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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

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January 26, 2014 

Oakton Celebrates Senior Night with Win Over Westfield 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Dive finished out the regular season Friday night at Cub Run RECenter with a win over Westfield High School. The girls scored 189 points over Westfield’s 123. The score for the boys’ side was 186-129. The girls closed the season with a record of 6-1; the boys’ season record is 5-2.  

Oakton’s seniors were honored during the meet, making a double win extra meaningful for 21 members of the team that are seniors. Mary Arscott, a captain and senior on the team, shared her senior experience on Oakton Swim and Dive: “It feels so surreal being leaders of the team because it seems like a couple of days ago we were looking up to our seniors. It’s always fun talking to the freshmen and teaching them our traditions and cheers. This team has made the past four years so special, and I know I’ll miss it next year.” 

Oakton’s divers had a solid performance where Bennett Fagan placed 1st for the boys’ event. Julia Powell, Corina Gribble, and Neda Noori swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively for the girls. 

Both the boys’ and girls’ 200yd Freestyle relay finished 1st. Denny Nguyen, Michael Ambrose, Nathan Pawlowicz, and John Shebat made up the boy’s relay team. Elise Bourdelais, Sarah Sheridan, Megan Byrnes, and Laura Branton swam for the girls. The 400yd Freestyle relays were successful in taking 1st place as well. Michael Ambrose, Mason Hawkins, Michael Pettinichi, and Nathan Pawlowcz swam on the boys’ side. Megan Byrnes, Elise Bourdelais, Caroline McCleskey, and Laura Branton raced for the girls. 

Janet Hu came in 1st in the 100yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke. Laura Branton finished 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Butterfly. Kendall Lawhorn finished 2nd in the 50yd freestyle and the 100yd Breaststroke.  

Denny Nguyen came in 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Freestyle. John Shebat placed 1st in the 50yd Freestyle as well as the 100yd Backstroke. Tom Hallock came in 1st in the 500yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke. Michael Ambrose took 2nd place in the 200yd Freestyle and 3rd place in the 100yd Freestyle. Mason Hawkins placed 3rd in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Backstroke. 

Oakton Swim and Dive will be back next week for the Conference 5 meet on Friday, January 31st at 10:45am for Boys’ Diving, 2:00pm for Girls’ Diving, and 5:30pm for swim prelims. Swim finials will take place on Saturday, February 1st at 5:30pm all at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly, VA. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 20, 2014 

Oakton Girls Ram Robinson While Boys Fall Short 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Dive went against the Robinson Rams Friday night at Cub Run RECenter.  With a close meet on both sides, the girls still made it out on top with 171 points over Robinson’s 143. Oakton’s boys, on the other hand, came in with 147 points behind Robinson’s 168.  

Bennett Fagan came in 1st place for the divers, and Joey Barbaris placed 3rd. 

Both the boys’ and girls’ 200yd Medley relay came in 1st place. Denny Nguyen, Michael Pettinichi, Drew Weber, and Michael Ambrose raced for the boys. Janet Hu, Jade Chen, Julia Capobianco, and Sarah Sheridan swam for the girls. 

Janet Hu came in 1st in both the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Backstroke. Laura Branton placed 1st in the 100yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 50yd Freestyle. Kendall Lawhorn placed 1st in the 500yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 200yd Freestyle. Elise Bourdelais finished 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 100yd Butterfly. 

Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke and 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly. Gray Liddell came in 1st in the 500yd Freestyle and in 3rd place in the 200yd Freestyle. Michael Pettinichi finished 2nd in both the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Breaststroke. Michael Ambrose placed 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 50yd Freestyle. 

Oakton Swim and Dive will be back for their last regular season meet at 6:30pm on Friday, January 24, against Westfield at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly, VA. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 11, 2014 

Oakton Swim and Dive Annihilates Chantilly 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Dive went head-to-head with the Chantilly Chargers Friday night at Oak Marr RECenter.  Oakton won the meet to give the team a record of 4-1. The girls won with 194 points over Chantilly’s 106. The boys scored 175 points to beat Chantilly’s 140. 

Bennett Fagan placed 1st in the boys’ diving event. Corina Gribble came in 1st place for the girls. 

Oakton already has 15 State and 21 Region Cuts after this meet. 

Both the boys’ and girls’ 200yd Freestyle relay placed 1st. Michael Ambrose, Michael Pettinichi, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Denny Nguyen swam for the boys. Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, Julia Capobianco, and Laura Branton raced for the girls. The boys’ and girls’ 400yd Freestyle relay also placed first. For the boys, John Shebat, Drew Weber, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Denny Nguyen dominated. Laura Branton, Megan Byrnes, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu won for the girls. 

Janet Hu came in 1st in the 50yd Freestyle and in the 100yd Butterfly. Laura Branton finished 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Breaststroke. Megan Byrnes came in 1st in the 100yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 50yd Freestyle. Madelynne Norton placed 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle and in the 500yd Freestyle. Caroline McCleskey finished 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke and 3rd in the 500yd Freestyle. Elise Bourdelais placed 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley and 3rd in the 100yd Freestyle. Julia Capobianco finished 3rd in the 100yd Butterfly and 3rd in the 100yd Backstroke.  

John Shebat finished 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley and in the 100yd Breaststroke. Michael Ambrose came in 1st in the 100yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 50yd Freestyle. Nathan Pawlowicz placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 100yd Breaststroke. Denny Nguyen came in 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly and 3rd in the 200yd Freestyle. Jonathan Wen finished 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 100yd Backstroke.  

Oakton Swim and Dive will be back in the pool at 6:30pm on Friday, January 17, against Robinson at Cub Run for Oakton’s sixth meet of the season. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 21, 2013 

Oakton Swim and Dive Conquers Centreville 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School Swim and Dive defeated Centreville High School Friday night at Oak Marr RECenter. The Oakton Swim and Dive teams hold a 3-1 record. The boys won 225-86, and the girls won 192-122.   

Bennett Fagan came in 2nd place for the boys’ diving. Joey Barbaris came in 3rd. Corina Gribble placed 3rd for the girls. 

All six of Oakton’s relays placed first at the meet. 

