In the final week of the regular season we had four new league records set across the NVSL, in both meters and yards, as well as individual and relay events.
The first two records of the day came from Anthony Grimm of Fair Oaks. With only one individual 15-18 boys meters record without his name attached to it, Anthony got after it. Swimming in one of the faster pools in the NVSL in Fair Oak's week 5 dual meet at Cardinal Hill, Grimm broke Paul O'Hara's 2014 50m freestyle record of 22.60, posting a 22.45!
10 events later, Grimm took his own 50m backstroke record to a new historic mark--having become only the second person to ever swim the event under 25 seconds, Anthony posted a 23.82, improving his earlier mark of 24.01! Anthony now holds all four 15-18 Boys dual meet individual records (Free, Back, Breast, Fly)! Congratulations on a busy season.
Across the league, Rolling Valley traveled to Holmes Run Acres, one of two remaining yards pools, for a division 14 matchup. In event 29, Andrew Hale of Rolling Valley (RV) broke the 15-18 boys 50 yard breastroke record with a time of 26.88. The record was previously held by Greg Clever of Tuckahoe, set in 1984, with a time of 27.61, which Hale smashed with his performance this morning!
To round it out, the Overlee 15-18 Girls 200m Medley Relay of Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Kate Bailey, and Alexis Lee completed an incredible season--having broken the relay carnival record last week, and winning 1st at All Stars this past week, the Overlee ladies took down the dual meet record in the event with a time of 2:00.90. The record was previously held by Orange Hunt, set in 2015 with a time of 2:01.09.
Congratulations to our new league record holders on finishing off the regular season on a high note!
Each year the NVSL awards scholarships to graduating high school swimmers/divers to be used at the school of their choice to help defray a portion of their continuing education expenses. The league considers team commitment and leadership, school and community involvement, and a submitted essay as criteria for selection. The essay asks these stand out senior members of our community, "what life lessons swimming/diving in the NVSL taught me?"
Our five scholarship recipients were announced this past week at NVSL All Star Relays--this year, we are pleased to announce the following recipients:
Community Service Scholarship Leah Horan
Leah has been a member of the Tuckahoe Swim team for 14 years. She qualified for All- Stars five times (2011-2015) and is a Senior Coach / Winter Coach at Tuckahoe. Leah is a graduate of the McLean High School with Academic Honors, receiving service hour recognition. She was selected as the team captain of the Varsity Swim Team in her senior year. Leah traveled to an orphanage in Honduras in her junior and senior year as part of the Heart-to-Heart Children Village program, teaching young kids English, arts and music, and giving swimming lessons. She also conducted a fundraising campaigns enabled the orphanage to purchase solar panels. Leah was a member of her school’s National Honor Society, as well as Math and English Honor Societies and member of the Cyber Patriots Club (cyber security). She was selected for American Legion Virginia Girls State, where she was elected as the Attorney General. Leah will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall to study Political Science.
Presidents’ Scholarship Troy Young
Troy is a 13 year member of the of the Ravensworth Farm swim team and a 12 year member of their dive team. He competed in NVSL All Stars in both swimming and diving, receiving High-Point awards and serving as a swim coach and as a co-head dive coach. Troy attended Lake Braddock Secondary School, where he was on the swim and dive and soccer teams. He was selected as captain of both teams. He was a member of the Bruin Minds Matter club, DECA, and participated in the state level science fair. Troy organized a swim-a-thon fundraiser benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Troy will be attending Catholic University of America in the fall, studying Biomedical Engineering on the Pre-med track.
Spirit Scholarship Kate Billingsley
Kate has been a member of the Parklawn swim team for the past 13 years. She was the team’s junior coach for the last 2 years and assisted with the Winter Swim program. She received several team awards for “demonstrating spirit, encouragement for younger swimmers, and friendship to all” and “going above and beyond for the good of the team.” She served as the leader of the “Great Piranha” program. Kate attended Justice High School (formally J.E.B Stuart HS) where she served on the School newspaper as a staff writer, Business Manager, and Lifestyle and Online Editor, ending as the Managing Editor in her senior year. She was also in the Concert Orchestra and played on the Basketball team at her HS. Kate was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish and Quill and Scroll Honor Societies. She is also a member of the Key Club, volunteering for numerous community service activities and some with a global impact. Kate will be attending Clemson University in the fall, majoring in business with a minor in Computer Science.
Sportsmanship Scholarship Cara Patrick
Cara has been a member of the Little Rocky Run swim team for the past 9 years. She has coached for the Stingrays as a junior coach and as the mini team head coach. She received the Coaches’ Award four times and received a High-Point Award. Cara attended Centreville High School where she swam on the Varsity Swim Team for four years, competing in regional and state meets and was the captain in her senior year. She was a member of the Key Club (webmaster), Class Board of 2019 (all four years), the National Honor Society (secretary), Social Studies and Math Honor Societies, and co-founder of the Advocates for Female Empowerment club. She provided the Scholar Speech at the graduation for her HS on the importance of community. Cara will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall, studying in the Honors College with a major in Public Relations.
Excellence in Technique Scholarship Alexus Chua
Alexus has been a member of the Fair Oaks swim team for the past 7 years. She was an assistant coach helping with the younger swimmers on the team and lead the winter swim program for the past 2 years. She was a High-Point winner on several occasion and awarded the Spirit Award from the team. Alexus attended Oakton High School and was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math and Science Honor Societies. She was a Scholar Athlete as member of the Varsity Swim Team for 4 years, team captain in her senior year, and coached peers with special needs in all aspects of swimming. Alexus has volunteered for the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department since 2017 as an EMT. She has been on several mission trips in various areas of the world to include Cambodia, Croatia, and Chicago. Alexus will be attending George Mason University in the fall, majoring in nursing.
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This past weekend we had two new yards relay records broken at the Sideburn Run vs Kent Gardens meet held in McLean. Similar to last week at the Chesterbrook-Tuckahoe meet, the two records were in consecutive events--the 13-14 girls and 15-18 boys medleys!
The Sideburn Run 13-14 girls 100y medley relay swam 54.75, breaking the old record of 55.03 by Lee Graham in 2004. Congratulations to the relay team of Anna Littleton, Amelia Simonsen, Sophie Scadron, and Jackie Dobrydney!
In the very next race, the Sideburn Run 15-18 boys 200y medley relay team of Matthew Ferrari, Luke Shivik, Joey Dobrydney, and Matt Mitros broke the 2016 Oakton record of 1:41.31, going 1:40.78! See the race below:
Congratulations Sideburn Run relays on these great accomplishments!