Seeding Meeting ReminderMon, 2-19-2018 | Kelly Parry
The NVSL 2018 Seeding Meeting for all Team Reps is this Sunday, February 25, at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria.
The New Team Rep Clinic at NOON will be lead by NVSL Director Chris Campbell. Team Reps should print and bring a copy of the New Team Rep Guide and the New Team Rep Training presentation which can be found in the 2018 Team Rep Folder.
All TRs should bring 7-8 stickers/labels with your name, address, email and telephone numbers (ribbon label size) to expedite the form filling processes. If you are hoping to host either Division Relays or Divisionals, be sure you have necessary approvals from your Pool Board. Relays will be July 11th (with a rain date of 7/12) and Divisionals will be July 28th.Schedule:
Be prepared to vote on the five rule change proposals - read the proposals! A Rules Meeting will be scheduled for March 11th if we are unable to complete the process in the allotted time.
Be early to visit our many vendors that support the League throughout the season.
- Team Rep check-in 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
- New Team Rep Clinic from noon to 1 pm (MS Lecture Hall, Room 1604)
- Vendor show from noon to 2 pm (Main hallway outside of gym)
- General session starts promptly at 2 pm in the MS Lecture Hall
- Rules discussion and voting 2:35-3 pm
- Seeding distribution and break-out sessions 3-4 pm (Assigned classrooms for each division)
Streamlines - NVSL News 2/1/18Thu, 2-1-2018 | Kelly Parry
Take your mark .......
Our Seeding Meeting officially kicks off the season and it is scheduled for Sunday, February 25th at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria. The meeting begins with our New Team Rep clinic at noon and runs approximately one hour. We encourage all new Team Reps to attend this important clinic. All Team Reps should report by 1:00 pm to register and to pick up their team packets and meet with the NVSL vendors. Our regular session meeting will begin at 2 pm, and at 3 pm, you will meet with your Division Coordinator to finalize the season's schedules. Team Rep contact information will be collected at the Seeding Meeting.
- If your pool is interested in hosting a divisional meet, make sure you check with your pool board before the meeting if you need to receive permission. Divisional Relay Carnival is on July 11th and Individual Divisionals is on July 28th and the rain/thunder date for Relay Carnival is on July 12th.
- Again this year, you may order 25, 50, 75 or 100 Handbooks at no cost. Please place your order at the meeting.
- Are you still in need of a coach? If so, it is not too late to post a job advertisement on the NVSL website. Just send the ad (Word format) that you want posted to askNVSL@gmail.com and it will be added to the NVSL website. If you have already posted an ad and the job position has been filled, please send a message so that it can removed.
- The document currently named "Join a 2017 NVSL Pool" gets updated yearly. It is provided to people when questions are asked about joining one of our League pools. Please review this document and provide your updated information.
SEEDING MEETING Schedule:
- Team Rep check-in 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
- New Team Rep Clinic from noon to 1 pm (MS Lecture Hall, Room 1604)
- Vendor show from noon to 2 pm (Main hallway outside of gym)
- General session starts promptly at 2 pm in the MS Lecture Hall
- Rules discussion and voting 2:30-3 pm
- Seeding distribution and break-out sessions 3-4 pm (Assigned classrooms by divisions)
While rules discussions and voting are often complicated, to avoid an additional meeting specific to rules, the plan is to conclude these proposals with votes at this meeting. To accomplish this:
- Carefully read through the 2018 rule change proposals.
- If you have comments and/or questions, email askNVSL@gmail.
- Please use restraint at the meeting - don't repeat or state the obvious.
- Discussion will be controlled by a monitor (no rambling).
- A single written voting ballot will be used for submission of votes.
- A Rules Meeting will be scheduled for March 11th if we are unable to complete the process in the allotted time.
Note: Seeding Meeting is for Team Reps and invited guests only.
Streamlines - 9 November 2017Thu, 11-9-2017 | Kelly Parry
Happy NVSL off-season and get ready for the cold weather approaching.
Here is a little splash of information and news:
The League calendar is loaded to our website (look left on this page). The first dual meet is on June 23rd and All Stars on August 4th.
The February Seeding Meeting is scheduled for February 25th at Hayfield Secondary School.
Are you exiting your position as Team Rep? Let us know and please provide a name and an email of your successor to askNVSL@gmail.com. Take note that most information will be posted here.
If you need a coaching ad posted on the website, email a Word document to askNVSL@gmail.com and it will be posted for you.
The League proudly boasts 15,991 swimmers for 2017.
1027 official were certified at NVSL clinics.
In 1978, the Mosby Woods timers arrived at the Saturday dual meet with digital watches instead of the standard mechanical stopwatches. The issue, “Watches Create Flap Within NVSL Ranks” made the Washington Journal.
$20 was the bill for team dues in 1959.
Keep swimming and thank you all for volunteering your time and service to the NVSL.
Send questions or suggestions to askNVSL@gmail.com.
Team Rep End of Season Meeting on September 10thThu, 8-31-2017 | Kelly Parry - NVSL President
The 2017 NVSL Team Representative’s End of Year meeting will be held on Sunday, September 10th at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) beginning at 6:30 pm.
At the meeting we will recap the 2017 season and look forward to next summer. It is anticipated that topics to be covered will include reports on: financial data, insurance, protests, sportsmanship, All Stars, awards, 2018 calendar, hytek, surveys, and the website. We also hope to get feedback on any issues of interest to the League from the 2017 season and for the 2018 season.
See you all there!
Sportsmanship Awards 2017Fri, 8-11-2017 | Kelly Parry
The award is presented annually to one team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of good sportsmanship as embodied in the NVSL Standards of Conduct. The divisions' teams vote for the award with each team casting three ballots: one vote from the Team Representative, a second from coaches, and a third based on a vote of the 13 & over team members. NVSL Division Sporstmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals meets. The teams receiving this award are the following:
Division: 1 -- Tuckahoe 2 -- Hunt Valley 3 -- Dowden Terrace 4 -- Poplar Tree
5 -- Fair Oaks 6 -- Mosby Woods 7 -- Arlington Forest 8 -- Waynewood
9 -- Camelot 10 -- Walden Glen 11 -- Rolling Forest 12 -- Kings Ridge
13 -- Hayfield Farms 14 -- Lake Braddock 15 -- Woodley 16 -- Parklawn
17 -- Springfield
Congratulations to our 2017 Sportsmanship Award recipients.
Great Fun and One Last Record at Individual All StarsSat, 8-5-2017 | Paul Parry
Sully Station hosted a fabulous end-of-the-season meet today, with great weather, amazing vendors, and entertaining live interviews on a Jumbo-Tron. The meet was capped with an NVSL-record swim by Donaldson Run's Charlie Greenwood, whose 37.28 set a new mark in the 9-10 Boys 50m Breaststroke, breaking Johnny Bradshaw's 37.36 from 2014.
Congrats to Charlie and the rest of the league's swimmers, parents and coaches, and we can't wait till next year!
All Star photos will be available for download at https://nvslallstars.
smugmug.com. Check with your Team Rep for details.
Suntans Fade but Memories Last ForeverTue, 8-1-2017 | Kelly Parry - NVSL President
Isn’t this League great?! I hope it was a summer to remember.
Congratulations to all swimmers who achieved their goal this summer: team record, personal best, first A-Meet, legal time in the breaststroke, swam a 50 butterfly, showed good sportsmanship, made some new friends, and more. Huge thanks to the parents, coaches, team reps, officials, meteorologists, and Division Coordinators for making it all work.
- If any of you discovered missing awards – stop by Sully Station Pool on Friday from 8 am to noon.
- Team Reps – complete and turn in the Seeding Survey so that next year can be even better. Also the Meets Worked Spreadsheet.
Good luck to the All Stars athletes participating at the meet at Sully Station on August 5th. (Keep up with scratches, move-ups and the latest psych sheets here.)
One More Record for Mr. GrimmSun, 7-30-2017 | Paul Parry
Capping an already memorable year, Fair Oaks's Anthony Grimm took down the NVSL Boys 13-14 IM record at the Division 5 Individual Championships yesterday, held at Cardinal Hill. Already owning the Fly, Back and Breast records, Anthony's 59.15 bettered Peter Makin's 2016 time of 59.50. Amazing.
Swimming in the Rain - DivisionalsFri, 7-28-2017 | Kelly Parry
Memories in the making - 2017 Divisionals - in the rain here we come! Put on those rose colored glasses and that contagious smile! Yes we do swim in the rain!
Just a couple thoughts with heavy rain and winds coming tonight and into tomorrow:
- Please plan your driving route carefully to avoid low lying roads that might flood.
- Pack several dry towels and sweatshirts, ... at least it's not hot and humid!
- Be Prepared, Swim Fast and Make Marvelous Memories!
NVSL Scholarship RecipientsWed, 7-26-2017 | The Scholarship Committee
Wounded Warrior ProjectTue, 7-25-2017 | Amy M.High Point Point conducted a swim-a-thon to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. The team completed nearly 120 miles of swimming and has raised more than $6000 for the charity. 113 swimmers swam 116.78 miles, surpassing their 100 mile goal, and receiving approximately $7,500 in pledges. Jamie Lindly, Captain, USN, father of Jack and Abby, and Mike Burris, LT(SEAL), USN (Retired), father of Adam and Ryan, kicked off the event with words that helped connect our swimmers to the organization for which they were swimming.
