Records fall as seasons wane

Records fall as seasons wane

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Kaitlin Mills, 18, of Potomac Woods wins 15-18 backstroke with a time of 1:04.34. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Kaitlin Mills, 18, of Potomac Woods wins 15-18 backstroke with a time of 1:04.34. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

With the summer season winding down, one of the last tasks is to make sure the league records are updated. Several swimmers this weekend sped their way into the books, including two who erased long-standing marks in the Prince-Mont Swim League.

Sydney Mathis of Kingfish completed the girls’ 10-under 25-meter backstroke in 16.55 seconds to ease past Danielle Mackey, who turned in a 16.63 in 1980.

“She’d been working on it all summer,” said Kingfish Coach Angela Cummings, who instructs Mathis year-round. “She had her eye on it. It was very exciting for the whole team. She definitely deserved to break that record.”

Geordie Enoch of Belair Swim and Racquet tied the girls’ 14-under 100 individual medley record, finishing in 1:07.34, the same time that Pam Franklin of Kingfish posted in 1984. Enoch also won the 50 breast and the 50 back to cap her unbeaten summer.

The Takoma Park DC boys’ 9-18 200 freestyle relay team finished in 1:51.06 to break their own league record set this season. Jon Bendana, Adam Todd, Jared Miller and Joshua Tomlin were on that team.

In the Northern Virginia Swimming League divisional championships, it was a bittersweet weekend for Janet Hu of Mosby Woods, who broke two records but had two of her older records broken as well. In all, six NVSL records fell, running the season total to an all-time high of 28.

Hu swam the girls’ 13-14 100 IM in 1:04.19, topping the 1:04.92 swum by Ashley Danner of Cottontail in 2005. Later in the day, Hu topped another Danner record from 2005, finishing the 13-14 50 free in 26.00 to edge Danner’s 26.78.

The records that Hu set were in the girls’ 10-under 100 IM and the girls’ 9-10 50 free, both courtesy of Isabella Rongione of McLean. Rongione finished the IM in 1:13.83 to better the 1:15.25 that Hu swam in 2006. In the free, Rongione went 29.78; Hu’s mark of 30.37 had stood since 2006.

Other NVSL record-setters Saturday: Sean Fletcher of Hunter Mill went 26.18 in the boys’ 15-18 50 back. The old record of 26.45 was set by Marcus Rogan of Mansion House in 2000. Cassidy Bayer of Mount Vernon Park swam a 14.74 in the girls’ 9-10 25 fly to break the 14.78 she had swum the previous week. The 14.78 topped the record time she had swum the week before that.

In the Montgomery County Swim League all-star meet, John Jeang of Rockville set the lone record, winning the boys’ 11-12 50 back in 30.54. Jason Blanken of Calverton swam a 30.75 in 1998.

Jeang’s record-setting performance was one of 10 first-place finishes for Rockville in the individual events.

Megan Kenna Sharkey of Potomac Woods, who set new league records this season in the girls’ 8-under 25 free and 25 fly, won both of her events but did not top her previous times, although her 15.59 time in the free would also have won the boys’ 8-under race.

“She might have been a little disappointed she didn’t get her best time, but when you’re swimming as fast as she did, it’s hard to get that fast every time,” Potomac Woods Coach Jon Leong said.

It was a strong meet for Potomac Woods. In addition to Sharkey’s two victories, Kaitlin Mills won the girls’ 18-under 100 back, Andrew Valentine the boys’ 13-14 fly and Joe Howley took the 9-10 boys’ breast. Those five first-place finishes were second only to Rockville’s 10. Upper County took four firsts.

In the Prince William Swim League, Sudley won its 21st consecutive divisional championship to cap an 11th straight unbeaten season, in the process breaking three league records in the 15-18 division.

The Seahorses, swimming in the Blue Division championship at their home pool Saturday, totaled 4,505.5 points, comfortably ahead of Braemar (3,586.5) and Kingsbrooke (3,414) in winning their 80th consecutive meet.

The three 15-18 record setters were Casie Boyle in the girls’ 100 IM and and two boys’ relays, the 200 free and 200 medley.

Boyle finished in 1:07.33 to top the mark (1:07.71) that Carly Tanner of Lake Ridge had set last season. Boyle also won the free and butterfly to emerge as the only Sudley swimmer to win three individual divisional events.

The two relay records broke marks set by Kingsbrooke. Reilly McGrory, Matthew Smith, Grant Minick and Chase Wittenauer teamed up in the 200 free to turn in a 1:40.81 to best the 1:42.43 swum by Kingsbrooke last week. Wittenauer, Minick, McGrory and Michael Hughes established a new mark of 1:53.32 in the 200 medley, breaking the 1:53.66 set by Kingsbrooke in 2008.

Other divisional winners included Brookside (Black division), Piedmont (Green), Ben Lomond (Orange), Lake Manassas (Purple), Victory Lakes (Red), Ashland (White) and Dominion Valley (Yellow).

Piedmont’s Nicholas Tremols set a new PWSL record in the 15-18 50 fly with a time of 25.71. The previous record was set by Chris Soniak of Old Bridge in 2002.

Seven records fell in the Dominion Country Club League all-star meet, including three by Westwood: Matt Callahan in the boys’ 15-18 50 back (27.50) and the 50 breast (31.16) and Laura Kellan in the girls’ 13-14 50 free (27.69).

Will Koeppen of Riverbend established new marks in the boys’ 8-under 25 free (15.44) and 25 fly (17.56). For Trump National, Bryce Nabulsi now tops the league records with a time of 20.23 in the girls’ 8-under 25 back, and Ryan Natal set a new superlative in the boys’ 15-18 50 fly (26.46).


  1. The record Geordie Enoch tied was set by Pam Franklin of the Kettering Swim Club, not Kingfish. Kettering no longer exists, and Kingfish is fairy new, and they have same initials so the mistake is understandable.

  2. It mentions in the article that Rockville Ray swimmers won ten events. In addition to breaking backstroke 11-12 record, John Jeang also won 12 & under IM. Elaina Gu and her brother Harrison Gu also both won 2 events each: Elaina 11-12 freestyle and backstroke,; Harrison 13-14 IM and breaststroke. The other winners were Cara Chuang (a recent graduate of Poolsville HS and one of the Rays coaches) 15-18 IM; Nefret El-Masry 9-10 breaststroke; Alan Li 8 & under butterfly and Daruis Truong 8 & under breaststroke.

    I wish to point out several things. Most of the Rays mentioned here have not been flitting from team to team, they have only been on the Rays. We’ve been on the Rays as a family since 1998. Elaina and John started the same summer when they were only 5 years old. Many of the kids mentioned, like all those on the Rays, whether they swim A meets on Saturday or B meets on Wednesday, would not have joined the swim league or started swimming competitively if it had not been for the public pool venues that offered more modest fees. From Rays summer swim team, many kids later joined a club team.

  3. So your kids used to be “A” swimmers, now they compete in “B” meets because the recruitment shuffled them around?

    Markus would be mad.

  4. I agree with Sting Ray.

    The Rays have built a dynasty that will not fall as long as RMSC recruits for them.

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