• NVSL Releases Seeding for 2020 Season

    Sun, 2-23-2020 | Joe Mattis

    The NVSL released the line up of teams into Divisions at its annual seeding meeting this afternoon. Here is the list for 2020

    2020
               
    1 Chesterbrook 7 Ravensworth 13 Cottontail
      Overlee   Pinecrest   Mansion House
      Tuckahoe   Villa Aquatic   Kings Ridge
      Highlands Swim   Lakevale Estates   Forest Hollow
      Dowden Terrace   Sleepy Hollow B&R   Shouse Village
      Donaldson Run   Waynewood   Daventry
               
    2 McLean 8 Greenbriar 14 Poplar Tree
      Wakefield Chapel   Dunn Loring   Laurel Hill
      Hamlet   Dominion Hills   Fox Hunt
      Langley   Fox Mill Woods   Sully Station II
      Crosspointe   Sully Station   Rolling Valley
      Mount Vernon Park   Hollin Meadows   Woodley
               
    3 Hunt Valley 9 Mosby Woods 15 Parklawn
      Little Rocky Run   Arlington Forest   Ilda
      High Point Pool   Fairfax Station   Hollin Hills
      Vienna Woods   Great Falls   Lake Braddock
      Fair Oaks   Little Hunting Park   Herndon
      Virginia Run   South Run   Parliament
               
    4 Vienna Aquatic Club 10 Fairfax 16 Burke Station
      Oakton    Camelot Comm Club   Pleasant Valley
      Cardinal Hill   Riverside Gardens   Long Branch
      Kent Gardens   Rutherford   Commonwealth 
      Sideburn Run   Fox Mill Estates   Newington Forest
      Orange Hunt   Springboard   Lincolnia Park
               
    5 Hunter Mill 11 Somerset-Olde Creek 17 Broyhill Crest
      Hiddenbrook   Highland Park   Village West
      Mantua   Poplar Heights   North Springfield
      Sleepy Hollow Rec   Brookfield   Pinewood Lake
      Old Keene Mill   Stratford   Springfield
      Brandywine   Canterbury Woods   Edsall Park
               
    6 Lee-Graham 12 Annandale    
      Walden Glen   Truro Homes Assoc    
      Country Club Hills   Hayfield Farm    
      Lakeview   Rolling Hills    
      Virginia Hills   Holmes Run Acres    
      Fairfax Club Estates   Rolling Forest    

  • Results of Vote on Proposed Rule Changes

    Sun, 2-23-2020 | Joe Mattis

    At the 2020 NVSL Team Rep Seeding and Rules Meeting this afternoon at West Springfield High School, the team representatives considered four potential changes to the league rules. The results of the voting are as follows:
    Item #1 - Clarification of the relay start rule by requiring a mark on the pool deck no further than 32 inches from the edge of the pool. The motion was defeated with 10 votes for, 88 votes against, and two abstaining.
    Item #2 - Clarification of the relay start rule by specifying at most one forward step by the starting swimmer. The motion was defeated with 27 votes for, 69 votes against, and four abstaining.
    Item #3 - Allow the combining of boys and girls relay events. The motion was defeated with 62 votes for, 35 votes against, and three abstaining. For a motion to pass, two-thirds of the Team Representatives present and voting must approve the motion. 
    Item #4 - Administrative change to combine the existing rules regarding Division Individual Championships (Divisionals) into a single rule. The motion passed with 98 votes for, zero votes against, and two abstaining.

  • 2020 Team Rep Seeding Meeting - Sun Feb 23

    Sun, 2-16-2020 | Nancy Jessen

    Close your eyes... see the sun, feel the warmth, hear the sounds of swimmers cheering by the pool deck... This will be the 65th year of the NVSL!!! Hooray!! Let the excitement begin!

    Team Reps, Division Coordinators, Committee Chairs, and Executive Board: If you have not received an email about the upcoming meeting please contact asknvsl@gmail.com.

    The 2020 NVSL Seeding Meeting for Team Reps, Division Coordinators, Committee Chairs, and Executive Board will be held Sunday, February 23rd at West Springfield High School.

    Agenda

    • 11:45 - 1:55 pm    Sponsors of the NVSL Showcase (Entrance and Hallway)
    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm    New Team Rep Training (Cafeteria)
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm    General Session (Cafeteria) - committee updates, approve 2020 budget, rules change proposals vote, seeding distributed
    • 3:00 - 4:30 pm      Division Coordinators meet with their teams - share contact information, establish dual meet schedule, pick hosts for Relay Carnival and Divisionals
    Team Rep Check-in starts at 11:45 am.

  • Giving Thanks!

    Thu, 11-28-2019 | Nancy Jessen

    The NVSL gives thanks for the more than 2,500 family and friends who volunteer across the league on any given meet day as well as for those who help throughout the season and the year, giving their time, energy, food and funds to create a wonderful program that not only builds a love for the sport of swimming and advanced aquatic skills, but builds teamwork, principles of good sportsmanship, a stronger community, and memories to last a lifetime!

     

  • Saskia Jansen Honored at Annual Hollin Hills Bluefish Awards Ceremony 

    Thu, 8-8-2019 | The HH Bluefish Parents

    Saskia Jansen, the beloved Hollin Hills Bluefish swim team representative, ended her long career as a volunteer for the NVSL at the end of the swim team season. 
    Saskia's involvement in the NVSL spans nearly 5 decades as team rep, coach and team member. She also held positions as pool manager and lifeguard.



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  • Final Records for 2019!

    Mon, 8-5-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    On Saturday at Individual All Stars at Springboard Pool, we had our final two records of the 2019 season!

    Elizabeth Bryan of Ilda Community (IC) broke both the 9-10 50m Breast and 10-Under 100m IM records in stunning fashion. In her first event, Elizabeth broke Jacquee Clabeaux's (G) 2010 breast record of 37.50, swimming an unreal time of 36.38. That swim would have been good enough to finish 4th in the 11-12 girls event, 8th in the 13-14 girls event, and 16th in the 15-18 girls event, as well as win the 9-10 boys event by 4.50s and finish 6th in the 11-12 boys event! Like I said...unreal!

    Towards the end of the day, Bryan was back in the Individual Medley, where she broke Courtney Watts' (Then HS, now CH) 2016 record of 1:13.20 with a new all time best of 1:12.55. This performance would have been good enough to finish in the top 18 in every age group as well, so expect to see Elizabeth Bryan near the top of leaderboards for a long time!

    Congratulations Elizabeth on two great swims to cap off your 2019 season.

     

  • 2019 NVSL All Stars and Swim Ninja Livestream

    Fri, 8-2-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    With the final event of the 2019 NVSL Summer Season tomorrow morning we would like to thank everyone for making it such a fun and exciting summer! 

    Tomorrow morning we will be at Springboard for NVSL Individual All Stars to watch the top 18 performers in each individual event compete for the top spot. It will be a great morning of racing and we hope you can join us!

    If you are unable to make it to the meet, be sure to go check out the Swim Ninja livestream of the meet -- go to SwimNinja.com or click here to see every race from the day!

  • NVSL 2019 Division Sportsmanship Awards!

    Tue, 7-30-2019 | Nancy Jessen

    NVSL Division Sportsmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals meets on Saturday. 
    The teams receiving the coveted awards are the following:

    Division 1  Tuckahoe

    Division 10  Rutherford                  

    Division 2  Fairfax                      

    Division 11  Mansion House    

    Division 3  Mount Vernon Park

    Division 12  Rolling Hills

    Division 4  Hiddenbrook               

    Division 13  Shouse VIllage            

    Division 5  Kent Gardens          

    Division 14  Rolling Valley        

    Division 6  Pinecrest

    Division 15  Parklawn

    Division 7  Arlington Forest           

    Division 16  Long Branch                

    Division 8  Camelot                   

    Division 17  Edsall Park

    Division 9  Poplar Tree

         


    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 2019 Sportsmanship Award recipients.

