PVS Junior Olympic roundup

PVS Junior Olympic roundup

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Ten-year-old Rachael Holp competed in the 100 IM, 200 IM, 100 back and 50 fly at the 2010 Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic Championships over the weekend. (Manuela Holp)
Ten-year-old Rachael Holp competed in the 100 IM, 200 IM, 100 back and 50 fly at the 2010 Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic Championships over the weekend. (Manuela Holp)

While many of the area’s top swimmers competed at Junior Nationals over the weekend, the younger age group took part in the 2010 14 & Under Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic Championships at Fairland Aquatic Center. Here is a rundown of the results from four days in the pool. For full meet results click here.

For results from Thursday’s events (boys 11-12 500 free,boys 14&U 1,000 free, girls 11-12 500 free and girls 14&U 1,650 free), click here.

14 & under boys

Brandon Fiala (Machine Aquatics) was a big winner in individual events. On Friday, the 14-year-old took first in the 100 breast (1:00.19) and 400 IM (4:14.04) and he continued his success Saturday with first-place finishes in the 200 IM (1:58.05) and 200 breast (2:12.95). Fiala also finished third in the 100 free.

RMSC’s Patrick Scordato (14) also had a strong showing with wins in the 50 (22.21) and 100 free (48.85) to go along with four relay victories. Friday he teamed with Andrew Gibson, Harrison Gu and Nick Mion to win the 200 medley relay (1:41.61) and joined Gibson, Cory Camp and Alex Wu for a first-place finish in the 800 free relay (7:19.67). Saturday Scordato swam the first leg of the 200 free relay team of Mion, Wu and Christopher Root which finished first (1:31.22) and Sunday the same foursome won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:23.18.

Camp (14) won both 200 free (1:47.85) and 1,650 free (16:27.51) and finished second behind Curl-Burke’s Tom Colket (4:49.84) in the 500 free (4:50.06). Curl-Burke’s Cubby Maquera (14) took the 200 back in a time of 1:56.37 while teammate Matt Glowacki (14) won the 100 back (54.23). Glowacki, Maquera, Joel Desatnick and Cole McGarry won the 400 medley relay (3:45.14) finishing ahead of RMSC’s Jorge Rios, Gu, Scordato and Root. Rios (14) finished first in the 200 fly (2:02.51).

14 & under girls

Katie Ledecky (Curl-Burke) had a huge weekend, winning five individual events and taking first in a relay as well. The 13-year-old began her weekend by winning the 200 free in a time of 1:52.78 and teamed with Brittany Creasy, Caitlyn Brown and Brittany Dickerson to take first in the 800 free relay (7:54.88) on Friday. Ledecky continued her strong showing Saturday with first place finishes in the 200 IM (2:07.97) and 500 free (5:00.14). She rounded out her weekend by winning the 100 free (52.36) and 200 fly (2:06.66) on Sunday.

Snow’s Kaleigh Rosenburg (14) swept the 100 (1:05.51) and 200 breast (2:21.77).

Curl-Burke’s Morgan Bui (14) won the 100 back (59.11) and teammate Audrey Gould (14) took the 1,000 free (10:48.78) and finished third in the 200 breast.

RMSC’s Megan Conrad won the 200 back in a time of 2:06.84 and teammates Alicia Tiberino, Jessica Chen, Allie Klatzkin and Corrigan McIlmail took first in the 400 medley relay (4:01.56). Carolina Clark, also from RMSC, won the 400 IM in a time of 4:34.06.

Caroline McTaggart (All Star Aquatics) finished first in the 50 free (24.02) and Laura Branton (York) took the 100 fly (57.93).

12 & under boys

Three boys won at least three events each as RMSC’s Dylan Buehler, Curl-Burke’s Carsten Vissering and Michael Stevens of Fairland Aquatics cleaned up.

Buehler finished first in the 100 free (52.45), 50 fly (26.00), 200 fly (2:08.12), 50 free (24.00) and 100 fly (56.05). Vissering won the 50 breast (30.31), 100 breast (1:03.93) and 200 breast (2:17.33) and Stevens took first place in the 50 (26.49), 100 (56.65) and 200 back (2:05.08).

Luke Thorsell (12) of York Swim Club was a double-winner, taking first in the 200 (2:08.24) and 100 IM (59.66) and James Murphy (Machine Aquatics) won the 200 free in a time of 1:54.53. Thorsell also finished second on the 50, 100 and 200 back and 100 fly.

In the relays, Curl-Burke’s team of Vissering, Benjamin Lambert, Ryan Baker and Brandon Fabian won the 200 free (1:40.19) and Baker, Vissering, Lambert and Brandon Goldstein also took the 400 medley (4:00.22). Vissering, Baker, Goldstein and Dennis Lau completed a strong showing for the team with a first place finish in the 400 free relay (3:40.49).

RMSC won the 200 medley relay with the team of John Jeang, Matthew Trigu, Buehler and Stephen Haase (1:51.09).

12 & under girls

Curl-Burke’s Annie Boone was a triple-winner, taking the 12 and under 200 back with a time of 2:11.38 on Friday and winning both the 100 IM (1:02.79) and 50 back (28.12) on Saturday. The 12-year-old also placed second in the 200 IM (2:17.77) and 100 back (1:00.95).

Kiri Harvey continued Curl-Burke’s strong showing with victories in the 200 fly (2:13.24) and 200 IM (2:14.44). The 12-year-old finished third in both the 200 free and 100 fly. Teammate Hannah Baker finished first in the 100 free (54.92) to go along with second-place finishes in the 100 IM (1:02.90), 200 breast (2:34.70) and 50 free (25.40).

