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Peter Makin, Johnny Bradshaw rewrite IM records

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Peter Makin,12, and Johnny Bradshaw, 10, broke their age groups’s individual medley records on Saturday, taking them from a pair of NVSL legends.

Eli Fouts makes statement at MCSL all-stars; Vissering breaks Friedland’s record in breast

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Seven league records were broken on Sunday at the 2014 MCSL individual all-star meet at Rockville.

Paul O’Hara, Janet Hu lower own NVSL records

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Janet Hu and Paul O’Hara took down the NVSL records in the 15-18 butterfly and freestyle on Saturday at Virginia Run.

NVSL All-Stars: Pre-scratch psych sheet released

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

NVSL releases early psych sheet for 2014 NVSL All-Stars.

MCSL all-stars preview: 11 records ready to fall at Rockville

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Eleven potential records and another eleven close races to watch at the 2014 MCSL individual all-star meet. Get ready with our preview.

Andrew Seliskar sets two records at D1 champs; Adi Kambhampaty adds a third

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Andrew Seliskar, Adi Kambhampaty set league records on Saturday during the division 1 championship meet at Tuckahoe.

NVSL’s fastest times in the 13-14 boys breaststroke occur at same time

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Leo Wang, 14, of Virginia Run and Sam Gollob, 14, of Chesterbrook became the first swimmers in NVSL history to go sub-31 in the breaststroke event.

Ten things to watch this weekend in the MCSL

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A final preview of Montgomery County’s divisional meets.

‘Orange is the new fast’: Overlee dominates all-star relays; two league records fall

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

There must have been something special in the water at the 2014 NVSL All-Star Relay Carnival on Wednesday evening. In what may be remembered as one of the fastest all-star relay meets in recent history, swimmers were slashing seconds from seed times and scaring league records that should have been left for another year before [...]

What makes summer league swimming so amazing?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

We asked summer league swimmers what makes area leagues so awesome, and this is what they said.

Johnny Bradshaw re-breaks own record in free

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Hamlet’s Johnny Bradshaw, 10, set a league mark for the fourth time this season during the Green Feet’s meet against Vienna Aquatic.

Jaya Kambhampaty sets NVSL backstroke record

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Chesterbrook’s Jaya Kambhampaty takes down Philip Hu’s record in the 13-14 boys’ 50-meter backstroke.

Justin Singletary, Fairfax set two NVSL records at Cardinal Hill

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Justin Singletary, 10, set a league record in fly and helped the Fairfax Frogs break the boys’ mixed age relay record on Saturday.

MCSL preview week 5: Potomac Woods, Mill Creek Towne meet to decide division title

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The final week of dual meets in Montgomery County can make or break a team’s championship chances. Who will survive?

NVSL relay carnival night blew up Twitter last night

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

See what #NVSL #relays looks like through the lens of Twitter.

Flying Fish soar at division 1 relay carnival

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Overlee earned their third straight division 1 relay carnival title in the NVSL with a four-point win over rival Chesterbrook.

Photo of the Week: Visualization

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

This week’s reader submitted photo of the week comes to us from the Northern Virginia Swim League’s Sully Station.

Swimmers record-breaking hopes cancelled at Coaches Invite

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Giulia Baroldi was the lone record breaker Tuesday before the severe weather forced meet directors to cancel the 36th Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet.Giulia Baroldi was the lone record breaker Tuesday before the severe weather forced meet directors to cancel the 36th Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet.

Psych sheet released for 2014 MCSL Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Montgomery County’s best will step onto the blocks at Tuesday’s 2014 Coaches Long Course Invitational Meet in Rockville.

Sam Gollob breaks 50 breaststroke record in NVSL; Chesterbrook re-sets relay record

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Sam Gollob, 14, posted the second-fastest time area history while breaking the 13-14 breast record.