  • Two League Records set at Divisionals!

    Mon, 7-29-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    At the Division 4 Individual Championship meet at Cardinal Hill on Saturday, we saw two league records fall.

    The first record came in the 15-18 Girls 50m Breaststroke, with Anna Keating of Vienna Aquatic Club (VAC) swimming a 31.37, breaking Jacquee Clabeaux's (Greenbriar) 2016 record of 31.62. See the race below:


    In the second to last event of the day, Anthony Grimm of Fair Oaks broke the 15-18 Boys 100m IM record set at 54.85 by Andrew Seliskar (ML) in 2014. Grimm, despite hitting the lane line in backstroke, came just under record time at 54.83, showing that you should never give up on a race, even when it feels less than perfect--see the race below:

     Anthony Grimm now holds the record for all five 15-18 individual events, setting them this summer as a 16-year-old! This is Anna Keating's first NVSL record. Congratulations Anna and Anthony on these great performances!

     

  • 2019 NVSL Scholarship Recipients

    Sat, 7-20-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    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.


    About the NVSL Scholarships: 

    • Community Service Scholarship created in honor of George MacDuff and daughter Melinda. George served as the Leagues Records Chairperson for many years 
    • Spirit Scholarship created in honor of Olivia Aull to recognize spirited swimmers and divers from within the NVSL family. 
    • Sportsmanship Scholarship created in honor of Joan Olson, long time Director of the NVSL and Chairperson of the Swimming Seeding Committee who was a passionate advocate for sportsmanship. 
    • Excellence in Technique Scholarship created in honor of Lou Sharp, founder of the Competition Swim Clinic, who guided generation of NVSL swimmers in stroke technique and love for swimming. 
    • President’s Scholarship created in honor of the volunteers who served as the NVSL League Presidents.

  • Four League Records in the Final Week of the Regular Season

    Sat, 7-20-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    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!

  • NVSL All Star Relays and Swim Ninja Livestream

    Tue, 7-16-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17 is NVSL All Star Relays: the biggest meet of the summer season. With the top 18 relay teams per gender and event from around the league headed to Lincolnia Park, we are sure to have one exciting Relay Carnival!

    As always, tomorrow will be one of the hottest days of the summer. Make sure to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and be on the lookout for any weather-related announcements which will be posted on the NVSL website. There will be concessions sold and 2019 All Star Relay's merchandise available for purchase. Be sure to stop by the NVSL/Swim Ninja tent to take your relay team's picture in front of the NVSL banner!
     
    If you are unable to make it to the meet, be sure to watch the Swim Ninja All Star Relays Livestream: Go to SwimNinja.com to see every race from the afternoon, hear the sound of thousands of NVSL fans cheering and the legendary Bob York announcing from his perch...you don't want to miss this!

    Thank you Lincolnia Park, Chesterbrook, and Overlee for making this livestream possible and showing the strength and collaborative power of our NVSL community. Good luck everyone--we will see you poolside shortly!

  • Two New NVSL Yards Relay Records

    Mon, 7-15-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    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!

  • 2019 Around the NVSL: Week 4

    Mon, 7-15-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    With Divisional Relay Carnival in the mix, Week 4 had a ton of action around the league. We saw so much excitement from all our teams during their meets and pep rallies and are excited to share a few highlights from the week--to see the full post click here!

    Walden Glen and Crosspointe take no days off when it comes to bringing that spirit


    The competition was fierce Wednesday, but there has to be a winner--check out a few teams taking in the joy of a divisional relay carnival victory


    Of course, with it being week 4, there was a lot of important racing action - here was a critical race from the Overlee-Tuckahoe meet in the 15-18 girls 50m Back, with the Flying fish picking up 1st and 3rd from Mary Kate Reicherter and Alexis Lee with Natalie English giving 3 points to Tuckahoe


    Despite the competition, sometimes you just have to dance it out--Donaldson Run and Vienna Woods took a quick break from the action to see which team had the better moves



    We have loved every minute of the 2019 summer and look forward to even more fun and energy this week with week 5 and All Star Relays -- keep sending us your team's updates to be featured right here next week! As always, send your videos to Social@swimninja.com and tag @swimNVSL and @SwimNinja on social media!

  • Anthony Grimm: Back at it Again!

    Mon, 7-15-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    On Saturday, Anthony Grimm got back to rewriting the NVSL record board with two more major milestones. In Fair Oaks' week 4 dual meet with Oakton, Grimm first broke his own 15-18 50m breaststroke record he set two weeks ago, becoming the first person to ever swim under 28 seconds in the event with an incredible 27.57. This is the third time this record has been broken this summer after standing for 20 years. See the video of the race below:




    To follow up this performance, Grimm then went out and broke Andrew Seliskar's 2014 15-18 Boys 50m Butterfly record of 23.90, posting a time of 23.63. See the video below:


    Congratulations Anthony on two more terrific performances--We hope to hear from you again soon!

  • Three Relay Records in 4 Days...All in One Place!

    Sat, 7-13-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    Over the past few days, we have had three NVSL Relay records broken at Overlee. The first two occurred Wednesday night at the Division 1 Relay Carnival, and the third was this morning during the Overlee-Tuckahoe week 4 dual meet.

    The first record was set by the Overlee 15-18 girls 200m Medley Relay. Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Kate Bailey, and Alexis Lee broke the 2017 record of 1:59.68 set by Overlee, going 1:59.14! Reicherter and Park swam the front end of that relay two years ago. See the video below:



    Later in the evening, the Chesterbrook 13-14 girls were back at it--after having broken the 100m Medley the weekend before, Patricia Leonard, Ellie Leonard, Cate Sheridan, and Caroline Burgeson took down the 2018 league record of 1:53.00 set by Overlee, going .02s better with a 1:52.98! See the video below:



    Then today, Tuckahoe's 13-14 boys 100m Medley Relay broke the dual meet NVSL record swimming a 53.50--the record was previously held by Wakefield Chapel, set in 2016. Congratulations to JT Ewing, Emanuel Rovelas, Nolan Dunkel, and Stefan Jafari on a great accomplishment! 

  • 2019 Around the NVSL: Week 3

    Tue, 7-9-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    With week 3 in the books, we can hardly believe we are halfway through the NVSL season already. This past week there were Independence Day celebrations all over the league that carried on into the weekend, with some great America themed pep rallies and meets! See everything here!

    We love all the videos and pictures everyone has been sending in and tagging us in on social media -- with a crazy final 2 weeks of the regular season, keep showing us what your team is up to!

    Here were a few highlights from the weekend:

    We already showed you the two league records that were set by some older swimmers in the league, but how about these little guys racing hard in the first event of the day -- two of the fastest 8-under boys freestylers, Cadell Moy-Jacobs (Lakeview) and Phoenix Wentland (Sleepy Hollow Rec) went head to head in this thriller:


    Walden Glen fed off those patriotic feelings to get fired up during their Pep rally before a big meet--we love walking into different pools and seeing the driveway chalked up! What does your team do on Fridays?


    In a display of international appreciation, Springboard showed some love for our Northern neighbors on Canada Day!



    There are two types of coaches in the NVSL...Coach Evan and Coach Kevin from Dowden Terrace had different approaches to their America themed meet!


    The next few weeks are a crazy time for everyone--make sure to enjoy every minute of it and have fun with relay carnival this week! 
    As always, send in those race videos and other longer content to social@swimninja.com and be sure to tag @swimNVSL and @SwimNinja and use our hashtags #NVSL #SwimNinja to be featured right here next week!

