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Lin leads Potomac Falls to runner-up finish

Potomac Falls High School sophomore William Lin comes up for air during the 400-meter freestyle at the Region II swim meet. Lin won two regional titles to help the Panther boys earn runners-up honors.—Photo Courtesy/Gemma Rosenburg
Fresh off winning team titles at the AA Dulles District meet, the Potomac Falls Panthers boys and the Dominion Titans girls each collected runner-up finishes at the Region II Swim Championships Feb. 8-9 at Fork Union Military Academy.

Western Albemarle swept team honors, topping Potomac Falls by 17 points for the boys' crown and besting Dominion by 76 points for the girls' title. Western Albemarle scored 144 points in the girls competition, more than double the total of any other team.

Heritage placed third in the girls' standings, followed by Briar Woods in fourth place. Tuscarora garnered a fifth-place finish on the boys side.

William Lin of Potomac Falls continued his stellar season. Lin swam to individual titles in both the 200-meter freestyle and the 400 freestyle. He also swam a leg on two Panther relay teams that placed second.

Joaquin Gabriel, a freshman at first-year John Champe, struck gold in the 100 breaststroke. Phillip Crouch, Jake Schroth, Daniel McAllister and Tim Burris of Heritage teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Three area swimmers won individual titles in the girls' events. Lizzie Mittan of Briar Woods led the pack in the 400 freestyle, and Heritage swimmers Carrie Lee (100 backstroke) and Kayleigh Rosenburg (100 breaststroke) also claimed gold.

The Virginia AA Swim Championships are set for Feb. 15-16 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Here is a look at all the Loudoun swimmers that placed first or second in an event and/or placed among the top four in multiple events at the Region II meet.


-William Lin (PF): 1. 200 free (1:59.36); 1. 400 free (4:11.18)
-Joaquin Gabriel (JC): 1. 100 breast (1:09.39)
-John Paul Popovich (D): 3. 200 IM (2:19.34); 2. 100 breast (1:11.80)
-Samuel Presgraves (T): 3. 100 breast (1:11.94); 4. 200 IM (2:19.40)
-Aidan O'Hara (D): T2. 100 back (59.77); 3. 100 free (55.76)
-Brennan Maxwell (BW): T2. 100 fly (1:00.96); 4. 100 back (1:04.48)
-Justin Touve (PF): 2. 200 free (2:04.30)
-Simon Shi (T): T2. 100 fly (1:00.96)
-Heritage: 1. 200 free relay (Phillip Crouch, Jake Schroth, Daniel McAllister, Tim Burris) 1:44.10
-Potomac Falls: 2. 200 medley relay (William Lin, Illya Ovchynnikov, Vincent Marrocco, Sean Hurrell) 1:54.66
-Potomac Falls: 2. 400 free relay (Justin Touve, Sean Hurrell, Luke Borman, William Lin) 3:46.55


-Lizzie Mittan (BW): 1. 400 free (4:38.07); 3, 200 free (2:14.34)
-Rachel Williams (D): 2. 200 free (2:11.66); 3. 100 fly (1:08.48)
-Carrie Lee (H): 1. 100 back (1:06.94); 2. 100 fly (1:08.42)
-Kayleigh Rosenburg (H): 1. 100 breast (1:12.35); 2. 200 IM (2:21.0)
-Annika Saloka (BW): 2. 400 free (4:42.86); 2. 100 back (1:09.04)
-Rachel Tao (D): 3, 400 free (4:44.14); 3. 100 back (1:09.31)
-Erica Comm (BW): 3, 100 free (1:02.40); 4. 50 free (28.69)
-Sami Morency (LV): 3. 200 IM (2:31.65); 4. 100 fly (1:10.09)
-Imelda Ogango (T): 2. 100 breast (1:17.71)
-Heritage: 2. 200 medley relay (Carrie Lee, Kayla Snider, Kayleigh Rosenburg, Katie Lee) 2:07.51
-Tuscarora: 2. 200 free relay (Bailey Jenkins, Angela McMullen, Imelda Ogango, Pim Silpacharn) 1:55.77
-Dominion: 2. 400 free relay (Sara Schlemmer, Sam Jakab, Rachel Tao, Rachel Williams) 4:17.14

-All photos by Gemma Rosenburg


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