Boys 200yd Medley Relay: John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Drew Weber, and Denny Nguyen 

Girls 200yd Medley Relay: Janet Hu, Jade Chen, Julia Capobianco, and Elise Bourdelais 

Boys 200yd Freestyle Relay: Denny Nguyen, Nathan Pawlowicz, Cameron Santoro, and Michael Ambrose 

Girls 200yd Freestyle Relay: Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, Sarah Sheridan, and Laura Branton 

Boys 400yd Freestyle Relay: Michael Ambrose, Drew Weber, Nathan Pawlowicz, and John Shebat 

Girls 400yd Freestyle Relay: Laura Branton, Megan Byrnes, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu 

Janet Hu finished 1st in the 100yd Breaststroke. Kendall Lawhorn came in 1st in the 200yd Freestyle. Mary Arscott came in 1st in the 500yd Freestyle. Laura Branton placed 1st in the 50yd Freestyle. Julia Capobianco placed 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley. Megan Byrnes came in 1st in the 100yd Backstroke. Elise Bourdelais placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly. Grace Sharer finished 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly. Madelynne Norton placed 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle. Caroline McCleskey placed 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle. Nicole Lopez came in 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley.  

Gray Liddell placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly. Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 50yd Freestyle. Michael Ambrose placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle. Nathan Pawlowicz placed 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley. John Shebat placed 1st in the 100yd Freestyle. Andrew Sargent finished 1st in the 100yd Breaststroke. Drew Weber finished 1st in the 500yd Freestyle. Jonathan Wen placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke. Mason Hawkins placed 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley. Jack Dawson finished 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly. Constantin Waldschmidt came in 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle. Kevin Metzendorf placed 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle. Tom Hallock came in 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke.  

Oakton will return to the pool at 8:30pm Friday, January 10, 2014, against Chantilly at Oak Marr for Oakton’s fifth meet of the season. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 15, 2013 

Oakton Swim and Dive Washes Out Herndon Hornets 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School Swim and Dive took on Herndon High School last night at Oak Marr RECenter. Both the boys’ team and the girls’ team came out on top for their third meet of the season. Oakton Swim and Dive now has a record of 2-1. Oakton girls won with 184 points over Hendon’s 128 points. Oakton boys won 195 to 120. 

Oakton’s Divers had another strong set of dives. Bennett Fagan, a sophomore, came in 1st place for the boys. Corina Gribble, also a sophomore, scored 2nd place for the girls. 

The Oakton relay teams dominated. The team of Sarah Sheridan, Madelynne Norton, Layne Stikeleather, and Laura Branton finished 1st in the 200yd Freestyle Relay. On the boys side, John Shebat, Tom Hallock, Michael Ambrose, and Cameron Santoro also placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle Relay. Both the boys and the girls placed 1st in the 400yd Freestyle Relay as well. Megan Byrnes, Caroline McCleskey, Madelynne Norton, and Laura Branton swam for the girls. Denny Nguyen, Michael Ambrose, Tom Hallock, and John Shebat swam for the boys. 

Individual events were also very successful. Laura Branton came in 1st in both the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Butterfly. Megan Byrnes finished 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 500yd Freestyle. Caroline McCleskey placed 1st in the 50yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke. Madelynne Norton placed 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 200yd Freestyle.  

Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Butterfly. John Shebat also finished 1st in both of his individual events - 100yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. Tom Hallock came in 1st in the 50yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 200yd Freestyle. Andrew Sargent placed 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle and in the 100yd Breaststroke. Michael Ambrose finished 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 200yd Individual Medley. Collin Banks placed 3rd in both the 50yd Freestyle and the 100yd Freestyle.  

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:00pm Friday, December 20, against Centreville at Oak Marr for Oakton’s fourth meet of the season and last meet before winter break. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 14, 2013 

Oakton Cougars Crush Westfield Bulldogs 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Dive teams went head-to-head with Westfield High School on Friday night at Cub Run RECenter. Both Oakton’s boys and girls won, making a comeback over last week’s losses against Robinson. The girls’ team scored 208 points over Westfield girls with 106 points. The boys scored a total of 172 points over Chantilly’s 143. 

The Cougar Divers provided a strong start to the meet. Sophomore, Corina Gribble, came in 1st place for the girls. Julia Powell, also a sophomore, came in 3rd place. Joey Barbaris, a senior, came in 4th place for the boys. 

The meet continued with strong relays from Oakton. In both the boys and girls 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton placed 1st. John Shebat, Andrew Sargent, Carter Lopez-Gomez, and Collin Banks swam for the boys. Caroline McCleskey, Jade Chen, Laura Branton, and Sarah Sheridan swam for the girls. Oakton won both 400yd Freestyle Relays as well. For the boys, Denny Nguyen, Mason Hawkins, Tom Hallock, and John Shebat won. Megan Byrnes, Madelynne Norton, Vivian Ouyang, and Laura Branton came in 1st for the girls. 

On the individual side, Laura Branton placed 1st in both the 200yd Freestyle and in the 100yd Butterfly. Megan Byrnes scored 1st place in the 200yd Individual Medley and in the 100yd Backstroke. Jade Chen came in 1st in the 100yd Breaststroke and 2nd place in the 200yd Individual Medley. Caroline McCleskey placed 2nd in both the 50yd Freestyle and the 100yd Freestyle. Lacy McCleskey placed 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke and 3rd in the 50yd Freestyle. Madelynne Norton placed 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle and 3rd in the 100yd Freestyle. Nicole Lopez received 3rd in both the 200yd Freestyle and 100yd Butterfly. 

Denny Nguyen came in 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Butterfly. John Shebat scored 1st place in the 200yd Individual Medley and in the 100yd Breaststroke. Mason Hawkins finished 1st in the 100yd Backstroke and 2nd in the 50yd freestyle. Gray Liddell placed 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley and 3rd in the 100yd Butterfly.  

Oakton will return to the pool at 8:30pm Saturday, December 14, against Herndon at Oak Marr for Oakton’s third meet of the season. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu

NEWS RELEASE

February 18, 2013

Oakton Girls Swim & Dive Wins AAA State Championship Title

Fairfax, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive teams participated in the Virginia AAA State Championship Friday and Saturday at George Mason University. The girls placed 1st with 275 points over Yorktown (128) and McLean (119). The boys placed third with 192 points behind Robinson (218.5) and James Madison (192.5). This is the second consecutive AAA State Title for the girls’ team.

The girls had a night full of winning relays beginning with the 200yd Medley Relay placing 1st with a time of 1:45.11, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews made up the 200yd Medley Relay team. Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, Megan Byrnes, and Janet Hu placed 1st in the 400yd Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:28.44, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, and Laura Branton placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle Relay with an AAC qualifying time.

Janet Hu dominated the pool with four state records. Hu placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly with a time of 52.84, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. She also placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke with a new state record (53.27) and an AAA qualifying time.

Megan Byrnes placed 1st in the 500yd Freestyle with a time of 4:49.75, a new state record and an AAA qualifying time. She also placed 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle with an AAC qualifying time.

