Winter state champions make school history


Photo courtesy Yule Pieters

Senior high jumper Yule Pieters competes during the MCPS Meet #2.

With winter sports seasons over, we look back on what truly was an incredible year. This season saw four athletes cementing themselves in school history by earning the highest honor of state champion. Senior indoor track athlete Yule Pieters won the boys’ high jump, junior runner Tori Ketzler won the girls’ 1600m race, junior swimmer Campbell Scofield won the girls’ 500 freestyle, and senior diver Aidan Wang won the boys’ diving competition.

Swim and dive along with indoor track and field were the teams home to the athletes who brought the school state championships. The swim and dive team also sent 18 other athletes who competed in states. The Indoor track and field team also sent two more individual athletes to states, along with others in group events.

Pieters won the boys’ high jump with a height of 6’ 02. He qualified for the state meet after jumping 6’ 04 and teammate junior Anish Yarra also qualified for the state final in the high jump after jumping 6’ 00 at the county meet. “Overall it was a great season; the team broke multiple of the school records so that was fun. I am so excited for outdoor track as the team and I plan to break even more records,” Pieters said.

Ketzler won the girls’ 1600m race after running a time of 5:05.08. She qualified for the state meet after running close to her state time with a 5:05.49 placing first at counties. Jjunior Aaliyah Jalloh also qualified for the state meet in the 500m after placing second in the county meet. “This team was so much fun to be a part of and I can’t wait to continue the momentum we created into the spring season,” Ketzler said.

Indoor track and field saw both Ketzler and Pieters break school records in their respective events while on their path to state championships. The team also sent six runners to the National meet, which included Ketzler and Pieters.
Scofield won the girls’ 500 freestyle swim race after finishing with a time of 4:58:80. Scofield will continue her competitive swimming career at Purdue University where she will attend her senior season next year. The team sent other swimmers to not just the state meet but also to the metro meet where the team smashed multiple school records.

Wang capped off his incredible season winning the boys’ diving competition and completing his undefeated season. He shattered his own record with six dives and a score of 349.80 at the divisional meet. Then setting another team record with 11 dives and a score of 549.20 at the metro meet. Then the cherry on top: he won the state championship with 11 dives and a final score of 564.80.

After he graduates in June, Wang will take all his talents to New Jersey as he will attend Princeton University and continue his diving career at the next level. Wang also served as team captain during this incredible season.