Seven National Records Elapsed
Virginia Swimmers Lead Assault
on National High School Records
Virginia Beach, February 21, 1998.
Seven national records were lowered during the public high school Virginia State Swim and Dive Championships held this weekend in Virginia Beach. Northern Virginia swimmers and divers won 20 of
the 24 events.
National Meter Records Fall
women won the 200M Medley Relay in 2:03.5, nearly two seconds faster than the 1997 high school record held by Oak Harbor, Ohio. Langley women then went on to win the 200M and 400M Freestyle Relays. Langley missed tying
the 200M free relay National record by 3 hundreds of a second during finals.
Matt Merrisette, Cox HS, swam the 100M butterfly beating the 1985 record held by Larry Bloch of
Mitten, New Jersey by 0.2 tenths of a second.
South Lakes and West Springfield men swam under the 200M Freestyle Relay National record as South Lakes won in 1:37.20.
Ed Moses, Lake Braddock High School, earned automatic All-American honors and the 100M Breaststroke State Title, as he swam 2 seconds faster than the National record held by Chris
Wood of Madison, Wisconsin since 1995.
Stephanie Jenkins, Kempsville High School, swam her 100M Breaststroke two (2) seconds faster than the National records held by Julia Mason
of Lynwood, New Jersey since 1995.
Washington Post All Met Greg Long, South Lakes, was the only double winner among the men. All Met Long won the
200M and 400M Freestyles.
Hayfield's Lacey Hlavka and Lake Braddock's Murian Lynch were the only women to win two events. Hlavka won the 200 IM with a time faster than the
National 25-meter record time and the 400 freestyle. Lynch won both the 50M and 100M freestyles.
Langley women won it's first State Swim and Dive Championship rising the wave made by their nine swimmers, seven of whom are sophomores and freshmen. Locally
Robinson women came in third and Hayfield fifth. Last year's champion West Springfield finished 23rd.
Virginia Beach's Kempsville High School edged Reston's South Lakes High
School for the men's team championship. Jefferson, last year's champion, was third, while Woodbridge High School finished fourth.
Sixty-two public high schools sent swimmers and
divers to the 1998 Virginia Championships held in the 25-meter short course pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center in south Virginia Beach.
Virginia State Swim and Dive Championship Meet
Princess Anne Recreation Center
South Virginia Beach, Virginia
February 20 - 21, 1998