  • First Two Relay Records of 2019

    Mon, 7-8-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    Only a few days before all 102 NVSL teams compete in their Divisional Relay Carnival we saw the first two NVSL Relay records of 2019 get broken. In back to back events, the Chesterbrook 13-14 girls 100m Medley relay and 15-18 boys 200m Medley relay set new league bests in their dual meet at Tuckahoe.

    The 13-14 girls relay of Cate Sheridan, Ellie Leonard, Patricia Leonard, and Caroline Burgeson broke the McLean mark of 57.57 set in 2017, going 57.33! See the race video below:


    Immediately after the Tigershark girls' historic performance, the 15-18 boys had their moment to shine. The relay of Ryan Mathis, Tyler Lentine, Ryan Soh, and Thomas Outlaw went 1:44.84, breaking the Fox Mill Woods 2018 record time of 1:45.01. See the video below:



    Note: The NVSL keeps separate records for Saturday performances (Dual Meets, Divisionals, All-Stars) and Relay Carnival (Divisionals and All-Stars). The 13-14 girls will swim a 200m medley relay on Wednesday, giving them a new goal to shoot for. The 15-18 boys are less than 2 tenths of a second off the Relay Carnival record held by Fox Mill Woods!

    Congratulations Chesterbrook on these incredible team accomplishments and good luck chasing those Relay Carnival records!

  • 2019 Around the NVSL: Week 2

    Wed, 7-3-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    We saw a number of very exciting things around the league over the past week as it became evident that summer swim season is finally in full force! Here were some of the highlights--see all submissions and social media posts by clicking here!

    There was a lot of action at pep rallies and practice to get swimmers excited for their upcoming meets!


    Additionally, we saw a bunch of great races thanks to numerous user submissions - keep sending these in!


    The Hiddenbrook 15-18 boys broke their pool record for 200m Medley Relay


    Michael Mullen broke the Old Keene Mill 13-14 boys 50m Back record in this terrific race!


    Thanks to a user submission, we received a bunch of race videos from one of the closest meets of the weekend in Vienna Woods @ High Point. See this thriller in the 11-12 Girls 50m free where 2 tenths decided 1st place! See all our videos by clicking here!

    Keep tagging @swimNVSL and @swimninja in your social media posts and send in those race videos for everyone to enjoy! There is so much great NVSL action just around the corner and we want to see it all!

  • Two More League Records for Grimm!

    Sat, 6-29-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    Anthony Grimm of Fair Oaks added two more league records to his collection with a pair of great individual swims this morning in the Sharks home meet against VAC.

    In event 19, Anthony broke Phillip Hu's 2013 15-18 Boys 50m Backstroke record with a time of 24.01 - the previous mark was 24.85.

    10 races later, Grimm was back in action in the 15-18 Boys 50m Breaststroke. After Paul Kinsella knocked down the record last week, Anthony improved on the previous all-time best of 28.75 with his own 28.07.

    Grimm now owns 5 NVSL records - congratulations on this achievement and keep going for more!

  • Three More pieces of History

    Tue, 6-25-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    Three new league records have been officially certified by the NVSL from this past Saturday's meet between Lee-Graham and Kent Gardens.

    At the halfway point in the individual events, Adam Janicki of Lee Graham broke the 15-18 Boys 50 yard backstroke record previously set by Tommy Hallock in 2016. On his 17th birthday, Janicki took a full second off the previous league best of 24.67, going an impressive 23.65. 

    Four events later, Andy Li (Kent Gardens) had a record-shattering performance in the 9-10 Boys 50 yard breaststroke. Li took down one of the oldest records on the book--Mark Hagen's 37.20 swim from 1976--posting a blazing fast 34.69. Li now owns two individual NVSL yards records (8-u 25 breast, 9-10 50 breast) and two individual meters records (8-u 25 breast, 8-u 25 fly). See a video of this performance below:


    Towards the end of the meet, Li was joined by three of his teammates in breaking another 40-year-old record--Alexander Cafer, Blake Nguyen, and James Davis were in action for the 9-10 Boys 100 yard medley relay. The Kent Gardens boys swam their relay in an NVSL record time of 1:04.33, breaking the previous 1979 record of 1:06.00 set in 1979 by Overlee. See the video for this race below:



    Congratulations boys on these remarkable performances! Thank you for the video submissions as well!

  • 2019 Around the NVSL: Week 1

    Mon, 6-24-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    In the first week of official NVSL action, there was so much energy and excitement around the league it was breathtaking. All week long, Swim Ninja and the NVSL received photos and videos and were tagged in social media posts from practice, team activities, pep rallies, pre-meet rituals, and of course, race videos.

    In addition to league and team record-breaking swims, we saw our teams display what makes the NVSL such a great summer experience through sportsmanship, and camaraderie. We are fortunate to have had so many submissions and the full post can be seen by clicking here! 

    Here are a few highlights we received this week!



    Oakton @ VAC 8-Under Girls 25m Breast


    Walden Glen cheering before the start of relays


    A dance party broke out between both teams after the Burke Station, Rolling Forest meet

    As always, tag @swimNVSL and @SwimNinja and use #nvsl and #swimninja when posting to social media
    For videos and larger submissions, email Social@swimninja.com

    Great job everyone and we look forward to seeing more of your pictures and videos in Week 2!

  • Roundtree Does it Again!

    Sun, 6-23-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    In yesterday's Division 4 matchup between Fair Oaks and Virginia Run, it only took four races for history to be made!

    Charis Roundtree of Virginia Run broke the NVSL record for 9-10 Girls 50m Freestyle with a time of 29.43. The record was previously held by Courtney Watts when she swam a 29.58 while swimming for Highlands in 2016.

    With this performance, Roundtree picks up her second league record, having broken the 8-Under 25m Freestyle mark in 2017. Additionally, Charis becomes only the 3rd 9-10 girl, and 4th 10-under, to ever swim under the 30-second mark in freestyle, joining Watts, Johnny Bradshaw (Hamlet - 2014), and Isabella Rongione (McLean - 2010).

    Congratulations Charis and keep going after those records!

    *note*: In order for a league record to become official, the timer card must be received by the Chair of the NVSL Records committee to be certified, per NVSL Rule

  • One for the Record Books

    Sat, 6-22-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    In today's Division 1 contest between Overlee and Highlands, one of the NVSL's most famous records went down!

    Paul Kinsella of Overlee broke Ed Moses' 1998 15-18 Boys 50m Breaststroke record, going 28.75s. The previous record mark was 28.81s. 

    Paul was swimming in his only meet of 2019, and possibly his last for the Flying Fish as he heads off this week to the United States Naval Academy for Plebe Summer--Kinsella will swim for Navy.

    After swimming for Old Keene Mill, Ed Moses went on to swim for the University of Virginia and competed for Team USA at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, Moses would win silver in the 100m Breast and gold in the 4x100 Medley Relay. After the Olympics, Ed Moses held world records in the 50m and 100m Breast, as well as the 50m, 100m, and 200m short course records as well.

    Congratulations Paul and good luck at Navy!


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  • 2019 Around the NVSL: Time Trials

    Wed, 6-19-2019 | Torey Ortmayer

    The NVSL and Swim Ninja have joined forces to bring you the best of what the NVSL has to offer on a weekly basis! This publicity initiative was launched to bring our NVSL community closer together by showcasing our teams, athletes, coaches, and fans through our love of summer swimming.

    Each week we will feature selected submitted content and social media posts, so get in on the action and start sending in your pool's highlights!

    What can I submit to help publicize my team?

    Show us race videos, your team cheering and showing their spirit or anything your athletes, coaches, and community might be doing around the pool this summer!

    How do I submit

    You can post on social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) and tag @swimninja or @swimNVSL and/or use #swimninja and #NVSL. If you have videos or a lot to show us, upload it to a google drive and share it with social@swimninja.com or post it to youtube and enable embedding–just drop us a note and we will be sure to include it in the weekly roundup!