Leah Rogers was a triple-winner for the Mason Makos, taking first in the 50 breast (32.54) and 50 fly (26.86) on Friday and winning the 100 fly on Saturday in a time of 1:00.03. Rogers, 12, finished third in the 100 IM and 100 breast. Teammate Rachel Ward placed first in the 50 free in a time of 25.21.

RMSC’s Elaina Gu won the 200 free (1:58.59) and 11-year-old teammate Dorit Song finished first in the 200 breast (2:33.27).

Snow’s Carrie Lee finished first in the 100 back in a time of 1:00.93 and placed second in the 200 and 50 back.

RMSC’s team of Gu, Amy Zhou, Kelsy Song and Sydney Kirsch won the 200 medley relay, finishing in a time of 1:55.47 to narrowly edge Curl-Burke foursome of Boone, Harvey, Baker and Julia Capobianco (1:55.80). RMSC earned another narrow victory over Curl-Burke in the 200 free relay as Gu, Kirsch, Zhou and Claudia Gibson (1:44.66) held off Baker, Boone, Harvey and Isabelle Jubin (1:44.89).

Curl-Burke turned the tables in the 400 medley relay with Boone, Baker and Capobianco teaming with Francesca King (4:14.62) to sneak past RMSC’s Zhou, Song, Kirsch and Gu (4:14.70) by a mere eight hundredths of a second.

10 & under boys

Thomas Brown de Colstoun (RMSC) won five individual events and the 200 medley relay along with teammates Alexander Chung, Brady Ott and Timmy Ellett. The 10-year-old placed first in the 100 (1:00.28) and 200 free (2:10.83), 50 (30.66) and 100 fly (1:07.39) and 100 back (1:07.32).

Chung (10) swept the 100 (1:09.64) and 200 IM (2:29.45).

Curl-Burke’s Robert Qian won the 50 (35.81) 100 breast (1:17.26) and teammate John McClorey took first in the 500 free (5:59.09). The two combined with Andrew Rothstein and Will Cumberland to place first in the 200 free relay (1:54.01).

Hugh Quinn (Arlington Aquatic Club) won the 50 back (31.99) and RMSC’s Brady Ott took the 50 free (27.89).

10 & under girls

Isabella Rongione and Emily Meilus (FISH) were the story on the girls’ side as the 10-year-olds each racked up four individual first places finishes and teamed up for a pair of victories in the relays.

Rongione won the 100 (1:06.40) and 200 IM (2:22.85) and 200 (2:02.86) and 500 free (5:28.18) and was runner-up in the 100 free (57.66) and 50 fly (29.77). Along with teammates Meilus, Michelle Owens and Joanne Fu, she also swept the 200 medley (2:03.19) and 200 free (1:51.37) relays.

Not to be outdone, Meilus took first in the 50 (27.21) and 100 free (57.31) and 50 (30.12) and 100 back (1:04.92).

York’s Jacquee Clabeaux also had a strong showing as she finished first in the 50 (33.81) and 100 breast (1:15.60). Cassidy Bayer (Curl-Burke) was another double-winner with victories in the 50 (29.01) and 100 fly (1:05.51).

For full meet results click here.


  1. The 11-12 CUBU Boys 400 medley relay broke a 16 year old PVS record and is currently ranked second in the country. The other relay swims should rank among the best in the country as well. Good job, guys!

  2. As a mom of one of the kids listed here, I just want to say thanks for your coverage. My kid was pretty excited to see this. Very cool for the younger swimmers.

  3. Great meet, congratulations to all of the swimmers! Thanks to the Washington Post for this web site and the event coverage.

  4. To speed bump:

    I got to see Carsten swim (my son competes against him), he definitely has a special talent.

  5. @speed bump – Carsten is a fabulous breaststroker and does have the top time right now in 100 and 200 breast but the 50 breast title is held by Michael Loyd from Colorado with a 29.48.

  6. oh yeah and AAC, the second smallest team in the meet, grabbed 10th place with only 17 swimmers and the boys got 6th!

  7. Kiri Harvey also won the 11-12 girls 500 free on Thursday night, as well as the 200 Im and the 200 Fly.. Great job to all the swimmers this past weekend, We had some great races and fast times.

  8. brandon fiala owned this meet…incredible performances in both breastrokes and IM’s. he dominated the field in all. congrats to him

  9. I think Sherrill Han (also of Curl) and Kiri tied in the 200 fly — great race and great swim by both of them.

  10. What about Sydney Mathis from PEAK ???? she placed in the top 8 for all of her events she was 2nd in her 50 back 4th in her 50 free and 7th in her 100 free.

  11. WYB you are correct, Sherrill and Kiri did tie in the 200 fly,in great time of 2:13 :24. Which at this time puts them in the National top 16.. congrats to both girls

  12. While on the subject of great performances – YORK cracked into the Top 3 for overall team scores and relays/swims that are now in the USA Swimming Top 20 – well done!

  13. You’re right swimfan, there’s no doubt that Sydney Mathis was the outstanding swimmer of the meet.

  14. There is a lot of great talent in this area. I love watching all these kids succeed. Thanks for the great coverage of the championship season and congrats to all the kids young and old that worked so hard to participate!

  15. FISH certainly is loaded with young talent. Will be interesting to see how/if they all pan out…

  16. No offense…Sydney Mathis had a good meet, but not outstanding swimmer of the meet. Many in her age group had broke PVS records etc. and swam/placed just as well….and other swimmers in the meet had better performances overall.

  17. Swimming too! Stop hating on Sydney Mathis. She did great at Junior Olympics and great at peak. A third place finish and a first place on the relay. She’ll get faster and faster and faster. The more exposure she gets to major meets, the more motivated she will be. Your comments are no match for her determination. Swimming too, get your swimmer to practice more and hate on the competition less. GO SYDNEY! ITS YOUR BIRTHDAY!

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