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Two Potomac Valley members were selected to the 2014 Eastern Zone Select Camp coaching roster. They’ll oversee 56 swimmers, including seven local athletes.
With a week off school, Occoquan Swimming enjoyed a week of hard training and Caribbean sun during spring break this year.
PVS swimmers dominated last month’s NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida.
All eyes will be on Michael Phelps this Thursday and Friday at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but here are five local storylines not to overlook.
D.C.-area junior age group stars show off talent at 2014 Junior Olympics.
NCAP’s 13-14 boys takes down 800 freestyle relay national age group record Friday at 14&U J.O.’s.
Rising distance star continues success on first night of PVS 14 & under Junior Olympics Thursday.
NCAP followed Friday and Saturday’s high school championship meets up with a record-breaking performance from 10-year-old Brett Feyerick.
15-year-old distance star Matthew Hirschberger moves to Georgetown Prep site to train with Bruce Gemmell.
Isabella Rongione, formerly of FISH, joines Katie Ledecky to train under Bruce Gemmell.
NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer lowers Mary T. Meagher’s 200 butterfly national age group record during Saturday’s finals.
NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer misses national age group record by .06 seconds.
NOVA, NCAP both under national age group relay record to cap first night of finals at Tom Dolan Invite.
Five story lines to follow at this year’s Tom Dolan Invitational.
Lee District site hosts of October Open holding Swim Pink event to raise funds for Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Nation’s Capital takes down national age group record on second night of finals at PVC senior long course championships.
Recaps from the Eastern Zone “Super Sectional” meet and NVSL All Star meet — picture gallery from All Stars included.
Curl-Burke’s Cassidy Bayer reset her own NAG record in the girls’ 200 butterfly during Sunday night’s finals.
Cassidy Bayer earns her second NAG record on Friday night at the 2012 PVS Senior Long-Course Championships.
Highlights from the final day of competition at the Va. States LC Championships.
Highlights from Day Two at the Virginia States Long Course Championships at Oakmarr RECenter in Oakton, Va.
On the final day at NCSA Junior Nationals, all the usual suspects could be found in the top heats, performing as they had all week. Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger earned the female and male performance of the meet awards.
Katie Ledecky notched her third win of the meet in Orlando, as did Jack Conger, in the second to last day of competition at NCSA Junior Nationals.
Ledecky continues to show her versatility in the freestyle events, winning the 200 free in commanding fashion. Haase one win away from a sweep of the breaststroke events, after 50 breaststroke win on Thursday.
Conger blows away competition in 200m back at Junior Nationals; rising stars McTaggart and Seliskar make first Trials cutsWednesday, March 21st, 2012
Jack Conger rocked the competition Wednesday night in the men’s 200-meter backstroke, bringing the crowd to their feet in the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.
Local talent will headline at this year’s NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships. Here are RFTW’s top 4 stories to watch. Link to results inside.
Curl-Burke swimmer Katie Ledecky starts her Junior Nationals campaign by breaking a pair of girls’ 15-16 year-old NAG records.
Weekend Round-up: Wu, Bayer win 20 events at PVS Junior Olympics; Area divers advance to East NationalsTuesday, March 20th, 2012
Timothy Wu sets three individual records at PVS Junior Olympics. Tim Faerber sweeps boards at Region 2 Diving Championships. Read more from both meets inside.
Potomac Valley swimmers will be competing this weekend in Austin, Texas this weekend, in USA Swimming’s Austin Grand Prix.
A team atmosphere was evident at the 2011 Winter Classic as area teams urged on their friends against great competition at George Mason University’s Jim McKay Natatorium.
*Edited to include relay records, including two NAG record*
Jack Conger and Michael Andrew broke three National Age Group records between them at the 2011 Tom Dolan Invitational. Curl-Burke broke the boys 13-14 400 medley relay NAG record.
Local swimmers shined in timed finals on the first night of the 2011 Tom Dolan Invitational held at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Center.
The 2011 Tom Dolan Invitational will begin Thursday night at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center, with timed finals events. Over the last decade, the invitational has attracted many of the top club teams from up and down the East Coast, making Tom Dolan one of the most competitive meets in the country. Read RFTW’s in-depth preview of swimmers to watch.
The 2011 Winter Classic kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m., December 8, at George Mason University’s McKay Natatorium in Fairfax. The annual holiday meet, hosted by the Potomac Marlins, is in its ninth year and has become a competitive alternative to the Tom Dolan Invitational, also taking place this weekend.
The holiday swim season begins this weekend with a great meet, helping a great cause. The sixth Turkey Claus Showdown, an official sponsor of the DC Area Toys for Tots Foundation, takes place Friday through Sunday at the Takoma Aquatic and Community Center.
Curl-Burke's Katie Ledecky shines at National Age Group Team Challenge, shatters 33-year-old National Age Group RecordMonday, November 14th, 2011
Fourteen-year old Kate Ledecky of Curl-Burke, smashed two 13-14 National Age Group yards records at the 5th Annual National Age Group Team Challenge.
Swimmers at the PVS Long Course Age Group Championships put up fast times despite the hot, sticky heat in Laurel this weekend.