Donations are being accepted through Saturday, July 29. You can make a donation online @ High Point Swim-a-Thon.
Record Breaking Continues in Week FiveSun, 7-23-2017 | Paul Parry
Anthony Grimm of Fair Oaks had a banner day on Saturday at his home pool. The 13-14 boy broke both his own 50m Butterfly NVSL record (25.88 versus 26.37), but also took down Leo Wang's (Virginia Run) 2014 50m Breaststroke league record of 30.90, touching in 30.63.
Elizabeth Bryan of Ilda now stands alone as the greatest NVSL 8 and under 25m breaststroker, surpassing her own shared record with Amy Rymiszewski of 19.98. Elizabeth swam 19.61 in her home pool.The McLean 13-14 Girls (Olivia Brower, Dora Wu, Ulaina Ahn, and Skylar Tennant) finished up their relay season with a bang. At their meet at Tuckahoe, they took down Overlee's 2014 100m Medley NVSL record of 58.43, finishing in 57.57.
Finally, a very unusual race happened in the Boys 13-14 100m Medley when Fox Mill Estates visited Waynewood on Saturday. Not only did Waynewood win with a team record 59.78, but the Fox Mill Estates boys also took down a team record, going 1:00.53. Once the times were posted, cheers erupted from all the spectators. Congratulations to the Waynewood boys (Matthew Morris, Alexander Micheli, Hain Henderson and Aidan Lansburgh) and the Fox Mill Estates boys (Kyle Diederich, Thomas Carney, Joe Zecher and Tommy Allison).
Hot Hot Races at All Star RelaysFri, 7-21-2017 | Paul Parry
At Greenbriar on Wednesday, over 1000 swimmers and many more spectators withstood the oppressive heat and witnessed some great races.
First, in the Girls 15-18 200m Medley Relay, the Overlee team of Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Eleanor Ridgeway and Michaela Morrison bettered their record from the previous week, 1:59.68 versus 1:59.78. They are the first relay to break the two minute mark in this event.
In the following boys 15-18 medley event, an epic, water-churning showdown resulted in the two fastest swims in NVSL history. Though the Overlee boys set the new record just a week before, they could only muster a 3rd place with a highly respectable 1:47.58, just 0.07 seconds off their record time. Second place went to Tuckahoe's Peter Byman, Carter Flint, Paul Boyce and Chase Brown in 1:47.35. But both fabulous teams were outswam by Fox Mill Woods's Jayaprakash Kambhampaty, Adi Kambhampaty, Thomas Hallock and Daniel Gyenis, touching the wall in a phenomenal 1:46.96.
In the second half of the meet, two freestyle relay records were broken. The Chesterbrook girls' 11-12 team of Maria Alvarado, Cate Sheridan, Patricia Leonard and Caroline Burgeson took down the record of 54.22 by one one-hundredth of a second. The old record was held by Overlee's 2016 team.
As the sun mercifully set, the final race again featured the amazing Fox Mill Woods 15-18 boys, who completed their double with a 1:35.80, destroying their old record of 1:37.12, set the week before.
Reston's Fox Mill Woods Swimmers Break Two NVSL RecordsThu, 7-20-2017 | Karin Twilde-SheiferAt the All Star Relay Meet held yesterday at Greenbriar Pool, the 15-18 Boys Relay Team from Fox Mill Woods Swim & Racquet in Reston broke two League records. In the 15-18 Boys 200M Medley Relay, the team comprised of Jaya Kambhampaty, Adi Kambhampaty, Tommy Hallock and Daniel Gyenis, earned a time of 1:46.96. This same team, then went on to win their second race, the 15-18 Boys 200M Free Relay, with a time of 1:35.80. The team broke their own record of 1:37.12 set last week at the NVSL's Division 9 Relay Carnival on July 12. League records aren't made often and having two such records broken by the same team in a championship meet is a remarkable accomplishment.The team members include Jaya Kambhampaty, 17, a senior at Washington and Lee High School, Daniel Gyenis, 16, a junior at Oakton High School, Adi Kambhampaty,15, a sophomore at Washington and Lee High School, and Tommy Hallock,18, a recent graduate of Oakton High School and a soon to be freshman at Virginia Tech.Fox Mill Woods has a current season record of 3-1 and was named the Division 9 Relay Carnival champions last week.
Photo credit: Murthy Kambhampaty
Three More League Records Broken in Week FourSat, 7-15-2017 | Paul Parry
At High Point Pool today, Fair Oak's Anthony Grimm bettered Max Cruz's 13-14 50m Backstroke record with a 26.19, crushing Max's 2015 time of 27.28.
At Tuckahoe, there was an epic Boys 15-18 200m Medley race. Tuckahoe's Peter Byman, Carter Flint, Paul Boyce and Chase Brown outswam Overlee's Nick Pasternak, Paul Kinsella, Jonathan Day and Sam Ellisonold, 1:46.02 to 1:46.51. Both broke Tuckahoe's Week 1 record (1:47.44).
A few minutes later, the Mixed Age girls from Tuckahoe, Catherine Hughes, Danielle Hughes, Carolina Zubler and Evie Gieseman broke Highlands Swim's 2016 time of 1:57.09, blazing to a new record of 1:55.96.
Wicked Heat Doesn’t Slow Down These Relay TeamsFri, 7-14-2017 | Paul Parry
It was a torrid night for the 2017 Division Relay Carnivals across the county and full of exciting races and great sportsmanship!
Overlee’s team of Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Ellie Ridgeway, & Michaela Morrison broke last year’s NVSL Carnival record with a scorching time of 1:59.78 in the 15-18 Girls 200m Medley Relay at their home pool. (Old record: Overlee's 2:00.14)
At the same D1 carnival, the Girls 13-14 200m Freestyle Relay's sweltering time of 1:54.63 was swum by McLean’s Dora Wu, Natalia Rongione, Olivia Brower, & Skylar Tennant, breaking the old League Carnival record of 1:54.92 (Mosby Woods, 2016).
Hot on McLean’s tail was Overlee’s relay of Kate Bailey, Alexis Lee, Emilia Ridgeway, & Alice Bruce, touching second in a time of 1:54.77.
As for the 15-18 guys – six teams blistered past the fastest times in League history but only two relays will be named the League Record Holders.
The Boys 15-18 200m Medley Relay's old record was incinerated by four teams. Overlee’s Nick Pasternak, Paul Kinsella, Jonathan Day, & Sam Ellison took home the top spot with a new record of 1:47.51.
Also on fire and breaking the old record of 1:48.13 (Highlands Swim, 2008) were:
Fox Mill Woods: Jaya Kambhampaty, Adi Kambhampaty, Tommy Hallock, & Daniel Gyenis 1:47.56
Tuckahoe: Peter Byman, Carter Flint, Paul Boyce, & Chase Brown 1:47.77
Highlands Swim: Anno Kong, Colton Heuple, Ben Charles, & Diego Cruzado 1:48.02
In the last event of the evening, Fox Mill Woods was determined to set the new 15-18 Boys 200m Freestyle Relay. Jaya Kambhampaty, Daniel Gyenis, Adi Kambhampaty, & Tommy Hallock steam past the old to a new record of 1:37.12.
Also breaking old record (1:37.73, Overlee, 2016) with a 1:37.59 was Tuckahoe’s team of Chase Brown,
Peter Byman, Paul Boyce, & Carter Flint.
The fastest freestyle relay EVER:
Two More NVSL Records Reached in Week ThreeSat, 7-8-2017 | Paul Parry
At Ilda Community this morning against Long Branch, Elizabeth Bryan tied a 32-year old record in the 8&U Girls 25m Breaststroke, matching Amy Rymiszewski's time of 19.98.
Fair Oak's Anthony Grimm broke Andrew Seliskar's 13-14 Boys 50m Butterfly, touching in 26.37 at Cardinal Hill. Andrew, now swimming for Cal, had a time of 26.40.
Well done Elizabeth and Anthony!
Yard Pool Record From 1983 FallsSat, 7-1-2017 | Paul Parry
Zoe Dunn of Holmes Run Acres set a new record in the 9-10 girls 50 Yard Backstroke with a time of 32.68 seconds at her team's Divison 14 meet against Ilda. The old record of 33.90 dates back to 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president during the Cold War, and Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Congratulations Zoe - keep those fast swims coming!!
Two League Records, One 32 Years Old, Fall in Week 1Sat, 6-24-2017 | Paul Parry
The first week of the 2017 season kicked off with a bang, as Virginia Run’s Charis Roundtree set an astounding new NVSL record of 15.25 in the 8&U 25m Freestyle, swimming a home meet against Vienna Woods. The old record of 15.48 was set by Amy Rymszewski in 1985. Amy’s record was one of the two oldest girls’ meter records in the NVSL.
