Weekly wrap-up: recording breaking week for Conger; teams fight to keep perfect...

Weekly wrap-up: recording breaking week for Conger; teams fight to keep perfect records (Picture of the week inside)

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Conger tears down MCSL record

Jack Conger (Flower Valley) had a record setting week in the MCSL, grabbing the 15-18 200-meter backstroke record at the Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet on Wednesday days before breaking the league record in the 15-18 100 backstroke previously held by Brady Fox. The 17-year-old star broke the previous record of 54.37, set in 2008, by nearly a second, posting a time of 53.48 seconds during the dual meet against River Falls. Flower Valley fell to River Falls, 376.5 to 415.5.

Hunt Valley tops MVP

A year after being dropped from Division 3 following a 0-5 record, Mount Vernon Park quickly swam back into championship contention with a quick 3-0 start in the NVSL’s Division 4. That ended on Saturday when Hunt Valley came to the neighborhood, as the Gators dropped to 3-1 after a 183 to 237 loss to the Stingrays.

Seniors Sean Mayer and Matt Garstka brought in 23 points between them for Hunt Valley and led sweeps in the 15-18 boys’ freestyle and butterfly events. Hunt Valley sealed the victory by winning seven of the 12 relays, including the final two mixed age relays.

Cassidy Bayer was sensational for the Gators winning both her individual

events by a combined 13.26 seconds. It was the first meet of the season Bayer didn’t set a league record, most likely conserving her energy in between setting national age group records in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly at the PVS Senior championship meet.

Close meets in week 4 of NVSL competition

Ravensworth Farm, Dowden Terrace, and Highland Park each grabbed wins on Saturday by a combined margin of 26 points.

Ravensworth Farm needed to win seven of the 12 relays to beat Poplar Tree, 215 to 205, after heading into the relays tied. The Ravens secured the victory after winning four relays in a row in the 13-14 and 15-18 age groups to give themselves the necessary points for the win, moving themselves to 2-2 in Division 6 as Poplar Tree falls to 1-3.

Dowden Terrace had a nerve-racking end to their Division 8 meet with Dominion Hills, the meet coming down to the final event, the mixed age girls’ 200 freestyle relay. The team of Shannon Foster, Mackenzie Prall, Colleen Cox, and Abby Cox cruised to a eight-second win over the team from Dominion Hills to win the meet for the Dolphins, 214 to 206. Also in Division 8 action, Highland Park entered the relay events down by two points to Brandywine, but the complete team effort by the Hurricanes earned them the victory, 214 to 206, after winning seven of the first 10 relay events.

Waters Landing and Woodcliffe complete undefeated MCSL seasons

by Dillon Mullan

The Waters Landing Thunder defeated Manor Woods, 435 to 356, on Saturday to finish their Division K dual meet season with a perfect 5-0 record. Grayson Blanchard was magnificent for Waters Landing as the 14-year-old won the 50 freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke events, as well as the 100 IM. It is the second time in three years that Waters Landing has gone unbeaten in Division K as they were perfect in 2010 before being humbled to a 2-3 record in division J last summer. The Thunder also struck at the Division K relay carnival on July 9, where they cruised to a 74-point victory. Waters Landing is a heavy favorite heading into next weekend’s divisional meet.

In Division E, Woodcliffe completed a dream season of its own as it defeated Division E rival Garrett Park, 434 to 358, to avenge a 407 to 382 loss from a year ago. Like she has all year, Kelsy Song was brilliant for Woodcliffe. The 14-year-old won all four of her individual events in impressive fashion. In his final dual meet for Garrett Park, 18-year-old Fletcher Tollefson took first in the 100 freestyle, breaststroke, and IM. Garret Park also fell short to Woodcliffe at this year’s relay carnival by a score of 232 to 184, but has one more chance for retribution at this weekend’s divisionals.

Sudley tops Piedmont in PWSL

The Sudley Seahorses kept on rolling for yet another week in Prince William, winning their 91st consecutive league meet, beating Piedmont Tsunami3,007 to 2,273.