    This week around the NVSL...
    We received 1 vlog, 8 videos, and 20 pictures from 16 teams' Time Trial meets. See it all by clicking here

    Here are some of the top submissions from this week!


    Captain Tuckahoe and the seniors get the Tigers fired up




    The High Point Hippos started off 2019 with some energy



    The Sully Station Stingrays had a little fun with fly 



  • NVSL Releases Seeding for 2019 Season

    Sun, 2-24-2019 | Joe Mattis

    The NVSL released the line up of teams into Divisions at its annual seeding meeting this afternoon. Here is the list for 2019


    2019
               
    1 Chesterbrook 7 Sleepy Hollow B&R 13 Canterbury Woods
      Overlee   Dominion Hills   Forest Hollow
      Tuckahoe   Mosby Woods   Shouse Village
      McLean   Arlington Forest   Stratford
      Highlands Swim   Country Club Hills   Brookfield
      Wakefield Chapel   Waynewood   Fox Hunt
               
    2 Langley 8 Lakeview 14 Sully Station II
      Fairfax   Fox Mill Woods   Rolling Forest
      Little Rocky Run   Sleepy Hollow Rec   Holmes Run Acres
      Hamlet   Camelot Comm Club   Rolling Valley
      Dowden Terrace   Virginia Hills   Burke Station
      Hunt Valley   Old Keene Mill   Daventry
               
    3 High Point Pool 9 Poplar Tree 15 Woodley
      Mount Vernon Park   Sully Station   Ilda
      Hunter Mill   Riverside Gardens   Herndon
      Donaldson Run   Great Falls   Lake Braddock
      Crosspointe   Fairfax Station   Hollin Hills
      Vienna Woods   Brandywine   Parklawn
               
    4 Vienna Aquatic Club 10 Rutherford 16 Long Branch
      Hiddenbrook   Hollin Meadows   Village West
      Virginia Run   Fox Mill Estates   Parliament
      Oakton    Somerset-Olde Creek   Commonwealth 
      Cardinal Hill   Annandale   Broyhill Crest
      Fair Oaks   Laurel Hill   Pleasant Valley
               
    5 Lee-Graham 11 Cottontail 17 Lincolnia Park
      Ravensworth   Mansion House   Newington Forest
      Orange Hunt   Highland Park   North Springfield
      Kent Gardens   Poplar Heights   Springfield
      Walden Glen   Fairfax Club Estates   Pinewood Lake
      Sideburn Run   Little Hunting Park   Edsall Park
               
    6 Lakevale Estates 12 South Run    
      Greenbriar   Kings Ridge    
      Dunn Loring   Hayfield Farm    
      Pinecrest   Rolling Hills    
      Mantua   Truro Homes Assoc    
      Villa Aquatic   Springboard    

  • 2019 Seeding Meeting

    Sat, 2-23-2019 | Joe Mattis

    Team Reps, Division Coordinators, Committee Chairs, and Executive Board.

    The 2019 NVSL Seeding Meeting will be held Sunday, February 24th at Falls Church High School. At the seeding meeting the league will announce the division structure for the upcoming season.

    Agenda

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm    New Team Rep Training (Side Cafeteria)
    • 12:00 - 1:55 pm    Vendor showcase (Main Cafeteria and Hallway)
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm      General Session (Side Cafeteria) - committee updates, approve 2019 budget, rules change vote, seeding distributed
    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm      Division Coordinators meet with their teams (Various Classrooms) - share contact information, establish dual meet schedule, pick hosts for Relay Carnival and Divisionals


    Check-in starts at 11:45 am. More information about the meeting is available in the Documents tab under Team Rep Folder 2019.

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME SWIMMING.....?

  • Sportsmanship Awards

    Mon, 8-6-2018 | 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 -- Langley             2 -- Vienna Aquatic Club    3 -- Mount Vernon Park    4 -- Virginia Run
             5 -- Pinecrest           6 -- Mantua                     7 -- Mosby Woods            8 -- Cottontail
             9 -- Mansion House  10 -- Great Falls              11 -- South Run               12 -- Shouse Village
            13 -- Springboard     14 -- Woodley                 15 -- Hollin Hills               16 -- Broyhill Crest
            17 -- Pinewood Lake

    Congratulations to our 2018 Sportsmanship Award recipients!

  • Stars Align for Three Virgos at Little Rocky Run

    Sun, 8-5-2018 | Paul Parry

    At a muggy and damp Little Rocky Run yesterday, amid the crowd and under the gaze of the immortal Bob York, three All Stars reached record holder status.

    In the 11-12 Freestyle, Michael Mullen of Old Keene Mill stunned the crowd in an upset over the current record-holder, Donovan Kovalsky, finishing with a blazing kick and touching in 26.18.  Donovan had just lowered the mark to 26.20 the week before.

    Then in the 13-14 Girls Back, Hunter Mill’s Alexandra Dicks tied 18-time All American Janet Hu’s 29.75.  Janet’s record was set in 2010 while she was at Mosby Woods.

    The last record was set in the Boys 9-10 Breast, when Brandon Lesser of Daventry lowered his own mark of 37.28, touching in 37.26.

  • Records Tumble on Divisional Saturday

    Sat, 7-28-2018 | Paul Parry

    Across the county today, swimmers took advantage of the pleasant weather to set seven new NVSL records.

    At the Division 3 meet at Hunt Valley, Donovan Kovalsky of Mount Vernon Park took down Cyrus Hashemi's 11 year old 11-12 Free record of 26.44, hitting the wall in 26.20.

    The 8-year-old phenom Andy Li of Kent Gardens went two-for-two at the Division 7 meet hosted by Mosby Woods, setting new marks in both the Breaststroke (19.35) and the Butterfly (16.21).  The previous Breast record was held by Blake Masden (19.77 in 2016) and Andy had the previous fly record of 16.37.

    Brandon Lesser of Daventry tied Charlie Greenwood's 37.28 in the Boys 9-10 Breaststroke, exciting the Division 16 crowd at Broyhill Crest.  Charlie set his record at All Stars last year.

    At the Division 1 meet at Tuckahoe, Catherine Hughes broke her own 11-12 Breast record, besting her record of 34.63 with a 34.40.  Also breaking a record at that meet was Tuckahoe's Nolan Dunkel in the 11-12 Fly.  He outswam Max Cruz's 28.53, going 28.47.

    Rutherford's Aiken Do took down Anthony Grimm's one year-old 13-14 Breast record of 30.63 by touching in 30.41.  He did it at the Division 8 meet at Waynewood.

       
       Donovan Kovalsky of MVP                  Nolan Dunkel & Catherine Hughes of Tuckahoe

  • All Stars Shine at Lincolnia Park

    Thu, 7-19-2018 | Paul Parry

    In the bright July sunlight yesterday, NVSL scholarship winners, swimmers and spectators reveled at the All Star Relays at Lincolnia Park.  The host pool provided a welcoming environment for an estimated 4,000 people. 

    On the deck just before the meet, NVSL athletes Hannah Karlin (Overlee), Mia Oppler (Walden Glen and Rolling Hills), Ian Peverall (Hollin Meadows), Hannah Rollins (Lee Graham) and Martin Salamone (Village West) were presented with the league's 2018 scholarships.  Those 5 were selected from 52 applications!

    On the grass, dozens of colorful team and vendor canopies created a fun environment for everyone, including live video streaming on a big screen.  A Channel 7 News crew roamed the area.

    And in the water, three league records were broken, starting with the first two events.  In the Girls Mixed Age 200m Freestyle Relay, the Cardinal Hill team of Courtney Watts, Emma Watts, Maggie Shi, and Brynn Curtiswith excited the crowd with a 1:54.89, besting the old record of 1:55.09, set by Highlands Swim in 2016.  Then in the Boys Mixed Age Free, the Hamlet team of Ryan Bradshaw, Alex Andrews, Johnny Bradshaw, and David DiMeglio destroyed their own record of 1:50.08 set just the week before, touching in 1:48.76.  And in the Boys 15-18 200m Medley, Jaya Kambhammpaty, Tommy Hallock, Daniel Gyenis, and Noah Desman of Fox Mill Woods swam just under their own record of 1:44.79 (also set last week), hitting the wall in 1:44.67.

