By Katie Smythe

T.C. sophomore Lydia Greenwood takes second place in 100 Butterfly (Photo: David Sample)

The T. C. Swim & Dive team – both the girls and boys squads – took second place overall in the Gunston District Swim/Dive Championships on Jan. 26-27. District powerhouse West Potomac took top honors to be crowned Gunston District Champions. The Titans’ finish as District Runners-Up is the highest placement for the team in decades. In total, 17 T. C. swimmers and four divers qualified for the upcoming regional championships.

Senior Connor Piskator competing in the 100 Butterfly (Photo: David Sample)

Three Titans won their individual events to earn the title District Champions. Freshman Ronan Lauinger won both the Boys 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke events. For the T. C. girls, sophomore Mackenzie Prall won the 500 Freestyle race and freshman Myla Rice won the 100 Backstroke event.

In the last event of the meet, the T. C. boys 400 Freestyle relay (Hardimon, Sample, Lauinger and Huber-Wilker) fought a ferocious battle against the West Potomac boys,  with the T. C. team slashing over 10 seconds off their previous best time in a race that went down to the wire. The Wolverines edged the Titans by 2 seconds. In the girls’ race, the T. C. girls 400 Free relay (Prall, Pesante, Greenwood, Rice) dropped over 7 seconds for their best race of the season. Their second place finished clinched the runners-up title for the girls' team at the meet.

T.C. boys 400 Free relay (second row, far left): Brendan Huber-Wilker, Quinn Hardimon, Ethan Sample and Ronan Lauinger (Photo: David Sample)

T. C. Williams also had four divers qualify for regionals this year. They are all high school freshmen and two are brand new to diving. Henry Wiedemer was the top finisher for the Titans, taking third place in the boys event. Leo Critchfield and Josh Collins also qualified for the T. C. boys. Alinor Smith advanced to regionals for the T. C. girls.

T.C. girls 400 Free relay: Myla Rice, Gianella Pesante, MacKenzie Prall, Lydia Greenwood (Photo: David Sample)

T. C. swim team members who qualified for the regional championship include: Lily Church, Katie Curry, Jamie Grimes, Lydia Greenwood, Quinn Hardimon, Brendan Huber-Wilker, Kyle Johnson, Lutfi LaSida, Ronan Lauinger, Gianella Pesante, Connor Piskator, Kira Pomeranz, MacKenzie Prall, Myla Rice, Jacob Rosario, Ethan Sample, and Abigail St. Jean.

The regional championships take place at Colgan High School in Manassas on Feb. 2-3. The swim preliminaries are on Friday and the finals are on Saturday (5:30 p.m.). The dive championship is on Saturday (Girls 9:00 a.m. / Boys 12:30 p.m.).