Across the county at Tuckahoe, the home team 15-18 Boys Medley Relay of Peter Byman, Carter Flint, Paul Boyce, and Chase Brown set a new league record of 1:47.44 in their meet with Wakefield Chapel. The old record of 1:48.16 was set by McLean in 2015.
NVSL ScholarshipsSun, 6-18-2017 | NVSL Scholarship Committee
Please remember the deadline for submission of a 2017 NVSL Scholarship Applications is June 30th FIVE scholarships will be awarded this year - each valued at $1,500. Anyone interested in competing for an NVSL Scholarship must submit their application to the NVSL Scholarship Chair, Jack Schaeffer before 6 pm on June 30th. For questions contact email@example.com.
Last Chance ClinicsSun, 6-18-2017 | NVSL Officials
June 18th: Stoke and Turn Clinic at Hunt Valley Pool at 9:30 am.
June 18th: Referee/Starter Clinic and New Starter Clinic at Mantua Pool at 9:30 am.
June 21st: Stoke and Turn Clinics at Sully Station Pool and Hunt Valley Pool, both begin at 7 pm.
No cost or registration is required.
DO NOT BE LATE.
Clinics are approximately 2 hours.
Although not a prerequisite, the NVSL Instructors highly recommend watching the USA Swimming Training videos at https://www.usaswimming.org/officials/officials-training-videos.
Check officials' attendance and requirements to ensure proper certification.
Want to swim in the NVSL? Join an NVSL pool near you.Mon, 4-17-2017 | Kelly Parry
2017 SEEDINGMon, 2-27-2017 | Kelly Parry
1 Chesterbrook Overlee Tuckahoe McLean Highlands Swim Wakefield Chapel 2 Hamlet Hunt Valley Hunter Mill Little Rocky Run Fairfax Ravensworth 3 Mount Vernon Park Langley Vienna Aquatic Dunn Loring Lakevale Estates Dowden Terrace 4 Donaldson Run Lee-Graham Vienna Woods Poplar Tree Crosspointe Virginia Run 5 Pinecrest Cottontail Oakton Fair Oaks Cardinal Hill High Point 6 Sleepy Hollow Bath Greenbriar Sully Station Mosby Woods Lakeview Hiddenbrook 7 Kent Gardens Mantua Fairfax Station Dominion Hills Arlington Forest Orange Hunt 8 Riverside Gardens Villa Aquatic Waynewood Fox Mill Estates Sideburn Run Country Club Hills 9 Hollin Meadows Highland Park Camelot Sleey Hollow Rec Fox Mill Woods Rutherford 10 Mansion House Great Falls Walden Glen Forest Hollow South Run Virginia Hills 11 Sully Station II Rolling Forest Laurel Hill Somerset-Olde Creek Canterbury Woods Annandale 12 Poplar Heights Brookfield Fairfax Club Estates Brandywine Stratford Kings Ridge 13 Shouse Village Springboard Fox Hunt Hayfield Farm Truro Old Keene Mill 14 Holmes Run Long Branch Little Hunting Park Lake Braddock Rolling Hills Ilda 15 Woodley Parliament Hollin Hills Herndon Lincolnia Park Burke Station 16 Rolling Valley Parklawn Village West Daventry Commonwealth Pleasant Valley 17 Newington Forest North Springfield Broyhill Crest Springfield Edsall Park Pinewood Lake
26th February - SEEDING MEETING at Hayfield SecondaryThu, 2-9-2017 | Kelly Parry
The League will hold its 62nd Seeding Meeting on February 26th! The Seeding Committee places the 102 NVSL teams into divisions for the upcoming swim season. Seeding of these teams is a complex, deliberative and in-depth process. Historical data, including meet scores and previous won-loss records, are important inputs to the evaluation process, as is information provided by the Team Reps and the Division Coordinators. Each team is measured against every other team in the League. Ultimately, the teams must be in placed in 17 six-team divisions. The goal of seeding is to have the most competitive meets possible in which the final scores are decided in the relays.
The schedule for the meeting:
- Team Rep check-in 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
- New Team Rep Clinic to begin at noon
- Vendor show from noon to 2 pm
- General session starts promptly at 2 pm in the MS Lecture Hall
- Rules discussion and voting 2:30-3 pm
- Seeding distribution and division break-out sessions 3-4 pm
A Letter from Bob YorkFri, 1-13-2017 | Kelly Parry
To the Vendors, Suppliers, Customers, and Friends of Aardvark Swim & Sport,
It is with a heavy, yet full, heart that I announce the closing of Aardvark Swim & Sport. After over 30 years of running a successful and fulfilling business, I have decided that it is time for me to retire. I feel that the time is right to move on to the next phase of my life and focus on my family, health, and coaching my swimmers.
I wanted to take this moment to let you all know that I valued both our business relationships and friendships throughout these 30 years. I appreciate the trust that you have put in me and my company. I hope that you understand the seriousness with which I treated our relationships and know that the internal struggle I faced while making this decision was not one that I made easily or lightly.
I cannot thank you enough for the support and kindness you have given Aardvark and myself over these many years, it has been appreciated more than I will ever be able to fully express. I look forward to a happy and peaceful 2017.
Aardvark Swim & Sport
Division Sportsmanship AwardsThu, 8-25-2016 | Kelly Parry
The award is presented annually to one team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of good sportsmanship as embodied in the NVSL Standards of Conduct. The divisions' teams vote for the award with each team casting three ballots: one vote from the Team Representative, a second from coaches, and a third based on a vote of the 13 & over team members. NVSL Division Sporstmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals. The teams receiving the awards are the following:
Division: 1 -- McLean 2 -- Mount Vernon Park 3 -- Lee-Graham 4 -- Virginia Run
5 -- Cardinal Hill 6 -- Riverside Gardens 7 -- Mansion House 8 -- Hollin Meadows
9 -- Camelot 10 -- Sully Station II 11 -- South Run 12 -- Brookfield
13 -- Stratford 14 -- Woodley 15 -- Parklawn 16 -- Newington Forest
17 -- Pinewood Lakes
Congratulations to our 2016 Sportsmanship Award recipients.
2016 NVSL Scholarship RecipientsSat, 8-13-2016 | Kelly Parry
Sandy Kendall - MacDuff Scholarship
Sandy has been a member of the Homes Run Acres swim team for the past 13 years. She has been to All Star meets on several occasions and has been selected as her team’s MVP multiple times. Sandy is a recent graduate of the Falls Church HS where she was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. As a member of her Varsity Cross Country Team, swim, soccer, and indoor/outdoor track and field HS teams she was selected as a captain for her swim team and an all conference and state athlete in a number o fother sports. Sandy attended the ALA Virginia Girls States, a mock government program, where she was elected to the House of Delegates. In addition, she served as a junior coach, lifeguard, camp counselor, and participated in numerous HS clubs (robotics and technology). Sandy will be attending Duke University in the fall.
Kristen Chase - Presidents' Scholarship
Kirsten is a 13 year member of the of the Burke Station Swim team. She has been the female high point scorer for her team and holds several pool records. Kirsten has served as both an assistant coach and an off season conditioning coach for the Burke Swim team. She is highly regarded by coaches and parents alike as a leader and a role model. Kirsten attended Lake Braddock Secondary School where she was a member of the swim and outdoor track and field teams. As an accomplished vocalist, Allison held lead roles in school musical and theater productions as well as sung the National Anthem at many A/B meets. She was selected to participate in the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program and West Point Leadership Conference representing her HS. Kirsten will be attending Elon University in the fall.
Maureen Duesterhaus - Spirit Scholarship
Maureen has been a member of the Greenbriar Swim team for the past 15 years. She is admired on her team for her spirit, leadership, and dedication to the sport and has received several awards through her pool and community . She has been involved in coaching with the team for the past four years as a developmental coach and the head coach for the winter program. Maureen developed and coordinated several fundraisers for worthwhile health foundations. Maureen attended Bishop O’Connell High School where she was a member of the swim team and was involved in numerous extracurricular activities including: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Spanish Society to name a few. She peer tutored in Spanish and mathematics. Maureen will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.
Ashley Weldon - Joan Olson Scholarship
Ashley has been a member of the Fairfax Station Swim team for the past 13 years. She has earned several team and coaches awards and attended several relay and individual All Star meets. She served as the Head Mini Team Coach for her team. Ashley created and coordinated several biathlon fundraisers at her pool in supportof several worthy foundations. Ashley attended Robinson Secondary School where she swam for the swim team for four years, qualifying for district finals in two of these years. She was a member of National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, and a member of the school’s literary magazine as well as the school’s Chamber Orchestra. Ashley worked as a lifeguard and assistant managerofher pool and as a religious aide at her church. Ashley will be attending University of Virginia in the fall.
Breaststrokers Shine at Muggy All StarsSat, 8-6-2016 | Paul Parry
At Little Rocky Run today, three breaststrokers set NVSL records before the oppressive heat appeared to drain some energy from later swimmers.
Blake Madsen of Poplar Tree started off the meet by breaking his own record from last week, becoming the first 8 and Under in league history to break 20 seconds in the Breast. Blake's 19.77 was an impressive drop from his 20.15 the week before.