    The NVSL would like to thank the multitude of marshals, timers, RTOs, awards folks, clerks of course, stroke & turn judges, starters, referees, and of course, our spirited announcer Bob York for spending four hours on the deck making this meet possible.  The league would also like to give a special thanks to the Lincolnia Park volunteers for all their prep work and dawn-to-dusk support yesterday. 

  • Making a Splash to Benefit the Warrior Canine Connection

    Wed, 7-18-2018 | Kelly Parry

    High Point Pool will be thier second annual HiPP-o-thon fundraiser to benefit the  Warrior Canine Connection. The Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) model to help recovering Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other. Supporting the WCC gives the High Point Swim Team an opportunity to work together, help recovering warriors, and teach our swimmers about giving back. The WCC will be present at the event, along with some of their service dogs! 

    For more information go to the HPP website.

    WHEN: July 19, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • All Star Relays LIVE

    Tue, 7-17-2018 | Kelly Parry

    LIVE COVERAGE:
    Swim Ninja
    has partnered with Chesterbrook Streams to provide a live stream of the 2018 NVSL All Star Relay Carnival!

    The live stream can be viewed on SwimNinja.com with enhanced coverage of the event, or directly on the Swim Ninja youtube channel using this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGRxsfk4_65TE6N7m_lmxbA/live -  Check out these viewing options to experience all the sights and sounds from the day. Note that the link will not go “live” until just before the competition starts - so be patient for these very exciting races. 
     
    Now you can cheer on your teams from the bleachers at Lincolnia Park or from the tent in your team areas OR from the comforts of home.  Thank you Chesterbrook Swim Team for your volunteer and creative efforts to make this all possible!

    "2018 NVSL All Star Relay Carnival@LP" is also available on the Meet Mobile app.

    PARKING INFO:
    LP has generously offered parking in their back field to the first ~200 folks after 7am to those entering the parking lot an not leaving for the rest of the day.  Enter the parking lot at the far side from the pool and following the guides where to park.  Please do not park anywhere but where the guide lead you. The lot will close at LP's direction.

    BREAKFAST AVAILABLE:
    8-10 am - Moroccan Bites food truck. 
    Offering Breakfast Boxes for convenience.  Located by the pool - please patronize if you are there early.

     

  • All Star Relays TOMORROW

    Tue, 7-17-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Are you ready for the League's biggest meet of the year?!!!

    Sixty-six of the one hundred and two teams will have relays competeing in tomorrows All Star Relays.  Will more team and league records fall?  Will the athletes have the fasted 'leg' they ever swum?  Will they make memories with friends that will last forever?   Answers: YES, YES, and YES !!!

    With an expected crowd of about 4500 people - be prepared for the meet by reviewing the Public Guide for 2018 ASR.

  • Dedication 'In the Woods'

    Sun, 7-15-2018 | Vienna Woods

    Ben and Andrew Denman-Grimm are stand-out 14 year old twins who had quite a day with their teammates on Saturday at Vienna Woods.  Ben's and Andrew's parent's are currently stationed in Switzerland for a two-year tour of duty.  The Denman-Grimms are long time members of Vienna Woods.  Ben and Andrew, who have been members of the swim team since being 8 and unders, love swimming "In the Woods" so much that they elected to stay in America with friends during the summer swim season.  Wow! Did their dedication pay off.  Ben broke a 9 year old record in the 50 free by going 25.40 and Ben, Andrew, Jack Peterson and Joshua Huang broke a 22 year old 13/14 Medley Relay record by going 56.06.  This smashed the previous mark by 0.88 seconds!  Great swimming boys!

  • Big Day at Kent Gardens

    Sat, 7-14-2018 | Paul Parry

    At one of only two remaining yard pools in the NVSL today, spectators at Kent Gardens were able to see not one but three league records set.  Elise Mozeleski of Sully Station started the party by taking down Marshie Smith's 2000 backstroke record of 27.84, touching the wall in 27.34.  In the very next event, the Boys' 8&Under Breaststroke, Kent Gardens' newcomer Andy Li earned his second NVSL record, destroying the old time held by both Steve Scannell (Fairfax, 1974) and Joey Spagnoli (Dowden Terrace, 1978), 17.37 vs. 19.10.  Later, in the Girls' 9-10 Butterfly, both Katherine McArther (Sully Station) and Sophie Fredericks (Kent Gardens) outswam Kendall Vess's (CCH, 2016) 14.29.  In a classic race, Sophie out-touched Katherine, 13.98 to 14.16.

    At Holmes Run Acres, the other NVSL yard pool, Elizabeth Bryan of Ilda swam 36.81 in the 9-10 Girls Breaststroke, besting Alison Queens' 2005 mark of 36.96.

    There was also some record-breaking action in the meter pools of Hamlet and Fox Mill Woods.  Hamlet's mixed-age boys (Ryan Bradshaw, Alex Andrews, Johnny Bradshaw, and David DiMeglio) took down Fairfax's 2014 record of 1:49.74, touching in 1:49.40. Finally, Fox Mill Woods' Jaya Kambhampaty, Tommy Hallock, Daniel Gyenis, and Noah Desmand swam the 15-18 Boys Medley relay in 1:45.01, obliterating Tuckahoe's 1:46.02 set just last year.

  • New League Records ... and they're REALLY fast

    Fri, 7-13-2018 | Paul Parry

    Near-perfect weather across the county on Wednesday set the stage for hundreds of team records and a half dozen ultra-fast swims.  Four League "Relay Carnival Records" were broken and by swim standards - they were smashed!  The outstanding swims came in the following events:

    • Mixed Age Boys Relay
      • Ryan Bradshaw, Alex Andrews, Johnny Bradshaw, and David DiMeglio of Hamlet finished with a time of 1:50.08 surpassing the previous 2016 record which was also held by Hamlet.  
    • Boys 15-18 Medley Relay
      • The Fox Mill Woods team of Jaya Kambhampaty, Tommy Hallock, Daniel Gyenis, and Noah Desmand pummeled their own record that they set just last year.  The new record time is 1:44.79 which disappointed Overlee's team (1:45.89) and Chesterbrook's team (1:45.93) who also swam faster than the old record of 1:46.96.
      • The matchup between these three teams will be one to watch at All Star Relays!
    • Girls 13-14 Freestyle Relay
      • Alexis Lee, Emmie Ridgeway, Elyse Hartmann, and Kate Bailey of Overlee finished in 1:53.00, crushing the old record of 1:54.63 set in 2017 by McLean.
    • Boys 15-18 Freestyle Relay
      • To add to their stellar night of swimming, the FMW team did it again.  Jaya Kambhampaty, Daniel Gyenis, Noah Desman and Tommy Hallock beat their own 2017 mark of 1:35.80 with a new record swim of a smoldering 1:34.94. 

  • "Shouts from the Stand"

    Thu, 7-12-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Michael Moriarty share this article, Shouts from the Stands, the Other Tiger Sharks via Twitter, but for those who have not seen it on the SwimSwam website - it is now accessible here.  Mike Moriarty grew up in Falls Church and competed for High Point Pool from 1968 to 1978.  Since 2000, he has been a member at Chesterbrook and among other roles, he was the Team Rep from 2006 to 2008.

  • Relay Carnivals !!!

    Tue, 7-10-2018 | Kelly Parry

    TONIGHT!!  Have fun and swim fast!

