The Colony Cudas capped an unbeaten season with an overpowering performance at the Greater Peninsula Swimming Association championship meet Saturday at the Fort Eustis Aquatic Center.
The Cudas, who won their first GPSA title in 2012 and finished second in a weather-shortened meet last year, were never seriously challenged in this year's 20-team meet. They piled up 402 points to finish way ahead of the defending-champion James River Country Club River Ratz (240.5) and the third-place Glendale Gators (240).
"I was kinda surprised," Cudas coach Jodi Clark said concerning the margin of victory. "I couldn't believe we'd won by that much. All of our kids swam their hearts out."
Leigh-Ann Clark, Cole Younger and Jordan Duncan were the main headliners.
Clark topped a trio of wins with a meet-record time of 27.07 seconds in the 15-18 girls 50-meter freestyle. She also won the 100 individual medley and the 50 breaststroke. There's more. She teamed with Sophie Gere and two of Clark's sisters, Brooke-Lynn and Casie, to take top honors in the girls 200 freestyle relay.
Younger, competing in the 11-12 boys, prevailed over the opposition in the 100 IM, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly. His older brother, Kade, took titles in the 100 IM and 50 butterfly in the 13-14 class.
Both of the Duncan brothers, Jordan and Preston, also excelled. Jordan, 14, set a meet record in the 50 back (27.91) and won the 50 free (25.20) while Preston, 10, was first in the 50 free and 50 back.
Carter Whetstine headed the River Ratz, winning the 25 free, 25 breast, and 25 back in the 7-8 age group.
The Marstellar sisters, Isabel and Chelsea, stood out for Glendale. Isabel, 10, outstroked the opposition in the 100 IM, 50 free, and 50 fly. Chelsea, 13-14 girls, proved tops in the 100 IM and 50 breast. Both swam on Glendale's winning 200 medley girls relay with Jenna Thompson and Havana Grau.
Alex Slayton of Marlbank headed a list of other triple winners, setting a meet record in the 50 free (27.57) in the girls 13-14 age group. She also had wins in the 50 fly and 50 back.
Also pulling off "triples" were Hunter Yost, 10, of Hidenwood in the 100 IM, 50 breast, and 50 fly; plus Kendall Butler, 8, of Marlbank in the 25 free, 25 breast, and 25 back.
The Greensprings Gators used their superior depth, especially in the younger age groups, to capture their second consecutive Virginia Peninsula Swimming Union championship meet at the Fort Eustis Aquatic Center on Sunday.
The Gators, led by 8-year-old triple winner Kallyn Buirski, topped the 19-team field with 1,160 points. The Kingswood Klams, who went undefeated and finished ahead of the Gators in their division during the regular season, had to settle for second this time with 1,052.50 points. Kingsmill was third with 1,009.50 points.
Buirski, the only individual winner for the Gators, took titles in the 7-8 age group in the 25-meter freestyle, 25 backstroke, and 25 breaststroke.
The Gators' valuable depth was exemplified in the 7-8 girls events. They had six swimmers pick up a slew of points in the 25 breast and 25 free and five Gators scored in both the 25 back and 25 fly.
Overall, Greensprings coach Jenna Heuser said "many of our swimmers swam their best times and our relays did very well."
The Gators' top prize in the relays came when the team of Leo Kantor, Austin Smith, Jason Covaney and Mathew Cudzik won the boys 18U 200 free relay.
The runner-up Klams were headed by Sophia Long, who won the 50 back and 50 fly in the girls 11-12. She also was part of the Klams' winning girls 200 medley with Lazuli Cristol, McKinzie Turner and Ava Olsen.
Sam Long, 11-12 boys, also stood out for the Klams with a win in the 50 fly and seconds in the 50 free and 50 back.
Joelle Vereb of First Colony and Colby Hurt of Ford's Colony made strong showings. Verek set a meet record in the 50 fly (29.68) and also ruled over the 100 IM and 50 free in the 13-14 class.
Hurt, 11-12 girls, stroked out a record in the 100 IM (1:10.73) and won the 50 free and 50 breast.
Other triple winners included: Carter Burrows of Kingsmill, boys 9-10 100 IM, 50 back and 50 fly; Carter Kale, Windsor Forest, 15-18 boys, 100 IM, 50 back and 50 fly; Caleb Aman, Windsor Forest, 13-14 boys, 100 IM, 50 breast and 50 fly; and Jessie Beattie, Queens Lake, 15-18 girls, 50 free, 50 back and 50 fly.
Hampton's Dawson Maier and Shawn Stacy Jr. rolled a 1,116 total to finish in seventh place in doubles in the U15 division at the USBC Youth Open Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y., July 10-27.
In singles, Maier shot a 504 scratch series to finish 73rd and Stacy rolled a 497 for 82nd out of 192 competitors.
The Virginia Crusaders are expected to face their toughest test of the season when they take on the Northern Neck Rivermen in a battle of unbeatens at 7 p.m. Saturday at King George High School.
The Crusaders are 3-0 and the Rivermen 4-0. Neither team played last Saturday because of the bad weather. The Crusaders' game against the Carolina Seminoles was postponed until Sept. 27 in Fayetteville.