Emily Makin of Mount Vernon Park touched the wall in 34.84 seconds in the 11-12 Girls 50m Breast. She broke the old record of 34.88, held jointly by legends Lindsey Ertter (1995) and Ashley Danner (2003).
Jacquee Clabeaux of Greenbriar then took over Ashley Danner's final NVSL record, touching in 31.62 in the 15-18 Girls 50m Breast. Ashley's old record was 32.01 set in 2007. Jacquee also holds the NVSL 9-10 Girls 50m Breaststroke record.A big thanks to ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff of Little Rocky Run for allowing the meet to finish before the storms arrived!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll see you in 2017!
NVSL Records Set in Division 1, 2, 3, and 4 Individual ChampionshipsTue, 8-2-2016 | Paul Parry
At the Division 1 Individual Championships at Tuckahoe, Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim broke Isabella Rongione's 9-10 Girls Freestyle 2010 record of 29.78, touching the wall in 29.58. She then doubled up Isabella's 2010 1:13.86 IM record, swimming 1:13.20.
At the Division 2 Championships, Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet also pulled a double record-break, setting league records at his home pool in both the 11-12 Boys Breaststroke and Individual Medley. His 32.99 Breast broke his own record of 33.07 set two weeks prior, and his 1:05.56 in the IM bested Peter Makin's 2014 record of 1:05.92.
The same day Peter Makin of Fairfax lost his 11-12 IM record, he set a new one in the 13-14 Boys IM. His 59.50 at the Division 3 Championships at Vienna Woods was the first time in league history that a 13-14 boy broke one minute in the 100 IM. The previous best of 1:00.29 was held by Andrew Seliskar, who finished 7th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 IM last month.
Finally, at the Division 4 Championships at Virginia Run, Blake Madsen of Poplar Tree broke the 8 & Under 25m Breaststroke record, touching in 20.15. Evan Ingraham set the previous record of 20.48 last year.
Watch for Peter and Blake as they attempt to break their own records at this Saturday's All Star meet at Little Rocky Run.
Two Relays On Fire In Week Five Heat WaveSat, 7-23-2016 | Paul Parry
With the final opportunity to swim as a relay this season, two teams took advantage, setting league records under the hot July sun.
At Chesterbrook today, the home pool's 9-10 Girls 100m Medley Relay team of Patricia Leonard, Eli Leonard, Keira Gutierrez and Madie Turley swam 1:07.34, besting the previous NVSL record of 1:07.70 set by Highlands Swim in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Fairfax 11-12 Boys 100m Medley Relay continued their record assault at Langley, touching in 59.90. Justin Singletary, Justin Connors, Christopher Dobrydney and Graham Evers broke their own record of 1:00.16 set on 7/9/2016. They finish the season owning both the A-Meet Medley and Carnival Medley meter records, and have set league records an amazing four times this season.
Nine All-Star Relay Teams Swim Faster Than NVSL RecordsFri, 7-22-2016 | Paul Parry
Near-perfect weather at Greenbriar Pool on Wednesday set the stage for ultra-fast swims, as nine teams at All-Star Relays touched the wall faster than any in NVSL history. Three of those teams, however, only finished second in their event! The outstanding swims came in the following events:
- Mixed Age Boys Relay
- John Schaefer, Jackson Steider, Joseph Schaefer and David Herbert of Wakefield Chapel touched in 1:50:53, but they weren't as fast as Johnny Bradshaw, Ryan Bradshaw, Alexander Montano and Chase Bradshaw of Hamlet, who finished in 1:50.34. The previous record was 1:50.65, set by Chesterbrook in 2013.
- Girls 13-14 Medley Relay
- The Vienna Aquatic team of Darby Galbraith, Anna Keating, Anna Sullivan and Tess Wilhelm destroyed Tuckahoe's 2007 record of 2:07.52, touching in 2:04.41.
- Girls 15-18 Medley Relay
- Suzanne Dolan, Kayle Park, Eleanor Ridgeway and Katherine Lundy of Overlee finished in 2:00.14, just under their own record of 2:00.21, set last week.
- Girls 11-12 Freestyle Relay
- The McLean girls (Olivia Tennant, Victoria Valko, Kaitlyn Helfrich and Natalia Rongione) beat their own 2015 mark of 55.03, swimming 54.77, yet they finished behind the Overlee team (Katherine Bailey, Elyse Hartmann, Sophie Yoder and Emilia Ridgeway), who touched in 54.22.
- Boys 11-12 Freestyle Relay
- The very next event also featured the two fastest swims in league history, with Rutherford's Gabriel Rupar, Tate Hoffman, Niko Sanchez and Aiken Do out-touching Fairfax's Justin Connors, Christopher Dobrydney, Graham Evers and Justin Singletary, 53.26 to 53.71. The Fairfax boys had held the previous record of 53.83 for just one week.
- Girls 13-14 Freestyle Relay
- The Mosby Woods team of Eleanor Monnig, Alexandra Martschenko, Sara Tuo and Leaya Ma swam fast enough to set the new mark of 1:54.92, bettering Crosspointe's 1:54.98, from 2015.
Congratulations to all swimmers!
- Mixed Age Boys Relay
Three More Records Fall in Week FourSat, 7-16-2016 | Paul Parry
At his home pool today, Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet crushed the 11-12 Boys 50m Breast NVSL record, touching in 33.07, more than a second faster than Adi Kambhampaty's 34.21 set in 2014.
Also today, Tommy Hallock from Fox Mill Woods broke not one, but two league records at the 25 yard pool at Holmes Run Acres. Hallock swam the 15-18 Boys 50 Y Free in 21.48, beating an 18-year-old record of 22.10 set in 1998 by Chris Lengle of AF. He followed up this achievement just a short time later by breaking another record in the 15-18 Boys 50 Y Back with a time of 24.67. The prior record of 25.19 was set in 1999 by Greg Landrum of SRA.
Hot Carnival Night Ends With Seven League RecordsFri, 7-15-2016 | Paul Parry
The rains held off on Wednesday night in NoVA, and the relay teams took advantage with some fantastic record-breaking swims.
At the Division 1 Carnival at Chesterbrook, five NVSL records were set:
1) The Highlands Swim Mixed Age Girls 200m Free Relay (Bridget O’Shaughnessy, Courtney Watts, Allison Martin, and Xenia de Cazotte) touched in 1:55.09 . The previous record was 1:56.80 held by McLean from last year.
2) The Overlee 15-18 Girls 200m Medley Relay (Suzanne Dolan, Kayle Park, Ellie Ridgeway, and Katherine Lundy) finished in 2:00.21, crushing the old record of 2:01.23 set by Orange Hunt last year.
3) The Chesterbrook 13-14 Boys 200m Free Relay (Ollie Bernasek, Andrew Bernstein, Nick Spicer, and Adi Kambhampaty) swam a 1:44.09, beating the previous record of 1:44.40 held by Fairfax since last July.
4) The Overlee 15-18 Girls 200m Free Relay doubled up their Medley record by touching in 1:49.44, destroying the old record of 1:51:22 set by Donaldson Run back in 2006.
5) The Overlee 15-18 Boys 200m Free Relay (Sam Ellison, Jonathan Day, Nick Pasternak, and Ryan Baker) followed up a couple minutes after the Overlee Girls, finishing the meet with a 1:37.73, breaking the previous record of 1:37.92 set by Highlands Swim in 2009.
At the Division 3 Carnival at Lee Graham, the 11-12 Fairfax Boys (Justin Singletary, Justin Connors, Christopher Dobrydney and Graham Evers) also had a record-breaking double, finishing the 100m Medley in 59.18 and the 100m Free in 53.83. The old records were 59.76 and 54.43 set by Chesterbrook in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Week 3 Highlights Include Five League RecordsSat, 7-9-2016 | Paul Parry
2016 continues to be a wicked-fast season as a fivesome of league records went down today.
Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim broke her own 9-10 Girls 50m Back record of 33.64 set in Week 1 by swimming a 33.16 today at Tuckahoe. Courtney wasn't done setting records, however. In the relays, she and her teammates (Skylar Sunderhauf, Allison Martin, and Xenia de Cazotte) destroyed the Mixed Age Girls 200m Free Relay record with a 1:57.09 while defeating the Tuckahoe girls, who had held the record of 1:58.45 for just one week! What a race!
Amazingly, at about the same time, just down the road at Overlee, Natalia Rongione, Anna Laszlo, Skylar Tennant, and Isabella Rongione of McLean swam 1:57.85 that also broke last week’s Tuckahoe record but was only the second fastest time of the day!
The Wakefield Chapel 13-14 Boys 100m Medley Relay team swam a 53.65 today at their home meet with Chesterbrook, fitting because the old record was 53.76 set by Chesterbrook in 2014. The WC winners were Jeffrey Gerber, Joseph Schaefer, Nicholas Parker and Joshua Temeles.
At the 25 yard Kent Gardens pool, John Paul Gonsalves swam 31.73 in the 9-10 Boys Back, breaking the previous record of 32.50 set at All Stars in 1978 by Willie Gideonse of CCC.
Finally, the Fairfax 11-12 Boys (Justin Singletary, Justin Connors, Christopher Dobrydney and Graham Evers) bettered the Medley Relay record of 1:00.38 set by Chesterbrook in 2012 by touching the wall in 1:00.16.
