19 of 24 State Records Fall As Jamestown Wins Virginia 4A Titles

Class 4A State Records fell in 19 of 24 events as Jamestown High won the boys and girls titles in Virginia’s Class 4A.

Full results

Boys Meet

Jamestown won both freestyle relays and got a pair of individual event titles from senior Colin Wright to earn the team trophy as 8 of 12 Class 4A state records fell.

Wright broke one himself, going 20.98 to win the 50 freestyle by more than seven tenths of a second. Wright would return to win the 100 free by a full-second margin in 46.53.

He also led off the winning 200 free relay for Jamestown, going 21.47. Corey Shideler, Jaq de Leon and Ben van Tasel closed out the relay, with the senior van Tasel anchoring in 21.68 for a team time of 1:28.29.

In the 400 free relay, Wright led off in 46.95, joining Shideler, van Tasel and Ryan Boll to go 3:14.11 for the win.

Individually, Heritage’s Michael Burris and William Byrd’s Khalil Fonder each doubled up on state titles, both breaking 4A state records in both of their races.

Burris, a junior, was 1:53.60 for the 200 IM title, taking a half-second off the state record, and earned his second win/record combo with a 56.64 in the 100 breaststroke.

The sophomore Fonder took the state 100 fly mark under 50 seconds for the first time with a 49.02 win in that event, and also cracked the same barrier in the 100 back with a new record time of 49.91.

Other event winners:

  • John Champe High took the 200 medley relay in a new Class 4A state record time of 1:37.65. That team was made up of Kyle Barker, Joaquin Gabriel, Michael Kaslik and Andrew Yaunches.
  • Dominion High’s Matthew Popovich won the 200 free in 1:41.16, blowing out the field by five seconds and breaking the state 4A record.
  • Harrisonburg entered the only three divers in the meet, with Isaiah King winning the title with 314.70 points.
  • Loundoun Valley freshman Sean Conway took the 500 free, going 4:36.45 and breaking yet another record.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Jamestown – 275
  2. Hanover – 154
  3. John Champe – 153
  4. Jefferson Forest – 146
  5. Courtland – 142.5

Girls Meet

Records fell in all but one event on the girls side, as Jamestown swept the free relays and got double individual wins from Abby Larson and Joelle Vereb to take the team win.

Larson, a sophomore, won the 50 and 100 freestyles, breaking records in both. Her 50 free was 23.79, breaking the record set back in 2014 by Vereb herself. in the 100, Larson wnet 51.69, touching out Woodgrove freshman Rita Frie by just .01 as both got under the old record.

The junior Vereb broke her own state 4A record in the 100 fly with a 54.63, and then broke new ground with a 1:05.15 record in the 100 breaststroke.

The two combined to help Jamestown win the 200 and 400 free relays. In the 200, Vereb led off in 23.55 and Larson anchored in 23.60, with seniors Hannah Clymer and Margaret Williams manning the middle two legs to go 1:36.09 for a new state 4A record.

In the 400, Larson and Vereb swapped legs, with Larson leading off in 52.61 and Vereb going 50.76 on the anchor leg. Once again, Clymer and Williams joined the team to go 3:30.67, a new state 4A record by almost four full seconds.

Also doubling up individually was Eastern View’s Annie Boone. The senior won the 200 IM in a new 4A state-record 2:03.89 and the 100 backstroke in 54.60, just off the 4A state record she set in prelims at 54.40.

Other event winners:

  • Lafayette senior Jenna Beattie won the 500 free, setting a new 4A record at 4:51.74.
  • Her sister Jessica Beattie swam fly on the 200 medley relay with Grace Olsen, Emma Freiling and Tawni Hatcher to go 1:50.78 for a new 4A state mark.
  • Rock Ridge junior Nicole Fye won the 200 free in another state record time of 1:50.23.
  • Shyanne Morris of Louisa County won the diving title unopposed, with a score of 237.85.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Jamestown – 318
  2. Lafayette – 251
  3. Rock Ridge – 179
  4. King George – 171
  5. John Champe – 160

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Harriet Clymer
6 years ago

Jamestown eagles soared through the water faster than eagles fly. Awesome, breathtaking event. Thanks for sharing it. Proud Grandparents of Hannah Clymer.

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