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.
Ten-year-old Isabella Rongione won six events and helped three relay teams to victories as Potomac Valley won the team title in last week’s LC Eastern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockville. The complete list of locals who finished in the top 3 is inside.
Potomac Valley Swimming and other organizations make a large-scale effort to tighten and improve sexual misconduct policies in the wake of recent public challenges to USA Swimming’s handling of the problem in the past.
This weekend’s Potomac Valley Long Course Age Group Championships have been moved to Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale after a mechanical malfunction at rendered the pool at Fairland Aquatics Center unusable. Schedule changes inside…
Curl-Burke’s Katie Ledecky, 13, and RMSC’s Jack Conger, 15, each found more success against older competition at this weekend’s Potomac Valley Swimming Long Course Senior Championships.
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.
Potomac Valley Swimming won the combined team title at the Eastern Zone Short Course Age Group Championship for the second time in as many years. Nine other LSC’s from Virginia to Maine participated in the event which was held in Webster, New York April 1-3.
While many of the area’s top swimmers competed at Junior Nationals over the weekend, the younger age group took part in the 2010 14 & Under Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic Championships at Fairland Aquatic Center.
RMSC’s Jack Conger breaks a national age group record in the 200 backstroke, Curl-Burke’s Chuck Katis and K.J. Park go one-two in the 100 breaststroke and several other swimmers impress in days two and three at Junior Nationals. Also, locals get started at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The first day of NCSA Junior Nationals is in the books. Check out how the swimmers from local clubs Curl-Burke, Rockville-Montgomery and Arlington Aquatic fared on Day One and early in Day Two, and get links to see the full results of the first day’s events.
Katie Ledecky, 12, shined at the PVS Senior Short Course championships as did others including former All-Met Zach Hayden, former Olympian and All-Met Swimmer of the Year Kate Ziegler, Marshall’s Adam Pennington and 14-year-old Janet Hu. COMPLETE RESULTS INSIDE
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.
Twenty-six year-old Kurt Blohm is no stranger to dominant meet weekends. He finished all four of his individual races this weekend in first place, setting Sport Fair Winter Classic Invitational Meet records in the 50 yard backstroke (20.99) and the 100 yard backstroke (51.32). In all, 33 meet records were set.
Rockville-Montgomery placed eighth and Curl-Burke 28th in the overall team standings this past weekend at the U.S. short-course junior national championships in Columbus, Ohio, as Machine Aquatics claimed 33rd on in the men’s standings, and a host of locals swam to top-20 finishes.
At this weekend’s Tom Dolan Invitational Meet, 14-year old Conor Cudahy had one of the most impressive long-distance swims when he dropped dropped close to a minute off his seed time to win the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:49.75. Multiple winners included Olympian Kate Ziegler, 13-year old Janet Hu, Samuel Rairden and Emily Zhang among others.
Beginning late Thursday afternoon, the majority of the area’s best swimmers will converge on the George Mason University Aquatic and Fitness Center for the biggest meet of the winter season, the Tom Dolan Invitational.
Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club hosted and won its third annual National Age Group Team Challenge this weekend.
What happened? As USA Swimming celebrated an 11.2-percent increase in membership in 2009, Potomac Valley Swimming officials swallowed hard. The region’s once hot membership growth slowed. Now we want to know why.
The Potomac Valley Swimming season opened this weekend with the October Open, a large meet that serves as the first major event of the year for many swimmers in the area. The weekend also played host to the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club Kickoff Classic.
Potomac Valley Swimming held its bi-annual Swimposium at the start of October. The day-long event taught swimmers, parents, coaches, club owners and officials how best to improve.
The special swim caps and wristbands they ordered hadn’t arrived yet, but more than 20 DC Wave swimmers competed anyway at Sunday’s 2009 All-Freestyle Meet at the Fairland Aquatic Center, hoping to do honor to a dear teammate’s memory.
With the club swimming season kicking off for all of Potomac Valley Swimming at Sunday’s 2009 All Freestyle Meet at Fairland Aquatics Center, perhaps no team enters the year ahead with higher hopes for growth than the District’s own team, the DC Wave, which will send more than two dozen swimmers to Sunday’s opening event.
The one thing Rowdy Gaines will not do during Saturday’s swim clinic at Georgetown Prep: Teach anyone to swim the way he learned to swim. Almost every technical element of his gold-medal victory in the Olympic 100-meter freestyle at the 1984 Summer Games now makes him cringe.
Potomac Valley Swimming’s board of directors tries to alleviate confusion on the new swimsuit rules with a letter to members.
No matter what happens this week at USA Swimming’s annual convention in Chicago, Potomac Valley Swimming intends to open the season with a ban on full-body, non-textile suits, officials say. The PVS board of directors voted to put the new suit rules into effect Oct. 1, meaning that even if USA Swimming’s membership decides to delay the suit ban until Jan. 1, local swimmers will be prohibited from wearing high-tech suits at local meets.
In 2009, Potomac Valley Swimming experienced the region’s smallest uptick in membership in the last four years, and the increase paled significantly when compared to growth around the nation, falling well behind the 11.2 percent rate of expansion shown by USA Swimming overall.