Mixed Age Girls Bring Down an 18 Year Old RecordSun, 7-3-2016 | Paul Parry
It only takes a little to break a record, and that it what the team of Lily Flint, Catherine Hughes, Natalie English, and Evie Gieseman from Tuckahoe did to establish the new Saturday A-Meet Mixed Age Girls 200 meter Free Relay Record in their home meet on Saturday. The new record now stands at 1:58.45, which betters the 1998 Vienna Woods record of 1:58.46 by one one-hundredth of a second.
Congratualtions on this historic swim!
Three League Records Tumble in Week OneSun, 6-26-2016 | Paul Parry
Two Yards Records of Olde Go Down
Week 1 of 2016 was highlighted by an ever-improving standout and the falling of two old-school yard records.
At Chesterbrook, Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim lowered her own 9-10 Girls 50m backstroke record of 34.16 set at last years All Stars by swimming a 33.64. She's got several more meets to lower that amazing time even further.
Then, at Homes Run Acres, one of only two remaining 25-yard pools, Kendall Vess of Country Club Hills broke the record set by Gayle Smith (T) in 1978 and equaled by Erica Bledsoe (O) in 1982 of 14.30 by swimming a 14.29 in the 9-10 Girls 25Y Butterfly. Just for reference, in 1982, a postage stamp was 20 cents, a gallon of milk cost $1.85, and the first CD player was sold.
Finally, at Kent Gardens, the other NVSL yard pool, the Oakton 15-18 boys (Drew Weber, Andrew Sargent, Michael Ambrose, and Brendan Power) took down the 200Y Medley Relay set by Somerset-Olde Creek on 7/2/1983 of 1:42.10 by swimming a time of 1:41.31. Witnessing that swim was Mark Klopfenstein, the breaststroke member of that SOC team and now the Oakton Dive Team Rep, and his mother, Linda Klopfenstein, who was SOC Team Rep at the time and is currently the Division 1 Coordinator.
2016 NVSL ScholarshipsThu, 6-23-2016 | Kelly Parry
Please remember the deadline for submission of a 2016 NVSL Scholarship Applications is July 1, 2016. Four scholarships will be awarded this year - each valued at $1,500. Anyone interested in competing for an NVSL Scholarship must get their application to the NVSL Scholarship Chair, Jack Schaeffer before 6 pm on July 1st. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming ClinicsThu, 6-16-2016 | Kelly Parry
June 26th at 8:00 AM at Lee Graham Pool. See flyer.
Please sign up via email: email@example.com and include coach name(s), email addresses, age group(s) will be coaching, and years of coaching experience.
2016 Team SeedingsSun, 2-28-2016 | Kelly Parry
17 Burke Station North Springfield Broyhill Crest Springfield Edsall Park Pinewood Lake 16 Herndon Daventry Commonwealth Newington Forest Lincolnia Park Pleasant Valley 15 Hollin Hills Parliament Rolling Hills Ilda Parklawn Village West 14 Kings Ridge Woodley Lake Braddock Rolling Valley Little Hunting Park Old Keene Mill 13 Stratford Hayfield Fox Hunt Long Branch Annandale Truro 12 Brandywine Canterbury Woods Brookfield Fairfax Club Estates Virginia Hills Springboard 11 South Run Rolling Forest Shouse Village Rutherford Laurel Hill Somerset-Olde Creek 10 Forest Hollow Holmes Run Fox Mill Woods Sully Station II Country Club Hills Sleey Hollow Rec 9 Poplar Heights Sideburn Run Great Falls Camelot Walden Glen Hiddenbrook 8 Hollin Meadows Waynewood Fox Mill Estates Highland Park Lakeview Orange Hunt 7 Sully Station Mosby Woods Mansion House Villa Aquatic Arlington Forest Dominion Hills 6 Fairfax Station Riverside Gardens Dowden Terrace Greenbriar Mantua High Point 5 Lakevale Estates Cardinal Hill Oakton Sleepy Hollow Bath Fair Oaks Kent Gardens 4 Dunn Loring Pinecrest Poplar Tree Virginia Run Crosspointe Cottontail 3 Vienna Aquatic Vienna Woods Fairfax Langley Lee-Graham Ravensworth 2 Hamlet Hunter Mill Hunt Valley Donaldson Run Little Rocky Run Mount Vernon Park 1 Overlee Chesterbrook McLean Tuckahoe Highlands Swim Wakefield Chapel
Coach Wanted AdsWed, 11-18-2015 | Kelly Parry
Send your ad to askNVSL@gmail.com and they will be posted ASAP.
Young Backstrokers Shine at All StarsSun, 8-2-2015 | Paul Parry
Two NVSL records were broken before a large crowd at Little Rocky Run yesterday, before the heat kicked in full. Janet Hu, now swimming for Stanford University, was on hand to present Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim with her first place 9-10 backstroke medal, fitting because Courtney had just broken Janet's record 34.32 set in 2006. Apparently several selfies were taken to celebrate the event. Amazingly, Courtney is only 9, and will be able to lower her own record 34.16 next year.
Three events later, Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres lowered the boys 13-14 backstroke record with a 27.28, just faster than Jaya Kambhampaty's 27.31 set last year. Max is also on the younger half of his age group, and should be a major force next year.
Find a great article on yesterday's All-Stars at reachforthewall at http://reachforthewall.com/2015/08/01/two-records-fall-at-nvsl-all-stars-but-this-generation-is-still-chasing-the-old/
NVSL Sportsmanship Awards for 2015Mon, 7-27-2015 | Nancy Jessen
NVSL Division Sportsmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals meets on Saturday July 25, 2015.
The award is presented annually to one team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of good sportsmanship as embodied in the NVSL Standards of Conduct. Each team in the division casts three ballots: one based on the vote of the Team Representative, a second based on the vote of their coaches, and a third based on a vote of the 13 & over team members.
Congratulations to our 2015 Sportsmanship Award recipients:
Division 1 - HAMLET
2 - HUNT VALLEY
3 - LITTLE ROCKY RUN
4 - POPLAR TREE
5 - SULLY STATION
6 - HOLLIN MEADOWS
7 - FOREST HOLLOW
8 - WAYNEWOOD
9 - BRANDYWINE
10 - SOUTH RUN
11 - BROOKFIELD
12 - HAYFIELD FARM
13 - ANNANDALE
14 - HOLLIN HILLS
15 - ROLLING HILLS
16 - NORTH SPRINGFIELD
17 - PINEWOOD LAKE
Hollin Meadows and Rolling Hills now join Kings Ridge in having won the Sportsmanship Award 4 of the last 5 years! 3 teams won for the second year in a row: Hunt Valley, Little Rocky Run, Rolling Hills!
Two Great Swims Stand Out on Divisionals SaturdaySun, 7-26-2015 | Paul Parry
Of the over 9000 splashes at the 17 divisional championship meets yesterday, two will stand out in NVSL history. Evan Ingraham of Overlee broke a 35 year-old record in the 8 & under breaststroke, besting Matt Buckley's 20.50 with a 20.48. And Katie Mack of Hunter Mill set a new record in the 13-14 girls IM with a 1:03.70. Cassidy Bayer of Mount Vernon Park held the previous record with a 1:04.02, set in 2013.
Three Relay Records Broken in Final Dual MeetsSun, 7-19-2015 | Paul Parry
The oldest boys' meter relay record on the books went down on Saturday, as the 8 and unders from Overlee (Evan Ingraham, Matthew Aslaksen, Rory McNamara and Billy Weber) swam their four free legs in 1:09.10 at their home pool, besting the mark of 1:09.84 set by Sleepy Hollow Bath in 1992.
Jordan Parry, one of the 2006 record holders of the 11-12 girls NVSL A-meet relay, was at Tuckahoe Saturday to witness her best-ever time go down in flames, as the McLean team of Samantha Gonzalez, Dora Wu, Olivia Brower and Skylar Tennant obliterated the Fairfax Station record of 1:02.21 (held by Maggie Rogers, Jordan and Taylor Parry and Caitlin Rider) with a wicked 1:00.66. Like the Highlands Swim 9-10 girls, the McLean girls now hold the relay Grand Slam: all three NVSL relay records in their age group.
The Overlee 15-18 boys, Ryan Baker, Brady Almand, Jonathan Day and Nick Pasterna, may have held the NVSL record for a few minutes, but their 1:48.32 was only the second fastest relay swum on Saturday. The McLean boys (Christopher Murphy, Ryan Lucas, Andrew Seliskar and Timothy Wu) cruised to a 1:48.16. Both teams beat the previous record, 1:48.52, set by Chesterbrook in 2014.
Six Records Fall at All Star RelaysSat, 7-18-2015 | Paul Parry
At Hunt Valley on Wednesday, six relay teams made NVSL history. Starting in Event 1, the McLean mixed age girls (Dora Wu, Victoria Valco, Olivia Gore and Isabella Rongione) just barely out-touched the Hunter Mill girls (Alexandra Dicks, Katharine Frothingham, Katie Mack, and Julia Capobianco), 1:56.80 to 1:56.86. Both teams bested Tuckahoe's previous record of 1:57.06 from 2010. Then, in the 15-18 girls medley relay, Allison Wells, Christin Swanepoel Stevens, Allison Goldblatt and Robyn Dryer of Orange Hunt swam an impressive 2:01.23, just ahead of Tuckahoe's 2009 mark of 2:01.46.