MCSL wrap-up: Ledecky sets records; James Creek, Kenmont earn upsets

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Katie Ledecky set two league records, nine meets were decided by 10 points or less and 13 teams took a big step forward towards winning their division on Saturday.

Katie Ledecky returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Olympian and world-record holder returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records.

Johnny Bradshaw breaks 15-year-old NVSL record; adds butterfly mark

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Johnny Bradshaw, 10, takes down record in 50-meter backstroke.

Battle between unbeatens in division O; Calverton confident heading into decisive meet with Old Farm

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Washington Woods and Wheaton meet Saturday with 3-0 records and hopes of leaving division O for good.

MCSL preview week 4: Reaching for the elusive 4-0

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The backhalf of the MCSL season is upon us. Who can make the final push to win their division title?

Manchester Farms and Clarksburg Village are in an epic video-off… and they might not even know it

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It’s a Dolphins versus Dolphins video highlight reel showdown via the web. Probably the first of its kind.

Bethesda upsets Rockville for second straight year

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Barracudas pulled out a two-point victory over the Rays behind the strength of their 11-12 and 13-14 girls on Saturday.

NVSL records tumble in Week 2

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Five NVSL records were set on Saturday, including two relay records.

Watch Max Cruz crush 50-yard butterfly record in NVSL

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Max Cruz, 12, set two NVSL records on Saturday.

3 NVSL records fall at Holmes Run Acres

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Jacqueline Clabeaux and Max Cruz set NVSL yards records during Greenbriar’s meet at Holmes Run Acres.

NVSL Week 2 preview: Who can get to 2-0?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

*Ding, Ding* Round two in the NVSL takes place Saturday morning with plenty of close meets and even closer races to watch.

MCSL Week 3 preview: Rockville on the rise

Friday, June 27th, 2014

It’s early, but division rankings are beginning to take shape at the midway point of the MCSL season. Get ready for a pivotal Week 3 with this week’s preview.

Montgomery County swimming community rallies ‘For Josh and Geoff’

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Two MCSL communities join together to support their members in need.

Jennifer Luong breaks 35-year-old CSL record

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Jennifer Luong, 10, set two records in Week 1 of the 2014 CSL season.

This Clarksburg Dolphins highlight reel is the best summer league video we’ve ever seen

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

We all know swimming highlights are the best highlights, but summer league highlights might be even better.

Johnny Bradshaw, Max Cruz set NVSL records

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Johnny Bradshaw and Max Cruz took down a pair of 12 and under records Saturday in the NVSL’s Week 1.

Vienna border war ends in tie

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Vienna Aquatic and Lakevale Estates tied Saturday morning to kick off the 2014 NVSL season.

MCSL Week 2 preview: Quince Orchard, Mill Creek Towne clash; division A heating up

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The MCSL schedule wasted no time this season in getting to potential division-deciding meets.

32 photos from MCSL’s Week 1

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Summer league swimming returned to Montgomery County this past weekend with seven meets decided by less than 10 points.

Manchester Farm’s “Jailbreak” video might be the best thing from MCSL Week 1

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Manchest Farms beat Darnestown in Week 1 and posted the best highlight video of the summer so far.

PWSL sees six records fall in Week 2

Monday, June 16th, 2014

After a quiet first week, Prince William swimmers rewrote the record books in Week 2.

2014 MCSL Preview: Divisions to watch

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Get ready for Week 1 of the MCSL season with our divisions preview.

MCSL: Seven 12 & unders to watch this season

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Who are the top 12 and unders to watch this year in the Montgomery County Swim League?

35 photos from PWSL’s Week 1

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Photo gallery from the Week 1 of the Prince William Swim League, featuring Victory Lakes at Braemar and Piedmont at Wellington.

PWSL: Five 12 & unders to watch this season

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Who will be the top junior swimmers in the Prince William Swim League this year?