Philip Hu placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke with a new state record (49.44) and an AAA qualifying time. In the 100yd Butterfly, Hu placed 6th.

Laura Branton placed 1st in the 100yd Freestyle with an AAA qualifying time and 2nd in the 50yd Freestyle with an AAC qualifying time.

Diver, Bennett Fagan, placed 8th overall at the AAA State Boys 1m Diving Final with 347.70 points.

The boys 200yd Medley Relay team of John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Michael Ambrose placed 3rd with an AAC qualifying time.

John Shebat, Gregory DeRosa, Michael Ambrose and Denny Nguyen placed 5th in the 200yd Freestyle Relay.

John Shebat placed 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke with an AAC qualifying time and 7th in the 50yd Freestyle.

Denny Nguyen placed 6th in the 200yd Individual Medley.

Nathan Pawlowicz placed 7th in the 500yd Freestyle.

Gillian Crews placed 5th in the 100yd Butterfly.

Julia Capobianco placed 7th in the 100yd Butterfly.

Complete results from the Virginia AAA State Championship Meet can be found at www.vhsl.org/athletics.

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com    

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

February 3, 2013 

Oakton Girls Swim & Dive Wins AAA Northern Region Title 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive teams participated in the Virginia AAA Northern Region Championship this week at Oak Marr RECenter. The girls placed 1st with 313 points over McLean (194) and Langley (183). The boys placed third with 235 points behind James Madison (310) and Robinson (254). This is the second consecutive AAA Northern Region Title for the girls’ team. 

Junior, Janet Hu, 2012 All-Met Swimmer of The Year, broke two regional records at the meet – 100yd Freestyle (48.90) and 100yd Backstroke (52.81). Both swims qualified as Automatic All-American (AAA) times.  

Freshman, Megan Byrnes, broke the record in the 200yd Freestyle (1.50.34) with an AAC qualifying time and in the 500yd Freestyle (4:50.43) with an AAA qualifying time.  

The girls’ relays were unstoppable. Hu led the 200yd Medley Relay with Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews that placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. Byrnes was a part of the 200yd Freestyle Relay with Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, and Laura Branton that placed 1st with an AAA qualifying time of 1:36.62. Hu anchored the 400yd Freestyle Relay with Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, and Megan Byrnes that broke the regional record with a time of 3:27.73 and an AAA qualifying time. 

Diver, Bennett Fagan, placed 10th overall at the AAA Northern Region Boys 1m Diving Final with 317.05 points. 

Numerous Cougar swimmers placed with State qualifying times: 

In the Boys 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton’s John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Michael Ambrose placed 3rd with an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Medley Relay, Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Freestyle, Megan Byrnes placed 1st with a region record and an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Boys 200yd Individual Medley, Denny Nguyen and Nathan Pawlowicz placed 2nd and 5th respectively with a state qualifying times. 

In the Boys 50yd Freestyle, John Shebat placed 4th with a state qualifying time. 

In the Girls 50yd Freestyle, Laura Branton and Gillian Crews places 4th and 8th with state qualifying times. 

In the Boys 100yd Butterfly, Philip Hu placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Girls 100yd Butterfly, Laura Branton placed 2nd with an AAA qualifying time. Julia Capobianco and Gillian Crews placed 5th and 6th with state qualifying times. 

In the Girls 100yd Freestyle, Janet Hu placed 1st with a region record and an AAA qualifying time. 

In the Boys 500yd Freestyle, Nathan Pawlowicz placed 4th with a state qualifying time. 

In the Girls 500yd Freestyle, Megan Byrnes placed 1st with a region record and an AAA qualifying time. 

In the Boys 200yd Freestyle Relay, John Shebat, Cameron Santoro, Michael Ambrose, and Denny Nguyen placed 4th with a state qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Freestyle Relay, Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, and Laura Branton placed 1st with an AAA qualifying time. 

In the Boys 100yd Backstroke, Philip Hu placed 1st with a region record and an AAA qualifying time. 

In the Girls 100yd Backstroke, Janet Hu placed 1st with a region record and an AAA qualifying time. 

In the Boys 100yd Breaststroke, Michael Pettinichi placed 14th with a state qualifying time. 

In the Boys 400yd Freestyle Relay, Denny Nguyen, Michael Ambrose, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Philip Hu placed 5th with a state qualifying time. 

In the Girls 400yd Freestyle Relay, Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, Megan Byrnes, and Janet Hu placed 1st with a region record and an AAA qualifying time. 

Complete results from the Virginia AAA Northern Regional Championship Meet can be found at www.vhsl.org/athletics. 

Oakton Swim and Dive returns to the pool for the Virginia High School League AAA State Championship Meet at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, on Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 27, 2013 

Oakton Swim & Dive Wins Back-to-Back District Titles 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams won both the boys’ and girls’ Concorde District Swim & Dive Championship Saturday night at Cub Run RECenter. The girls won with 532 points over Robinson in second place with 323 points. The boys won with 464 points over Robinson (460) in second place. 

 

Oakton’s divers set the stage for an incredible night. Bennett Fagan placed 3rd for the boys. Julia Powell and Hana Burkly placed 5th and 6th overall respectively. 

 

John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Gregory DeRosa placed 1st in the 200yd Medley Relay with a state qualifying time. In the 200yd Freestyle, Nathan Pawlowicz placed 4th with a regional qualifying time, and Michael Ambrose placed 5th. Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley with a state qualifying time, and Michael Pettinichi took 5th place for Oakton. In the 50yd freestyle, John Shebat placed 2nd with a state qualifying time, and Gregory DeRosa placed 6th. In the 100yd Butterfly, Philip Hu finished 1st and Denny Nguyen placed 3rd, both with state qualifying times. Nathan Pawlowicz placed 1st in the 500yd Freestyle with a state qualifying time, and Gray Liddell finished 4th with a regional qualifying time. In the 200yd Freestyle Relay, Gregory DeRosa, Denny Nguyen, Michael Ambrose, and John Shebat finished 2nd with a state qualifying time. Philip Hu and John Shebat took 1st and 3rd place respectively in the 100yd backstroke with state qualifying times. Michael Pettinichi placed 3rd in the 100yd Breaststroke with a state qualifying time. Denny Nguyen, Michael Ambrose, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Philip Hu placed 3rd in the 400yd Freestyle Relay with a state qualifying time. 