9-year-old Piedmont swimmer Ian Gresham swimming the 25-meter butterfly in Saturday's contest against Sudley. (Photo provided by Janis DeVore)

Potomac Woods completes undefeated dual meet season

by Dillon Mullan

Potomac Woods swimmers celebrate after meet against Tallyho securing an undefeated dual meet season. (Photo by David Parish)

The Potomac Woods Demons and the visiting Tallyho Foxes clashed in a battle of undefeateds on Saturday morning in Division C. Potomac Woods walked away the victor with its first 5-0 dual season in over 20 years, winning the contest, 421 to 370.

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Pics from MCSL Week 5

A Wildwood Manor Wombat hangs from the diving board before her race. Wildwood Manor swimmers were able to outswim their Northwest Branch counterparts to earn a 428-362 victory and secure a perfect 5-0 dual meet record in Division G.
Captain Whetstone prepares to bound into the pool after leading the "winning team" cheer. After going 5-0 in Division J last year, the Whetstone Whales have had a tough go of it in Division I, entering their final meet of the season without a win. But against a depleted Calverton team, the Whales were able to secure a victory at home to conclude their dual meet season. ( Photo by Evan Franke)


Overlee steals Division 1 relay crown after DQs plague Chesterbrook

Few divisional atmospheres rival the excitement and anticipation of the Division 1 relay carnival in the NVSL. Before the first relay swimmer ever hits the water, the music is pumping and the teams gather tightly to try to drown out the other five teams, located directly beside them in a tightly packed team area, with cheers led by coaches and senior swimmers painted up in their team colors. It is this raucous atmosphere that produced two new NVSL records and another four near misses.

In the end, Overlee beat Chesterbrook, 202 to 197, after Chesterbrook was hurt by two disqualifications in the freestyle relays.

“You never know with relay carnival,” Overlee Coach Joan Mountain said. “It’s about having consistency across the age groups and a little bit of luck.”

The two DQs might have been a non-issue in the outcome of the meet after a controversial conclusion in the 15-18 boys’ freestyle relay when the Chesterbrook boys jumped in the pool in celebration after out-touching the McLean relay by .01 seconds. After a lengthy debate between officials and team reps, Chesterbrook retained the first place points and the chance for a rematch with McLean next week at All Star Relays hosted by Lincolnia Park on July 18.

“We thought Andrew [Seliskar] got it,” said Stephen Seliskar, the lead off swimmer for the McLean relay and Andrew’s older brother. “Andrew doesn’t lose very often, but we’re looking forward to getting another shot at them next week at All Stars.”

Despite the tough loss in the team competition, it was Chesterbrook who earned the most applause all night, breaking one league record and coming close in another three. The team of Jaya KambhampatyNicholas SpicerGriffin Morche, and Chris Outlaw got the meet off to a blazing start for the Tiger Sharks as they broke the boys’ mixed age 200 freestyle relay record with a new time of 1:50.90, just under the previous record of 1:51.04 set last year by McLean.

Moments later, the first ever record in the boys’ 8 & under 100 medley relay was established by the Tuckahoe team of DJ Leiss, Nathaniel Hughes, JT Ewing, and Emanuel Rouvelas with a time of 1:23.55. Until this year, 8 & unders competed in the “modified” medley relay, which replaced the butterfly leg of the race with a second freestyle leg.

Two events later, Chesterbrook’s Spicer missed out on his second record of the night by .03 seconds in the boys’ 9-10 100 medley relay. He was joined by Oliver Bernasek, Adi Kambhampaty, and Andrew Bernstein. Later in the meet, they would come within .51 seconds of the record in the freestyle relay. 

It was that sort of night for Chesterbrook, as their boys’ 11-12 medley relay missed the record by the same .03 second margin as the younger boys. Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw, and J. Kambhampaty combined for the win. Both Chesterbrook relays will get one more chance at the records next week at All Star relays.