Jack Conger, Catherine Mulquin end MCSL careers with a bang

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Fourteen records went down this weekend at the Rockville Municipal Pool during the 2013 MCSL All-Stars. [Gallery Inside]

Top performances of the week: 7/20

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Top times from the first week of divisionals and the final week of dual meets.

Tiger Sharks best Flying Fish, 211-209, for division crown

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Chesterbrook wins second consecutive NVSL division 1 championship.

McLean topples league leaders to win NVSL all-star relays

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The McLean Marlins upset Overlee and Chesterbrook to win the 2013 NVSL All-Star Relay Carnival.

Weekend Preview: Mantua takes on Ravensworth Farm; Takoma Park looks to upset Theresa Banks

Friday, July 12th, 2013

In the fifth week of summer league competition, teams continue to strive towards divisional supremacy in the NVSL, MCSL and PMSL.

Fast swimming and fun mark mid-summer long course championship

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The MCSL family comes together each year to celebrate fast swimming at the annual MCSL Coaches Long Course Invitational. [Complete results]

Five stories to watch this weekend

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Division championships and league records are on the line this Saturday as teams enter the heart of the summer league season.

Weekend in motion: a look back at the last two weeks of summer league action

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Check out the last two weeks of summer league competition as seen through the eyes of parent photographers.

Swimming returns to the DMV: A look back at week 1

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A look back at week one of competition, including

Stonegate trounces Darnestown on opening weekend

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The Demons got a tough-love welcome from the Serpents in week one of the 2013 MCSL season. [Gallery inside]

2013 MCSL Preview

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Our preview of the 2013 MCSL summer swimming season.

We’re back and ready for summer!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Our writers are excited for another great summer swim season in the DMV!

Conger breaks two more league records; McTaggart downs 24-year-old record

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Wrap-up of all the action from the 2012 MCSL All-Star weekend.

Weekly wrap-up: record fell like the rain on Saturday as teams fought for division supremacy

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Pictures and summaries from the week ending 7/14 from all across the DMV.

Picture of the week: 'rain can't dampen spirit in MCSL'

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Picture of the week from the MCSL’s week six divisional championships.

Preview: Divisional championships on the line in MCSL and NVSL

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Take a look at Saturday’s top match-ups in the MCSL and NVSL, as teams try to wrap-up their seasons and earn the right to hoist their division’s championship trophy.

2012 NVSL All Star Relays: Overlee repeats as champions on record setting night

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Four league records fell on Wednesday night at the NVSL All Star Relay Carnival at Lincolnia Park.

A Prince George’s pool builds an African American swimming powerhouse

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

After going undefeated for three years, the Kingfish are swimming in their league’s most competitive division, defying stereotypes about the sport.

Five things to watch at NVSL All-Star Relays

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The 2012 NVSL All Star Relay Carnival is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 18, at 4 pm, hosted by the Lincolnia Park Lazers. The meet is one of the most exciting events of the season in the NVSL and will feature some of the area’s top swimming talent in the all-relay all star competition. Here [...]

Weekly wrap-up: recording breaking week for Conger; teams fight to keep perfect records (Picture of the week inside)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Recaps and pictures from some of the best meets from the DC area summer leagues.

Potomac Woods complete undefeated dual meet season

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Potomac Woods wins final meet of the season to move to 5-0 in Division C.

Preview: final week of MCSL dual meets; NVSL week 4

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Previewing the top match-ups for the meets taking place this weekend, 7/14, in the NVSL and MCSL.

Seven records broken at Coaches' Invitational Long Course meet

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Jack Conger set two of the seven records that were broken on Tuesday night at the 2012 MCSL Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet.

Picture of the week: cutting through

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Recognize this swimmer? He’s the subject of this week’s Picture of the Week submitted to us by Poplar Tree Pirates’ photographer Mark Hall. Take a look inside to see the winning submission.

Weekly wrap-up: NVSL kicked off in week 2; summer league teams undeterred by stormy weather in week 3

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Recaps from week two and three of summer league action.