In the freestyle relays, 4 more records went down. First came the 9-10 girls of Highlands Swim (Aminata Davis, Maria Alvarado, Courtney Watts, and Bridget O'Shaughnessy), who broke their own 58.80 record from Divisional Relays with a 58.43. Then, Skylar Tennant, Samantha Gonzalez, Natalia Rongione and Dora Wu of McLean broke their own 11-12 girls record with a 55.03, and giving Dora Wu her second NVSL record of the day. Two events later, Kyrsten Davis, Kelly Derasmo, Shine Peng, and Maddie Heilbrun of Crosspointe touched the final wall in 1:54.98, bettering Donalson Run's 1:55.32 from 2003. Finally, the 13-14 boys of Fairfax (Ian Vollmer, PJ D'Alessandro, Kent Codding, and Peter Makin), swam 1:44.40, crushing Chesterbrook's 1:46.08, set just last week.
RELAY CARNIVAL CHAMPIONSFri, 7-17-2015 | Paul Parry
2015 All Star Relay Champions: OVERLEE
Invitational Relay Carnival Champs: WALDEN GLENCongratulations!!
Division 1 Outswims the Storms to 5 League RecordsFri, 7-10-2015 | Paul Parry
At the Division 1 Relay Carnival on Wednesday July 8th, the looming skies failed to keep 5 NVSL records from going down. The first record fell in the 9-10 girls medley relay, when Courtney Watts, Hanna Boughanem, Maria Alvardo and Maggie O’Shaughnessy of Highlands Swim blazed to a 1:05.77, crushing the previous mark of 1:07.64, set by Mount Vernon Park in 2010. Two events later, the McLean 11-12 girls (Samantha Gonzalez, Dora Wu, Olivia Brower, and Skylar Tennant) finished in 1:00.21, annhiliating the previous time of 1:01.80, also held by MVP since 2012. When it was time for the free relays, the HS 9-10 girls and McLean 11-12 girls each completed their double breaks. Highland's Aminata Davis, Maria Alvardo, Courtney Watts and Bridget O’Shaughnessy took down the previous mark of 1:00.52 (held by CB since 1999) with an eye-popping 58.80. The McLean girls then finished their evening with a bang, when Skylar Tennant, Samantha Gonzalez, Natalia Rongione and Dora Wu went 55.16, outswimming the mark of 55.90 held by Overlee for over 30 years. The final record of the meet came when Chesterbrook's 13-14 boys (Ryan Soh, Jack McManus, Ollie Bernasek and Thomas Outlaw) re-broke the record that CB set just last year, topping their 1:46.69 with a 1:46.08.
Orange Hunt 15-18 Girls Break Medley Relay RecordFri, 7-3-2015 | Kelly ParryWhen Coach Chris Natoli told the girls to get ready for the meet, they thought he was just trying to psych them up to get ready for Divisional Relays. Orange Hunt and Rolling Forest had moved their meet to Friday due to the holiday weekend so on Thursday, he told them to get ready to practice the relay. He had them work on relay starts until they had them down to perfect timing since he knew that would make a huge difference.The day of the meet, the weather was perfect and the girls decided to go for it. Allison Wells, who is one of the fastest backstrokers in the NVSL this year, started off with a great backstroke leg that quickly set the pace. "Being able to have the opportunity of being on a relay with some of closest friends and breaking the record so early on in the season motivates to keep working hard and to keep improving." said Christin Swanepoel Stevens who swam an incredibly fast breaststroke leg of the 200M relay. "I think seeing each other work hard every single day has ultimately made us more accountable to each other."The fly leg of the relay was swam by the youngest member of the relay team, Allison Goldblatt. As Goldblatt entered the water, the crowd began to sense that team may actually break the record today and the cheering grew louder. She continued the fast pace set by the previous two swimmers. "We felt the energy of the whole team behind us during the swim and that made us push that much harder. Also, Rolling Forest was a great host pool and was very supportive of us as well." said Robyn Dryer who swam the freestyle leg with a lightning split of 26.4 seconds to clinch the record breaking time.The 15-18 girls set the new record with a time of 2:01.09 which broke the 6 year old Tuckahoe record of 2:01.37. "We are so proud of our race and thank our team and Coach Chris Natoli for all of the help and support." said Dryer.Three of the girls of the record breaking relay are swimming for their college in the fall. Robyn Dryer will be swimming for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Christin Swanepoel Stevens will be swimming for Bowling Green State University, and Allison Wells with be swimming for Grand Valley State University. Allison Goldblatt will be a rising junior at Woodson High School.
Longstanding relay record falls in NVSL season openerWed, 6-24-2015 | Nick Eilerson, Sports Writer - Fairfax Times
Highlands’ 9-10 girls relay team breaks 26-year-old mark in year’s first dual meet
As Highlands Swim coach Dylan Jones darted his gaze between the pool and his watch Saturday morning, his belief that history was about to be made gained steam. His 9-10 girls medley relay team was motoring like never before. Their splits were ahead of target. And, perhaps most promising of all, their anchor leg, Bridget O’Shaughnessy, wasn’t breathing.
O’Shaughnessy, 10, didn’t have time to come up for air during her closing 25-meter freestyle leg. She was too busy blazing through what she would later call perhaps the best swim of her life. When she finally lifted her head out of the water, her teammates were joyfully screaming about a dominant seven-second victory over their Chesterbrook counterparts in the event. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that they realized the true magnitude of their performance.
“We didn’t really have a goal. We just wanted to break the team record, and we did by five seconds,” said Maria Alvarado, who swam the butterfly portion of their 100 medley relay race. “I had no idea what the NVSL record was until Courtney came screaming back.”
The Northern Virginia Swim League 100 medley relay record for 10-and-under girls, Courtney Watts learned, was 1 minute 9.41 seconds, a lightning-quick mark set by Vienna Woods in 1989. The Highlands girls’ time Saturday? One minute 7.70 seconds.
“I’ve been around some fast relays before, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a relay demolish a record like that on the first week,” said Jones, now in his 16th year coaching in the NVSL.
Highlands Swim fell to Chesterbrook by a final score of 246-174 in Saturday’s season-opening Division 1 showdown, but the Whomping Turtles’ relay record-breakers couldn’t help feeling giddy about crushing the league’s oldest Saturday meter relay record. It was a promising start to the season for a group that has only just begun swimming together. Watts and Hanna Boughanem are newcomers to the relay squad, which placed third at all-star relays last year with Alvarado and O’Shaughnessy.
“Our coaches really helped us get [the record],” said Boughanem, who swam the breaststroke portion of the race. “I know when I swam relays at [the Potomac Valley Swimming Junior Olympic Championships], for example, I was the first leg, so I just did a normal start. So these relays diving in was a little different. The pointers before the race were really helpful.”
It was also helpful leaving the opening backstroke portion of the race to Watts, who torched the 9-10 girls 50-meter backstroke race with a time of 34.67 seconds, more than three seconds faster than the runner-up finisher Saturday. It was the fastest recorded time in the league on Saturday, just .35 seconds short of Janet Hu’s nine-year-old league mark.
Boughanem, Alvarado and O’Shaughnessy rank third, third and second in the league in their respective events.
“What’s fun about them is how much they are always willing to race in practice and in meets,” Jones said. “Every time I ask them to race and go all out they always do. That sort of tenacity and drive is fun to work with. That’s what you always want as a coach is kids that will go after it when you ask them to.”
The Whomping Turtles foursome has until July 15 to prepare for the All Star Relay Carnival at Hunt Valley, where they’ll aim to take down the relay carnival record of 1:07.65 set by Mount Vernon Park’s Cassidy Bayer, Holly Jansen, Emma Jones and Julia Hunger in 2010. But the Highlands girls don’t plan on stopping there.
“If we can break a minute, that would be cool,” Watts said.
Of course, there was more fun to be had around the county during the opening weekend of the NVSL’s 60th summer season. Overlee’s Evan Ingraham burned through a sub-21-second split in the 25-meter breaststroke at McLean, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher in the single-lap, 8-and-under boys race. His time sits just .21 seconds off the 35-year-old NVSL mark and makes him just the fifth DMV swimmer in that age category to break the 21-second barrier since 2009.
Also making an appearance at the McLean meet was Andrew Seliskar, the area’s top high school swimmer soaking up his final summer league season for the Marlins. Seliskar, a former Jefferson senior bound for Cal next year, took on Ryan Baker, another area standout from Gonzaga High, in a thrilling 50-meter freestyle race Saturday morning. Seliskar, who says he’s got a couple more summer meets left in him this summer, clipped Baker by five-hundredths of a second with a time of 24.03.
The NVSL, which carried 15,697 swimmers across 102 teams last summer, saw no individual league records fall over the weekend. Ten meets were decided by 20 points or less.