After spending the last 30 years producing Olympic hopefuls, Curl-Burke Head Coach Rick Curl now wants to teach little children to swim using an Australian swim school concept never before tried in the United States. And Arlington’s three-time Olympic medal-winner Tom Dolan intends to run the venture. The only thing missing? A site.
Curl-Burke Swim Club founder Rick Curl said he wasn’t sure whether to call it an acquisition or take-over, but his club added a coveted location to its already expansive program when it stepped in after the Aqua Hoya Swim Club folded this month.
All-Star Aquatics Caroline McTaggart, 12, led Potomac Valley swimmers by earning six medals — four gold and two silver — at the 2009 Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championships in State College, Pa., that concluded Saturday. Other local standouts included Curl-Burke’s Jessica Chen, 12; Rockville-Montgomery’s Devin Truong, 10; and Fairland Aquatics Michael Stevens, 12, all of whom won multiple medals.
As a 12 year old, Andrew Gibson would be a top-seeded swimmer at the Eastern Zone Championships that start today. But on Aug. 1 Gibson turned 13, and as a 13 year old, he will be fighting to reach the finals in his six events, competing against more seasoned swimmers as he represents Potomac Valley Swimming at the meet in State College, Pa.
Many of the swimmers who competed in yesterday’s PVS Age Group Championships also swam earlier in the morning, for their summer swim teams’ divisional meets. With such a quick turnaround between meets, the swimmers had little time to relax before their afternoon swims.
Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club’s Jack Conger is making a big splash at the Potomac Valley Swimming Age Group Championships. He has already set two PVS records this weekend, and he holds two national records, all of which have led to lofty expectations for the fourteen-year-old.
13-year-old Janet Hu won two events on the first night of the PVS Championships and looks for more today. But who is this shy girl who is beating everyone by full seconds? Turns out she’s just a girl who swims really, really fast.
PVS Age Group Champs Archive With almost 900 swimmers competing at the Potomac Valley Swimming Age Group Championships, it can be hard to keep up with all the winners. We’ve got all your first-place finishers, from each of the weekend’s 100 events, right here. Check it out! Final Team Scores 1. Rockville-Montgomery: 6653.5 2. Curl-Burke [...]
The Potomac Valley Long-Course Age-Group Championships start Thursday at the Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel. Officially, it gives 890 kids who are 14-and-under a chance to experience a real racing environment in a 50-meter pool. Unofficially, it’s an opportunity for Rockville-Montgomery (49 top seeds in 100 events) and Curl-Burke (32 top seeds) to slug it out, swimmer by swimmer, for bragging rights and local pride.
Despite The Fish swim team’s reputation for excelling in distance events, Coach Ray Benecki rejects the notion that his is a “distance program.” Regardless of what you call The Fish, they were all over the endurance events at this weekend’s PVS Championships, including earning wins in both the boys 800- and 1500-meter freestyles.
Curl-Burke’s K.J. Park, 17, knocked off college swimmers to win the 200-meter breaststroke at the Potomac Valley Long Course Senior Championships. But he wasn’t the only young swimmer to defy age and experience Saturday: RMSC’s Elizabeth Pepper, 15, held on to win the women’s 400-freestyle in 4:22.57, besting Liz Kemp and Leslie Swinley, both 21 and Curl-Burke swimmers.
Before Friday night, Colleen and Sarah Haase had never swum against each other in a formal competition.
That all changed at the Potomac Valley Long Course Senior Championships when Colleen, 20, finished first in the 100-meter breaststroke final at the University of Maryland, topping 15-year-old Sarah, who was second, by less than half a second. “I was like, I can’t let my sister who’s five years younger than me beat me,” Colleen said. “That would be really embarrassing.” The sisters said they had “no idea” they would be the top two finishers in the race.
Wally Dicks, 46, represented the oldest of a decidedly un-boyish group of competitors testing themselves — and earning a few stares along the way — Friday night at the Potomac Valley Senior Long-Course Championships, a meet populated mostly with high schoolers and college kids home on school break.
In Friday’s morning heats at the Potomac Valley LC Championships, 277 male and female swimmers competed for 16 spots in the 200-meter freestyle finals, with Curl-Burke’s Kristen Moores, 20, and George Mason’s Tom Koucheravy, 24, landing the top seeds for the night’s finals. Heats in the 100 breastroke, 100 butterfly and 400 individual medley also took place.
University of Virginia swimmer Leslie Swinley, 21, won Thursday’s girls 1500-meter freestyle final in 17:19.48 to kick off the 2009 Potomac Valley Senior Long-Course Championships at the University of Maryland, a star-studded meet for the area’s best swimmers. Bishop O’Connell’s Michael Flach, 18, finished first in the boys 800 free in 8:22.04, as Thursday’s entrants showed up with a variety of objectives.
The Greater Washington region has become the most successful youth swimming hub in the nation, in large part because of a pair of decades-old clubs anchored in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC) and Curl-Burke Swim Club (CUBU) are for the second straight year ranked first and second nationally among more than 2,000 swim clubs in the nation, according to a USA Swimming computer ranking that evaluates the results of club swimmers ages 11 to 18.