Shebat cracks 47 in backstroke as Oakton boys, Langley girls win Virginia’s 6A Northern region

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).

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Both of Shebat’s times are NCAA B standards, and that 100 backstroke was within 0.2 of what it took to get an NCAA invite last year. Meanwhile, Robinson’s Jameses (???) looked poised to sweep the freestyles at states once again. Jones is already one of the top junior sprinters in the country, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy also ends up being one of the top recruits in the class of 2016. The 6A championship is going to be another fun one.


The Robinson Rams Boys have a legacy of great and dominating teams (a ridiculous number of state championships in their trophy case). However, this team, led by Juniors James Jones and James Murphy, are a team that could possibly be their best. Not only are they fast, they are great young men (a reflection both Jones and Murphy’s character). Go OHS Cougars!

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Texas Recruiting class looks real good now. Haas, Harty, Shebat, Newkirk, Tenney, and Holter. I daresay Texas could be better team next year even with graduations.


Texas is so deep that they already have the depth to replace Darmody and Youngquist on the relays. But Haas should replace Youngquist’s individual points, and it looks like Harty and Shebat should help replace Darmody’s points. All that to say, I agree with you. It’ll be interesting to see if Cal or anyone else can match them.

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