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Stone Ridge swimmers support brother school in time of need

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

After Gonzaga was hit with tragic news, swimmers and divers at Stone Ridge School came together to support their brother school’s students in mourning.

Harvard adds Gavin Springer to early recruiting class

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Sidwell Friends senior Gavin Springer joins NCAP teammate Grant Goddard in verbally committing to Harvard swimming.

Grant Goddard commits to Harvard

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Georgetown Prep senior Grant Goddard says Harvard is “right speed.”

Grayson Campbell named NISCA all-American diving champion

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Madison sophomore Grayson Campbell selected as the top men’s high school diver in the country by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Katie Ledecky commits to Stanford swimming

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Katie Ledecky verbally commits to Stanford University.

2013-2014 All-Met teams announced; Katie Ledecky, Andrew Seliskar named SOY

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The 2013-2014 Winter All-Met teams were released Friday and showcased the top swimming and diving talent in the area.

Oakton girls, Robinson boys repeat at Virginia’s 6A state meet

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Janet Hu leads the Oakton girls to a third straight Virginia state title, and the Robinson boys also repeat in 6A.

Jefferson, Andrew Seliskar shine at Virginia’s 5A state meet

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Jefferson finished second in the boys and girls 5A state swimming and diving championship meet Saturday morning.

Wootton girls, Richard Montgomery boys win MPSSAA 4A/3A swim and dive team titles

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Four Maryland state records are broken in the MPSSAA 4A/3A championship, while the Wootton girls and Richard Montgomery boys claim team titles.

Andrew Seliskar takes down national high school record in prelims

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Jefferson’s Andrew Seliskar blasts record during Friday prelims at Virginia’s 5A state meet.

Andrew Seliskar tries to do it all for T.J.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Andrew Seliskar is top-level student and a darkhorse to make the U.S. Olympic team. He’s found excelling in the classroom and the pool to be a demanding, but worthwhile pursuit.

Madeira’s Kylie Jordan sets two meet records at VISAA state meet

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Madeira’s Kylie led Madeira to a fifth-place finish at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state swimming and diving championship on Saturday.

Gallery: Churchill, Georgetown Prep win big at Metros

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Stone Ridge’s Ledecky, Georgetown Prep’s Carsten Vissering set national records while the Little Hoyas and Bulldogs take home team titles.

Katie Ledecky adds to local legacy at Metros

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Katie Ledecky sets three records, while the Churchill girls and Georgetown Prep boys win team titles.

Oakton girls, Robinson boys win 6A region titles

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Hu just misses national high school record for Cougars; defending state champion Robinson boys also win.

Oakton girls, Robinson boys in position for 6A North Region title runs

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Recap of the Virginia 6A North Region preliminary heats. Finals begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Stone Ridge’s Katie Ledecky smashes American record in 500-yard freestyle

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, the 2012-2013 All-Met Swimmer of the Year, took down the American record during Friday’s prelims at 2014 Metros championship meet.

Andrew Seliskar leads Jefferson boys to Virginia 5A North title

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Two-time All-Met Andrew Seliskar displays his versatility to pace the Colonials to the 5A North region title.

Five thoughts after seeing Metros psych sheet

Friday, February 7th, 2014

A quick look at some of the exciting storylines unfolding at Metros this year.

Madison boys, Langley girls claim Conference 6 titles

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Freshmen power teams in Virginia’s Conference 6 championship meet, but Madison’s upperclassmen propel the Warhawks to their fifth-straight title.

Holton-Arms repeats, Gonzaga steals fourth-consecutive WMPSSDL title

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Gonzaga wins only one boys’ event, but depth lifts Eagles. Holton-Arms rolls to second-straight title.

Montgomery County | Prep Schools: 2013-2014 high school championships schedule and results

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Check back for updates and results from the 2013-2014 Maryland and Prep high school championships seasons.

Virginia: 2013-2014 high school championships schedule and results

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Check back for updates and results from the 2013-2014 Virginia high school championships season.

Dual disciplines: Georgetown Prep’s Michael Sprague dives, wrestles in same season

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Georgetown Prep senior Michael Sprague is a rare two-sport — in one season — athlete, starring as a diver and wrestler this winter.

Holton-Arms reclaims ISL title

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Junior Caroline McTaggart led the Panthers in their dominating performance at the Independent School League swimming championships.

Bulldogs relaxed but fast at season’s midway point in Montgomery County

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Churchill girls roll over Poolesville; boys hold on.

Katie Ledecky kicks off prep league season with win at home

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Gonzaga boys began its title defense with win against St. John’s; Stone Ridge School earned tough win against the Cadets.

2012-2013 All-Met swimming and diving teams released

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Check out our 2012-2013 All-Met swim and dive selections.

Walter Johnson boys, Wootton girls claim Maryland 4A/3A swimming and diving titles

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Wootton finishes undefeated season with girls’ state championship. Walter Johnson boys’ win second consecutive title.

Kylie Jordan, O’Connell impress at VISAA swimming and diving state championships

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Bishop O’Conell’s boys’ finish second at Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Assocation state championship. Kylie Jordan earns female swimmer of the meet.

Oakton girls, Robinson boys claim Virginia AAA swimming and diving championships

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Janet Hu reset two state records to lead the Oakton girls to a second straight Virginia AAA swimming and diving championship while Robinson topped Madison in the boys’ meet.

Albemarle captures Northwest Region crown

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Charlottesville’s Albemarle High School knocked off defending Northwest Region champs Osbourn Park on Friday night.

Katie Ledecky just misses out on American record in the 500 at Metros

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger put themselves in the national record books, and Wootton’s girls and Gonzaga’s boys captured team titles.

Katie Ledecky sets national high school record in 500 free

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Stone Ridge’s Katie Ledecky kicks off the 2013 Metros championship meet by setting a national high school record during prelims.

Wootton girls, Walter Johnson boys capture Montgomery County division one titles

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Wootton girls claim MCPS division I championship on an emotional night spent. Walter Johnson repeated as boys champs.

Madison boys, Oakton girls take Northern Region swimming and diving titles

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The Oakton girls set a new meet scoring record while the Madison boys won with a true team approach at the Northern Region swimming and diving championships.

