Virginia High School swimming keeps chugging along, with the 6A Northern region wrapping up on Saturday night.
The Oakton boys took home the team title, led by Texas commit John Shebat and his pair of lifetime-best finishes, while the Langley girls took the team trophy on Isabella Rongione‘s strong distance performances.
Shebat was dominant, winning the 200 IM and 100 back with ease. His 1:46.07 in the 200 IM was a career-best by a longshot, displacing a 1:48.58 from prelims. That prelims swim was Shebat’s first time ever under 1:50.
The backstroke was equally impressive, with Shebat cracking 47 seconds for the first time in his life. His 46.71 was an incredibly impressive swim, topping the 46.76 that Shebat’s future Texas teammate Jack Conger put up his senior year of high school.
Rongione, a teammate of Shebat’s at Nation’s Capital Swim Club, took second in the 200 free and 500 free for Langley. Both were tight races with Oakton’s Megan Byrnes, yet another NCAP swimmer. Byrnes was 1:49.17 in the 200 to Rongione’s 1:49.29, and then 4:45.02 in the 500 to Rongione’s 4:47.58.
But Langley’s depth pulled through to bring home a team title.
Also winning a pair of events with notable times was West Potomac’s Cassidy Bayer. Bayer won the 100 fly (53.01) and 200 IM (1:58.21).
Doubling up on the boys’ side were Robinson’s junior duo of James Jones and James Murphy. Jones swept the sprints (20.30/45.36), while Murphy took the distance free races (1:37.76/4:25.71).