 

Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews took 1st for Oakton in the 200yd Medley Relay with a state qualifying time. Megan Byrnes placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle with a state qualifying time, and Kendall Lawhorn followed in 2nd place with a regional qualifying time. In the 200yd Individual Medley, Janet Hu took 1st place with a state qualifying time. Laura Branton placed 2nd in the 50yd Freestyle. Also in the 50yd Freestyle, Gillian Crews placed 4th, and Elise Bourdelais placed 7th both with regional qualifying times. Laura Branton and Julia Capobianco placed 1st and 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly with state qualifying times. Gillian Crews placed 4th in the 100yd Butterfly with a regional qualifying time. Janet Hu placed 1st in the 100yd Freestyle with a state qualifying time. Kendall Lawhorn took 2nd for Oakton in the 500yd Freestyle with a regional qualifying time. Dylan Staniszewski, Madelynne Norton, and Mary Arscott placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively in the 500yd Freestyle. In the 200yd Freestyle Relay, Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, Megan Byrnes, and Laura Branton finished 1st with a state qualifying time. Megan Byrnes placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke with a state qualifying time, and Julia Capobianco placed 4th with a regional qualifying time. Melissa Shebat and Ashley Nero placed 4th and 6th in the 100yd Breaststroke. Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, Megan Byrnes, and Janet Hu placed 1st in the 400yd Freestyle Relay with a state qualifying time. 

 

Swimmers and divers with regional qualifying times/scores will advance to the AAA Northern Region Championship Meet at Oak Marr RECenter starting Tuesday, January 29th, with boys’ diving at 5:30pm, followed by girls’ diving on Wednesday, January 30th, at 5:30pm. Swim preliminaries will take place for boys on Thursday, January 31st, at 5:30pm, and for girls on Friday, February 1st. Swim finals will be held Saturday night at 5:30pm at Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, Virginia. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 20, 2013 

Oakton Swim & Dive Finishes Second Consecutive Undefeated Season 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams are undefeated for the second season in a row after a win over Chantilly High School at Cub Run RECenter Friday evening. The girls won with 205 points over Chantilly’s 110. The boys won with 162 points over Chantilly’s 153. 

The meet began with the dive portion where Hana Burkly and Julia Powell took 1st and 2nd place for Oakton, and Bennett Fagan placed 2nd. 

The meet continued with consistently strong swims from Oakton giving them another undefeated season. 

Parker Ramsdell, head coach of Oakton Swim, expressed pride in his winning team, "our first goal this season was to go undefeated, and we are thrilled to have accomplished that! It was a team effort and every swimmer and diver played an important role in getting us to this point.” He continued, “our goal has now changed to defending both the boys and girls Concorde Championships. With the incredible talent in our district, it will be an incredible challenge, but one we are excited and ready for." 

Janet Hu placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke. Megan Byrnes took 1st place for Oakton in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 500yd Freestyle. Laura Branton won the 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle. Gillian Crews placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly. Melissa Shebat took 1st place in the 100yd Breaststroke. 

Philip Hu won the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Freestyle. Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 500yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke. Nathan Pawlowicz took 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Breaststroke. 

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team, we have worked extremely hard,” said captain Ashley Nero, a senior, as she reflected on another successful season for the girls’ team, “the girls have only lost one meet in the past four years; it’s a great way for our seniors to head out.” 

Oakton will return to the pool on Friday, January 25, for the Concorde District meet at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly, VA. Boys’ diving will begin at 10:45am, followed by girls’ diving at 2:00pm, and swimming preliminary rounds at 5:30pm. Swimming finals will take place Saturday, January 26 at 5:30pm at Cub Run RECenter. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 12, 2013 

Oakton Swim & Dive Rules the Pool Against Herndon to Remain Undefeated 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams continued their undefeated season with a win over Herndon High School Friday night. The girls won with a score of 197 points over Herndon’s 112. The boys won 194 to 121. 

The Cougars started off the meet by recognizing their graduating seniors. 

Following the senior recognition, Bennett Fagan, a diver for the boy’s team, took first place for Oakton with a score of 207.75 points. 

The meet continued with incredible swims across the board from Oakton. Both the boys’ and girls’ 200yd Medley Relay took 1st place. For the girls, Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews swam, and for the boys, John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Denny Nguyen, and Michael Ambrose swam. Both 200yd Freestyle relays and 400yd Freestyle relays won as well. The girls’ 200yd Freestyle relay team consisted of Laura Branton, Megan Byrnes, Elise Bourdelais, and Janet Hu. The boys’ 200yd Freestyle relay team was made of Gregory DeRosa, JT Byrne, Chris Crapco, and Philip Hu. Laura Branton, Elise Bourdelais, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu took 1st in the 400yd Freestyle relay. For the boys’ 400yd Freestyle relay, Nathan Pawlowicz, Michael Ambrose, Mason Hawkins, and Philip Hu won. 

Megan Byrnes placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Freestyle. Janet Hu took 1st in the 100yd Butterfly and the 100yd Backstroke. In the 200yd Individual Medley, Laura Branton took 1st. Gillian Crews took 1st place for Oakton in the 50yd Freestyle. Kendall Lawhorn placed 1st in the 500yd Freestyle. 

Philip Hu finished 1st in the 500yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke. Denny Nguyen took 1st for Oakton in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Breaststroke. In the 50yd Freestyle, Gregory DeRosa placed 1st. Gray Liddell placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly. Michael Ambrose won the 100yd Freestyle event. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30pm Friday, January 18, against Chantilly at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly, VA in their last dual meet of the 2012-13 season. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com    

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 4, 2013 

Oakton Swim & Dive Out-Touches Westfield 

Chantilly, VA - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams competed in their fifth dual meet of the season against Westfield High School at Cub Run RECenter Friday night. The girls’ team won by a large margin with 201 points over Westfield’s 108. The boys won with 161 points beating Westfield’s 155. 

Julia Powell and Bennett Fagan dominated the dive portion of the meet, taking 1st place for both the Oakton boys and girls. Bennett Fagan scored a regional qualifying score of 214.10 points. 

Oakton’s swims were consistently strong throughout the meet. Oakton girls and boys placed 1st in the 200yd Medley Relay. Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Laura Branton swam for the girls. John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Philip Hu, and Gregory DeRosa swam for the boys. The Oakton girls and boys also won the 400yd Freestyle Relays. Gillian Crews, Kendall Lawhorn, Elise Bourdelais, and Megan Byrnes placed 1st for the girls. Denny Nguyen, John Shebat, Nathan Pawlowicz, and Philip Hu swam for the boys. 

Janet Hu took 1st place in the 200yd Individual Medley and in the 100yd Butterfly. Megan Byrnes won the 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. Laura Branton placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle. Mary Arscott took 1st place for Oakton in the 500yd Freestyle. Melissa Shebat took 1st in the 100yd Breaststroke. 

