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Several 1998 Virginia State Championship results press releases follow:

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
Langley 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.

Top Swims
       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.

Team Results
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

Virginia High School Championships
Lee's Matt Brado Wins 100 Freestyle
Robert E. Lee swimmers placed eight out of 62 public high schools at the 1998 Virginia Swim and Dive Championships edging out West Springfield High School.
       Matt Brado achieved All-American recognition in two events winning the 100M Freestyle State Championship and placing second in the 50M Freestyle.
       Lee's Justin Betts earned All-American status when he placed second in the 100M Breaststroke and third in the 200M Individual Medley.
       Jon Brewster, Mike Peterson, Betts and Brado swam to a fourth place finish in the 200M Freestyle Relay to earn another All-American recognition. Lee swimmers also swam to a ninth place finish in the 200M Medley Relay. Zack Kevit and Kent Lichtenfels teamed with Brewster and Peterson in the 400M Freestyle Relay but did not place.
       Seven national 25-meter high school records set at what appears to have been the fastest High School Championship ever conduced in a 25-meter short course pool.
       The Championship was held at the Princess Anne Recreation Center in south Virginia Beach with preliminaries on Friday, February 20, 1998 and finalsswum on Saturday, February 21, 1998.

Virginia State Swim and Dive Championship Meet
Princess Anne Recreation Center
South Virginia Beach, Virginia
February 20 - 21, 1998

Follow this link to 1998 Virginia High School Swim and Dive Championship results
and this link to the
1997 Virginia High School Swim and Dive Championship results.

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