Allison Kopac, SNOW take top honors at Winter Classic

Allison Kopac, SNOW take top honors at Winter Classic

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George Mason University’s Jim McKay Natatorium played host to four days of fast swimming at the 2012 Winter Classic, where teams from up and down the East Coast joined local swim clubs at the annual championship invitational hosted by the Potomac Marlins.

Loudoun County based Snow Swimming took home the team honors with 3,301.5 points, led by 10-year-old Allison Kopac who took home seven individual wins over the weekend.

Potomac Marlins finished second with 2,871.5 and Upper Main Line YMCA (Pa.) was third with 2,548.5 points.

Complete results

Kopac dominated the 10 & under girls’ age group. She claimed all four freestyle events, winning the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle in 27.74, 59.70, 2:09.20 and 5:42.01, respectively.

She was also a winner in the 50 and 100 backstroke in 32.31 and 1:10.06, and rounded out her weekend with a win in the 50 butterfly in 30.46.

Potomac Marlins’ Holly Jansen, 12, won five events in the 11-12 girls’ events, including the 100 and 200 breast and 100 and 200 IM events.

She was 1:08.03 and 2:26.60 in the breaststroke events and came within a second of breaking the minute barrier in the IM, finishing in 1:00.99. She also cruised in the 200 IM to win by 9.5 seconds in 2:11.09. She rounded out her meet with a win in the 100 freestyle in 54.12.

Also taking home five event titles was York’s Jacqueline Clabeaux. The 13-year-old topped the 13-14 girls’ 50 freestyle in 24.02, 100 freestyle in 52.49, and 200 freestyle in 1:54.33. She also took home the 50 butterfly in 26.55 and 100 breast in 1:07.04. She was second in the 100 back in 59.97.

Hannah Lindsey and Caroline McTaggart of All Star Aquatics shined in the open age group, taking home four individual wins apiece.

Lindsey, 15, claimed all three backstroke titles and the 500 freestyle in the girls’ open age group. She was 26.12 in the 50 back, 55.08 in the 100 back and 1:57.40 in the 200 back, placing herself among the best backstrokers in the area.

Her times were a top 10 in the 200 back and top 20 in the 100 back among 15-16 year-olds this season.

She also cruised in the 500 free to win in 4:56.77.

McTaggart, 16, topped all three sprint freestyle events and the 50 butterfly. The Holton-Arms sophomore won the 50 free in 23.36, 100 free in 50.40, and 200 free in 1:48.82. She was also second in the 50 back and 100 fly in 27.17 and 55.96, respectively.

Lindsey — a freshman at Churchill High School — was second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.05 and third in the 50 and 100 free in 24.02 and 51.90, respectively.

Potomac Marlins’ Jonathan Pollock and SNOW’s Collin Hughes went 1-2 in the 11-12 boys’ 200 free, 1:56.20 to 1:56.73, respectively.

Pollock also won the 50 and 100 free. In the 50 free, he had the only sub-25 performance of the night with a time of 24.59. He was also 52.87 in the 100 free and 31.55 in the 50 breast, winning easily in both.

Potomac Marlins’ Mary Kominski won the 10 & under 50 and 100 breast, finishing in 35.29 and 1:16.53, respectively. She also won the 100 IM in 1:12.94.

Princeton Piranhas Swim Team’s Dan Maxian, 14, dropped 28 seconds to top the 13-14 boys’ 1,000 freestyle in 10:04.31.

He was second in the 200 free to UMLY’s Brian McKenrick, 1:48.59 to 1:48.12.

McKenrick — a versatile 13-year-old — also won the 50 and 100 freestyle and 400 IM. He was 22.83 and 49.92 in the two free events, and he posted a 4:22.73 in the 400 IM.


SNOW’s Danie Rivinius, 10, won the boys’ 500 freestyle in 5:57.37.

UMLY’s Vlad Komarov, 17, claimed the boys’ open 200 and 500 freestyle events in 1:39.37 and 4:30.14.

Kayla Brumbaum, 18, from Rappahannock Area YMCA went sub-30 to win the girls’ open 50 breaststroke in 29.31.