Gonzaga boys three-peat, Holton-Arms girls edge Good Counsel at Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League championships

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Gonzaga captured its third consecutive Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League title while the Holton-Arms girls narrowly edged Good Counsel.

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky: Still at home in the high school pool

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Katie Ledecky, who won gold at the Olympics, is enjoying swimming alongside friends at Stone Ridge during her sophomore season.

McLean upsets Langley for Liberty District girls’ championship; Warhawk boys win fourth title in a row

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

McLean topped Langley for their first Liberty District girls’ championship in 16 years. Madison boys team continued to roll for the fourth straight year.

Yorktown girls extend dynasty in National District; Washington-Lee boys three-peat

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Yorktown girls win unprecedented 20th National District title. Washington-Lee boys use total team effort to win third in a row.

Jack Conger stamps his name to four records at National Catholics

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Jack Conger and Good Counsel’s standouts shined in their final tune-up before WMPSSDLs and Metros.

Oakton boys slip past Robinson to repeat as Concord District champs; girls' romp for third consecutive title

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Oakton’s boys edged Robinson by four points to win the Concorde District title for the second straight year. The Cougar girls dominated from start to finish.

Wootton girls best Churchill, 103-68, in a battle between unbeatens

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Wootton girls beat previously unbeaten Churchill to finish as the only unbeaten team in MCPS Division I. Wootton’s boys won, 99-72, behind a deep squad of underclassmen.

Thomas Jefferson boys hand James Madison first dual meet loss in five seasons

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Thomas Jefferson’s boys moved to 6-0 after beating Liberty District rival James Madison, 162-153, on Friday night.

Weekly Wrap-up: Churchill, Oakton girls roll; Churchill, Seneca Valley boys contests tight

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Young talent continues to shine during the 2012-2013 high school season with standout performances from freshman on both sides of the Potomac.

Churchill girls sink Walter Johnson; WJ boys roll

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Walter Johnson’s senior boys delivered for the defending Maryland state champs. Churchill’s underclassmen move to 2-0 in their bid to repeat as Metros champs.

James Murphy, Megan Byrnes ready for high school pool

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Freshmen James Murphy and Megan Byrnes shined on Friday night in a quad meet with Langley, Oakton, Madison and Robinson.

2011-2012 All-Met teams revealed

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The 2011-12 Winter All-Met teams were released Friday and showcased the top swimming and diving talent in the area.

Maryland 4A/3A Swimming Championships; Powell sets three individual state records

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Montgomery County teams shined at this year’s Maryland 4A/3A Swimming Championship, dominating the team competition. 16 state records were broken by MCPS swimmers, as Walter Johnson’s boys and Whitman’s girls claimed their school’s first state titles.

Preview: 4A/3A Maryland Swimming & Diving Championship Meet

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Montgomery County teams will head to their first Maryland 4A-3A Swimming Championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 25. The county boasts most of the top swimmers in the state, and they have a chance to rewrite the record books this weekend. Check out RFTW’s preview of this year’s state meet inside.

Hu dominates as Oakton girls win Va. AAA title [complete results]

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Janet Hu breaks two state and pool records to lead Oakton girls to their first Va. AAA girls’ swimming and diving championship. Cox upsets Northern Region’s best to win boys’ title.

5 storylines to watch at the Va. AAA state meet

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Va. AAA State Swimming & Diving Championship Meet kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17. Finals on Saturday. Who will take home the team title? What records could fall? Here are 5 storylines to follow at this year’s championship meet.

Weekly Wrap-up: Ledecky steps into spotlight at Grand Prix; Records tumble at Metros; Virginia champ meet round-ups

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Katie Ledecky (Curl-Burke) bursts onto the Grand Prix scene this year, winning the women’s 800m freestyle; Gonzaga, Churchill win Metros; and more in this week’s round-up.

Osbourn Park repeats as Northwest Region champs

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Consistently placing in the top heats, Osbourn Park boys’ and girls’ swim teams ran away with the AAA Northwest Region Swimming Championship for the second straight year.

Conger, Gonzaga excel at Metros

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Jack Conger flirts with 500-free record; Gonzaga wins team title at Washington Metro Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships

Preview: Washington Metro Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Gonzaga enters this week’s championship meets as one of the hottest teams in the area, coming off wins at the National Catholic and WMPSSDL championship meets. They will be tested this weekend at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship. The Metros finals are Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, where the best teams from Montgomery County, WMPSSDL, and DCIAA come together for one of the best collections of high school talent in on the East Coast.

Preview: AAA Northwest Region Championship

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Defending regional champions Osbourn Park ready to take on powerhouse Albemarle High School, along with Prince William County’s best swimmers, at the AAA Northwest Region Championship meet on Friday.

Weekly Wrap-up: Records tumble at WMPSSDL & Northern Regions; Montgomery, PW, and Loudoun Counties rev up for champ meets

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Freshmen all across the region impressed this week, in the first and second rounds of championship meets in Maryland and Virginia, with All American times and record breaking swims. Read round-ups from all across the area in this week’s wrap-up.

Battlefield defends Cedar Run titles

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Battlefield high school remained on top, repeating at AAA Cedar Run District champions. Patriot boys was second, in just its first year, and showed itself to be a contender for years to come. Freedom girls were second.

WMPSSDL Championship: Katie Ledecky stars for Stone Ridge

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Stone Ridge’s Katie Ledecky breaks Olympian Kate Ziegler’s records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League Championships.

Back on top: Oakton boys and girls swim & dive wins regions

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

On a night where few races were won without achieving an All-American cut time, Oakton’s boys’ and girls’ teams outlasted the competition to once again stand tall as the AAA Northern Region champions. Oakton’s boys beat Woodson, 281.5 to 250, at Oakmarr RECenter, despite not winning a single event until the final relay of the night.

Walter Johnson boys win Division I; Churchill girls propelled past Wootton & Whitman by divers

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Walter Johnson won the MCPS Division I Championship after a close meet with Churchill’s boys. Churchill girls beat Wootton and Whitman after placing first, third, and fourth in diving to give the Bulldogs a lead going into the swimming events.