Philip Hu swam for 1st in the 100yd Butterfly and 100yd Backstroke. Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle and 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle. John Shebat took 1st in the 50yd Freestyle. Nathan Pawlowicz won the 500yd Freestyle. 

Oakton Swim & Dive will return to the pool on January 11, 2013 at 8:30pm against Herndon High School at Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, VA. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com    

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 16, 2012 

Oakton Swim & Dive Rules the Pool with Fourth Win of the Season 

Springfield, VA - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams continued their undefeated winning streak after a win over Centreville Saturday night. The girls scored 203 points over Centreville’s 112. The boys won with 219 points with Centreville only scoring 95. 

Oakton Dive had another strong meet on Saturday. Julia Powell placed 1st for the diving portion of the night with 152.95 points. Bennett Fagan took 2nd on the boys’ side with 196.25 points. 

Oakton swimmers put in 110% effort the entire meet. On both the girls’ and boy’s teams the 200yd Medley Relay placed 1st and 2nd! Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Laura Branton, and Gillian Crews took 1st with Jodie Koplaski, Ashley Nero, Julia Capobianco, and Kendall Lawhorn in 2nd. Philip Hu, Nathan Pawlowicz, Denny Nguyen, and Gregory DeRosa placed 1st. John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Gray Liddell, and Chris Crapco followed to take 2nd. In the 200yd Freestyle Relay and the 400yd Freestyle Relay, the boys’ and girls’ both took 1st place again. 

Laura Branton took 1st place in the 200yd Individual Medley. Gillian Crews placed 1st in the 50yd Freestyle. In the 100yd Butterfly, Elise Bourdelais placed 1st. Megan Byrnes took the win in the 500yd Freestyle. Janet Hu placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke. In the 100yd Breaststroke, Melissa Shebat took 1st place for the team. 

Philip Hu placed 1st in both of his individual events – the 200yd Individual Medley an the 100yd Backstroke. Nathan Pawlowicz placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle. Michael Ambrose won the 50yd Freestyle. Denny Ngyen placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly. Mason Hawkins placed 1st in the 100yd Freestyle. In the 500yd Freestyle, Andrew Sargent took 1st place. Michael Pettinichi took 1st place for the team in the 100yd breaststroke. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30pm Friday, January 4, 2013, against Westfield at Cub Run RECenter, in Chantilly, VA. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com    

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 15, 2012 

Oakton Swim & Dive: 3-0 After Win Over Robinson 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams competed in a quad meet last night at Oak Mar RECenter, with Robinson, Langley, and James Madison. Oakton girls placed first overall and scored 201 points over Langley (188), James Madison (124), and Robinson (114). The boys came in second with 160.5 points to James Madison (208.5) with Robinson (154.5) and Langley (103.5) following. The meet was scored as a dual meet for Oakton against Robinson, resulting in Oakton’s third win of the season, leaving them undefeated. 

Freshman, Bennett Fagan scored 3rd overall in the Boys 1m Diving with 205.8 points, his third regional qualifying score. 

Oakton had strong swims throughout the night for both the boys and the girls, but the girls dominated the meet. All three of Oakton’s girls’ relays placed 1st Friday night. The 200yd Medley Relay team consisted of Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews. The 200yd Freestyle Relay was swam by Laura Branton, Megan Byrnes, Elise Bourdelais, and Gillian Crews. Janet Hu, Laura Branton, Kendall Lawhorn, and Megan Byrnes made up the 400yd Freestyle relay. 

Philip Hu placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly and 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle overall. Denny Nguyen placed 2nd in the 100yd Backstroke and 4th in the 200yd Individual Medley. Nathan Pawlowicz placed 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle. Michael Pettinichi placed 2nd in the 100yd Breaststroke. 

Janet Hu won the 50yd Freestyle (22.88) and 100yd Freestyle (51.13). Megan Byrnes, a freshman, won her two individual events as well – 200yd Freestyle (1:56:54) and 500yd Freestyle (5:01.95). Laura Branton placed 1st in the 100yd Butterfly and 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley. Julia Capobianco placed 2nd in the 100yd Butterfly and 3rd in 100yd Backstroke. Gillian Crews came in closely to Branton and Capobianco and scored 3rd in the 100yd Butterfly. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:00pm Saturday, December 15, against Centreville at Audrey Moore RECenter, in Springfield, VA. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com  

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 8, 2012 

Oakton Conquers Chantilly Chargers 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams went head-to-head with Chantilly High School on Friday night at Cub Run RECenter. Both Oakton’s boys and girls won for the second week in a row, with the girls’ team scoring 195 points over Chantilly girls with 120 points. The boys scored a total of 176 points over Chantilly’s 139. 

The Cougars started off the meet with consistently solid dives. Freshman, Bennett Fagan, took 2nd place for the boys with a region-qualifying score, and Joey Barbaris took 3rd place. On the girls’ side, Julia Powell, also a freshman, took 1st place with Hana Burkly in 2nd.  

The meet continued with strong swims from Oakton. In both the boys and girls 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton placed 1st. John Shebat, Nathan Chen, Denny Nguyen, and Gregory DeRosa swam for the boys. Megan Byrnes, Melissa Shebat, Gabriela Galvez, and Nicki Powell swam for the girls.  

Kendall Lawhorn received 1st place in both of her individual events - 200yd Freestyle and 500yd Freestyle. Megan Byrnes also placed 1st in her two individual events – 100yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. 

Gregory DeRosa placed 1st in 50yd Freestyle and 2nd in 100yd Freestyle. Denny Nguyen placed 1st in 100yd Butterfly and 2nd in 200yd Freestyle. John Shebat scored 2nd place in both of his individual events – 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Backstroke. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:00pm Friday, December 14, against Robinson at Oak Marr for their third meet of the season. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact: Katie Pierce, Manager kepierce2015@gmail.com    

Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach pramsdell@fcps.edu 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 1, 2012 

Oakton Starts Season Strong Defeating Herndon 

Herndon, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams started off the season with a win over Herndon High School Friday night at the Herndon Community Center. The girls won with 205 points over Herndon’s 107. The Oakton boys scored 198 points, while the Herndon boys scored 117.  

The Cougar divers began their season with consistently solid dives. Bennett Fagan and Julia Powell, both Oakton freshmen, took 1st place for the boys and girls. Fagan also received a region-qualifying score of 213 in his first high school meet. 