The final close call came in the boys’ 11-12 freestyle relay, as the Overlee team of Jonathan Day, Nicholas Pasternak, John Aldinger, and Samuel Ellison posted a 54.78, just two-tenths of a second off the league record.

Notes: NVSL Divisional Relay Carnivals

The team of Cassidy Bayer, Holly Jansen, Emma Jones, and Elaina Phalen from Mount Vernon Park set a new NVSL record in the 11-12 girls’ 100-meter medley relay with a new mark of 1:01.83, eclipising the previous mark of 1:01.91 established by Overlee in 1993. That record was the second oldest league record behind the 8 & under boys’ 100-meter freestyle relay record set in 1992 by Sleepy Hollow Bath & Racquet.

In the inaugural races of the 8 & under 100 medley relays, Langley’s team of Kate Walter, Helena Swaak, Liliana Schone, and Nathalie Schmanske set the mark in the girls’ relay with a time of 1:23.94. Tuckahoe set the boys’ mark at the Division 1 relay carnival.

Look for the NVSL All Star Relay Carnival preview tomorrow morning.


Picture of the week: ‘at the start’

Flower Valley's Jack Conger (silver/red cap) and Tilden Woods' Garrett Powell (yellow cap) push off in the men's 15-18 200M backstroke at MCSL's Coaches Longcourse Meet. Conger blew away the MCSL record by 3 1/2 seconds. (Photo by Ginny Maycock)

Seven records broken at Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet

A little over a week after the conclusion of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, area representatives to Trials traded the flashing lights and pyrotechnics of the CenturyLink Center in Omaha for the outdoor pool at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center to compete in the MCSL Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet on Tuesday night.

Five of the MCSL’s Olympic Trials participants were recognized as they stepped onto the blocks for their heats, including Jack Conger (Flower Valley), who returns to the league as a celebrity after the rising Good Counsel senior finished fifth in the 200-meter backstrokeand eighth in the 100 backstroke at Trials.

“I love coming back [to the MCSL],” said Conger in between signing autographs.

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Hu, Bayer set pair of records in NVSL

Area swimmers returned from the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha and are back to breaking local records. Janet Hu, 16, set a new NVSL record in the 15-18 girls’ 50-meter backstroke with a time of 28.98 seconds, breaking Reanna Dona‘s 2011 record by two-tenths of a second during the week two make-up meet between Mosby Woods and Hunt Valley. This is Hu’s tenth individual league record. The Mosby Woods star now owns every girls’ backstroke record save the 8 & under girls’, which she held from 2004 to 2009 when it was broken by Shouse’s Sinead Eksteen.

Hu’s was just one of four NVSL records broken during the last week of competition. Cassidy Bayer continues to shave time off her 11-12 girls’ 50 butterfly record, breaking the record every time she has taken to the pool this summer. Her time of 28.74 achieved this week when Mount Vernon Park met Pinecrest is .45 seconds faster than week one and almost a full second faster than her record from 2011. 

Rounding out the weekend, two teams of ‘sharks’ took down relay records. The Tiger Sharks’ team of Grant DeWitt, Sam Gollob, Thomas Outlaw, and Jaya Kambhampaty set a new mark of 1:00.38 in the 11-12 boys’ 100 medley relay for the Chesterbrook. The boys smashed a six-year-old record by .82 seconds. In Division 6, Orange Hunt’s 13-14 girls eclipsed a 2007 record, also in the 100 medley, by .46 seconds. The Sharks’ Stephanie Chewning, Christin Swanepoel Stevens, Robyn Dryer, and Tess Doran combined for a time of 59.20.

Pics from MCSL Week 4

Tallyho breaststroker in the meet against Flower Valley. Tallyho won decisively, 438 to 354, despite impressive swims from quadruple event winners Jack Conger and Sarah Haase in the 15-18 age group. (Photo provided by Tallyho)
A Wildwood Manor swimmer takes off during a relay race against Bannockburn. The Wombats defeated the Dolphins, 433 to 358. (Photo provided by Wildwood Manor)



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