Weekly High School Wrap-up: Gonzaga wins Nat’l Catholics; dual meet season comes to a close in MCPS; Va. district champs begin

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Gonzaga wins National Catholics, as the dual meet season comes to a close for Montgomery County High Schools; Virginia district championships kicked off. Results posted for MCPS, Va. AAA Cardinal, Concorde, Liberty, National, & Patriot Districts, as well as National Catholics and Va. AA Dulles District. Also a quick look ahead to the second weekend of championship meets.

Cavaliers charge into regionals with Patriot District win

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Records were broken Saturday night at the 2012 AAA Patriot District Championship meet. Woodson boys’ and girls’ impressed as they won the district title.

Oakton boys reclaim Concorde District title; girls repeat

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Oakton rolled at the 2012 Concorde District championship meet. Janet Hu was sensation for the Cougars as was brother Philip Hu, Conor Murphy, Brian Phillips, and Carter Sharer.

Yorktown girls’ dominate, W-L boys’ repeat as National District champions

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Yorktown nearly doubled their nearest competitors in points on Saturday night at the 2012 National District Championship. Washington-Lee boys repeated in a total team effort.

Langley, Madison repeat as Liberty District champions

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

It was an exuberant atmosphere Friday night at Claude Moore RECenter for the 2012 Liberty District Championship meet. Swimmers from all teams were in high spirits and ready to race. In the end, Langley girls and Madison boys’ again claimed the district title, Madison for the third year in a row. Abi Speers and Cyrus Hashemi shined for their teams.

Preview: Concorde District Championship Meet

Friday, January 27th, 2012

RFTW’s look at this weekend’s Va. AAA Patriot District Championship Swim & Dive Meet, taking place January 27-28 at Cub Run RECenter. Oakton is hoping to get back to championship form this season. Their girls are the defending district champions, while their boys were the runner ups after winning the district, region, and state the year before. Expect Chantilly and Westfield to make things difficult for the Cougars as they put their star studded line ups on the the blocks.

Preview: Patriot District Championship Meet

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RFTW’s look at this weekend’s Va. AAA Patriot District Championship Swim & Dive Meet, taking place January 26-28 at Lee District RECenter. Woodson is the run away favorite to repeat as boys’ champions, but if the past is any indication of the outcome for the girls, the meet will not be over until the final relay is over.

Preview: Liberty District Championship Meet

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RFTW’s look at this weekend’s Va. AAA Liberty District Championship Swim & Dive Meet, taking place January 26-28 at Audrey Moore RECenter in Annandale. Will Madison’s boys and Langley’s girls be able to repeat as district champions? Or will another team step up this year and steal the crown? It’s a toss up between the top teams, but we know freshmen swimmers will be the key this year in the Liberty District.

Preview: National District Championship Meet

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Yorktown girls’ team (7-0) are again undefeated this season, having not lost a regular season or district championship meet in over a decade. On the boys’ side, an undefeated Washington-Lee boys’ team are the reigning champions and are not ready to relinquish their crown. Events begin each night at 5:30 p.m. at the brand-new Yorktown Pool in Arlington. Swimming preliminaries will be on Friday, Jan. 27, with finals the next night, Jan. 28. Read about All-Met swimmers Laura Schwartz (Falls Church), Stephanie Romano (Yorktown), and Joel DeSatnick (Hayfield) in their pursuit of Va. State berths. Complete psych sheet available.

Weekly High School Wrap-up: Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun meets beat weather; Maryland meets cancelled

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A little snow didn’t slow down northern Virginia’s top teams, as perennial powerhouses concluded their regular season with wins. Maryland schools were forced to cancel their meets due to icy roads from the storm that hit Friday night.

Battlefield’s seniors impress in girls’ win over Patriot; boys stumble despite dominant performances by stars

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

In the Prince William County showdown, the Bobcat girls’ team (5-0) flexed their muscles against the young Patriot girls (4-1), winning 180-106, while the Battlefield boys (4-1) came up short, despite winning the majority of the night’s events, losing a close one to the Pioneers (5-0), 146-140.

It’s a family affair when Battlefield meets newly opened Patriot HS

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Patriot High School meets Battlefield for the first time ever. Both teams enter the meet with 4-0 records, and the meet is expected to come down to relays.

Wootton’ stars set to challenge Churchill’s depth in division one battle

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Jessica Chen and Kristina Li must continue their winning ways this Saturday against a fast group of Churchill girls, looking for a Division I Championship.

Weekly Wrap-up: Woodson, Yorktown, Oakton alone at the top in Va. with Districts around the corner

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Woodson, Yorktown, and Oakton are undefeated on both girls’ and boys’ sides in the Northern Region with one meet to go. Churchill, Wootton, Walter Johnson, and Whitman are battling it out in the MCPS’ top division, and are looking ahead to their first Maryland states appearances.

Woodson tops West Springfield to advance to 6-0

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

West Springfield picked up its first loss of the season against a dominant Woodson team that is stacked from top to bottom. The Cavaliers should finish the season 7-0 next week against Lake Braddock before setting their sites on district, regional, and state titles.

Cavaliers, Spartans set to battle for Patriot District supremacy

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Friday night will feature W.T. Woodson (5-0, 5-0) versus West Springfield (5-0, 5-0) in a matchup between undefeated teams.

Weekly Wrap-up: Yorktown, Woodson, Oakton, West Springfield still chasing perfect records on both sides

Monday, January 9th, 2012

That list of undefeated teams got smaller over the weekend, as we put 2012′s first week of high school swimming behind us.

Churchill sweeps B-CC [updated with results]

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

B-CC was missing some top performers on the girls side, but it would not have mattered against a dominant Churchill team who rolled in their first meet of the new year.

Wootton girls roll; WJHS boys sneak by despite missing key swimmers [updated with full results]

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Walter Johnson’s girls fall to a talented Wootton, while the Patriot boys team miss a golden opportunity against a depleted Walter Johnson boys team.

An early test for high school teams to start 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The high school season kicks back into gear this weekend with rivalry meets in northern Va. and heavyweight bouts in Montgomery County, featuring Madison-Langley, Robinson-Westfield, Walter Johnson-Wootton, and Churchill-B-CC. We’ll see who trained the hardest during the three week holiday break as we enter the 2012 half of the high school season.

