VHSL Class 5 Swim Championships A7316

J.R. Tucker’s Matthew Whelan (foreground) pulls ahead of Stone Bridge’s Steven Thalblum to win the boys 100-yard butterfly in the Class 5 swimming championships.

FAIRFAX — Douglas Freeman’s boys and girls swim teams may have been the most consistent performers, but J.R. Tucker’s boys provided the biggest sparks in the VHSL Class 5 swim championships at George Mason University’s Jim McKay Natatorium on Friday night.

The Rebel girls finished second and the Freeman boys finished third.

The Tigers had the only metro-area winners of the night, though, and Matthew Whelan had a hand in both of those: first, a come-from-behind win in the 100-yard butterfly, then first in the 400 freestyle relay with Daniel Chance, Patrick Madden and Christopher Dalla Valle.

Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology won the boys team title, edging second-place Briar Woods in the final two events to win by 20 points, 197-177. Douglas Freeman had 161 points. J.R. Tucker’s boys were sixth with 129 points.

Patrick Henry-Roanoke handily won the girls team title with 299 points. The Rebels finished with 254.5 points, followed by third-place Briar Woods with 251. Mills Godwin was fourth with 139.5 points.

Both Freeman teams were barely beaten in a couple of events, but those near-misses didn’t diminish Freeman coach Chris Dingman’s happiness with the overall result.

“It felt really good. Our girls and boys swam pretty well,” said Dingman. “Our girls swam very well, especially at the very end when we needed them to.”

The Freeman girls were led by Carter Bristow and Maya Atkins. Bristow had a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and third-place finishes: in the 200 medley relay (with Atkins, Grace Edwards and Maura Graff), the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay (with Peyton Proffitt, Lizzie Danforth and Sarah Bender).

Atkins also finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (with Bender, Graff and Claire Cortright) and the 100 breaststroke.

No matter how consistently the Rebels scored, it was J.R. Tucker’s boys who came home with the wins.

Whelan, who also finished second in the 50 freestyle, was trailing Stone Bridge’s Steven Thalblum halfway through the 100 butterfly when he found some extra reserve.

“I knew he had better underwaters than me, so the third 25 I knew I had to get out in front of him, to be even with him coming off the wall for the last one,” said Whelan.

“So I just pushed the third 25 and brought it home.”

Whelan edged Thalblum by a tenth of a second, 49.33 to 49.43.

The Tigers likewise had to catch up to and overtake Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology in the 400 freestyle relay. The noise generated at the blocks on lane two when Dalla Valle sealed the win was deafening.

VHSL Class 5 Championships

(At George Mason University)

Boys

Team scores: 1. Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology 197; 2. Briar Woods 177; 3. Douglas Freeman 161; 4. Princess Anne 137; 5. Menchville 135; 6. J.R. Tucker 129; 7. Stafford 127; 8. Hickory 120; 9. John Champe 101; 10. Albemarle 100; 11. Rock Ridge 98; 12. Potomac Falls 95.5; 13. North Stafford 88; 14. Lee-Davis 78; 15. Stone Bridge 66; 16. Nansemond River 61; 17. Patrick Henry-Roanoke 60; 18. Mills Godwin 56; 19. Maury 48; 20. Wakefield 43; 21. Falls Church 40; 22. Lee 38; 23. Freedom 27; 24. Salem 24; 25. Glen Allen 23; 26. Kempsville 18; 27. Harrisonburg 15; 28. Broad Run 11.5; 29. Hampton 11; 30. Deep Run 9; 31. Massaponax 6; 32. Matoaca 5; 33. Kecoughtan 4; 34. Thomas Edison 1.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Briar Woods (Jack Moore, Thomas Moore, Will Reilly, Cameron McConagha) 1:34.36; 200 freestyle: 1. Jonathan Pollock (TJST) 1:38.82; 200 individual medley: 1. Noah Bowers (PH-R) 1:47.10; 50 freestyle: 1. Brandon Hamblin (NS) 20.27; 100 butterfly: 1. Matthew Whelan (JRT) 49.33; 100 freestyle: 1. Jonathan Pollock (TJST) 45.22; 500 freestyle: 1. Sam Oliver (JC) 4:34.29; 200 freestyle relay:1. Stafford (Jacob Talkington, Joseph Stephens, Dylan Eichberg, John O’Hara) 1:26.07; 100 backstroke: 1. Noah Bowers (PH-R) 48.04; 100 breaststroke: 1. Thomas Moore (BW) 57.19; 400 freestyle relay: 1. J.R. Tucker (Matthew Whelan, Daniel Chance, Patrick Madden, Christopher Dalla Valle) 3:10.49.

Girls

Team scores: 1. Patrick Henry-Roanoke 299; 2. Douglas Freeman 254.5; 3. Briar Woods 251; 4. Mills Godwin 251; 5. Mountain View 119; 6. Thomas Jefferson 114; 7. Menchville 112; 8. Broad Run 101; 9. Deep Run 91; 10. Potomac Falls 75; 11. Rock Ridge 73; 12. Freedom 68; 13. Princess Anne 62; 14. Stone Bridge 57; 15. (tie) Tuscarora, Atlee, Glen Aleen 55; 18. Falls Church 54; 19. (tie) Hickory, Kecoughtan 47; 21. Lee-Davis 42; 22. Albemarle 24; 23. Wakefield 23; 24. Lee 22; 25. Massaponax 16; 26. Thomas Edison 13; 27. Stafford 11; 28. John Champe 10; 29. J.R. Tucker 7; 30. (tie) Kempsville, Nansemond River 6

200-yard medley relay: 1. Patrick Henry-Roanoke (Cabell Whitlow, Ella Higgins, Whittney Hamilton, Shelby Stanley) 1:43.63; 200 freestyle: 1. Caroline Kulp (PH-R) 1:48.57; 200 individual medley: 1. Cabell Whitlow (PH-R) 2:00.57; 50 freestyle: 1. Anna Landon (FC) 22.95; 100 butterfly: 1. Anna Landon (FC) 51.29; 100 freestyle: 1. Anna Landon (FC) 50.87; 500 freestyle: 1. Caroline Kulp (PH-R) 4:50.39; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Patrick Henry-Roanoke (Caroline Kulp, Kemper John, Cabell Whitlow; Brooke Knisely) 1:35.45; 100 backstroke: 1. Mackenzie McConagha (BW) 54.41; 100 breaststroke: 1. Abby Harter (BW) 1:02.85; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Patrick Henry-Roanoke (Caroline Kulp, Shelby Stanley, Brook Knisely, Whittney Hamilton) 3:26.32.

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