Highlands Swim 9-10 Girls Whomp to New Record!Sat, 6-20-2015 | Paul Parry
The 9-10 Girls Whomping Turtles - Courtney Watts, Hanna Boughanem, Maria Alvarado, and Bridget O'Shaughnessy - swam a 1:07.70 today in the 100 m medley relay, crushing the oldest Saturday meter relay record. Vienna Woods previously held that record with a 1:09.41, set on July 1, 1989.
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How We Seed the LeagueSat, 2-14-2015 | Paul Parry
The Seeding Committee places the 102 NVSL teams into divisions for the upcoming swim season. Seeding of these teams is a complex, deliberative and in-depth process. Historical data, including meet scores and previous won-loss records, are an important component of the evaluation process. Information provided by the Team Reps and the Division Coordinators is an invaluable component of the seeding process.
Each team is measured against every other team in the League. Ultimately, the teams must be in placed in 17 six-team divisions. The goal of seeding is to have the most competitive meets possible in which the final scores are decided in the relays.
There are many variables that affect meet outcomes. As a Team Rep, swimmer or parent of a swimmer, you would like your team to be placed in what you perceive will be a winning position for the upcoming season. Every team cannot have a 5-0 or 4-1 season each year. Focusing on individual successes and learning how to win and lose graciously are valuable life lessons which uphold the basic principles of the NVSL.
Riverside Gardens Tsunami Makes 600 Sandwiches for Martha's TableFri, 8-22-2014 | Jim Shlesinger
The Riverside Gardens Swim Team, headed by its Concessions board chair, Carrie Garland, made 600 sandwiches in mid-July and distributed the sandwiches to Martha's Table, a District of Columbia non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to homeless and low-income children and families. Congratulations to the Tsunami of Riverside Gardens for such an outstanding effort.
2015 and 2016 Individual All-Star meetsMon, 8-4-2014 | Bill Cook
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 and 2016 Individual All-Star meets have been awarded to Little Rocky Run. The Stingraysand the Little Rocky Run community have a long history of supporitng youth sports in the community and have hosted numerous NVSL Divisional events as well as Individual All-Stars in 2008 and All-Star Relays in 2006. We look forward to great meets at LRR in the next two years.
Seven NVSL Records Fall at Individual All-StarsSat, 8-2-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
The following swimmers set NVSL records during a very exciting Individual All-Star meet at Annandale:
- Tommy Hallock of Fox Mill Woods blazed to a time of 24.03 in the 13-14 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle, breaking the record of 24.24 set by Cabell Perrot of High Point in 2007.
- Paul O'Hara of Hollin Meadows recorded an incredible time of 22.60 in the 15-18 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle, bettering his record of 22.94 set last week at Divisionals.
- Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim swam a 17.70 in the 8 & Under Girls 25 Meter Backstroke, nearly half-a second better than the old record of 18.18 held by Sinead Eksteen of Shouse Village since 2009.
- Johnny Bradshaw reclaimed the record in the 9-10 Boys 25 Meter Butterfly, swimming a 14.36 which beat the record of 14.53 set by Justin Singletary of Fairfax on July 12. And with a time of 1:12.84, Johnny also broke the record he set last week at Divisionals in the 10 & Under Boys 100 Individual Medley. Johnny ends his historic 2014 season as the League record holder in all individual meters events in his age group!
- Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres flew to a time of 28.53 in the 11-12 Boys 50 Meter Butterfly, breaking the record of 28.81 established by Philip Hu of Mosby Woods in 2007.
- Peter Makin of Fairfax swam a 1:05.92 in the 11-12 Boys 100 Meter Individual Medley, bettering the mark of 1:06.53 which he set last week at Divisionals.
With these 7 records, there were 43 League records broken during the 2014 season, eclipsing the previous high of 30 in 2010. To further put this in perspective, the average total number of records per year since 1998 has been 18.
Congratulations to these record breakers and to all of the All-Star swimmers, and a big thank you to Annandale for hosting a great All-Star meet!
8 NVSL Records Set at DivisionalsSun, 7-27-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
On Saturday, July 26, calm, cool and overcast weather produced fast swimming conditions as 8 League records were set at Divisionals, including some which significantly improved the existing standards:
Paul O’Hara of Hollin Meadows set the record in the Boys 15-18 50 Meter Freestyle with a blazing 22.94, improving upon the record of 22.98 he set last year.
Adi Kambhampaty of Chesterbrook established a new mark in the Boys 11-12 50 Meter Breaststroke clocking a 34.21, breaking the old mark of 34.42 set by Matt Stringham of Vienna Woods in 1996.
Leo Wang of Virginia Run set a new standard in the Boys 13-14 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time of 30.90, bettering the record of 31.34 set by Chesterbrook's Sam Gollob on July 5. Setting up a showdown at All-Stars, Sam also powered through the 31 second barrier and beat his old record with a time of 30.96.
Andrew Seliskar of McLean set 2 records: in the Boys 15-18 50 Meter Butterfly his time of 23.90 eclipsed the old mark of 24.34 set by Sean Fletcher of Hunter Mill in 2009, and in the Boys 15-18 100 Meter Individual Medley Andrew’s jaw-dropping time of 54.85 shattered the old record of 57.12 set last year by Sully Station’s Brandon Fiala.
Janet Hu of Mosby Woods flew to a time of 27.30 in the Girls 15-18 50 Meter Butterfly, breaking the record of 27.95 she set in 2011.
Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet absolutely crushed the record in the Boys 10 & Under 100 Meter Individual Medley with a time of 1:12.89, which broke Andrew Seliskar’s 2007 record of 1:15.53 by more than 2 1/2 seconds.
Peter Makin of Fairfax clocked a 1:06.53 in the Boys 11-12 100 Meter Individual Medley, bettering the record of 1:08.14 set by Philip Hu of Mosby Woods in 2007. In this same event, Adi Kambhampaty of Chesterbrook also swam under the old record, with a time of 1:07.56.
NVSL Sportsmanship Awards for 2014, Kings Ridge Wins Award for 4th Consecutive YearSat, 7-26-2014 | Jim Shlesinger
NVSL Division Sporstmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals meets on Saturday. The teams receiving the awards are the following:
Division 1 -- WAKEFIELD CHAPEL
2 -- HUNT VALLEY
3 -- LITTLE ROCKY RUN
4 -- CARDINAL HILL
5 -- CROSSPOINTE
6 -- COTTONTAIL
7 -- HOLMES RUN ACRES
8 -- HIGH POINT POOL
9 -- ARLINGTON FOREST
10 -- STRATFORD
11 -- FOX HUNT
12 -- KINGS RIDGE
13 -- PARLIAMENT
14 -- VILLAGE WEST
15 -- ROLLING HILLS
16 -- LINCOLNIA PARK
17 -- SPRINGFIELD
KINGS RIDGE, of Fairfax, received the award for the fourth consecutive year.
The award is presented annually to one team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of good sportsmanship as embodied in the NVSL Standards of Conduct. The divisions' teams vote for the award with each team casting three ballots: one based on the vote of the Team Representative, a second based on the vote of their coaches, and a third based on a vote of the 13 & over team members.
Congratulations to our 2014 Sportsmanship Award recipients.
Six NVSL Records Set in Week FiveSun, 7-20-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
In the last dual meets of the season, there were six new NVSL records set:
- Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet continued his amazing season by setting the record in the 9-10 Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke. Johnny clocked a 37.36 which broke, by 1.3 seconds, the old record of 38.66 set by Rick Eddy of Sully Station in 1995.
- Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres bettered two 11-12 Boys records he set earlier this year on June 28. In the 50 Yard Freestyle, Max swam a 24.15 which dramatically improved his record of 24.95, and in the 50 Yard Butterfly he recorded a 26.31, breaking his record of 26.67.
- The Chesterbrook 13-14 Boys made their mark on the record book once again, swimming a 53.76 in the 100 Meter Medley Relay. The team of Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw and Jaya Kambhampaty bettered the mark of 53.77 they set on July 5.
- The Overlee 13-14 Girls 100 Meter Medley Relay team of Isabella Lee, Kayle Park, Ellie Ridgeway and Lindsey Bowers swam a 58.43, improving the record of 59.20 set by Orange Hunt in 2012. In this same race, Chesterbrook's relay of Julia Green, Claire Wolf, Rachel Clark and Maddie McArthur also swam under the old record with a time of 58.89, but Overlee was faster.
- The Chesterbrook 15-18 Boys 200 Meter Medley Relay (Joey Sullivan, Hans Crone, Jake Huber and Christopher Outlaw) blazed to a time of 1:48.52, destroying the record of 1:50.26 set by McLean last summer. Incredibly, in the same race, Overlee's relay of Ryan Baker, Brady Almand, David Emson and Andrew Loranger also swam under the old record by more than 1/2 a second with a time of 1:49.70.
So, in the Chesterbrook v. Overlee meet at Chesterbrook, in three consecutive events (Medley Relays for 13-14 Boys, 13-14 Girls and 15-18 Boys) 5 relay teams beat existing NVSL records!
Congratulations to all record breakers, and good luck at Divisionals next week!
