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BRIAR WOODS CAPTURES SEVEN STATE QUALIFYING TIMES IN FIRST DUAL MEET OF THE SEASON
The Briar Woods Boys and Girls Swim Team competed against Fauquier County High School on Saturday, December 3, at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg, VA. Both teams walked away with wins in their first dual meet of the season and picked up several State A/AA Standard Qualifying Times.
The boys 200 medley relay team of Eric Guessford, Kyle Albers, Brennan Maxwell and Michael Humphrise III started the meet off with a great race, qualifying for A/AA States in a time of 1:48.57. From there, the boys team continued swimming well, with most athletes swimming faster than their tryout times. In the 200 freestyle, Brennan Maxwell easily cruised in with a time of 2:01.21, winning the event by 28 seconds, while his teammate, Michael Hwang, finished second. The boys finished first in the next two events with Kyle Albers winning the 200 IM in a time of 2:24.62 and Eric Guessford achieving an A/AA State qualifying time in 23.35 in the 50 free. Michael Humphrise III swam his fastest time ever in the 50 free, placing second in 24.66.
In the 100 fly, Brennan Maxwell narrowly missed the A/AA State cut with a time of 57.82 and freshman, Derek Rothrock, took second in 1:09.07. Maxwell will try again for the qualifying time this weekend against Woodgrove High School. Continuing with the first place finishes, Eric Guessford again captured a win in his signature event, the 100 free, in a time of 52.64. The boys were not able to grab first place in the 500 free; however, Matt McDermott swam his fastest time ever of 5:57.01 and placed second. The 200 free relay team of Guessford, Kyle Hamilton, Humphrise III and Maxwell missed the A/AA State qualifying time by just over a second, placing first with a time of 1:38.03. Rothrock and McDermott went 1, 2 in the 100 back with times of 1:07.08 and 1:10.75, respectively. The 400 freestyle relay team of McDermott, Jonathan Baba, Rothrock and Albers finished the meet off with one more first place for the evening, touching the wall in a time of 4:12.98.
“I’m proud of the way the guys swam tonight. Although we had some key swimmers graduate last year or not come back this year, they really stepped up and swam their hearts out. With the medley relay qualifying for States on the first meet, without three of our State swimmers from last year, is really impressive and highlights their dedication. I’m very pleased with the entire boys team,” Eric Bateman, BWHS Head Coach, said.
On the girls side, the 200 medley relay team of Caleigh Hensley, Kristin Haufler, Caitlyn Brown and Erica Comm finished first with an A/AA State time of 1:58.63. Impressively, this time was achieved without senior Alli Haufler, who was competing at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, GA.
“Our girls team, once again, has an incredible amount of depth, probably more so this year than last. I can easily play with our lineup at each meet and every girl will step up, swim well and score points. We won every event of the evening and consistently placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th. A lot of the swimmers have been working extremely hard on their club teams and it’s really paying off. Coach Eric and I really look forward in seeing what they are capable of achieving this year,” says Assistant Head Coach, Jessica Fry-Jones.
In the 200 freestyle, Caitlyn Brown took first with a time of 2:09.56 and teammate, Nathalie Moore, placed second in a time of 2:16.25. Kristin Haufler (2:13.93), Lizzie Mittan (2.19.20), Aspasia Padgiotis (2:35.51) and freshman Emily Sheehan (2:39.22) went 1, 2, 3, 4 in the 200 IM, while Haufler and Mittan both achieved A/AA State cuts in the event. Kristin also broke her own school record in the event that she set last season at the Dulles District Meet. Similarly, in the 50 free, the BWHS girls went 1, 2, 3, with Caleigh Hensley winning the event in a time of 26.32. Erica Comm was second with a time of 26.77 and senior Madi Horner placed third with a best time of 28.28.
After the ten-minute break, the lady Falcons went right back to their winning ways, with Kristin Haufler winning the 100 fly in a time of 1:00.99, her third A/AA State qualifying time of the meet. The girls depth was apparent again in the 100 free, with Veronica Smith winning in a time of 1:00.47 and Comm and Moore placing second and third in times of 1:01.07 and 1:02.88, respectively. During an exciting 500 free race, captain and senior Sadie McGann finished first with a time of 5:51.62, just ahead of teammate Caitlyn Brown, who finished the event in a time of 5:54.37. In her first time swimming the event, Natalie Harding placed third overall, touching the wall in a 7:06.68.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Smith, Horner, Moore and Brown placed first with a time of 1:51.70. In the 100 back, the girls team took first, second and third, with Lizzie Mittan winning the event, just missing the A/AA State cut in a time of 1:04.68. Hensley took second in 1:06.25 and Smith placed third in 1:09.59. Elizabeth Gomez, who came from behind on the last 25, won the 100 breaststroke by .27 seconds and posted a time of 1:21.31. Caroline Fowler, placed third in the event with a time of 1:25.53, not far off of her time at the District meet last year. In the last event of the evening, the lady Falcons really showed their depth by placing first, second, third and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay, with the A relay of Hensley, Mittan, Comm and Haufler qualifying for A/AA States in a time of 3:52.91, again, without captain Alli Haufler.
Briar Woods will swim against Woodgrove High School on Saturday, December 10, at Claude Moore Recreation Center at 11:30 am. The team will be missing several swimmers to the Tom Dolan Invitational at the University of Maryland and the Winter Classic at George Mason University, but the swimmers are looking forward to achieving more A/AA State cuts while key swimmers are competing elsewhere.
Briar Woods Falcons Rock States
The Briar Woods girls swim team came home with a 3rd -place finish in the Virginia State Swimming Championships this past Friday and Saturday, well ahead of the boys’ 13th-place, but record-setting, finish. Competing against hundreds of the best swimmers the state has to offer, Briar Woods turned in some amazing performances and came away with numerous school records and top finishes.
On the girls’ side, all of Briar Woods’ swimmers had outstanding preliminaries Friday and reached the finals on Saturday. Alli Haufler led the way, capturing 3rd in the 200 Free and breaking a school record by more than 2 seconds, she then came back in the 100 Fly taking 2nd in the state.
Kristin Haufler also had an outstanding meet, taking 6th in the 100 Free and tying for 7th in the 50 Free with teammate Caleigh Hensley. Hensley also had a great swim in the 100 Backstroke, taking 13thplace.
Caitlyn Brown, in her first State meet, scored a solid performance, placing 10th in the 200 Free and 13th in the 500 Free. Another freshman, Erica Comm, showed her skills, making the finals in both the 50 Free and 100 Free, and placing 16th in both. Lizzie Mittan had a terrific meet taking 8th in the 500 Free.
On relays, the team of Brown, Mittan, Comm, and Veronica Smith captured 12th in the 200 Free. In the 200 IM Relay the team of Hensley, Comm and both Hauflers finished 3rd, while Brown, Hensley and both Hauflers combined to capture 2nd in the 400 Free Relay.
On the boy’s side, Matt Nielsen led the way with a 4th-place finish in the 500 Freestyle, breaking the school record by an astonishing 17 seconds. Nielsen then captured another 4th-place finish with a second school record in the 100 Breast.
Philip Mardock also had a very strong showing making the finals in the 200 Freestyle and finishing in 12th place.
The boys relay teams also had terrific performances, setting two school records. Nielsen, Steffen Vater, Philip Mardock and Eric Guessford captured 9th in the 200 IM, while Geussford, Mardock, Nielsen and Brennan Maxwell combined to take 8th in 400 Free.
Congratulations to all swimmers for an outstanding, recording-setting year. Your coaches and school are very proud of all your accomplishments.
Written by the Head Coach
Submitted by a parent