    The times/results from the seventeen carnivals will be used to determine the teams going to All Star Relays which makes the verification of times on time cards doubly important.  Timers should verify that their correct time is written on the timecard before clearing the watches.  The selection meeting for the All Star Relay Carnival is scheduled for the evening of July 12th and afterward teams will be officially notified of their entries and can then start planning for the following Wednesday.

    Information about All Star Relays (hosted by Lincolnia Park) can be found in the All Star folder on our website.  Prepare early and do not delay with your orders.

  • There's a New Dolphin in Town....

    Sat, 7-7-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Andy Li of Kent Gardens set a League Record at this weekend's meet at Mosby Woods in the 8 & Under Boys 25m Butterfly event with a time of 16.37 seconds.  This surpases Fair Oaks' Anthony Grimm's time of 16.80 set in 2011.
    The Li family just moved to the area from Pittsburgh and Saturday was Andy's first A meet in the NVSL and KGRC's Team Rep says "He's a sweet kid with the eye of the tiger as he had already shown himself to be a fierce competitor on the Tuesday post-B meet floatie relays!  We can't wait to see if other NVSL records are in jeopardy next week!"
    The Kent Gardens Dolphins have one more home meet, giving him an opportunity to break a pair of yard records.  Then it's a final 25 meter A-meet and Divisionals to see if he can lower more meter records.  Can we be only weeks away from seeing Roger McLeod's 1965 freestyle time be erased from the record boards?!!  
    Welcome to the league, Andy!


  • NVSL Teams Step Up to Help Out A Pool in Need

    Sun, 7-1-2018 | Paul Parry

    Back in early April, a "spectacular" fire swept through the Faircrest Community clubhouse in Centreville, injuring no one but damaging its pool's pumps, plumbing and bathrooms, leaving the Herndon league team without a pool for the summer.  Mike Wiedemann, one of the Faircrest Cyclones' team reps, reached out to the NVSL for help, and within hours, both Brookfield and Little Rocky Run stepped up to offer their pools for Cyclones practice throughout the summer.  Mike was so grateful, he sent a letter to the editor of the Connection newspaper, offering his thanks to the Brookfield Breakers for hosting his team for the summer.  See the Cyclones article here:  just-add-water.  Thanks to both Little Rocky Run and Brookfield for displaying their "principles of good sportsmanship" as model members of the NVSL!

  • Protect Yourself from the Heat

    Fri, 6-29-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light-colored, and breathable fabrics, as well as broad-spectrum sunscreen (with protection from both UVA and UVB sun rays) to protect you and your child from the heat and potential sun-related skin damage.  Hats and umbrellas can be used to limit exposure to harmful sun rays.

    Drink lots of fluids. Remember to drink plenty of liquids, regardless of your activity level. Fluids should be drunk before, during and after being exposed to extreme heat.

    Know how to identify heat-related illnesses.  Learn symptoms and signs of heat-related illnesses/conditions such as heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps, and severe sunburn.  If children show these symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.

  • It was a little damp, but we all survived Week One of dual meets!!

    Sun, 6-24-2018 | Kelly Parry

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
    ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:
      There are FIVE $1500 NVSL scholarships that will be awarded this summer.  Applications are due no later than 6 PM on June 29th.  This year's essay asks “What Life Lessons Swimming/Diving in the NVSL has Taught Me”.  Application is in the Document Center.

    THANK YOUs
    WOW! - 788 parent-volunteers attended starter, referee, and stroke and turn certification clinics this year (many of them went to two clinics)! Besides the job of Clerk-of-Course, officiating is up there on the difficulty scale and probably number one on the un-appreciated ladder. 
    Being a referee or a starter or a stroke and turn judge isn’t fun, but these roles are necessary to ensure all swimmers are treated fairly and abide by the rules.  Those who disagree with our judges are strongly encouraged to join the ranks of officials whose NVSL season starts weeks early, attending clinics, downloading documents, and studying these rules and procedures.
    Thank you again to all officials - we couldn’t sit and cheer for our kids without you standing on deck and being neutral.
      
    RULES & PROCEDURE REFRESHERS
    Timers - At the completion of each event, each Head Lane Timer LEGIBLY writes the stopwatch times on the card, determines the official time, and LEGIBLY writes it on the card.  Each lane timer views the recordings by the Head Lane Time for correctness before clearing his or her watch.
    Scratches & Substitutions – 5.b.(3) In individual events, a swimmer with a faster time shall not be entered as a substitute for a swimmer with a slower time achieved in an individual event for the same stroke [2018 A meet times only].  …  This rule shall not prohibit a substitution when either swimmer does not have such a [2018 A Meet] time.  [A ‘no time’ is not a slower time.]
    All rule clarification questions should be directed to Pamela Stark-Reed at pesreed@yahoo.com and askNVSL@gmail.com.

  • First League Record of 2018

    Sat, 6-23-2018 | Paul Parry

    Catherine Hughes of Tuckahoe set a new 11-12 Girls 50m Breast record of 34.63 at Tuckahoe's Week 1 home meet against Langley.  The old record of 34.84 was set by Emily Makin (MVP) in 2016.

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 6/21/18

    Wed, 6-20-2018 | Kelly Parry

    NVSL summer swim shifts into high gear this weekend with our first round of dual meets.  Good luck to all teams and swimmers.  Swim Fast. Demonstrate good sportsmanship. HAVE FUN!!  
    And here are some reminders:

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
    ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:  There are FIVE $1500 NVSL scholarships that will be awarded this summer.  Applications are due no later than 6 PM on June 29th.  This year's essay asks “What Life Lessons Swimming/Diving in the NVSL has Taught Me”.  Application is in the Document Center.

    RULE REFRESHERS
    Freestyle - Per the NVSL rules, freestyle may be swum in any manner (on the back, on the front, on the side, doing another stroke, etc.) and this rule includes the 'freestyle' leg of the Individual Medley event and the Medley Relay event. 
    False Starts - After a swimmer is disqualified for a false start AND if the race has not begun, it is the rule that the swimmer is not permitted to swim in that event.  No heckling allowed!
    All rule clarification questions should be directed to Pamela Stark-Reed at pesreed@yahoo.com and askNVSL@gmail.com.

    RAIN & THUNDER
    If a storm is in the forecast for Saturday: The meet will go on while it's raining.  Thunder and lightning is not acceptable - go to your cars and wait it out.

    COMMUNICATION is the key to avoiding conflict.  Talk it out!

    HUGE THANK YOUs
    All of the NVSL community would like to sincerely thank all of the pools that graciously hosted the NVSL clinics this year.  Big shout outs go to: Mantua, Lee Graham, Shouse Village, Annandale, Fairfax Club Estates, Virginia Hills, Hunt Valley, & Sully Station.  Thank you for all your support!

    FOOD TRUCK at SWIM MEETS
    See County of Fairfax Information Letter for regulations.

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 6/19/18

    Tue, 6-19-2018 | Kelly Parry

    LAST CHANCE STROKE & TURN CLINICS   (RAIN OR SHINE)
    May 20th at Hunt Valley Pool at 7 pm
    May 20th at Sully Station Pool at 7pm
        No cost or registration is required; two hour clinic; DO NOT BE LATE.

    ON-LINE S&T RECERTIFICATION CLINIC – June 21st  
    June 21st at 7:00 pm   *Stroke and Turn RE-CERTIFICATION - ONLINE - Advance registration required at:  REGISTER HERE    *This clinic is intended for S&T Officials with 5 or more years of experience.

         For clinic and attendance information, contact:
         Dave DiNardo, NVSL Officials Attendance Coordinator
         301-520-6209 or dave.dinardo@gmail.com

       2018 NVSL Clinics - CLINICS
       NVSL Officials Attendance Data - ATTENDANCE
       NVSL Officials Qualification Procedures - QUALIFICATION

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 6/4/18

    Mon, 6-4-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Do not fear, the sunshine has been ordered and will arrive soon.

