STRASBURG – Strasburg’s swim teams had a strong showing at the Class 2 State Swimming Championships on Thursday in Richmond.
The boys team finished tied for fourth, while the girls team finished fifth. Stonewall Jackson’s boys team finished tied for 18th.
Prelims were held in the morning with the finals in the evening, and Strasburg swim coach Inarae Crisman said that she was happy with how everyone did.
“Things went really, really well,” Crisman said Friday afternoon. “We exceeded our expectations in prelims. Competition was really stiff, which is nice. I knew it was going to be. It was very close, a lot of good racing. ...I think they performed well and i think everyone is happy with the way things ended.”
The Rams were led on the boys side by sophomore Sebastian Keefe. He finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (59.21) and sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:04.74). Sophomores Nathan Cadle finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.51) and Donovan Varley finished seventh in the 100 fly (1:02.38).
“The boys were ready to go,” Crisman said. “I was hoping for a top 10 for them and they ended up tied for fourth with Clarke County.”
Strasburg’s Tyler Zimbro was ninth in the 50 freestyle (24.60) and Cadle finished 11th in the same event (25.46). Sophomore Joel Gessner was 13th in the 500 free (6:56.21) and senior Mathis Kohen was 16th in the 200 free (2:20.47).
Stonewall Jackson junior Zach Wine was 10th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:28.21). Stonewall freshmen Steven Shelton was 15th in the 500 free (7:11.09) and Jack Lankard was 15th in the 100 back (1:13.70). Senior Evan Araujo was 16th in the 100 free (59.89).
Strasburg’s boys 400 free relay team of Zimbro, Varley, Kohen and Keefe finished second in a time of 3:43.48.
“I was really happy for them,” Crisman said of the relay team. “First place, nobody was going to catch them. I think they dropped 15 seconds from their prelims to finals. ...Third place no one was going to catch our guys. So that was really exciting.”
Strasburg finished fourth in the boys 200 free relay (Zimbro, Varley, Jack Miler and Cadle) with a time of 1:41.64. Strasburg’s boys 200 medley relay team of Keefe, Cadle, Varley and Zimbro were fifth (1:51.61).
Stonewall Jackson’s boys 400 free relay team of Araujo, junior Sam Clark, Lankard and Wine finished seventh (3:56.96) and set a new school record in the event.
On the girls side, the Rams were led by sophomore Abbi Kawatsky, who finished third in the 100 fly (1:00.25) and eighth in the 50 free (26.57). Junior Abigail Davis was fourth in the 200 IM (2:28.78) and fourth in the 100 breast (1:13.27).
“The girls swam well, particularly in the morning. I don’t know if there was a jet lag in the afternoon,” Crisman said. “Abbi Kawatsky, she finished third. So I was really pleased with her. She was pleased with her performance. I don’t think we anticipated the level for the 50. So that was a bit of a shock to the both of us. She still medaled. She still got top eight and she swam well. But it was very stiff competition. Then Abigail (Davis), of course, placed eighth last year in her 200 IM and this year she was top four. So that was a great improvement for her. Then she stayed fourth in the breaststroke.”
Strasburg senior Tessa Hockman finished 11th in the 50 free (27.40 ) and classmate Abby Davis finished 13th in the 200 IM (2:46.58). Sophomore Carson Bauserman was 12th in the 200 free (2:20.92) and 15th in the 100 free (1:04.43). Abby Davis also finished 15th in the 100 back (1:18.01). Junior Elizabeth Kepler was 16th in the 500 free (7:27.98).
Strasburg’s girls 200 free relay team of Kawatsky, Bauserman, Abigail Davis and Hockman finished fourth in the 200 free relay (1:51.67). Strasburg’s 200 medley relay team (Abby Davis, Abigail Davis, Kawatsky and Hockman) finished fifth (2:02.83). Strasburg’s 400 free relay team of Abby Davis, Bauserman, senior Katie Bromley and Hockman finished fourth (4:24.66).
Stonewall Jackson senior Brittany McCombs was 17th in the 100 fly (1:32.14) and sophomore Claire Shirkey was 19th in the 200 IM (3:09.67).
Radford won the boys state title with 277 points, followed by Virginia (276), Bruton (213), and Strasburg and Clarke County (168 each). Stonewall Jackson finished with 36 points.
Glenvar won the girls state title with 242 points, followed by Bruton (232), Virginia (167), George Wythe (164) and Strasburg (164).