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Highland’s Moshos sets state swim record by winning 100 backstroke

Sunday, Feb. 17 | By Jeff Malmgren
Highland freshman Reni Moshos set a VISAA state record in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday. --Courtesy photo
Reni Moshos not only won another state championship Saturday, she set a new state record.

The Highland freshman won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.56 seconds at the VISAA state swimming and diving meet at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center in Richmond. That broke the previous record of 57.13 held Nansemond Suffolk Academy’s Gabrielle Bishop and qualified her for all-American consideration in the process.

“I had it in the back of my mind,” Moshos said of the record. “I knew I was close. So when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw it, it was pretty cool.”

Her split times in the 100 back were 28.07 and 28.49 seconds, and she won the preliminary race in 57.32.

Last season, as an eighth grade swimmer, Moshos won the 100 freestyle and placed second in the 200 individual medley. She chose to swim the 100 back this season rather than try to repeat in the 100 free.

“I wanted to see how I would do in other events while I was un-rested,” said Moshos, who swims year-round for the Nation’s Capital Swim Club. “I talked to my [NCSC] coach and he said to swim a variety of things in high school at states.”

Moshos also took third in the 200 IM and finished with all 36 of the Highland Hawks’ team points at state. The Highland girls placed 14th, while Collegiate won with 383 points. Fork Union Military Academy won the boys competition with 275 points.

The girls 200 IM field included Madeira’s Kylie Jordan, who set a state record with a time of 2:04.21. Moshos finished in 2:06.42 after swimming a 2:07.82 for second-place during the preliminaries.

Also for Highland, the boys 200-yard medley team of Preston Mulford, Gus Moshos, Josh Lutz and Will Bowman placed 27th (156.39), and Lutz finished 30th in the boys 500 free (5:26.06).

Elsewhere, for Wakefield, Lucas Quinn took 35th in the boys 100 free (53.28) and 37th in the 50 free (24.46).
Moshos expects her two early-career state championships to help her progress over the next three seasons at Highland.

“It gives me a lot of confidence because I usually get really nervous before I swim,” said Moshos, who began participating in the sport year-round at age eight. “It’s big to help me move further in swimming career. I hope to get a couple more first-places at states and hopefully set some more records.”

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