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Neither rain, nor snow or three canceled swim meets could keep the 2009-2010 King George High School swim team from its destiny. After sweeping the Battlefield District swim championships for the third year in a row, it’s safe to say that King George is still at the top of the aquatic food chain. As the Foxes girls’ delivered eight first place victories out of a possible 11 for 168.5 points, their male teammates crushed their rivals using a compliment of second to fifth place finishes for 143 points.
A consummate achiever all season, sophomore Leann Miller led the field with victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.68) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.83). Arguably the most significant performer at the meet, Miller contributed for a first place finish by swimming the anchor in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay events.
As for the Foxes boys’ team, junior Tyler Grigg earned the 100-yard butterfly title (59.94), while the team of Joel Morrisett, Will Zimmerman, Dylan Manard, and David Hunt won the 200-yard freestyle relay title.
The big question that continues to haunt the district is how long will it take before the rest of the area catches up to the Foxes’ level of dominance? With James Monroe vastly improving all levels of its swim program, the progression of rival talent may soon impact the Fox dynasty. During the district championship, James Monroe captured five first place boys’ crowns (200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 400-yard relay).
Given the equation of the Potomac Raiders year-round swim team plus the summer swims of Eels and Sharks, barring a major geographical development, the Foxes will have a firm grasp on the district for years to come. In addition, factoring in the King George YMCA’s aquatic facilities, the Foxes swim program has inadvertently created the perfect environment for recruiting new swimmers.
Entering into the 2009-2010, the Foxes had four All-District swimmers from the previous season (Leann Miller, Rachael Webb, Christiana Bentz, Alexandria Bentz) who happened to be underclassmen. The core of the girls’ swim team will be intact and stronger than ever.
The next stop for the Foxes is the VHSL Group A/AA Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Championships at Old Dominion University, on Saturday, February 18-20.
Fox Battlefield District competitors
Boys 200-yard IM relay: David Hunt, Brad Ballenger, Tyler Grigg, Joel Morrisett; Girls 200-yard IM relay: 1st Christiana Bentz, McKenzie Olup, Rachael Webb, Rachael Zilic; Boys 200-yard freestyle: 3rd Dylan Manard, 5th Will Zimmerman, 6th Connor Muncie, 7th Jake Cullin; Girls 200-yard freestyle: 2nd Christiana Bentz, 3rd Heather Jones, 8th Brooke Ballenger, Kaela Hornbaker; Boys 200-yard IM: 2nd Tyler Grigg, 3rd Bennett Morrow, 9th Cole Gallamore, 13th Kevin Carpenter; Girls 200-yard IM: 1st Leann Miller, 7th Emily Pelto, 9th Shelby Doyle, Natalie McGregor; Boys 50-yard freestyle: 2nd David Hunt, 3rd Joel Morrissett, 5th Luke Jones, 8th Tyler Collins; Girls 50-yard freestyle: 1st Rachael Webb, 3rd Alexandra Bentz, 7th Amanda Ackerman, 8th Rachael Zilic; Boys 100-yard butterfly: 1st Tyler Grigg, 6th Will Zimmerman, 7th Brad Ballenger, 9th Bryan Yanchulis; Girls 100-yard butterfly: 1st Leann Miller, 3rd Rachael Webb, 9th Shelby Doyle, 12th Jamie Herman; Boys 100-yard freestyle: 2nd David Hunt, 3rd Dylan Manard, 8th Tyler Collins, 11th Cole Pates-Clift; Girls 100-yard freestyle: 3rd McKenzie Olup, 5th Alexandra Bentz, 6th Rachael Zilic, 10th KaLene Cawthon; Boys 500-yard freestyle: 2nd Bennett Morrow, 5th Connor Muncie, 9th Logan Harley, 11th Samuel Lilly; Girls 500-yard freestyle: 3rd Heather Jones, 6th Kaela Hornbaker, 8th Carly Farrell, 10th Eileen Lawson; Boys 200-yard freestyle relay: 1st Joel Morrissett, Will Zimmerman, Dylan Manard, David Hunt; Girls 200-yard freestyle relay: 1st McKenzie Olup, Amanda Ackerman, Alexandra Bentz, Leann Miller; Boys 100-yard backstroke: 4th Matthew Hunt, 6th Richie Howell, 11th James Robinson, 14th Bryan Yanchulis; Girls 100-yard backstroke: 1st Christiana Bentz, 3rd Emily Pelto, 4th Alayna Zengulis, 5th Katie Barnum; Boys 100-yard breaststroke: 2nd Brad Ballenger, 3rd Luke Jones, 4th Cole Pates-Clift, 7th Jake Cullin; Girls 100-yard backstroke: 1st McKenzie Olup, 8th Beth Loudin, 9th Amanda Ackerman, 10th Natalie McGregor; Boys 400-yard freestyle relay: 3rd Joel Morrissett, Tyler Grigg, Will Zimmerman, Dylan Manard; Girls 400-yard freestyle relay: 1st Rachel Webb, Alexandra Bentz, Christiana Bentz, Leann Miller.
Leonard M. Banks