Norfolk Academy Swimming and Diving won both the boys and girls championships at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) meet, held at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center in Stafford.
Norfolk Academy is the only school in VISAA to win both boys and girls championships in the same year, an achievement the school has secured seven times—in 1985, for five straight seasons from 1990-1994, and this year.
This year’s wins were decisive. The boys, who won the championship last year, finished with 319 points, followed by Collegiate School (Richmond) at 265, and St. Christopher’s (Richmond) at 241. The girls won with 279.5, followed by Collegiate School at 251, and St. Catherine’s at 243. Last year, the girls came in second by a mere half point, the slimmest margin in VISAA meet history, to Madeira School, an all-girls boarding school in northern Virginia.
Norfolk Academy Swimming and Diving, which trains as a co-ed team, had 65 swimmers and 7 divers this year; 5 divers and 55 swimmers qualified to participate in the state meet.
At the meet, several swimmers earned first place finishes, claiming the mantle of state champions. Norfolk Academy also set three new VISAA records and eight new school records at the meet.
Girls 200 freestyle: Tie for 1st place, Kayla Wilson 1:47.23 (school and VISAA meet record, All-American) and Madelyn Donohoe of Bishop O’Connell
Boys 200 freestyle: 1st place, Guil Ware 1:41.62
Boys 50 freestyle: 1st place, B. Gray Randolph 20.52 (school record- since 1998, Gary Sharpe, All-American)
Boys 100 freestyle: 1st place, Guil Ware 45.89
Girls 200 free relay: 1st place, Marin McKee, Abigail McCammon, Madison Kirkman, Kayla Wilson 1:35.58 (All-American consideration)
Boys 200 free relay: 1st place, B. Gray Randolph, Guil Ware, Paul Southern, Spencer Ryan 1:23.21 (school and VISAA meet record, All-American)
Girls 400 free relay: 1st place, Marin McKee, Abigail McCammon, Madison Kirkman, Kayla Wilson 3:26.71 (school and VISAA meet record, All-American)
In addition to the championships times above, several new Norfolk Academy records were set at the VISAA meet:
Boys 200 medley relay: 2nd place, Clayton Whetstine, Spencer Ryan, Will Klena, B. Gray Randolph 1:33.54 (All-American consideration)
Girls 50 free: 2nd place, Marin McKee: 23.67
Boys 100 back: 2nd place, Clayton Whetstine 51.33
Girls 500 free: 2nd place, Kayla Wilson, 4:55.60 (All-American consideration)
**All-American consideration cut- if time remains in top 50 in the country, they get All-American**
B. Gray Randolph
John Leo Luecke
The team’s coaches are as follows: Co-Head Coaches Joel Shinofield and Kristen Kirkman; Assistant Coaches: Kristen McKnight, Morgan Latimer, Mike Zmuda, Michael Smack, and Virginia Scofield.