year. We had our first year in VHSL swimming. It was a new experience for us, and I couldn’t be happier with our outcome.”

Hanover’s boys were led by Patrick Townsend, who won the 200 individual medley (1:55.68) and 200 butterfly (51.00) and who was part of the 200 freestyle relay team (with Marshall Brooks, Jack Hufner and Luke Daley), which came from behind twice and nipped Monacan’s squad at the end by just 0.24 of a second.

Monacan’s girls were led by Jessie Wallin, who won the 100 butterfly (59.24) and 500 freestyle (5:04.51) and who was part of the Chiefs’ winning 400 freestyle relay with Abigail Bunting, Paige Strycker and Allison Pickels.

Boys

Team scores: 1. Hanover 413; 2. Monacan 353; 3. Midlothian 289; 4. King George 247; 5. Courtland 243; 6. Patrick Henry 181; 7. Louisa 151; 8. Chancellor 107; 9. Powhatan 51; 10. Eastern View 38; 11. Caroline 23

200-yard medley relay: 1. Monacan (Heinrich, Higgins, Doss, Polino) 1:37.27; 200 freestyle: 1. Doss (MON) 1:43.27; 200 individual medley: 1. Townsend (HAN) 1:55.68; 50 freestyle: 1. Ashton (COU) 21.42; 100 butterfly: 1. Townsend (HAN) 51.00; 100 freestyle: 1. Miller (KG) 46.48; 500 freestyle: 1. Johnson (MON) 4:39.65; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Hanover (Brooks, Schoenwiesner, Altman, Hufner) 1:30.19; 100 backstroke: 1. Leupold (COU) 53.01; 100 breaststroke: Wilson (KG) 58.59; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Monacan (Johnson, Ellis, Higgins, Doss) 3:21.48

Girls

Team scores: 1. Monacan 468; 2. King George 449; 3. Courtland 230; 4. Chancellor 220; 5. Hanover 153; 6. Louisa 131; 7. Patrick Henry 127; 8. Midlothian 122; 9. Powhatan 74; 10. Eastern View 72; 11. Caroline 7.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Monacan (Jones, Hobson, Ritchie, Peel) 1:49.93; 200 freestyle: 1. Owen (LC) 1:56.53; 200 individual medley 1. Ritchie (MON) 2:15.31; 50 freestyle: 1. Sizemore (KG) 24.13; 100 butterfly: 1. Wallin (MON) 59.24; 100 freestyle: 1. Bentz 51.90; 500 freestyle: Wallin (MON) 5:04.51; 200 freestyle relay: 1. King George (Sizemore, Morrow, Wheater, Bentz) 1:36.83; 100 backstroke: 1. Bentz (KG) 55.69; 100 breaststroke: 1. Miller (KG) 1:07.17; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Monacan (Wallin, Bunting, Strycker, Pickels) 3:40.28

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