2 Records Fall at All-Star Relay CarnivalThu, 7-17-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
The All-Star Relay Carnival was held on a beautifil afternoon at Hunt Valley, and among many exciting races were two NVSL Relay Carnival records:
- The Girls 8 & Under 100 Meter Medley Relay team from Tuckahoe (Brooke Thomas, Eli Leonard, Catherine Hughes, Josie Gieseman) swam a 1:17.56, well under the previous mark of 1:19.36 set by Highlands Swim last week.
- In the Boys 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay, the Chesterbrook team of Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw, Jaya Kambhampaty continued to re-write the record book, recording a 1:56.06 which edged the record they set last week (1:56.33).
Congratulations to these relays for their great performances! And a big Thank You to Hunt Valley for hosting a great All-Star Relay Carnival!
NVSL All-Star Relay Carnival SummaryThu, 7-17-2014 | Jim Shlesinger
With a huge crowd in attendance, the 51st NVSL All-Star Relay Carnival was conducted at Hunt Valley under bright skies and pleasant conditions. The meet kicked off with the presentation of colors by the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by a beautiful violin performance of our National Anthem presented by Jillian Khoo.
The times were fast and two NVSL records were set during the 22 event meet. In the team competition, Overlee finished in first place followed by McLean and Chesterbrook.
At Intermission, scholarships were awarded to four graduating high school seniors. The MacDuff Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Jones of Sleepy Hollow Bath and Racquet. The Presidents' Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Anderson of Little Rocky Run. The Spirit Scholarship was awarded to Jack Capra of Lakevale Estates. And the Joan Olson scholarship was awarded to Cathryn Kost of Pleasant Valley.
The Hunt Valley Pool Staff and the many Hunt Valley volunteers are to be commended for their fine effort in hosting our Annual Relay All-Stars meet. The NVSL will return to Hunt Valley next summer for our 52nd annual event.
More NVSL Records Fall in Week 4Sat, 7-12-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
On July 12th, the 4th week of dual meets saw four more NVSL records fall:
- In his team's home meet against Highlands Swim, Jaya Kambhampaty of Chesterbrook set the record in the Boys 13-14 50 Meter Backstroke with a time of 27.31 which obliterated the old mark of 27.81 set by Philip Hu of Mosby Woods in 2009.
- At Cardinal Hill, Justin Singletary of Fairfax set the record in the Boys 9-10 25 Meter Butterfly with a 14.53, improving upon the existing record of 14.58 which was set just last week by Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet.
- Justin Singletary combined with his Fairfax teammates Peter Makin, PJ D'Alessandro and Bryan Lutz in the Boys Mixed Age 200 Meter Freestyle Relay to swim a 1:49.74 which destroyed, by more than 2 seconds, the existing record 1:51.77 set by Chesterbrook in 2013.
- Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet, who has been on a record-breaking tear this summer, improved the record he set earlier this year in the 9-10 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle. At Vienna Aquatic Club on Saturday Johnny clocked a 29.38, lowering the record from 29.59 which he set on June 21.
4 NVSL Records Set at Divisional Relay CarnivalsFri, 7-11-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
Divisional Relay Carnivals were held throughout the League on Wednesday, July 9, and the Division 1 meet at Overlee saw 4 new NVSL Relay Carnival records set:
The Girls 8 & Under 100 Meter Medley Relay from Highlands Swim (Courtney Watts, Maggie O'Shaughnessy, Maeve Obrist and Rachel Faino) set a new record with a time of 1:19.36, bettering the mark of 1:22.39 set last year by Overlee. It should also be noted that Tuckahoe's relay of Brooke Thomas, Eli Leonard, Catherine Hughes and Josie Gieseman also beat the old record with a time of 1:19.47, but fell just short of Highlands Swim. Look for a great rematch at All-Stars on Wednesday, July 16!
The Boys 11-12 100 Meter Freestyle Relay from Chesterbrook (Adi Kambhampaty, Ollie Bernasek, Nick Spicer and Andrew Bernstein) set a new record with a time of 54.43, beating the old record of 54.56 set by Highlands Swim in 2013.
And the Boys 13-14 Relay squad from Chesterbrook (Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw and Jaya Kambhampaty) established 2 new records on Wednesday. In the 200 Meter Medley Relay they swam a 1:56.33 which shattered McLean's 2011 record of 1:57.90, and in the 200 Meter Freestyle Relay they clocked a 1:46.69, edging McLean's mark of 1:46.78 established in 2011.
Congratulations to all swimmers who made the 2014 Divisional Relay Carnivals an exciting evening, and especially to the record-breaking relay teams!
Johnny Bradshaw, Sam Gollob and Chesterbrook 13-14 Boys Relay Set New NVSL RecordsSat, 7-5-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
Hamlet's Johnny Bradshaw, who earlier this season set the NVSL record in the 9-10 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle, broke two more records in two different strokes in his team's meet at Lakevale Estates on July 5. In the 9-10 Boys 50 Meter Backstroke, Johnny swam a 33.37, smashing the old record of 34.12 set by Andy Richardson of Virginia Run in 1999. In the 9-10 Boys 25 Meter Butterfly, Johnny swam a 14.58, bettering the mark of 14.67 set by Anthony Grimm of Fair Oaks last year. After three weeks, Johnny is having a truly remarkable season.
Meanwhile, the Chesterbrook 13-14 Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay team of Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw and Jaya Kambhampaty continued their assault on the record book. Last week they set the record with a time of 54.21, which they bettered with a time of 53.77 at Tuckahoe on July 5. This relay team also holds the 11-12 Boys Medley Relay Records for both Saturday meets and Relay Carnival, and will certainly be setting their sights on the 13-14 Boys 200 Meter Medley Relay Carnival record in the coming weeks. Earlier in this meet, Sam Gollob, while swimming up as a 15-18, set the NVSL record in the 13-14 Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time of 31.34 which bettered the old mark of 31.53 set by Tuckahoe's Carter Flint in 2013.
NVSL End of Summer Team Rep Meeting Moved to Sept 21Fri, 7-4-2014 | Jim Shlesinger
The NVSL Team Representative Meeting originally scheduled for September 14 has been moved to one week later.
It is now rescheduled for Sunday, September 21, 6:30 pm, at Mason District Government Center.
Seven New NVSL Records Set on Second SaturdaySat, 6-28-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
The second Saturday of dual meets saw nicer weather and an incredible SEVEN new NVSL records, three of which broke records that were more than 30 years old!John Paul Gonsalves of Kent Gardens set the records in the Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke with a time of 16.69 (old record 17.50 by Bret Cade of Orange Hunt in 1975) and 25 Yard Butterfly with a time of 16.30 (old record 16.70 by Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres in 2010). John Paul’s records were set at Kent Gardens.
Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres set the records in the Boys 11-12 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 24.95 (old record 24.96 by Andrew Revers of Mansion House in 2013) and 50 Yard Butterfly with a time of 26.67 (beating his own record of 27.03 set last week). Max’s records were set at Holmes Run Acres.
Jacquee Clabeaux of Greenbriar set the record in the Girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke (while swimming up as a 15-18) with a time of 31.65, bettering the old record of 32.20 set by Gretchen Wasserstrom of McLean in 1983. Jacquee’s record was set at Holmes Run Acres.
The Tuckahoe 8 & Under Girls 100 Meter Freestyle Relay of Patricia Leonard, Josie Gieseman, Brooke Thomas and Catherine Hughes set a new Saturday Meet NVSL record of 1:10.35, beating the old record of 1:11.80 set by Cardinal Hill in 1983. This record was set at Tuckahoe.
The Chesterbrook 13-14 Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay of Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw and Jaya Kambhampaty set a new Saturday Meet NVSL record of 54.21, bettering the old mark of 54.85 set by McLean in 2011. This record was set at Chesterbrook.
Congratulations to all our record breakers!
Johnny Bradshaw and Max Cruz Set New NVSL RecordsSat, 6-21-2014 | Keenan Goldsby
Congratulations to Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet and Max Cruz of Holmes Run Acres, who each set new NVSL records in the first dual meet of the season.
In Hamlet's home meet against Fairfax Station, Johnny shattered the 30 second barrier with a time of 29.59 in the 9-10 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle, eclipsing the previous record of 30.16 set by James Murphy of Little Rocky Run in 2008. Meanwhile, swimming against Dowden Terrace at Holmes Run Acres, Max established a new mark in the 11-12 Boys 50 Yard Butterfly with a time of 27.03 which bettered the old record of 27.96 set in 2005 by Little Hunting Park's Blake Sundel. With his swim today, Max now owns the butterfly yards records in three age groups - 8 & under, 9-10 and 11-12! The League has received Johnny's and Max's signed time cards, so both of their records are now official. Great swims Johnny and Max!
Welcome to MY NVSL!Wed, 5-21-2014 | Jim Shlesinger
Welcome to the new NVSL website, <mynvsl.com>. The development and launch of this site is the result of work by a dedicated group of volunteers over the past year. NVSL Swimming and the League thanks LightMix Design of Vienna, VA for the development and launch of the new site and Marlin Design of Falls Church, VA for the website design. Please check our NVSL Diving by clicking the tab to the left of our logo at the top of this page.