December 11-17 Weekly Wrap-up: Va. high schools swim back-to-back meets

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Virginia high schools competed on both Friday and Saturday night this past weekend. This week, our featured meet is South County versus Lake Braddock. Read more inside, along with more summaries and results from this all of this week’s high school action.

Weekly Wrap-up: 12/4 – 12/10

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

High school teams were in action again this week despite teams losing key swimmers to holiday invitationals taking place all weekend. Read recaps and check out scores and times here.

High School Swimming & Diving: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This week’s featured meet is Yorktown versus Falls Church in a National District showdown.

Class of 2012 swimmers sign National Letters of Intent

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The early period for swimmers to sign National Letters of Intent ended last Wednesday, Nov. 16, and swimmers from the D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia areas will be well represented among the countries elite swimming and diving programs.

WMPSSDL Meet Results: For openers, Good Counsel starts strong

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Good Counsel beat paired Stone Ridge School and Gonzaga College High School, 116-70 and 94-91, respectively, with 1st-place performances by several area stars, including three Olympic Trials qualifiers and a recent National Age Group record holder.

Whitman, DeMatha to launch water polo programs

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Two of Maryland’s premier swimming high schools hope to establish water polo teams this fall, with school-sponsored clubs at Whitman and DeMatha poised to make their debuts.

2010-11 All-Met teams

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The 2010-11 Winter All-Met teams were released Friday and showcased the top swimming and diving talent in the area.

MCPS could join Md. state meet, alter Metros schedule

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Montgomery County Public School swim coaches and athletic directors are considering a proposal to join the Maryland state meet and shift Metros earlier in the season schedule.

Brenstville boys repeat as Va. A-AA champs

Monday, February 28th, 2011

One year after capturing a razor-thin five-point victory to claim the Virginia A-AA state championship, Brentsville’s talented core of seniors capped their high school careers with another title – this time with a little less late drama.

Whitman girls repeat at Metros; Gonzaga boys victorious

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The Whitman girls rode a pair of record-setting relays to their second straight Metros title while Gonzaga used its overwhelming depth to capture its first title since 2003.

Urbana girls win first state title; Severna Park boys repeat

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Urbana’s girls win their first Maryland 4A/3A state title, edging Severna Park. The Falcon boys’ team repeated as state champs.

Deep end of talent pool

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Good Counsel sophomore Jack Conger has become a nationally-recognized swimmer; he is ranked in the top four for his age group in five events. He also has to his credit a 30-minute conversation on swimming with U.S. Olympian Aaron Peirsol.

Maryland class 4A/3A state preview

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The Severna Park boys and girls are both hoping to repeat as Maryland 4A/3A state champs, but the girls might have their hands full with Urbana.

Madeira takes fourth at VSIS Championships

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Madeira took fourth and the boys from St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes grabbed a program-best fifth at the VSIS Swimming and Diving Championships. Next up for many area teams? Metros.

Churchill boys, Whitman girls take MCPS titles

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Churchill came from behind to reclaim the Montgomery County Public Schools Swimming and Diving Championships on the boys’ side while the Whitman girls continued their perfect season with a repeat performance at Saturday’s meet. Complete meet results inside

Langley girls, Westfield boys win Va. AAA titles

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Langley’s girls used an all-around team performance and two relay wins to vault back to the top of the Virginia AAA swim championships, while Westfield’s confidence boosted them to the program’s first-ever title. Complete meet results inside (pdf)

AAA State Championships preview

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The VHSL AAA swim and dive season comes to a dramatic close this weekend at the state championships in Virginia Beach. The Langley girls and the Westfield boys have to be considered the favorites, but will be tested.

Montgomery County championships preview

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The 2010 Montgomery County Public School Swimming and Diving Championships provided plenty of drama and a few surprises as the Whitman girls announced themselves as a legitimate Metros title contender and the Wootton boys earned an elusive victory for their team and longtime coach Howard Blume. How will Saturday’s 2011 championship meet play out?

Virginia dive champions ruled out for state meet

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Defending Virginia AAA state champion divers Cory Bowersox and Kelli Stockton surpassed all expectations with their performances at the USA Diving Winter Nationals, but while doing so, missed their respective district and regional meets. Now neither will get the opportunity to defend their title at this weekend’s state meet.

Runner-up no longer

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

After taking second place at the district, regional, and state meets last year, the Langley girls are back and stronger than ever. With district and regional titles already to their names this year, the girls hope to add a state title to that collection this weekend.

Montgomery Co. roundup

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Churchill, Blair, Blake and Clarksburg boys and Whitman, Northwest, Magruder and Springbrook girls each picked up wins at their respective division meets as Montgomery County’s public schools geared up for this weekend’s Montgomery County championships. Elsewhere, Georgetown Prep won the IAC championships.

Brentsville boys win Region II; Osbourn Park sweeps Northwest

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Brentsville boys are one step closer to defending their Virginia AA state title after winning the Region II meet while the Osbourn Park girls and boys continued their unbeaten seasons with a convincing sweep at the AAA Northwest Region meet.

Montgomery County divisional previews

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With Virginia’s Northern Region meet in the books and the WMPSSDL’s championship meet all wrapped up, Montgomery County joins the championship season this weekend with its divisional meets. Inside find a quick look at the weekend schedule and what to watch for at each meet.

Westfield boys set sights on a state prize

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Westfield boys have already enjoyed a record-setting season, winning the Concorde District and Northern Region for the first time in program history. But the Bulldogs aren’t satisfied yet; they have their eyes on a VHSL title.

Broad Run boys, Briar Woods girls win Dulles District titles

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Broad Run’s senior class completed four years of perfection in the Dulles District, claiming a fourth-consecutive league championship while the Briar Woods girls earned their second straight championship as both teams gear up for regional and state title runs. In the Evergreen District, Brentsville earned a second consecutive sweep.