Oakton swimmers dominated the pool all night long. In both the boys and girls 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton placed 1st. Philip Hu, Michael Pettinichi, Denny Nguyen, and Nathan Pawlowicz swam for the boys. Julia Capobianco, Melissa Shebat, Gillian Crews, and Elise Bourdelais swam for the girls. In the 200yd Individual Medley, Denny Nguyen, Nathan Chen, Mason Hawkins, and Andrew Sargent took 1st through 4th place sweeping the event. Gillian Crews, Elise Bourdelais, Emily Krisanda, and Madelynne Norton swept the 50yd freestyle. 

Philip Hu placed 1st in both 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Butterfly. Denny Nguyen placed first in both of his individual events as well – 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Backstroke. Michael Pettinichi placed 1st in 100yd Breaststroke and 3rd in 200yd Freestyle. 

Julia Capobianco received 1st place in her two individual events – 200yd Freestyle and 100yd Butterfly. Gillian Crews placed 1st in both the 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle. Elise Bourdelais placed 1st in 500yd Freestyle and 2nd in 50yd Freestyle. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30pm Friday, December 7, against Chantilly at Cub Run RECenter. 

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2011 - 2012 Season

 

Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

February 4, 2012 

Oakton Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Teams Win AAA Northern Region Title 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive teams won the Virginia AAA Northern Region Championship this week at Oak Marr RECenter. The boys scored 281.5 points to finish first over Woodson (250) and Madison (217). The girls scored a winning 245 points with West Potomac (190) and Langley (181) in second and third. 

This is the first time in Oakton’s history that the girls’ team has won the region title. The boys have won the regional title three times in the past four years. It has been ten years since a school in the Northern Region held the Regional title for both boys and girls at the same time. 

Sophomore, Janet Hu, broke two regional records at the meet – 100yd Freestyle (49.52) and 100yd Backstroke (53.76). Both swims qualified as Automatic All-American (AAA) times. In addition, she brought the Cougar girls 400 freestyle relay from behind to win the race with an All-American Consideration (AAC) qualifying time of 3:30.96.  

Diver, Joe LeBerre, placed 3rd at the Northern Region Boys Dive Finals with 461.40 points. He scored 16 points for Oakton’s overall score, and will move onto the State competition in two weeks. Cougar diver, Andy Berger placed 13th overall. 

Numerous Cougar swimmers placed with State qualifying times: 

In the Boys 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton’s Conor Murphy, Ryan Santoro, Carter Sharer, and Denny Nguyen placed 4th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Medley Relay, Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Gillian Crews, and Ashley Doran finished 3rd with an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Freestyle, Stephanie Hallock placed 6th. 

In the Boys 200yd Individual Medley, Denny Nguyen placed 7th with a State qualifying time.  

In the Boys 50yd Freestyle, Carter Sharer tied for 3rd with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 50yd Freestyle, Laura Branton placed 3rd          with a State qualifying time. 

In the Boys 100yd Butterfly, Philip Hu and Carter Sharer placed 3rd and 4th both with State qualifying times. 

In the Girls 100yd Butterfly, Laura Branton placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. Gillian Crews placed 6th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Boys 100yd Freestyle, Conor Murphy placed 6th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 100yd Freestyle, Janet Hu placed 1st with an AAA time and a Regional record of 49.52. 

In the Boys 500yd Freestyle, Brian Phillips placed 5th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Boys 200yd Freestyle Relay, Ryan Santoro, Gregory DeRosa, Denny Nguyen, and Philip Hu placed 5th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 200yd Freestyle Relay, Laura Branton, Ashley Doran, Stephanie Hallock, and Gillian Crews placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. 

In the Boys 100yd Backstroke, Philip Hu placed 2nd with an AAC qualifying time. Conor Murphy and Denny Nguyen placed 7th and 8th both with State qualifying times. 

In the Girls 100yd Backstroke, Janet Hu placed 1st with and an AAA and a Regional record of 53.76. 

In the Boys 100yd Breaststroke, Ryan Santoro placed 11th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 100yd Breaststroke, Melissa Shebat placed 14th with a State qualifying time. 

In the Boys 400yd Freestyle Relay, Carter Sharer, Conor Murphy, Brian Phillips, and Philip Hu placed 1st with a State qualifying time. 

In the Girls 400yd Freestyle Relay, Laura Branton, Stephanie Hallock, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu placed 1st with an AAC qualifying time. 

Complete results from the Virginia AAA Northern Regional Championship Meet can be found at www.vhsl.org/athletics. 

Oakton Swim and Dive returns to the pool for the Virginia High School League AAA State Championship Meet at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 28, 2012 

Oakton Swim & Dive Wins Concorde District 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams took the Concorde District Title at Cub Run Recreation Center on Saturday night. The Oakton Cougars scored a winning 483 points for the girls with Chantilly (371.5) in second and Westfield (334.5) in third place. For the boys Oakton scored 506 points to take the win with Chantilly (412) and Westfield (332.5) coming in second and third. 

"This weekend was a great accomplishment for our entire team,” said, Parker Ramsdell, Oakton’s Head Swim Coach. “Our divers put us in a great position, with all four boys and all four girls scoring points, highlighted by Joe LeBerre's All-American Consideration performance.”  

Diver, Joe LeBerre, placed 2nd for the boys with 473.5 points and an AAC performance, and Andy Berger placed sixth with 276.3 points. Both LeBerre and Berger will move onto the AAA Northern Region Championship Meet at Oak Marr. No girls placed in the top 6th, but two of Oakton’s girls placed in the top 10 – Hana Burkly placed 8th and Grace Wagner placed 10th.  

Coach Ramsdell added, “winning the district meet was one of our goals at the start of the season and I am so proud of all of our swimmers for their dedication. Numerous swims stood out, including Denny Nguyen's late charge in the 200 IM, Madelynne Norton's come back in the 500 free, and Philip Hu's anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay, along with so many other remarkable races and time drops. Our team spirit was out of this world and helped inspire many of our swimmers to best times. If we continue to swim with this intensity, we will have a great chance next weekend at Regionals." 

Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Gillian Crews, and Ashley Doran set the Concorde District record for the 200yd Medley Relay with a time of 1:48.36, an AAC qualifying time. Janet Hu placed 1st in the 200yd Individual Medley also meeting the AAA cut. Laura Branton placed 2nd in 50yd Freestyle with a Region qualifying time. Gillian Crews, who placed 4th, and Stephanie Hallock, who placed 7th, also swam Region qualifying times. Gillian Crews, Julia Capobianco, and Gabriela Galvez placed 2nd-4th in 100yd Butterfly all with Region qualifying times. Laura Branton placed 2nd again in the 100yd Freestyle with a State qualifying time. Kendall Lawhorn placed 4th in 500yd Freestyle with a Region qualifying time. Laura Branton, Ashley Doran, Stephanie Hallock, and Gillian Crews placed 3rd in the 200yd Freestyle Relay with a State qualifying time. Janet Hu set the District record for the 100yd Backstroke with a time of 55.17 and an AAA qualifying time. Melissa Shebat placed 5th in the 100yd Breaststroke with a Region qualifying time. Laura Branton, Stephanie Hallock, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu placed 1st in the 400yd Freestyle Relay with a State qualifying time. 

