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Fork Union Wins Two State Championships En Route to a 4th Place Finish at the VISAA State Championship Meet

posted Feb 20, 2017, 10:40 AM by Ryan Campbell   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 11:06 AM ]
Fork Union Swimming and Diving finished the High School season with a fourth place finish at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association State Championship meet held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, VA.  In total the team posted two event wins, four runner ups, and 5 more top 8 finishes.  Those top 8 finishes are as follows:

  • 200 Medley Relay:  6th (Smith, Youssef, Warren, Gustafson) 1:43.18
  • 200 Free:  Pitts 2nd (1:44.27)
  • 200 IM:  Youssef 7th (2:01.96)
  • 50 FR:  Gemma 1st (21.23) 
  • 100 Fly:  Khalil 1st (51.63) 
  • Diving:  Fowler 15th
  • 100 FR:  Gemma 2nd (46.29), Pitts 5th
  • 500 FR:  Khalil 4th (4:52.53) 
  • 200 Free Relay: 2nd (Pitts, Gemma, Youssef, Khalil)  1:25.96
  • 100 Breast: Youssef 5th (1:00.19) 
  • 400 Free Relay: 2nd (Gemma, Warren, Khalil, Pitts)  3:13.70
In addition to these top 8 finishes the team managed to post a total of 23 Personal Best times, 1 New School Record, 3 New NCSA JR National cuts, and 2 All America Consideration Times which lead to a 4th place team finish behind St. Christopher, Trinity Episcopal, and St. Stephens & St. Agnes.  "The team had an incredible meet," says Coach Campbell. "They showed up in every event and swam as a team and as a result they posted some incredible times, I am proud of them to say the least!"

This meet concludes the High School portion of the swim season, however Fork Union Swimming's season will still go on for a few weeks as several swimmer have qualified to swim at follow on meets such as Virginia Senior Championships, NCSA's, and Sectionals.