Oakton Swim Stays Undefeated

Win against Herndon keeps Cougars at the top of the Concorde District.

By Katie Pierce

Oakton High School’s Varsity Swim and Drive teams continued their undefeated season with a win over Herndon High School.

The girls won with a score of 197 points over Herndon’s 112. The boys won 194 to 121.

The Cougars started off the Friday meet by recognizing their graduating seniors.

Following the senior recognition, Bennett Fagan, a diver for the boy’s team, took first place for Oakton with a score of 207.75 points.

The meet continued with incredible swims across the board from Oakton.

  • Both the boys’ and girls’ 200yd Medley Relay took first place: For the girls, Janet Hu, Melissa Shebat, Julia Capobianco, and Gillian Crews swam, and for the boys, John Shebat, Michael Pettinichi, Denny Nguyen, and Michael Ambrose swam. 
  • Both 200yd Freestyle relays and 400yd Freestyle relays won as well. The girls’ 200yd Freestyle relay team consisted of Laura Branton, Megan Byrnes, Elise Bourdelais, and Janet Hu. The boys’ 200yd Freestyle relay team was made of Gregory DeRosa, JT Byrne, Chris Crapco, and Philip Hu.

Laura Branton, Elise Bourdelais, Kendall Lawhorn, and Janet Hu took first in the 400yd Freestyle relay. For the boys’ 400yd Freestyle relay, Nathan Pawlowicz, Michael Ambrose, Mason Hawkins, and Philip Hu won.

Individual performances


  • Megan Byrnes placed first in the 200yd Freestyle and the 100yd Freestyle.
  • Janet Hu took first in the 100yd Butterfly and the 100yd Backstroke. 
  • In the 200yd Individual Medley, Laura Branton took first. 
  • Gillian Crews took first in the 50yd Freestyle. 
  • Kendall Lawhorn placed first in the 500yd Freestyle.


  • Philip Hu finished first in the 500yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke.
  • Denny Nguyen took first for Oakton in the 200yd Individual Medley and the 100yd Breaststroke. 
  • In the 50yd Freestyle, Gregory DeRosa placed first. 
  • Gray Liddell placed first in the 100yd Butterfly. 
  • Michael Ambrose won the 100yd Freestyle event.

Oakton will return to the pool at 6:30pm Friday against Chantilly at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly in their last dual meet of the 2012-13 season. A win would give them a perfect regular season




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