Virginia Roundup: fast in-state times as public schools swim conference meets over the weekend

The high school season for Virginia public schools is beginning to heat up, and last weekend featured conference meets for most northern schools. Some notable times to come out of those meets:

  • Andrew Seliskar was 1:38.42 in the 200 free for Thomas Jefferson High School at the Conference 13 Championships in class 5A.
  • James Murphy, who swims club for Machine Aquatics, put up times of 1:38.93 in the 200 free and 4:29.37 in the 500 free for Robinson High School in Class 6A Conference 5. He’s only a sophomore at this point.
  • Also in that conference, future Stanford Cardinal Janet Hu went 1:58.94 in the 200 IM and 52.52 in the 100 fly.
  • In the private schools division, Ali Khalafalla went 20.49 in the 50 free, which would break the private school state record if he can repeat it at the private and independent school championships in two weeks.

The rest of Virginia’s public high schools will swim their conference meets this coming weekend, and the regional meets will take place over the next two weeks before the state championships on February 21-22. That means these swimmers have several more shots to better their times in big-meet situations. The state championships will run under a new format this year as the state split schools into six different classes (1A through 6A) instead of the traditional three. That means the state meet could potentially be much more selective than it’s ever been, requiring swimmers to be ready to go at qualifying time to ensure a spot at the championships.

Thanks to Robert Gibbs for contributing to this report.

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VACoaster
9 years ago

Metros is a SCY destination meet for almost all participants, and its faster than the VA H.S. meets. VA doesn’t have a comparable meet since the VA H.S. state meets are not well-supported by VHSL.

9 years ago

Except for Andrew’s 200 Free, these wouold not even be winning time in most Western PA dual meets. I don’t understand the headline.

Reply to  Jared Anderson
9 years ago

That’s nothing… where I’m from, it takes at least a 1:54 in the 200 IM to win the JV heats in girls dual meets.

asdf
Reply to  Jared Anderson
9 years ago

I believe HULK SWIM is being sarcastic.

Morgan Priestley
Reply to  Jared Anderson
9 years ago

I believe ASDF doesn’t understand that Jared understands that Hulk was being sarcastic.

Reply to  Jared Anderson
9 years ago

And usually that girl is wearing two drag suits, wool mittens and socks.

Steven
Reply to  Hulk Swim
9 years ago

99% of the time, I’m content with SwimSwam’s commenting system and I oppose any “Facebookification,” but sometimes I read Hulk’s comments and start looking for the like button or possibly a little green up-arrow.

Reply to  Steven
9 years ago

You could just ‘smash’ instead of ‘like’…

asdf
Reply to  Chester Dudzinski
9 years ago

That’s a ridiculous claim and you know it. The duel meet between NA and USC was shaved and tapered, and that was by far the fastest duel meet in western PA. Bueger was a 20.7 to win the 50, thereby disproving your statement right there. If I’m remembering correctly, Hardwick was only a 1:40 point in the 2 free, meaning both of those 2 free times would win. Don’t even get me started on the 5 free.

Get your facts straight.

Swimmer
Reply to  Chester Dudzinski
9 years ago

Chester – It’s because this isn’t their main high school championship meet.

A swimfan
9 years ago

The very fast “Metros” high school meet in Maryland is this coming weekend

Ben
Reply to  A swimfan
9 years ago

someone needs to get there with a good camera… if I have to watch a 4:13 from a high schooler with a crappy shaky video again I’m going to be annoyed

Swimmer
Reply to  Ben
9 years ago

Is that the meet that Conger and Ledecky swam at last year? Assuming Ledecky will be there this year?

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