Gonzaga boys, Good Counsel girls claim WMPSSDL titles

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

With plenty of depth and even more spirit, Gonzaga dominated the field to claim its first WMPSSDL championship since 2008 while the Good Counsel girls notched their seventh straight Saturday night at the Takoma Aquatic Center. Links to complete results inside

Westfield boys, Langley girls take Northern Region titles

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

As Westfield senior CJ Fiala turned off on the last wall in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final boys’ event of the Virginia AAA Northern Region swim and dive championships, he found himself neck and neck with Robinson’s anchor. There could not have been a more fitting way for Westfield’s meet to end. Links to complete results inside.

Best of Northern Region to collide Saturday

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Madison divers won both the boys’ and girls’ 1M diving competition to open the 2011 Northern Region Swim and Dive Championships, but the region titles won’t be decided until the swimmers take the water on Saturday evening.

Madison divers sweep Northern Region

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Five days after winning the girls’ and boys’ diving titles at the AAA Liberty District meet, Madison seniors Kelly Corish and Ryan Fox capped a memorable week with a clean sweep at the Northern Region diving championships. At the WMPSSDL championships, Sidwell Friends junior Olivia Grinker won her third straight diving title while Landon’s Jordan Gear won the boys’ title.

Virginia district championships conclude

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

A look at the results from the Concorde, Liberty, Patriot, National, Cardinal and Cedar Run District meets.

Championship meets roundup

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A number of league championship meets took place over the weekend, providing plenty of excitement and several surprises. Check out a roundup of the ISL championships and National Catholics.

Virginia AAA district championship previews

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Despite some postponements due to the weather, Virginia’s district championship meets are on for this weekend and we’ve got your updated dates, times and sites along with preview capsules for each of this weekend’s big meets in the Commonwealth.

Accepting the challenge, preparing for victory

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Now in its second year, Oakton Swim Club is a team designed for disabled high school athletes and shares a unique relationship with the Oakton High School swim team.

Good Counsel sweeps Prep, Holy Cross

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Good Counsel boys narrowly edged hosts Georgetown Prep while the girls nearly doubled up Holy Cross Tuesday at a WMPSSDL dual meet.

Woodson girls stumble, boys prevail

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The South County girls snatched an undefeated season away from Woodson while the Oakton girls and boys beat Herndon to wrap up impressive seasons in the Concorde District.

Washington-Lee revs up rivalry with Yorktown

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The Washington-Lee boys are fired up for their annual clash with Arlington rivals Yorktown but have their sights set on a district title.

“The Magic of Miracles”

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Langley seniors Chuck and Jayme Katis are not only standouts in the pool and college-bound swimmers, but also founders of their own non-profit, The Magic of Miracles.

Northern Region shakeup

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Westfield continued to roll, Thomas Jefferson looked strong and South County posted a historic win in Northern Region action this weekend. In Montgomery County, Whitman’s girls continued their winning ways as the Vikings split a dual meet with Walter Johnson.

Westfield undefeated streak on the line

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The Robinson boys look to turn around their season against the 5-0 Westfield Bulldogs while the emergent South County Stallions will try to knock off Lake Braddock in a Patriot District match-up. In Montgomery County, Whitman takes on Walter Johnson.

Raiders ripping through P.G. swimming ranks

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Eleanor Roosevelt is cruising through the ranks of Prince George’s County and has its sights set on challenging for county and region titles.

High school practice cuts remain a hot topic

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Halfway through the first high school season impacted by budget cuts, Northern Region coaches reflect on the effects of a reduced practice schedule.

Gonzaga upsets Prep; Churchill wins carnival

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Gonzaga added some drama to the upcoming championship meet season by taking down WMPSSDL rival Georgetown Prep while Churchill once again rallied from a late deficit to win the MCPS Division I relay carnival in dramatic fashion.

Madison, Langley to renew rivalry

Friday, January 7th, 2011

As high school swimming returns to the Northern Region this weekend, a pair of long-standing rivalries stand out on the schedule – Madison vs. Langley and Robinson vs. Chantilly. Also included is a preview of Severna Park Swimming’s ninth annual Winterfest and a recap St.Stephen’s/St. Agnes’s win over Wilson.

Highlights and holidays

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

As we prepare for a brief break from high school swimming coverage for the holidays, we’d like to leave you with some highlights from the early part of the season.

Briar Woods girls soaring in Dulles District

Monday, December 20th, 2010

After winning their first district title and placing fourth at the Virginia A-AA state meet last winter, the Briar Woods girls’ have picked up right are again out in front in the Dulles District.

Madison hoping to find its form against McLean

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The reigning AAA Liberty District champion Madison Warhawks will pick up the pace as they take on league rivals McLean while Wootton finally gets its crack at Churchill in Montgomery County after last year’s dual meet was snowed out.

Robinson coaches fired after hazing incident

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Robinson Secondary School swimming coaching staff was fired last Thursday following a locker room incident at a Dec. 3 swim meet at Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly.

Elizabeth Pepper on a mission this winter

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

A disappointing showing at last winter’s Metros championships is fueling Walter Johnson senior Elizabeth Pepper this season. And in Virginia, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and Bishop Ireton split the annual Alexandria Tri-City meet on Tuesday.

Locals impress at Tom Dolan Invitational

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Many of the area’s top swimmers competed in the Tom Dolan Invitational at George Mason University over the weekend, while Bethesda-Chevy Chase knocked off Wootton in Montgomery County and Heritage went 2-0 in Virginia’s AAA Cedar Run District.

H.S. Preview: Girls

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Severna Park and Robinson hope to build on respective state title streaks in Maryland and Virginia while a slew of returning All-Mets should make things interesting when Metros rolls around. We preview the 2010-11 girls’ high school swim season with swimmers to watch, plenty of storylines and key meet dates to put on your calendar.

H.S. Preview: Boys

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

We’re back! Finally! It’s time to kick off the 2010-11 high school swim season, and we’ll start with today’s boys’ preview featuring swimmers to watch and the top storylines from around the region.

We’re back (well, almost)! And ready for your H.S. swim results

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Reachforthewall.com will once again be your home for Washington D.C.-area high school swimming this winter. We will have updates from the area’s swimmers and teams three times per week beginning on Dec. 9 and, with your help, hope to compile an extensive database of the area’s high school swim times, meets and swimmers.

