As we enter weeks three and four of the summer league season, the hunt for division championships is beginning to heat up and swimmers are getting comfortable racing in the outdoor format once again. Here are our top stories to watch this Saturday.
1. Stonegate, Upper County clash in a battle of 3-0s in division A
Stonegate has been the hot team this summer in the MCSL after ending Rockville's 33-dual meet win streak in week two, along with dominating wins against Darnestown and Tilden Woods. In week four, they set their sites on Upper County with visions of the division A trophy in their heads. Upper County won't be an easy victory for the Serpents. The Dolphins have been equally impressive this summer with wins against Darnestown, Tilden Woods and Bethesda.
Upper County has won behind the best class of 13-14 boys in the MCSL. Brandon Cu leads the way with area-best times in the 50-meter freestyle and league-best times in the 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley. He's joined by Samuel Tarter, Ryan O'Leary and Jason Tang to make up one of the most formidable age group sets in any league. Daniel Chapman, 12, should also provide big points for the Dolphins in the 11-12 age group. He is top-10 in the area in free, back, fly and IM.
To counter, Stonegate will need Brady Ott, 13, to steal points away from the Dolphins' fearsome foursome in order to give the Serpents' collection of stars to shine. Amy Lamb, 8, has eight individual wins through the first three weeks for Stonegate. Lambs' points, along with those of the duo of Taylor Wallace and Tia Thomas in the 9-10 age group, will be crucial for the Serpents if they want to come out on top.
Our virtual meet simulator predicts a close one with Upper County winning 410 to 390. But note, the simulator makes predictions based solely on each team's lineup from the previous week. Something tells me Stonegate Coach Brian Cheng and Upper County Coach Jennifer Taylor lost some sleep this week shifting their lineup around trying to squeeze every last point out of their squads this week. We expect a close one in Gaithersburg this Saturday.
2. Oldest record in the books is on notice
J.T. Ewing is approaching the NVSL record in the boys' 8 & under 25-meter freestyle.
Why is being “close” to a record important? The current record, set by Mantua's Roger McLeod, has stood since 1965. That's 48 years of technological advancements and improved coaching techniques that haven't been able to touch this record. The next oldest meters record is 15 years younger, set in 1980, and is also an 8 & under record.
Ewing's time of 15.50 is tied for the fifth fastest split by an 8 & under over the last five seasons across the entire area. It is the fastest by a NVSL swimmer during that period. MCSL's Timothy Ellett (Tilden Woods) has the area-best time of 15.16 swam on July 4, 2009. It stands as the MCSL record.
Tuckahoe takes on Chesterbrook this week, but with the Tiger's Emanuel Rouvelas posting a season-best 17.97 last week, Coach Jesse Nielsen might elect to use Ewing in the stroke events instead. We'll have to wait to see on Saturday.
3. Andrew Revers with a chance at yards records
Mansion House's Andrew Revers is having a terrific season so far in division 7 and is currently ranked third in the area in the 50 free and 50 back. On Saturday, he'll get a shot at more than just another 10 individual points for his team when Mansion House swim at Holmes Run Acres — one of the last remaining yards pools in the league. Revers will get the rare opportunity to go after the NVSL yards records in the 11-12 boys' 50 free and back events. The free record stands as 25.03 and the back record stands at 28.36. Both were set by Lee-Graham's Freddy Crawford in 2005. Revers converted meters times put him at a 25.08 in the 50-yard freestyle and 28.68 in the 50-yard backstroke.
4. Division championship contenders coming into focus
Thirty teams in the NVSL enter week three with 2-0 records. Sixteen of those teams will face off against another undefeated opponent. Here are some key matchups in the NVSL and CSL to keep an eye on:
• Division 1: Tuckahoe at Chesterbrook
• Division 5: Pinecrest at Cardinal Hill*
• Division 6: Ravensworth at Waynewood
• Division 9: Country Club Hills at Villa Aquatic*
• Division 10: Canterbury Woods at Cottontail
• Division 13: Long Branch at Lakeview*
• Division 14: Springboard at Annandale*
• Division 17: Broyhill Crest at Daventry
• White: Broadlands at Burke Center Stingers
• Gold: Sugarland Run at Sequoia Farms*
*indicates winner will have sole possession of division lead
5. League records continue to fall
So far 12 league records have gone down across the area. We've told you about three more than might be broken this week, but what history has proven is that you never know when or where a record could fall. Here is a look back at the records that have been broken so far this season. Tell us which records you think are in danger this week!
Brett Feyerick broke the MCSL record in the boys' 9-10 25 backstroke in weeks two and three. The Tallyho swimmer's time of 16.20 seconds in week one eclipsed the old mark by just .01 seconds. A week later he destroyed that time when he registered a 15.89 second split to become the first MCSL swimmer under 16 seconds in the event.
Other record breakers include, Mohican's Danny Calder, 12, who set the league record in the boys' 11-12 50 fly with a time of 29.65 and Chevy Chase Recreation's Caroline McTaggart, 16, who smashed her own league record in the 15-18 100 free by .87 seconds for a new mark of 57.15.
The Chesterbrook vs. McLean meet in week one proved to be very fast water. The Marlins' team of Stephen Seliskar, Andrew Seliskar, Christopher Murphy and Justin Nguyen recorded a time of 1:50.26, shaving .36 seconds off the previous record of 1:50.62 set by Highland Swim in 2010.
Two events later, Chesterbrook inked their name to their own record in the boys' mixed age 200 freestyle relay. The team of Thomas Outlaw, Andrew Bernstein, Jaya Kambhampaty and Chris Outlaw became the first relay to go under 1:52 with a time of 1:51.77, bettering the mark of 1:52.17 set by McLean in 2010. The McLean team that previously held the record featured Stephen and Andrew Seliskar as the 13-14 and 15-18 swimmers.
Grimm, 10, set the league mark in the boys' 9-10 25 butterfly with a time of 15.02 in week one. He passed Joey Sullivan's (Chesterbrook) time of 15.06 by .04 seconds.
O'Hara, 17, in the 15-18 Boys 50 freestyle in his team's home meet against Dowden Terrace. His time of 23.31 ecclipsed the old record set by Fairfax Station's Stephen Scheren by .01 seconds. Scheren's record was considered among the toughest records in the NVSL after lasting through the high-tech suit era.
Bayer, 13, coming off a breakout meet at U.S. Nationals, returned to summer league competition to take down Janet Hu's 2009 record in the 13-14 girls' 50 butterfly with a time of 28.34.
Sam Pomajevich 14, of Sudley registered a time of 27.72 in the boys' 13-14 50 fly to set the league mark in week two. He cut just over a quarter of a second off the previous mark set by Robert Grimmett-Norris in 2004. Pomajevich's teammate, Jamie Cornwell, 8, also earned a record, setting the girls' 8 & under 25 back with a new mark of 20.31. She rebroke the record a week later with a time of 20.07. Pomajevich set a second league record in the 100 IM with a mark of 1:03.46.
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