By Katie Smythe
Winter sports at T. C. Williams High School are still in full swing. Sports include basketball, gymnastics, indoor track & field, swim & dive, and wrestling. A summary follows of contests during the week of Jan. 23-28.
Swim & Dive
The T. C. Williams swim and dive team competed in the Patriot Conference Championships at Lee District Rec Center on Jan. 27-28. At the finals on Saturday, the Titans advanced four relays – both boys and girls 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay – plus one individual event to the Regional Championship. Overall, T. C. Williams came in sixth of eight teams in the conference. The 6A North Region Championship for swimming takes place at Oak Marr Rec Center on Feb. 2-3. The following Titan athletes will be competing this week in the regional championship:
Dylan Garcia (Sr) – 400 Free Relay
Brendan Huber-Wilker (Soph) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Lutfi Lasida (Soph) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Cameron Morey (Sr) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Nathan Youmans (Sr) – 200 Medley Relay
Lydia Greenwood (Fr) – 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay and 100 Free
Gianella Pesante (Fr) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Mackenzie Prall (Fr) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Athena Salomons (Fr) – 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay
Patriot Conference Swim/Dive Championship
The T. C. girls notched three more victories last week, extending their winning streak to 11 games. Their win-loss record is now 17-1 overall and 10-0 in the Patriot Conference entering the final stretch of regular season. Last week the Titans crushed the Mt. Vernon Majors 62-22 at home on Jan. 23. Sophomore Trinity Palacio had 18 points and senior Bhrandi Crenshaw added 10 points; eight additional players scored for the Titans. On Jan. 24, T. C. Williams defeated West Potomac 56-19. Crenshaw was the top scorer with 12 points followed by Palacio with 11, and senior Keyanna Roberts with 10 points. The Titans traveled to Annandale on Jan. 27, defeating the Atoms 65-42. Palacio topped all scorers with 22 points; Crenshaw and junior Elise Levenberry each contributed 9 points. The Lady Titans have two games this week: at home against South County on Jan. 31, and away against West Springfield on Feb. 3 (Fr 4:30 p.m. / JV 5:45 p.m. / Varsity 7:15 p.m.). T. C. Williams is now ranked No. 13 in the metropolitan area (up three spots) by The Washington Post.
The T. C. Williams boys’ varsity team played two games last week against Patriot Conference opponents. The Titans lost 78-62 to West Potomac on the road on Jan. 24. Junior Miles Weaver led all scorers with 22 points; junior Cameron Campbell added 16 points and sophomore Jaquan Johnson had 12 points. On Jan. 27, T. C. Williams’ six-game slide ended with a 60-57 win at home over Annandale. Johnson was the Titans’ top scorer with 19 points and Weaver contributed 14 points. The Titans’ current win-loss record is 4-11 overall and 3-7 against Patriot Conference opponents. This week the T. C. boys play on the road against South County on Jan. 31, and home against West Springfield on Feb. 3 (Fr 4:30 p.m. / JV 5:45 p.m. / Varsity 7:15 p.m.).
The T. C. Williams gymnastics team took third place against more than ten other teams in the Barbara Reinwald Invitational at Washington-Lee High School on Jan. 21. Last week the Titans traveled to West Potomac for their last meet of the regular season on Jan. 26. Up next is the Patriot Conference Championship at West Potomac on Feb. 2 (5 p.m.).
Photo (l-r): sophomore Isabel Frye, senior Cailyn Lager, junior Schyler Vander Schaaf and sophomore Leslie Lytle.
Indoor Track & Field
The T. C. Williams track and field team competed in a quad meet against West Potomac, West Springfield and W.T. Woodson on Jan. 28. The Titans compete next in the Patriot Conference 7 Championships at Episcopal High School on Feb. 1 (6 p.m.) and Feb. 4 (8 a.m.). The meet takes place in two parts with most field events plus the 4x800 meter relays on Day 1, and the running events and remaining field events on Day 2. See more detail in the schedule of events.
The Titans’ varsity team will be competing in the Patriot Conference 7 Championship tournament at Annandale High School on Feb. 3 (10 a.m.).
Also of note…
Lyles Brothers, Pro Athletes: T. C. alum Noah Lyles (Class of 2016), who signed a professional contract with Adidas last July, competed in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Jan. 28. He won the 300 meter dash by a substantial margin of 0.5 seconds, clocking a new personal record of 32.67 seconds in his pro debut in this event. He also set a new meet record. Noah’s previous best time was 33.18, set exactly one year ago at the 2016 Virginia Tech Invitational. The first meet of his pro season was the 2017 Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 13. Noah took second place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.75 seconds and younger brother Josephus, also a 2016 T.C. grad, finished in fourth place in 7.03 seconds. The Lyles brothers also competed in the 200 meter dash. Noah captured second place in 21.02 seconds and Josephus finished third in 21.87.
TCW Athletic Passes are on sale at the T. C. Williams Athletic Office at the King Street campus or contact Terri Belcher via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase. The 2016-2017 Booster passes are $50 for one person or $175 for a family of four. TCW Booster passes provide entry to all home athletic events at T. C. Williams High School (excluding playoffs) with all proceeds going to support TCW athletics.