SNOW’s Matthew Fedderly, 26, [age edited per comment] blasted a 25.66 in the open 50 breaststroke and followed that up with a win in the 50 free in 21.12 over Arlington Aquatic Club’s Chris Outlaw,15, and ASA’s Austin Cole, 17, who were second and third, respectively, in 21.39 and 21.52. Fedderly also won the 200 IM in 1:51.71 and the 200 breast in 2:07.23.

UMLY’s Caroline Apathy, 14, claimed the 13-14 girls’ 100 butterfly in 58.58, closely followed by her teammate Meghan Keithly in 59.08. York’s Neal McElhattan won the boys’ event in 56.63. McElhattan also won the 50 butterfly in 25.45.

UMLY’s Maddie Zimmerman, 16, topped the girls’ open 100 butterfly in 55.92. SNOW’s Matthew Haupt, 32, won the boys’ event in 49.81.

ASA’s Danny Calder claimed the 11-12 boys’ 50 and 200 butterfly, the latter of which by a dominating 13 second margin to win in 2:15.90. His 50 fly was 27.29.

UMLY’s Emily Cornell took home wins in the 13-14 girls’ 50, 100 and 200 backstroke in 26.90, 56.97, and 2:04.15, respectively. She also won the 200 IM in 2:10.37.

Her teammate Charlie Ryan, 13, posted a sub-2 minute performance in the boys’ 200 back to win in 1:59.13.    

PPST’s Will Stange, 16, won the boys’ open 100 and 200 backstroke in 51.98
and 1:50.58.

SNOW’s Jack Moore topped the 10 & under boys’ 50 freestyle in 28.18, 100 freestyle in 1:00.87, 100 backstroke in 1:11.22 and 100 IM in 1:11.28.

Hannah Carter of SNOW broke 26-seconds to win the 11-12 girls’ 50 free in 25.98.

Laura Schwartz, 18, claimed the girls’ open 400 IM in 4:26.61 — two-tenths slower than her morning time. She was also second in the 200 IM in 2:08.03.


  1. Fedderly and Haupt, men swimming with kids, why aren’t they at nationals or masters instead of beating up teenagers in the pool? This isn’t even PVS senior Champs or Sectionals, it was an age group meet… why not go to Dolan and find some competition if they need a December meet so bad?

  2. Both Dolan and Winter Classic are invitational meets and are not specifically age group meets. SNOW as a team did not compete at Dolan, so it’s not surprising that neither Haupt nor Fedderly, as SNOW swimmers, did either.

  3. I was at Sport Fair and it was a pleasure to watch Matthew Fedderly swim. He had just come back from Winter Naitonals. It pushed the male age group swimmers in the heats with him in both prelims and finals to record their best times. It was also encouraging for the kids at the meet to see that there are opportunities to swim after college even if you’re not a Michael Phelps or a Natalie Coughlin. And, who said that Dolan was the only competitive December invitational meet in the region? Caroline McTaggart had a great meet and she was a Washington Post First Team All Met selection who dominated at Metros last year. McTaggart, Lindsey and other swimmers weren’t poor little teenagers who couldn’t make Dolan cuts so they were competing at Sport Fair instead. Stop disrespecting the meet and the swimmers who compete in it!

  4. Hey MDSwimMomma,

    The other meet is basically a no faster than meet. Maybe your kid will get a couple of Dolan cuts next year and you will figure this out.

  5. Gee WGR, my kid has had “a couple of Dolan cuts” for a few years now but swims on a team that competes at Sport Fair, a meet where swimmers with All American consideration and automatic times, Junior Nationals, Nationals and Olympic Trials cuts have competed even though the meet doesn’t have cut times. And, don’t you mean “no slower than” for the Dolan cuts? I think I’ve got this figured out, thanks. Do you?

  6. Right on, MDSwim Mom. I’m glad you’re standing up to that little snot, WGR. However, I hope you and your child have the chance to experience Dolan next year. There is nothing like competing against the best of the best.

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