Prince William News
Wed., Dec. 5 - The Pioneer boys joined the girls in sweeping the Bobcats head-to-head at a duel event held at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas.
PHS boys outgun BHS with 8 wins to 3
© Gainesville TimesPerhaps one of the most indelible moments for the Patriot boys swimming team came last February in the Cedar Run District championship.
Losing the title to Battlefield by a single point, a 397 to 396 margin, is enough to fill an off-season with "what-ifs."
On Friday night, Patriot buried that hole.
The Pioneer boys joined the girls in sweeping the Bobcats head-to-head at a duel event held at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas.
It marked the second time the boys have defeated Battlefield during their two seasons of existence but the first time since the last post-season.
Patriot captured eight events while Battlefield won only three as part of a 152 to 134 victory.
"We've got the potential and promise to take this into the districts and hopefully beyond that," said Patriot head coach Lisa Bussian, reveling in the idea that, after one meet, her squad truly does control its own destiny.
With three of Patriot's leading swimmers out due to their club commitments, Thomas Scott and Andrew Proper stepped up with regional-qualifying swims, even performing in events they usually do not swim for the team.
They brought home two individual wins each, with Proper securing first in the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard breaststroke and Scott claiming the top spot in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke.
"For them, there are very few events that I wouldn't feel comfortable putting them in," said Bussian.
She later added, "They're willing to do whatever is necessary to the team."
Thomas serves as one of the team captains alongside senior Nick Manning.
In other races, Gavin Graham also took first place in the 50 yard freestyle and Coulter Morrill in the 500 yard version of the same event.
Meanwhile, Patriot also earned the top spot in two out of three relay races, though Battlefield made up significant ground when one of the Pioneers' teams disqualified itself in the 200 yard freestyle.
Scott, Proper and Graham appeared on both winning teams. They teamed up with John Yu to earn first in the 200 yard medley with a combined time of 1:45.24.
They later paired with freshman Reed Kieler for a victory in the 400 yard relay.
Yu and Kieler had stand-out performances of their own Friday too, though neither claimed an individual win.
In the 50 yard free style, Yu clocked in right behind Graham for second place. He did the same in the 100 yard butterfly after Scott.
Kieler, meanwhile, finished third in the 100 yard freestyle behind Battlefield's Bill Pogue and John Buggy.
In the three events Battlefield did win, Pogue found himself responsible for the outcomes.
He topped second-place finisher Daniel Yu of Patriot in the 200 yard freestyle.
Pogue also joined Buggy, Ben Pfister and Alberto Post in the victorious 200 yard freestyle relay.