Swimming and diving teams hope for routine post-season | Sport

With so many schedule changes due to COVID and weather issues, there was no consistency or momentum in the regular season portion of the high school swim and dive campaign.

Perhaps that will change with the busy three- to four-week postseason schedule, which will begin for all teams next week with district and conference competitions.

The regular season is expected to end on January 21 and 22, with weather problems being a potential concern.

Some teams held little or no training for a three-week period prior to the January 14 action.

The Madison Warhawks were one of those teams to return to action on January 14, as the girls’ and boys’ teams each defeated Colgan in non-district games by 216-89 and 159-146 scores, respectively.

With the win, defending 6D North Region champion Madison Girls improved to 5-1, while the Boys were 4-2.

The Madison girls won all 12 events, led by double winners Charlotte Dixon and Sophia Brown and single winners Hannah Carmen, Elsa Marsden (diving), Emma Wainwright, Anabel Huffstutler and Regan Hau, who recently committed to swimming in college at Colgate University.

For the Madison boys, the double winners were Owen Dyson, Kevin Rice and Aidan Jones.

Madison will be one of the biggest challengers in the upcoming Concorde District encounters along with the two undefeated Oakton Cougars teams. The girls and boys teams are each 6-0 thanks to recent wins over Chantilly. The girls won 195-119 and the boys 191-124.

The Langley Saxons, Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots are among the top teams in the upcoming Liberty District meetings.

* The postseason begins January 26 at the private school level for the Bishop O’Connell Knights when the girls and boys teams compete in the Northern Virginia Catholic Invitational, followed by the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships on January 29.

The O’Connell girls placed fourth at the recent National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships in Baltimore.

Leading O’Connell was double winner Kate Bailey in the 200 freestyle (1:52.85) and 100 butterfly (55.02).

Bailey, a summer swimmer for Overlee of the Northern Virginia Swimming League and a year-round member of the Arlington Aquatic Club, also swam third in the medley and 400 free relays. Bailey recently committed to swimming at the University of Pittsburgh.

Patricia Leonard was fifth ahead of O’Connell in the run, Carolina Rosson was ninth in the 50 free, Ellie Leonard ninth in the 100 breaststroke, Caroline Mullen ninth in the 500 free and Kate Burns was 12th in chest.

O’Connell’s Girls 200 Free Relay also finished third

Sophomore diver Madison Cervenak finished sixth ahead of O’Connell.

The O’Connell boys placed 10th in their competition.

Will Zimmerman was ninth in diving, Chris Kinsella was 14th in the 100 free, the 400 free relay finished seventh and the 200 free relay 11th.

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