Arlington School Board Praises Athletes’ Achievements

State finalists in winter sports celebrated.

Winter sports state finalists with Arlington School Board and Staff.

Winter sports state finalists with Arlington School Board and Staff. Photo by Frank Bellavia/Arlington Public Schools

State Finalists


Indoor Track

Jabari Bennett: Shot Put (1st)

Rebecca Stewart: Triple jump (6th)

Swim & Dive

Jaya Kambhampaty: 100 Back (3rd)

Jack Mowery, Jaya Kambhampaty, Lachlan Flatin, Kai Green: 200 Free Relay (3rd)


Indoor Track

Joshua Sutton: High Jump (5th)

Xavier Taylor: 300m Dash (3rd)

Xavier Taylor: 500m Dash (4th)


Loranzo Rajaonarivelo: 160 pound (3rd)

Vincent Galang: 145 pound (6th)

Swim & Dive

Justin Clark: Boys Diving (1st)

Jack Kumashiro: Boys Diving (3rd)

Antonia Kotliarov: Girls Diving (5th)

Boys Basketball

National District Runner-up; Region 5C Champions; VHSL Class 5 State Runner-up


Swim & Dive

Hannah Karlin, Annika Creedon, Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Victoria Huske, Emily Brooks, Natalie English, Charlotte Thomson, and Emily Larsen: Girls Swim Team (2nd)

Hannah Karlin: Diving (2nd)

Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Victoria Huske, and Emily Brooks: 200 Medley Relay (1st)

Victoria Huske: 50 Free (1st)

Victoria Huske: 100 Fly (1st)

Kayle Park, Victoria Huske, Mary Kate Reicherter, and Natalie English: 400 Free Relay (1st)

Kayle Park: 200 IM (4th)

Annika Creedon: Diving (5th)

Kayle Park: 100 Breast (5th)

Mary Kate Reicherter: 100 Backstroke (3rd)

Sam Ellison: 50 Free (6th)

Ryan Soh, Zach Rosenthal, Thomas Outlaw, and Sam Ellison: 200 Medley Relay (2nd)


Clay Chadwick: Heavyweight Division Runner-up


Julia Hays: Floor (1st)

Katya Olsen: Vault: (1st)

Minutes into its regular meeting on April 5, the Arlington County School Board paused to recognize student-athletes from its public high schools: Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown. All the young men and women were finalists in state-wide winter sports, which included swimming, diving, wrestling, gymnastics, indoor track and basketball.

Special note was taken of the achievement of four young women from Yorktown: Mary Kate Reicherter (sophomore), Kayle Park (junior), Victoria Huske (freshman) and Emily Brooks (senior). On the way to becoming this year’s champion, the quartet set an all-time state record for the 200 Medley Relay. Their coach, Torey Ortmayer, observed that each swimmer was talented, but all also demonstrated a willingness to work hard in every practice. Ortmayer said he had confidence his squad could win the event this year, so much so that he “could stand back and enjoy the race knowing they would take care of business.”

Seven other state championships were claimed by Arlington students: Jabari Bennett, Washington-Lee - Shot Put; Justin Clark, Wakefield - Diving; Julia Hays, Yorktown – Gymnastics (floor); Katya Olsen, Yorktown – Gymnastics (vault); Victoria Huske, Yorktown – 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly; and Kayle Park, Victoria Huske, Mary Kate Reicherter and Natalie English, Yorktown – 400 Freestyle Relay (Tie).