The 2012 NVSL All Star Relay Carnival is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 18, at 4 pm, hosted by the Lincolnia Park Lazers. The meet is one of the most exciting events of the season in the NVSL and will feature some of the area’s top swimming talent in the all-relay all star competition. Here are RFTW’s five things to watch for at this year’s meet.
1. NVSL record-holders try to lower marks
Four NVSL records were set last week during the divisional relay carnivals — mixed age boys’ 200-meter free relay (Chesterbrook), 11-12 girls’ 100 medley relay (Mount Vernon Park), and both inaugural 8 & under medley relays (Langley girls and Tuckahoe boys). This week, the competition will be greater, the environment more electric, and the crowd twice as loud, begging the question, how much more can these records be lowered? Especially keep an eye on the race in the girls’ 8 & under medley as Division 1 winners Overlee, seeded half a second back from first — try to snatch the record from the Langley girls.
2. Narrow misses get a second chance at league history
Five more relays missed league records last week by a combined 1.42 seconds. Two of those — Chesterbrook’s boys’ 9-10 and 11-12 medley relays — were just .03 seconds off their respective league records. In addition, Chesterbrook’s 9-10 boys’ free relay, Overlee’s 11-12 boys’ free relay, and Mount Vernon Park’s 11-12 girls’ free relay — the same team that set the record in the 11-12 girl’s medley and anchored by sensational 12-year-old Cassidy Bayer — are within two-thirds of a second of the league records in their events.
3. The grudge match between McLean and Chesterbrook in the 15-18 boys’ free relay
Last week, Chesterbrook’s Joseph Sullivan out-touched McLean’s Andrew Seliskar in the boys’ 15-18 free relay by .01 seconds, 1:40.56 to 1:40.57. At that narrow of a margin, who can tell what could happen this week at All Stars relays? But even as the two sides attempt to out duel each other, they will have to contend with top-seeded relay from Sleepy Hollow Bath & Racquet, who enters the race with a 1:40.40. While its still a bit of a stretch to believe that any of the three relays could challenge the 2009 league record set by Highlands, it still should be one of the most exciting races of the night, with bragging rights on the line.
4. Stacked top heat of the 15-18 girls’ free relay
All six relays in the final heat of the 15-18 girls’ freestyle relay are seeded within 1.6 seconds of each other. That close of a gap can easily be closed by faster take-offs or better turns. Entering as the top seed is the Tuckahoe relay of Eva Greene, Alexis Danchak, Farrin Saba and Bethany Rysak who hold a .36 second lead over second-seeded Sully Station. Interestingly enough, all six relays come from just three divisions — 1, 2 and 5 — giving us three rematches in one race.
5. Race of the night: 8 & under boys’ 100 free relay
Sure this race might not have the power and speed of the 15-18 relays, but with the top four relays separated by just .41 seconds, how could you not want to watch this pint-sized, four-length drag-race? The top three seeds — Tuckahoe, McLean and Chesterbrook — all hail from Division 1, except for the Crosspointe relay from Division 3, which enters in fourth position. Last week, Crosspointe smoked the fifth seeded Wakefield Chapel relay by nearly two seconds at the Division 3 relay carnival, so expect the added competition of the three Division 1 relays to serve as extra motivation for these boys to drop some time and maybe steal this one.
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Address: 6501 Montrose Street, Alexandria, VA 22312
Primary parking will be available at Holmes Middle in designated areas, some parking available at Weyanoke Elementary and Thomas Jefferson High Schools.