    VIRTUAL MEET TOOL
    NEVER go to another website again!  The far right tab in our menu bar now has a FUN tool for you to use.  Compete teams from any year and week with one another.  Some meets go back to 2003. 

    UPCOMING CLINICS and check the “Upcoming Events” for details
    June 9th at 8:00 am   Stroke and Turn at Annandale, Fairfax Club Estates, Lee Graham, and Virginia Hills
    June 9th at 8:00 am   Chief Timer and Table Admin at Annandale pool
    June 12th at 7:00 pm   New Referee at Lee-Graham

    SCHOLARSHIPS
    ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:  There are FIVE $1500 NVSL scholarships that will be awarded this summer.  Applications are due no later than 6 PM on June 29th.  This year's essay asks “What Life Lessons Swimming/Diving in the NVSL has Taught Me”.  Application is in the Document Center.

    NVSL HANDBOOKS
    Get your NVSL Handbook from your Team Rep.  This year, USA Swimming has given us permission to include the stroke rules in our book.  Now EVERYONE will know the rules!

    WINTER SWIM
    FCPA wants to thank you for another successful winter swimming season.  Even before our first dual meet, it is already time to begin thinking about the 2018/19 winter swim season.  All bids are due by 8am on Thursday, July 5, 2018.  Joshua Smith is the FCPA Pool Contract Coordinator and can be reached for questions at  Joshua.Smith2@fairfaxcounty.gov

    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @swimNVSL
    Tweet us photos and interesting news.

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 5/21/18

    Mon, 5-21-2018 | Kelly Parry

    NEW REFEREE CLINIC
    May 31st at Lee Graham Pool at 7 pm
        No cost or registration is required; two hour clinic; DO NOT BE LATE.

    NVSL UNIVERSITY
     CERTIFICATION CLINICS 
     June 2nd – NVSL University at Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax)
        New Referee Clinic - 8:00 AM
        Referee/Starter Clinic - 8:00 AM
        New Starter Clinic - 8:00 AM
        Stroke and Turn Clinic - 10:30 AM
     
      No cost or registration is required
      No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.  (New Starter clinic and Stroke & Turn Clinics)
      DO NOT BE LATE for clinics.
      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.

    NON-CERTIFICATION CLINICS 
    June 2nd – NVSL University at Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax)          
        Table Administration and Hy-Tek Training Presentation - 8:00 AM 
    The third and final session of Hy-Tek training will include the Table Administration process and B meet instructions.  A short discussion of the roles of Place Recorders and Verifiers will lead off this training and a table worker breakout session (optional) will move to another conference room.
        Table Admin Breakout Session - 8:30 AM (one Hour)
        Hy-Tek Hands on Training - 9:00 AM 
        Clerk-of-Course - 9:30 AM (one hour)
        Chief Timer - 9:00 AM (one hour)
        Announcer - 10:00 AM (one hour)
        Hy-tek B Meet Breakout 10:30AM (two hours)
        Hy-tek Genius Bar - 10:30AM -Noon 

      No cost or registration is required.  
      PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO INSTRUCTORS AND ATTENDEES BY ARRIVING EARLY. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

    LOGO MERCHANDISE
    ...will be at the FCGC all day offering NVSL apparel and accessories.  USA Swimming Rule books will be available for purchase.  NVSL Handbooks will also be provided - but check with TR before taking one, due to limited supplies.

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 4/30/18

    Mon, 4-30-2018 | Kelly Parry

    COACHES CLINIC and COACHING ADS
    The first of two Coaches Clinics is scheduled for May 19th at Shouse Village Pool.  This is an outstanding clinic organized by the League and a team of great instructors with many years of coaching experience.  This clinic is highly recommended for new coaches and for coaches new to the NVSL.  Encourage your coaches to sign up at nvslcoachclinic@gmail.com for this great opportunity to learn new practice and training techniques, various ways to deal with situations, and ideas for making this season more fun than last. 

    Send the "coach wanted" ad you want posted to askNVSL@gmail.com.  If you have already posted an ad and the job position has been filled, please send a message so that it can removed.

    HY-TEK TRAINING – SUNDAY MAY 20th
    The Automation Committee will host a second training session for the computer software used in team and meet management on May 20th at Mantua Swim and Tennis Club. The training session will emphasize the practical usage of the software and will also expand the discussion on navigating the NVSL website in order to download necessary files. The session will begin at 3:00 pm with a brief presentation overview followed by practical training. Attendees are encouraged to bring their team computers for a hands-on help session after the training.  Team representatives and new computer operators are encouraged to attend.  No registration required.  

    If you (Team Reps only) need a copy of the current Team Manager or Meet Manager software, the League maintains backup copies of the installation software to assist teams in restoring their copies of the software.   Contact either Joe Mattis (jtmattis@cox.net) or Dan Joyce (dojgeg@verizon.net) of the Automation Committee to request backup copies of the needed software. 

    CERTIFICATE of INSURANCE
    Located on the website in the Team Rep folder. 

    UPCOMING TRAINING CLINICS   All clinics are free.  No registration required. 
    May 20th          HyTek Training at Mantua
    May 31st          New Referee Clinic at Lee Graham
    June 2nd           NVSL University at Fairfax County Government Center

  • COACHES WANTED !!!

    Tue, 4-10-2018 | Kelly Parry


                                See available POSITIONS.

  • Coaching Clinics

    Sun, 4-1-2018 | Nancy Jessen

    Happy Spring! Hope all is going well with your preseason preparations!

    We are excited to offer two dates for the NVSL Coaching Clinics this year. Team coaches are encouraged to sign up by emailing nvslcoachclinic@gmail.com. Include coach’s name, team, age group(s) coaching, prior years coaching experience and the date of the clinic. These clinics are open to jr. coaches as well as seasoned coaches.   

    Saturday May 19, 8am – noon @ Shouse Village  or  Sunday June 17, 8am – noon @ Lee Graham

    More info in COACHING CLINIC SIGN UP . 
    If you have any questions, email nvslcoachclinic@gmail.com.

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 3/12/18

    Mon, 3-12-2018 | Kelly Parry

    Welcome to the 63rd season of the NVSL.

    Our WEBSITE – myNVSL.com:  User ID and password requests (Team Reps only) for the website should be sent to askNVSL@gmail.com or Joe Mattis at jtmattis@cox.net.  “What secrets are opened with a password?” you might be asking.  Well, myNVSL.com offers Team Reps the ability to create a team website (announcements, calendar, documents, contacts, etc.) within the League’s website.  The more common use of a myNVSL account is to download 2017 results (CL2 files) at the start of the season to get some intel on the new teams within your division.
    Review the "Join a 2018 NVSL Pool" document.  Email any updates or edits.

    CLINICS and OFFICIALS:  
    We will continue to have the Officials’ Attendance Information online and it will be updated accordingly.  Questions regarding attendance should be directed to Dave DiNardo at 301-520-6209 or dave.dinardo@gmail.com

    COACHING ADS:  Send the ad (Word format) that you want posted under the "COACHES" tab to askNVSL@gmail.com and it will be added.  If you have already posted an ad and the job position has been filled, please send a message so that it can removed.

    TWITTER:  Follow us @swimNVSL


  • The rule change proposal votes are in.

    Tue, 2-27-2018 | Kelly Parry

    (Yes-No-Abstain) % in favor
     - YES on medals for Divisionals instead of plaques. (72-30-0) 70.6%
     - NO on False Start modification (50-41-11) 54.9%
     - YES on using best time ladders to seed divisionals instead of A-meet times only (70-31-1) 69.3%
     - NO on changing the dual meet 13/14 100 meter relay to a 200 (56-42-4) 57.1%
     - YES on a deadline to submit a record timecard to the records chair (90-12-0) 88.2%

    Remember: Adopting a new rule requires a two-thirds (66.7%) favorable vote of the Team Reps present and voting.  The submitted Rule Change Proposals can be found here.