Conger, Haase teammates year-round

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Sarah Haase and Jack Conger have seen plenty of each other over the past year. The two swim together year-round for Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club and at Good Counsel, where they combined for four individual wins at Metros en route to All-Met honors this winter. Both also headed to Ireland as part of the NCSA All-Star team in the spring. And if they didn’t know each other well enough through all of that, they’ll get a chance to learn more this summer.

The All-Met standouts, considered two of the top swimmers in the region, both swim and coach together at Flower Valley in Division A of the Montgomery County Swim League.

All-Met swimmers announced

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Seton senior Jameson Hill (top) owned the area’s top times in the 200 and 500 freestyle and is the boys’ swimmer of the year.

Oakton junior Kaitlin Pawlowicz, who shattered a national record in the 200 IM, is the girls’ swimmer of the year.

Links to the complete teams can be found inside.

Area roundup

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Former All-Met and Olympian Kate Ziegler is seeded first in several events for this weekend’s PVS Senior Short Course Championships held at George Mason, and in some races might go up against some of the area’s top young swimmers. Five local swimmers qualified for the men’s NCAA swim championships, check out their seeds for the meet. Former All-Met Swimmer of the Year Eric Friedland is seeded third in the 200 breaststroke. Also, prepping for NCSA junior champs.

Area round-up

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

A round-up of area events, including the Virginia men winning the ACC championships, locals performances for Texas at the Big 12 championships, top performances at CAAs by Ashley Danner and Eric Knight, Oakton All-Met Kaitlin Pawlowicz’s nomination for USA Swimming’s race of the week and local clubs taking national honors.

Conger’s record-setting night a rare one

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Good Counsel freshman Jack Conger knocked off marks in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and that begged the question. When was the last time a freshman set two records at Metros?

Whitman girls, Georgetown Prep win Metros championships

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Whitman’s girls win their first Metros title, while Georgetown Prep cruises to a seventh consecutive championship on Saturday night. Records fell with Whitman’s Danielle Schulkin and Good Counsel’s Sarah Haase and Jack Conger all setting marks. COMPLETE RESULTS INSIDE

Severna Park sweeps Md. 4A/3A state meet

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

For the third time in four years, Severna Park took home the Maryland 4A/3A state crown, but this time it was a clean sweep as the Falcon boys joined their teammates atop the podium for their first ever title. COMPLETE 4A/3A and 1A/2A/3A STATE MEET RESULTS INSIDE!

Q&A: Bill Bullough on Metros History

Friday, February 26th, 2010

On Saturday, the 46th annual Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds. The meet, better know as Metros, is one of the top championships in the region, hosting several of the area’s top high school programs from both the public and private school sectors. Bill Bullough, who started the Richard Montgomery Swim Club in 1968 and helped to organize the first Metros Championship, took some time to reflect on the meet, its history and some of his favorite memories.

Divers share a pool but little else with swimmers

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The Washington area is becoming a hotbed of high school diving, but there is an obvious disconnect between swimmers and divers, even on their own teams.

Maryland regional meet results

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Long overdue results from last weekend’s Maryland regional meets.

Where are they now? Part II

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

A new feature updating you on All-Met swimmers over the past few years and how they are doing at the college level. Today’s post start focuses on the status of the All-Met Classes of 2008 and 2009. Feel free to chime in with your own swimmers to watch, and what they’ve done lately.

Metros Psych Sheet and Va. State Conversions

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Get the 2010 Metros psych sheet and see a list of the NISCA unofficial time standards for All-American honors. The list provides a ballpark idea of the time standards after Virginia’s state meet was held at a short-course meter pool in Virginia Beach.

Where are they now? – Part I

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

A new feature updating you on All-Met swimmers over the past few years and how they are doing at the college level. Today’s post start with the swimmers from the classes of 2005, ’06 and ’07. Tomorrow, the status of the All-Met Classes of 2008 and 2009.

Championship Roundup

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A roundup of results from the Virginia A-AA state championship, where the Brentsville boys’ won a title and Briar Woods girls’ and Broad Run’s boys’ also shined, the VSIS championships, where Seton won another title, and Good Counsel’s win in the girls’ WMPSSDL championships. ALSO THE METROS PSYCH SHEET ATTACHED

Oakton Boys, Robinson Girls Surge to State Titles

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Oakton’s boys end Robinson’s seven-year reign as state champions, while the Rams’ girls start their own streak with a second consecutive victory in Virginia Beach. FULL RESULTS AND VIDEO ATTACHED

Wootton boys shake up Mo. Co. championships

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The Wootton boys were surprise winners while Whitman continued its strong season, taking the girls’ meet and the combined meet at Saturday’s Montgomery County championships.

Montgomery teams gear up for county meet

Friday, February 19th, 2010

With a full week of pool time, Montgomery’s 25 teams convene at the Martin Luther King Swim Center Saturday for a county championship meet that should feature faster times and dramatic finishes. PSYCH SHEET INSIDE

Va. Beach pool is retooled ahead of states

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The swimmers who will compete Saturday in the Virginia AAA state championship were not yet in middle school the last time the season-ending meet was held at the Princess Anne Recreation Center in Virginia Beach. But the story of that pool — which sparked controversy when it was found to be less than a half-inch short of 25 meters at the 2003 championships, thus nullifying several national records — is well known by many of the athletes.The pool has since undergone construction to meet competition standards. Yet while the lanes this year are a full 25 meters, there’s another type of measurement that will affect the athletes from Northern Virginia.

Severna Park girls, South River boys take Anne Arundel meet

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The defending Maryland 4A/3A state champion Severna Park girls dominated the Anne Arundel county meet while the Falcons boys fell just short of completing the sweep as South River prevailed. COMPLETE RESULTS INSIDE

Little Hoyas Crowned at WMPSSDL’s

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League boys’ swimming championship was held Wednesday evening at Georgetown Prep after the snow delayed the meet several times. In a back-and-forth affair, Georgetown Prep distanced itself late from rival Gonzaga to claim the win with 437 points, ahead of the Eagles 399.5 and DeMatha’s 376. FULL RESULTS ATTACHED!

