Potomac Valley Swimming won the combined team title at the Eastern Zone Short Course Age Group Championship for the second time in as many years. Nine other LSC’s from Virginia to Maine participated in the event which was held in Webster, New York April 1-3.
Last year, PVS won the overall points total by a narrow margin, with the women finishing second and the men finishing fourth. This year’s scores show a meet completely dominated by PVS. Both the women and the men finished first, 142.5 points better than the next closest team, Middle Atlantic.
The 9-10 women far out-paced their competition. Of the 12 total events, the PVS 9-10 women finished in two of the top three spots in nine of them. In several of the events, all three PVS entries finished in the top five.
Standouts for the 9-10 women included top point earners: Emily Meilus, 2nd place (57 points), Isabella Rongione, 3rd place (56 points), Dylan Gribble, 4th place (42 points), and Jacquee Clabeaux, 6th place (33 points). Meilus set two PVS records in the 100 freestyle and backstroke, Rongione set a new PVS and Eastern Zone record in the 500 freestyle, and Clabeaux lowered her own PVS record in the 50 breaststroke at this competition. Gribble surpassed a 1998 RMSC club record with her 2:23.85 in the 200 IM.
Meilus, Clabeaux, Rongione, along with Cassidy Bayer broke the Eastern Zone record in the 200 medley relay. Their mark of 1:59.23 shattered the previous record of 2:01.85.
Other PVS records were set in the 11-12 men by Carsten Vissering in the 50 and 200 breaststroke.