Conor Murphy, Ryan Santoro, Carter Sharer, and Denny Nguyen placed 1st in the 200yd Medley Relay with a State qualifying time. Philip Hu placed 2nd in the 200yd Freestyle with a State qualifying time, and Brian Phillips placed 4th with a Region qualifying time. Denny Nguyen placed 2nd in the 200yd Individual Medley with a State qualifying time. Nathan Pawlowictz placed 4th in the 200yd Individual Medley with a Region qualifying time. Carter Sharer placed 3rd in the 50yd Freestyle with a State qualifying time, and Ryan Santoro placed 5th with a Region qualifying time. Philip Hu placed 1st in 100yd Butterfly with an AAC qualifying time. Carter Sharer and Conor Murphy took 1st and 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle both with State qualifying times. Brian Phillips placed 2nd in the 500yd Freestyle with a State qualifying time. Nathan Pawlowictz placed 4th with a Region qualifying time. Ryan Santoro, Gregory DeRosa, Denny Nguyen, and Philip Hu placed 1st in the 200yd Freestyle Relay with a State qualifying time. Conor Murphy placed 1st in the 100yd Backstroke with a State qualifying time. Ryan Santoro and Denny Nguyen placed 3rd and 4th in the 100yd Breaststroke both with Region qualifying times.  

Swimmers and divers with Region qualifying times/scores will advance to the AAA Northern Region Championship Meet at Oak Marr starting Tuesday, January 31st with girls’ diving, followed by boys’ diving on Wednesday, February 1st. Swim preliminaries will take place for girls on Thursday, February 2nd and for boys on Friday, February 3rd. Swim finals will be held Saturday night at 5:30pm at Oak Marr. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 20, 2012 

Oakton Swims a Perfect 7-0 Season 

Springfield, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams took to the water in the last dual meet of the season against Robinson Friday night at Audrey Moore RECenter. The Oakton Cougars beat Robinson for the third time this season. The boys won 190 - 125, and the girls won 190 – 124, resulting in an undefeated season for the Oakton Cougars with seven wins. 

Denny Nguyen took 1st for the team in 100yd Backstroke and 2nd in 100yd Butterfly. Philip Hu finished 1st in 200yd Individual Medley. Carter Sharer placed 1st in 50yd Freestyle. Conor Murphy finished 1st in 100yd Freestyle. Brian Phillips placed 1st in 500yd Freestyle. Ricky Menendez placed 1st in 100yd Breaststroke. 

Ashley Doran placed 1st in 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. Janet Hu finished 1st in 100yd Butterfly. Kendall Lawhorn took 1st in 500yd Freestyle. Laura Branton finished 1st in 100yd Breaststroke. 

“We worked so hard this year as a team, and we all were so close. A lot of credit goes to our new coaches. They were so supportive and wanted us to succeed and brought a lot of spirit to the team,” said Melissa Shebat, a junior on the team. “I really think we are going to do amazing in the post season!”  

Oakton’s dive team continued to be a consistently strong force, as Joe LeBerre placed 2nd, and Andy Berger took 4th for the boys. 

Oakton returns to the pool for the Concorde District Meet next weekend, January 27th and 28th, at Cub Run 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

January 13, 2012 

Oakton Sweeps Robinson for a 6-0 Season 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams went head to head with Robinson Secondary for the second time this season Friday night at Cub Run Recreation Center. Oakton’s boys and girls both had a strong meet, staying undefeated. The boys won 202 - 113, and the girls won 192 - 123. 

The meet started off with Senior Recognition Night. Dr. Banbury, Oakton High School’s principal, and Pat Full, Oakton’s Athletic Directory, were on deck to pay tribute to the team’s 20 graduating seniors.  

Cheryl Meltz, head dive coach, shared her thoughts on the night, “we got to pay tribute to our 20 wonderful senior swimmers and divers who have done so much for our team over the last 4 years. We will definitely miss their contributions to the team after they graduate. We are excited to have both our boys and girls' teams undefeated going into our last dual meet. We are hoping to finish up the season undefeated in our last dual meet next weekend and then look forward to an amazing championship season.” 

Oakton dive had another week of strong performances off the board, as Joe LeBerre took second for the boys.  

Philip Hu placed 1st in both 200yd Freestyle and 500yd Freestyle. Carter Sharer also took 1st in two events - 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Butterfly. Conor Murphy finished 1st in 100yd Backstroke and 2nd in 50yd Freestyle. 

Janet Hu finished 1st in 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Freestyle. Julia Capobianco placed 1st in 100yd Butterfly and 100yd Backstroke.  

Oakton will return to the pool for the last meet of the regular season at 8:30 pm Friday, January 20, against Robinson Secondary at Audrey Moore.  

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954

NEWS RELEASE

January 6, 2012

Oakton Out-Touches Chantilly

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams took to the water against Chantilly High School Friday night at Oak Marr Recreation Center. Oakton’s boys and girls fought to the finish, and held tight to their undefeated record this season. The boys won 160 - 155, and the girls won 177 - 135.

Oakton dive had another week of great performances. Joe LeBerre took 1st for the team.

The meet continued with close swims across the board. The little things like coming in 6th rather than 7th, or 4th rather than 5th gave the Oakton teams the win.

Stephanie Hallock, one of the team’s captains, said, “It was a really close meet - closer than we had anticipated, but we pulled through in the end. If we keep up the hard work, there's a definite possibility of an undefeated season and a shot for the State title.”

Philip Hu placed 1st in both of his individual events – 100yd Butterfly and 100yd Backstroke. Conor Murphy placed 1st in 50yd Freestyle and 2nd in 100yd Freestyle. Ryan Santoro finished 1st in 100yd Breaststroke and 2nd in 50yd Freestyle.

Janet Hu placed 1st in 200yd Freestyle and in 100yd Butterfly. Laura Branton finished first in 50yd Freestyle and in 100yd freestyle.

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30 pm Friday, January 13, against Robinson Secondary at Cub Run.

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 17, 2011 

Oakton Remains Undefeated After Win Over Centreville 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams went up against Centreville Saturday night at Oak Marr Recreation Center. Oakton’s boys and girls both won again staying undefeated this season. The boys won 239 - 76, and the girls won 226 - 86. 

