Madelyn Donohoe Breaks VISAA Record with 4:44.27 500 Free

2018 VISAA Swimming and Diving Championships



  1. Madeira – 294
  2. Norfolk – 293.5
  3. Collegiate – 233
  4. St. Catherine’s – 218
  5. Bishop O’Connell – 186
  6. Flint Hill – 160
  7. Trinity Episcopal – 149
  8. Potomac – 123
  9. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes – 118
  10. Hampton Roads – 92


  1. Norfolk – 337
  2. Collegiate – 223
  3. St. Christopher’s – 196
  4. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes – 156
  5. St. Anne’s Belfield – 130
  6. Trinity Episcopal – 124
  7. Potomac – 121
  8. Hampton Roads – 114
  9. Woodberry Forest – 110
  10. Bishop O’Connell – 104

The Madeira School girls won the 2018 VISSA team title by the slimmest margin possible – 0.5 points – over Norfolk Academy. The meet came down to the last race, the 400 free relay, where Madeira pulled out the win (and the team title) by just .73 seconds.

The Madeira 400 free relay team of Izzy Gati, Meaghan Doyle, Sofie Davis, and Maddie Heilbrun managed to win the race over the Norfolk team of Kayla Wilson, Liza Ware, Marin McKee, Callie Dickinson, touching in 3:27.22 to 3:27.95. Both teams shattered the old VISSA record of 3:31.23, which was held by Madeira fromk 2016, a team which included Gati, Doyle, and Heilbrun. To emphasize how close this race was, both teams had splits of 50-point, 51-point, 52-point, and 53-point. For Madeira, Gati led off with a 50.55, followed by splits of 53.23, 52.22, and 51.22 respectively. Norfolk’s team was led off by Wilson at 51.60, and was followed by splits of 52.51, 53.10, and 50.74 respectively.

Madelyn Donohoe won both her inidividual events for 5th place team finisher Bishop O’Connell, taking the 200 and 500 free. Donohoe ran even with Izzy Gati through the 150, but opened up a lead on the final 50, posting a 27.14 to Gati’s 27.92. Donohoe finished in a final time of 1:47.75, while Gati came in 2nd with a 1:48.5. Donohoe’s time was just .43 seconds off Kylie Jordan‘s VISSA record of 1:47.32. Donohoe is a junior, giving her another year to go for that record. In the 500, Donohoe was the only swimmer in the field to break 5 minutes, blasting a 4:44.27 in prelims and 4:47.49 in finals. Her prelims time came in well under the VISSA record of 4:46.78 from Rachel Naurath.

Callie Dickinson, a Georgia recruit, took the girls 100 back with a 54.49, narrowly missing the VISSA record of 54.25 from Reni Moshos. She had the fastest split in the field on both 50s, going out in 26.61, and coming home in 27.88.

The Norfolk girls 200 free relay of Liza Ware, Abigail McCammon, Kayla Wilson, and Callie Dickinson outpaced Madeira to win the event, breaking the previous VISSA record of 1:35.47 with their time of 1:34.78. Ware led off with a 24.21, followed by a 23.98 from McCammon, 23.57 from Wilson, and 23.02 from Dickinson on the anchor leg. Madeira’s team also came in under the previous record, posting a 1:35.20.

Sean Hogan took the boys 200 IM, posting a 1:49.31 to win by 7.5 seconds. Hogan had the fastest time in the field on every split, posting 50 splits of 23.35, 26.79, 32.37, and 26.80 respectively. Oliver Mills, a sophomore from Flint Hill School, shattered the boys diving record, winning the event with a score of 542.95. The previous record sat at 478.45. Andrew Scott, a Collegiate School senior came in 2nd, also breaking the record with a 491.65.

The Norfolk boys 200 free relay team of Spencer Ryan, B. Gray Randolph, Guil Ware, and William Wilson won with a final time of 1:24.54, breaking the previous VISSA record of 1:24.82. Ryan led off with a 21.39, followed by splits off 21.02, 21.28, and 20.95 respecvtively. The fastest split in the field came from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes’ Andrew Revers, who anchored in 20.55.

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