2009-10 Area Top Times

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Here are the top three times in all 24 events leading up to Virginia A-AA and AAA states, WMPSSDLs and Metros in the coming days and weeks. The times were submitted to reachforthewall.com by coaches and administrators after duals, districts, divisionals, regionals and other meets.

Oakton boys’ take Northern Region title

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

For the second consecutive year it was Oakton who took home the Virginia AAA Northern Region title, finishing ahead of Fairfax (215), Langley (198) and Robinson (193) with 244 points. FULL RESULTS INSIDE!

Churchill boys, Whitman girls take Division I titles

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

After more than a week out of the pool, the Whitman girls and Churchill boys once again showed why they should not be taken lightly at Metros as the two teams scored convincing victories at Saturday’s Montgomery County Division I meet. COMPLETE RESULTS INSIDE FROM DIVISIONS I, II, III and IV

Snow could have lasting effect on swimmers

Friday, February 12th, 2010

With the major snowstorms in the rear view mirror and all winter sports preparing for a hectic championship season, swimmers — perhaps more than any other sport — face a major challenge to recover from a week-long hiatus from the pool in order to be ready for the year-end meets.

Swim championships schedule update

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

UPDATE FROM FRIDAY EVENING: WMPSSDLs rescheduled for timed finals next week. The Northern Region meet has officially been moved to Monday. The Dulles District Meet has officially been canceled. Read on for the list of the swimmers that will be permitted to move forward to Regionals (currently scheduled for Monday starting at 9am). The list is courtesy of Jon-Michael Lemon and Janice Nette, the swim coaches at George Mason High School.

Montgomery Co. moves ahead as scheduled

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Montgomery County schools have not yet been forced to join the scramble to reschedule championship meets. UPDATE: MCPS cancels school for the week; no word yet on divisional meets.

Robinson’s Bowersox wins region diving crown

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Robinson sophomore Cory Bowersox took the Virginia AAA Northern Region diving crown last Thursday, outscoring LSU-bound Annandale senior Sean McKinney in the event. Also, updates on the Northern and Northwest Region swim championships. WITH VIDEO AND FULL RESULTS!

Northern Region girls get swims in before storm

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Northern Region girls’ swimming prelims were run as timed finals, and though there is an outside chance a finals may be held next week it is more likely these are the final region results. Also, an update on boys’ swimming and girls’ diving. RESULTS ATTACHED!

Championship meets prepare for snow

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

With forecasts for between 16 and 24 inches of snow — and possibly more — set to hit the metropolitan area on Friday and Saturday, schools and leagues throughout the area are preemptively altering weekend schedules for meets currently set to be held on the weekend. WMPSSDL and DULLES DIST. PSYCH SHEETS ATTACHED

Northern Region prepares a plan for weekend snow

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

UPDATED 2/5! With the forecast again calling for snow on Friday and Saturday, county administrators have set a new schedule to assure the regional championships are held this weekend. The girls’ and boys’ preliminaries will be run as timed finals in case snow cancels the finals, which are set to be held on Saturday. PSYCH SHEET ATTACHED

Falcons win, Seton’s Hill shines at Nat’l Catholics

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Good Counsel’s girls take home a National Catholic title, while Seton School’s Jameson Hill and Holy Cross’s Katie Rogers win Most Valuable Swimmer over the weekend. Hill turned in two automatic All-American times and snapped a record set by Olympian Bobby Hackett that has stood since 1977.

Yorktown sweeps National District

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Washington-Lee’s boys’ fell just eight points short against a Patriots team that swept the titles at Washington-Lee pool, with the girls’ team turning in a dominant performance by scoring 606 points, 357 more than second-place Falls Church.

Virginia district championship round-up

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Madison’s boys’ and girls’ teams took home titles in the Liberty District, W.T. Woodson’s boys’ and girls’ earned championships in the Patriot and the Oakton boys and Robinson girls won titles in the Concorde in meets around the area. FULL RESULTS INSIDE!!

Virginia AAA District meet previews

Friday, January 29th, 2010

After months of dual meets, the championship season has finally arrived for Virginia teams as the area district meets open this weekend across the Northern Region. Here is a quick preview of the area Virginia AAA Northern Region district championships.

Sherwood puts unbeaten record on the line against Poolesville

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The Warriors are the front-runners in Division II and look to remain unbeaten Saturday against Poolesville.

Richard Montgomery’s German Rocket

Monday, January 25th, 2010

When Clemens Kaiser arrived in Rockville in August from his home in Pinneberg, Germany, the 17-year-old had one goal in mind — to set as many records in the pool as possible before he returned home at the end of the school year.

An interview with Pawlowicz and Phillips

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Washington Post reporter B.J. Koubaroulis interviews Oakton swimmers Bradley Phillips and Kaitlin Pawlowicz. Phillips and Pawlowicz are returning state champions and talked with Koubaroulis about the goals and expectations that comes with winning an individual state title.

Jefferson girls look to finish undefeated

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Jefferson’s girls go into the regular-season finale with a perfect record on the line as the Colonials are eyeing a chance to capture their first district championship for either the boys’ or girls’ since 2006-07.

Whitman has its eyes on the prize

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Last February, the Churchill girls pulled off a stunning upset at Metros, knocking off 12-time defending champion Good Counsel with a deep, balanced lineup. This year, Whitman is hoping to repeat the feat with a similar approach.

Nailbiters highlight weekend meets

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Several Saturday meets went down to the wire in Montgomery County as the Whitman boys edged Walter Johnson by two points and Einstein squeaked past Clarksburg by four to win a key Division IV dual meet. Also included: wrap-up of Friday’s Virginia AA Dulles District dual meet between Loudoun County and Freedom-South Riding and notes on Woodson’s win over West Springfield.

Woodson eyes defending champion Spartans

Friday, January 15th, 2010

W.T. Woodson enters a dual tonight against defending Virginia AAA Patriot District champion West Springfield with an undefeated record hoping build confidence with the district championships just two weeks away.

