By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Jan. 25, 2014) – Three recent Loudoun County graduates are making headlines after placing first in Division I collegiate swimming events this week.
Broad Run High School graduate Mark Sarman (2011) placed 1st in three events for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets earlier this week in a meet against Tennessee and Florida Atlantic. Sarman took home the blue ribbon in the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.49), the 100-yard breaststroke (55.75) and the 200-yard medley relay where he swam the breaststroke leg.
Sarman also placed 3rd in the 200-yard butterfly event (1:50.27) and 4th in the 100-yard butterfly event (48.94).
Like Sarman, Villanova Wildcat and Briar Woods High School graduate Kristin Haufler (2013) placed 1st in the 200-yard medley relay where she, too, swam the breaststroke leg. At the meet against Providence, Haufler added a 3rd place finish in the 200-yard butterfly event (2:18.29) and 4th place in the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.14).
Rounding out the DI 1st place finishes was Dominion High School graduate Aidan O’Hara (2013) who finished at the top of the podium in the 100-yard backstroke event (53.32) for Loyola University Maryland last weekend. O’Hara also helped the Greyhounds to a 3rd place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, swimming the backstroke leg.
Last week O’Hara was named the Patriot League’s Male Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100-yard backstroke (52.87), 200-yard backstroke (1:52.52), 500-yard freestyle (4:49.27) and leading the way for Loyola’s 200-yard medley relay.
Other tidbits from the past week in college swimming:
- Heritage High School graduate Damon Rosenburg (2011) brought home a win for the Denison Big Red swimming a time of 55.96 in the 100-yard breaststroke over the weekend in a tri-meet with James Madison and Pittsburgh. Rosenburg also helped the Division III Big Red finish 2nd in the 200-yard medley relay where he swam the breaststroke leg with a time of 24.93.
- Also swimming at the tri-meet in Pittsburgh were Tuscarora High School graduate Amanda Presgraves (2012) and Freedom High School graduate Stephanie Clarke (2012). Clarke placed 2nd in the 100-yard backstroke (58.17) and Presgraves finished 4th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.90). Both girls also swam in the Duke’s 3rd place, 200-yard medley relay.
- In a weekend meet against Savannah College of Arts & Design, Clarke’s former Freedom teammate Nicholas Campbell (2012) led the College of Charleston to three, top-four finishes. Campbell finished 3rd in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.49), 4th in the 100-yard backstroke (55.18) and swam the fastest split – 21.78 – of the Division I Cougars 200-yard freestyle relay which finished in 3rd place.
Notes from the past week in college soccer:
- Woodgrove High School graduate Brittany Basinger (2013) was named the 15th best freshmen women’s soccer player in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. Basinger started all 23 games for the Penn State Nittany Lions (15-7-1) in 2013.
- The Virginia Tech Hokies have the list’s No. 18 freshmen in Stone Bridge High School graduate Murielle Tiernan (2013). Tiernan scored 11 goals and added 5 assists for the Hokies (19-5-3) in her 27 starts.
- Tiernan’s Stone Bridge teammate Ashley Herndon (2013) made the list at No. 92. The James Madison Dukes (15-5-1) saw 21 starts out of the forward who scored 6 goals and adding 7 assists while playing the fourth most minutes for JMU this past fall.
- Broad Run graduate Whitney Church (2011) — another Penn State Nittany Lion — rounded out the female athlete’s recognized by Top Drawer Soccer as she was named No. 71 on the National Top 100 list.
- On the men’s side, South Riding-native Patrick Foss (2013) took home the No. 38 ranking on the Freshmen Top 100 list.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!