  • 2018 Season's Division Seeding

    Sun, 2-25-2018 | Seeding Committee

    1 Chesterbrook Overlee Tuckahoe Highlands Swim McLean Langley
    2 Wakefield Chapel Little Rocky Run Fairfax   Hamlet Vienna Aquatic Dowden Terrace
    3 Hunt Valley Hunter Mill Mount Vernon Park Donaldson Run Lee-Graham High Point
    4 Ravensworth Lakevale Estates Virginia Run Crosspointe Vienna Woods Hiddenbrook
    5 Dunn Loring Poplar Tree Oakton Cardinal Hill Pinecrest Greenbriar
    6 Fair Oaks Lakeview Sleepy Hollow Bath Mantua Orange Hunt Villa Aquatic
    7 Mosby Woods Sully Station Kent Gardens Dominion Hills Arlington Forest Country Club Hills
    8 Cottontail Waynewood Fox Mill Woods Sleey Hollow Rec Rutherford Walden Glen
    9 Fox Mill Estates Riverside Gardens Sideburn Run Hollin Meadows Camelot Mansion House
    10 Highland Park Great Falls Virginia Hills Annandale Somerset-Olde Creek Canterbury Woods
    11 Fairfax Station South Run Laurel Hill Poplar Heights Fairfax Club Estates Old Keene Mill
    12 Forest Hollow Sully Station II Brandywine Kings Ridge Stratford Shouse Village
    13 Rolling Forest Springboard Truro Hayfield Farm Rolling Hills Little Hunting Park
    14 Brookfield Ilda Holmes Run Burke Station Woodley Rolling Valley
    15 Fox Hunt Long Branch Lake Braddock Hollin Hills Lincolnia Park Herndon
    16 Parliament Daventry Parklawn Commonwealth Village West Broyhill Crest
    17 Pleasant Valley Newington Forest North Springfield Springfield Edsall Park Pinewood Lake

  • Streamlines - NVSL News 2/1/18

    Thu, 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.

    PRE-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)

    RULE PROPOSALS:
    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 2017

    Thu, 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.

    FUN FACTS:
    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 10th

    Thu, 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 2017

    Fri, 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 Stars

    Sat, 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 Forever

    Tue, 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.

    Notes:
    - 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. Grimm

    Sun, 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 - Divisionals

    Fri, 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 Recipients

    Wed, 7-26-2017 | The Scholarship Committee

  • Wounded Warrior Project

    Tue, 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 Five

    Sun, 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 Relays

    Fri, 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 Records

    Thu, 7-20-2017 | Karin Twilde-Sheifer

    At 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 Four

    Sat, 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 Teams

    Fri, 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 Three

    Sat, 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 Falls

    Sat, 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 1

    Sat, 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 Scholarships

    Sun, 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 nvslscholarship@gmail.com.  
    Apply today!

  • Last Chance Clinics

    Sun, 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


          Join today!!

  • 2017 SEEDING

    Mon, 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 Secondary

    Thu, 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 York

    Fri, 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.

    God Bless.

    Bob York
    President
    Aardvark Swim & Sport

  • Division Sportsmanship Awards

    Thu, 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 Recipients

    Sat, 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.

    K
    risten 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 Stars

    Sat, 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 Championships

    Tue, 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 Wave

    Sat, 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 Records

    Fri, 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!

  • Three More Records Fall in Week Four

    Sat, 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 Records

    Fri, 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 Records

    Sat, 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 Record

    Sun, 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 One

    Sun, 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 Scholarships

    Thu, 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 nvslscholarship@gmail.com.  
    Appy today!

  • Upcoming Clinics

    Thu, 6-16-2016 | Kelly Parry

    COACHES:
    June 26th at 8:00 AM at Lee Graham Pool.  See flyer.
    Please sign up via email: nvslcoachclinic@gmail.com and include coach name(s), email addresses, age group(s) will be coaching, and years of coaching experience.

  • 2016 Team Seedings

    Sun, 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

  • 2019 Division Seeding

    Fri, 2-26-2016 | Seeding Committee

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA SWIMMING LEAGUE
    2019 Divisions  
                 
    1 Chesterbrook 7 Sleepy Hollow B&R 13 Canterbury Woods
      Overlee   Dominion Hills   Forest Hollow
      Tuckahoe   Mosby Woods   Shouse Village
      McLean   Arlington Forest   Stratford  
      Highlands Swim   Country Club Hills   Brookfield  
      Wakefield Chapel   Waynewood   Fox Hunt  
                 
    2 Langley 8 Lakeview 14 Sully Station II
      Fairfax   Fox Mill Woods   Rolling Forest
      Little Rocky Run   Sleepy Hollow Rec   Holmes Run Acres
      Hamlet   Camelot Comm Club   Rolling Valley
      Dowden Terrace   Virginia Hills   Burke Station
      Hunt Valley   Old Keene Mill   Daventry  
                 
    3 High Point Pool 9 Poplar Tree 15 Woodley  
      Mount Vernon Park   Sully Station   Ilda  
      Hunter Mill   Riverside Gardens   Herndon  
      Donaldson Run   Great Falls   Lake Braddock
      Crosspointe   Fairfax Station   Hollin Hills  
      Vienna Woods   Brandywine   Parklawn  
                 
    4 Vienna Aquatic Club 10 Rutherford 16 Long Branch
      Hiddenbrook   Hollin Meadows   Village West
      Virginia Run   Fox Mill Estates   Parliament
      Oakton    Somerset-Olde Creek   Commonwealth 
      Cardinal Hill   Annandale   Broyhill Crest
      Fair Oaks   Laurel Hill   Pleasant Valley
                 
    5 Lee-Graham 11 Cottontail 17 Lincolnia Park
      Ravensworth   Mansion House   Newington Forest
      Orange Hunt   Highland Park   North Springfield
      Kent Gardens   Poplar Heights   Springfield  
      Walden Glen   Fairfax Club Estates   Pinewood Lake
      Sideburn Run   Little Hunting Park   Edsall Park
                 
    6 Lakevale Estates 12 South Run      
      Greenbriar   Kings Ridge      
      Dunn Loring   Hayfield Farm      
      Pinecrest   Rolling Hills      
      Mantua   Truro Homes Assoc      
      Villa Aquatic   Springboard      

  • Coach Wanted Ads

    Wed, 11-18-2015 | Kelly Parry

    Send your ad to askNVSL@gmail.com and they will be posted ASAP.

  • Young Backstrokers Shine at All Stars

    Sun, 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 2015

    Mon, 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!
    Congratulations! 

  • Two Great Swims Stand Out on Divisionals Saturday

    Sun, 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 Meets

    Sun, 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 Relays

    Sat, 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 CHAMPIONS

    Fri, 7-17-2015 | Paul Parry

    2015 All Star Relay Champions:  OVERLEE

    Invitational Relay Carnival Champs:  WALDEN GLEN

    Congratulations!!

  • Division 1 Outswims the Storms to 5 League Records

    Fri, 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 Record

    Fri, 7-3-2015 | Kelly Parry

    When 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 opener

    Wed, 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.

    neilerson@fairfaxtimes.com

  • 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.  

  • Join an NVSL pool near you!!

    Tue, 3-24-2015 | Kelly Parry

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  • How We Seed the League

    Sat, 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 Table

    Fri, 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 meets

    Mon, 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-Stars

    Sat, 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 Divisionals

    Sun, 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 Year

    Sat, 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 Five

    Sun, 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 Carnival

    Thu, 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 Summary

    Thu, 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 4

    Sat, 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 Carnivals

    Fri, 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 Records

    Sat, 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 21

    Fri, 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 Saturday

    Sat, 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 Records

    Sat, 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.