Proposed budget would halve Fairfax practices

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack D. Dale has proposed a 50-percent reduction in high school swim/dive practice time. “This kept the program alive,” said Bill Curran, Student Activities and Athletics Director for Fairfax County. “Swimming and diving is very popular, so we didn’t want to see any elimination of it. We didn’t touch swim meets; the opportunity to compete is still there, which is important. It’s enough practice time for them to get in some time that they need.”

Churchill narrowly edges Whitman at relay carnival

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Montgomery County Division I swim teams returned to the pool Saturday for their first competitive action of the new year — the relay carnival at Martin Luther King Swim Center. And while the meet does not factor into team standings, the razor-thin margin that separated the top two teams definitely increased the anticipation for the upcoming county and Metros meets.

This weekend…and beyond

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Now that the snow has been cleared and the holidays are over, meets are back in full swing and we’d love you to let us know about them. There are two ways for team representatives (coaches, athletes, parents, league administrators, fans) to send us high school meet results. And a page for every school has been created for you to write about those meets and post your photos from them. Meet results are available on those school pages and top times can be found at the bottom right of the homepage and in the results/stats links in the orange bar under the banner. We’ll display the best of your posts and photos on the left side of our homepage starting next week.

Severna Park takes on Meade, Northeast

Friday, January 8th, 2010

A year ago, Severna Park rolled to a second Maryland 4A/3A girls state title in three years while the boys finished a close second behind Broadneck. The Falcons’ quest to repeat continues tonight in a dual meet against Meade and Northeast.

Dual meets providing early test for Stags

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Dual meets often are viewed as merely building blocks early in the season for the championship meets that come later. But for DeMatha — which opened the season with dominant performances in four consecutive wins — two dual meets this week will serve as a gauge of how the Stags stack up for the Washington Metro Prep School Swim and Dive League and Metros championships later this year.

Who will you be watching?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In the season’s first month we began to follow as many area teams and individual swimmers as possible, but today we’re asking for your thoughts.
In your opinion, which teams and individuals are the top contenders for end-of-season titles and accolades and what teams and individuals may be flying under the radar at the moment, but could have an impact by season’s end?

Out of the pool and into the snow

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The weekend snowstorm provided area students with an early Christmas present in the form of a few snow days and an extended holiday break. But the early start to the school holiday has cut into swim practice schedules and will keep many teams out of the water for a full two weeks.

Woodson, Jefferson stay unbeaten

Monday, December 21st, 2009

W.T. Woodson stayed undefeated on the year with wins on both the boys’ and girls’ sides over Annandale, while Jefferson also kept a clean record with convincing wins over South Lakes. Both teams enter winter break at a perfect 4-0.

Churchill girls look to bounce back vs. Wootton

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Still riding high after an upset win over perennial power Good Counsel last February at Metros, the Churchill girls came into this season loaded with talent and widely considered a top contender to repeat as Montgomery County and Metros champions. But after suffering their first defeat in two years last Saturday against Whitman, the Bulldogs will be looking to rebound this week against Wootton.

Va./Private school notes: Gonzaga optimistic

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

This year, despite losing seven key seniors, Gonzaga Coach Dave Norton said his younger swimmers are going into the season unafraid of the preconceptions, and eager to see what they can accomplish with a deeper, well-rounded team.

Ready for your results

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Now that the snow has been cleared and the holidays are over, meets are back in full swing and we’d love you to let us know about them. There are two ways for team representatives (coaches, athletes, parents, league administrators, fans) to send us high school meet results. And a page for every school has been created for you to write about those meets and post your photos from them. Meet results are available on those school pages and top times can be found at the bottom right of the homepage and in the results/stats links in the orange bar under the banner. We’ll display the best of your posts and photos on the left side of our homepage starting next week.

Maryland notebook: Sherwood holds off Quince Orchard

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Sherwood was one of several teams around the area entering Saturday meets short-handed with one or several of its top swimmers competing at U.S. short-course junior nationals in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. But those absences provided opportunities for other swimmers to step up and contribute in the Warriors’ sweep of Quince Orchard.

How do you choose?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Many of the comments over the past few days focused on the balance between high school and club competition. With several high-profile regional and national meets conflicting with high school dual meets, many elite local swimmers are faced with tough decisions on how to split their time. So, our question is: How does an elite swimmer, if forced to choose, pick between individual and team competition with his or her club or high school?

High school roundup: Churchill-Whitman and Oakton-Robinson

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Whitman coach Geoff Schaefer tinkered with his girls’ lineup this weekend, helping his girls’ team defeat defending Metros champion Churchill, 94-77. The Churchill boys rolled to a 128-43 win. Meanwhile, Robinson and Oakton also split this weekend, with the Oakton boys downing the seven-time state champion Rams, 192-123, and the state champion Robinson girls knocking off Oakton (2-1), 181-134.

Rivals Oakton, Robinson square off Friday

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Last season, Oakton celebrated during the Northern Region championships after taking powerhouse Robinson down for the boys’ title. A week later, however, Robinson got the last laugh, winning a seventh consecutive boys’ state championship, and taking home the girls’ title, too. Friday at 6:30 p.m., the two rivals will meet at Cub Run in a meet that has both teams excited for what they said is the most important meet of the dual season.

High School Preview:Boys

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Our high school swimming previews continue with a look at what to watch for in Washington D.C.-area boys’ swimming in 2009-10. Included are the area’s swimmer to watch, top three storylines, notes from around the area, and key dates. Wednesday: girls’ preview; Thursday: boys’ preview; Friday: a look at the Robinson-Oakton rivalry.

High School Preview: Girls

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Reachforthewall.com begins its expanded coverage of high school swimming with a look at what to watch for in Washington D.C.-area girls’ swimming in 2009-10. Included are the area’s swimmer to watch, top three storylines, notes from around the area, and key dates. Thursday: boys’ preview; Friday: a look at the Robinson-Oakton rivalry.

Defending metros champs square off

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Last Wednesday Georgetown Prep, Churchill and Holy Cross competed against each other in an early-season meet set up to allow a local rivalry to bloom. Georgetown Prep, last year’s Metros champions, downed Churchill, 112-74, and Churchill’s girls, which also won Metros, defeated Holy Cross, 155-71.





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