The Swimming Eagles of Clarke County High School were back in the water on Saturday, February 04, 2012. Soaring on the recent high of finishing third (Ladies) and fourth (Men) in the district competition the week before, the team traveled to the district’s home pool in Manassas Park. The Eagles comprise one of ten swim teams in Region B.
Last week’s district competition was new for the CCHS Swim Team. In recent years the district had only three teams. That number is too few for a culminating event. Through the process of redistricting, the Bull Run district gained schools with competitive swim teams which opened CCHS up to the avenue of district and regional competition.
The top eight in individual events move forward to regional competition, as do the top four relay finishers in each relay event. Success at regional competition is an avenue to state competition for the top four finishers in individual events and the top two relay teams in each event. These events are similar to play-offs in team sports.
Regional B competition was extremely successful and rewarding for the CCHS Eagles. The Men’s Swim Team placed second in the region finishing behind only George Mason High School from Fairfax City. The Ladies team tied for third place with Madison County High, finishing only one point behind Woodstock’s Central High School second place.
As an added bonus to the day, freshman Emily Deem finished first in both of her individual events—50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Backstroke—and set new Region B records in both and also earning her personal best times in each. Senior Ben Marshall also achieved his personal best times in his two individual events—50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Freestyle—placing second in the 50 and third in the 100.
At the regional level, medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each event. Several CCHS swimmers received medals for their accomplishments during the competition. Senior Conor Mettenberg, Juniors Anna Petersen and Marylee Gowdy, sophomore Andrew Walraven and freshmen Matthew Nesselrodt and Michaela Harrell joined Deem and Marshall in the honor circle.