Oakton dive continues to have strong performances week to week. Joe LeBerre and Andy Berger placed 1st and 2nd for the boys, and Lauren Johnson, Grace Wagner, and Hana Burkly took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the girls. Oakton’s head dive coach, Cheryl Meltz, described the divers improvements. She said, “Joe LeBerre continues to dominate, Andy Berger is improving, and the girls are doing better and better each week. As a whole, we are continuing to improve, and we’re working to put together our district list.” 

The meet continued with another week of strong swims from both the Oakton boys and girls. Oakton boys placed first in every event. The boys also swept in four events: 200yd Freestyle, 200yd Individual Medley, 500yd Freestyle, and 100yd Breaststroke. The girls swept in three events: 200yd Freestyle, 500yd Freestyle, and 100yd Backstroke. 

Philip Hu placed 1st in both of his individual events - 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle. Carter Sharer took 1st in 100yd Butterfly and 100yd Breaststroke. Denny Nguyen finished first in 500yd Freestyle and in 100yd Backstroke. 

Janet Hu took 1st in 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Freestyle. Laura Branton finished 1st in 100yd Butterfly and 500yd Freestyle.  

“Everyone stepped up and performed well tonight,” said a proud and excited Nicole Abdullah, one of Oakton’s swim captains. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:00 pm Friday, January 6, against Chantilly High School at Oak Marr.  

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 16, 2011 

Oakton Dominates the Pool Against Herndon 

Oakton, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams went head to head with Herndon High School on Friday night at Oak Marr Recreation Center. Both Oakton’s boys and girls won for the third week in a row. The score for the boys was 194.5 - 120.5, and the score for girls was 213 – 99. 

The Cougars had another strong week of dives with Lauren Johnson taking a 1st place for the girls and Joe LeBerre placing 1st for the boys. Andy Berger, dive captain, expressed his excitement after the win. He said: “Oakton dive did extremely well tonight. We have a very young team this season and they keep setting the bar higher and higher each meet, which is very impressive. We plan to keep up the hard work throughout the season into districts and beyond. I’m so grateful to be captain this year.” 

The meet continued with strong swims from Oakton. In both the boys and girls 200yd Medley Relay, Oakton placed 1st. Conor Murphy, Ryan Santoro, Philip Hu, and Gregory DeRosa swam for the boys. Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Gillian Crews, and Kendall Lawhorn swam for the girls. In the 500yd Freestyle Oakton’s girls finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 

Janet Hu received 1st place in both of her individual events - 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. Dylan Staniszewski placed 1st in 200yd Freestyle and 2nd in 100yd Freestyle. 

Carter Sharer placed 1st in both 200yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle. Conor Murphy placed 1st in 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Backstroke. Philip Hu also placed 1st in two events - 500yd Freestyle and 100yd Breaststroke. Denny Nguyen received 1st in 200yd Individual Medley and 2nd in 100yd Freestyle.  

“Oakton really did a nice job across the board,” said Parker Ramsdell, Oakton’s head swim coach. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 8:30 pm Saturday, December 17, against Centerville at Oak Marr. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive 

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 9, 2011 

Oakton Swim & Dive Crushes Westfield to Go 2 - 0 

Chantilly, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams took to the water against Westfield High School Friday night at Cub Run Recreation Center. The Oakton Cougars crushed the Westfield Bulldogs despite missing numerous swimmers. Boys won 194 - 121, and the girls won 218 - 94. 

Oakton’s divers got the team off to a strong start with another week of solid dives. The positive energy created by Oakton dive pumped up the swimmers to dominate the pool and get the win. 

The Cougars, in total, were missing 12 swimmers due to the Tom Dolan and Winter Classic meets, but the team came together to succeed and win the meet against Westfield. Oakton finished hard in every race and was able to rack up some extra points by out-touching Westfield. Oakton’s Head Swim Coach, Parker Ramsdell, said “the depth of the team really showed tonight, as swim after swim kids stepped up, dropped time, and displayed they were prepared to win.” 

The highlights of the meet came mostly from the freshmen on the team as they stepped up to fill the shoes of missing upperclassmen. In his first time swimming the 100yd Butterfly, Jimmy Bailey received 3rd Place. Matt Skinner also came to break 1:00 in 100yd Backstroke Friday night. 

The girls swam exceptionally well as in the 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Butterfly they finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Kendall Lawhorn, a sophomore, finished first in both the 200yd Individual Medley and 100yd Freestyle with great drops in time. 

Next weekend the Cougars take to the water two teams. On Friday at 8:30PM Oakton will go up against Herndon at Oak Marr Recreation Center, and on Saturday at 8:30PM Oakton will go head-to-head with Centerville at Oak Marr. 

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Oakton High School Swim and Dive  

2900 Sutton Drive, Vienna, VA 22181 

Contact:  Parker Ramsdell, Head Coach (703) 944 - 4954 

NEWS RELEASE 

December 2, 2011 

Oakton Rams Robinson at First Swim Meet of Season 

Springfield, VA  - Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams took to the water against Robinson Friday night at South Run Recreation Club. The Oakton Cougars shut out the Robinson Rams. Boys won 194 - 121, and the girls won 193 - 122. 

The Cougars began their first meet of the season strong with the divers as Joe LeBerre broke Oaktons record for dive points in a single meet by 27 points. Head dive coach Cheryl Meltz said the “record was set by Oakton’s only all-American diver in history. Not only did he break the record, he crushed it. It’s definitely a great start for Joe this season.”  

Both the girls and boys 200yd Medley Relay received first place. With L. Branton, G. Crews, A. Doran, and S. Shebat swimming for the girls, they got a time of 1:53.99. C. Murphy, D. Nguyen, R. Santoro, and C. Sharer swam to get a 1:39.74 for the boys. 

Philip Hu received first place in two events Friday night in both the 200yd Individual Medley with a time of 1:59.49 and the 100yd Backstroke with a time of 54.35. 

New head swim coach, Parker Ramsdell, gave some feedback on the swims of the Cougars, “I feel that we’re off to a positive start this season. Swims across the board this weekend were fantastic top to bottom. While we still have work to do, this is a promising start to the 2012 season.”  

This was the first meet for Oakton’s new head coach, Parker Ramsdell. Ramsdell grew up swimming in the Northern Virginia area as a member of the Oakton Otters (NVSL), York Swim Club, and Madison Warhawks. He also helped lead the Warhawks to two Liberty District championships in 2001 and 2002. Ramsdell graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics. Currently, in addition to coaching the Oakton Swim Team, he coaches York Swim Club’s top senior group. 

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30 pm this Friday, December 9, against Westfield at Cub Run. 

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