Week Two Preview: NVSL begins 2012 season; Divisional rivals meet in MCSL

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Northern Virginia Swimming League has its first meets this weekend, plus an near-annual rivalry meet between MCSL opponents in week two.

Weekly wrap-up: Summer leagues roar back into action

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Checkout snapshots and summaries from the first weekend of summer league swim meets in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia regions.

Penguins upset Dolphins in Week One matchup in Division F

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Sixth-seeded Little Falls take down second-seeded Damascus on the first weekend of MCSL competition.

As foreign students work summer jobs, what about Americans?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The government has issued new rules about how employers must treat foreign student workers, but some argue that companies are passing over qualified Americans because foreigners cost less.

Dona, Grimm drop NVSL records at All-Stars

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Despite a slow Waynewood pool and some of the NVSL’s top talent off competing at national meets, All-Stars saw two league records fall on top of a number of exciting swims.

NVSL All-Stars preview

Friday, August 5th, 2011

It’s a busy weekend of swimming nationwide with regional and sectional meets scattered about the country. But some of the nation’s best talent will be at Waynewood for NVSL’s All-Stars.

Crabb closes career with record-breaking meet

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Virginia Tech-bound James Crabb pushed through a bout with mononucleosis this summer to turn in five team-record-breaking swims for Ben Lomond at his final PWSL meet on Saturday.

The weekend in pictures: Week 7

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

For many, the weekend’s meets brought the summer season to an end, meaning it’s finally safe to head out on that family vacation. Before you hit the beach, take a look at a selection of photos from around the area in the season’s final installment of this weekly feature.

NVSL Divisionals see records fall

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Countless team records and a handful of NVSL records fell Saturday at divisonal meets across the league. And All-Stars is yet to come.

Thomas leads MCSL All-Stars

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Manor Woods 18-year-old Matt Thomas won both of his races at Sunday’s MCSL Individual All-Star Meet, including a record-setting performance in the 100 free. Westlake’s Anthony Nguyen, 9, headlined the PMSL All-Star Meet.

Potomac Glen breaks through

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Potomac Glen, the smallest team in the MCSL’s Division B, clinched its first division title on Saturday. Swimmers take the pool for divisional meets in the NVSL this weekend.

The weekend in pictures: Week 6

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Another sweltering Saturday brought another round of competitive action to area pools. Enjoy a selection of photos highlighting the sixth weekend of the 2011 summer season.

Theresa Banks takes first PMSL Division A crown

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Theresa Banks backed up its undefeated dual meet season by winning the PMSL Division A’s divisional meet on Saturday. In the NVSL, Sully Station II defeated Sully Station I in a historic matchup, and Overlee repeated as the Division 1 champ.

Primed for fantastic finishes

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Expect plenty of close races at Saturday’s MCSL Division A divisional meet and several tight battles as the NVSL dual meet season draws to a close.

Sizzling All-Star Relays

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

With the mercury nearing 100 degrees in Hayfield Wednesday, NVSL’s All-Star Relays got underway. Division 1 teams dominated the team scores, but a number of lower division teams took home relay titles as well.

Demystifying division assignments

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

What is the best method to compare more than 80 rapidly changing teams? The area’s two largest summer swim leagues, the MCSL and the NVSL, employ two different, complex methods to assign teams to divisions.

The weekend in pictures: Week 5

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The summer continued to speed along with another weekend of competitive action in the pool. Check out a selection of photos highlighting the season’s fifth week of area summer swimming.

Division 1 thriller

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Overlee held off Tuckahoe in a down-to-the-wire NVSL meet, while Rockville completed a perfect MCSL Division A dual meet season by taking down Tilden Woods.

Battle in MCSL Division B

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Westleigh leads the MCSL’s Division B, but the Barracudas have had plenty of competition in one of the league’s most evenly matched divisions. And in NVSL, there is a potentially division-deciding meet brewing between Highlands Swim and Lee-Graham.

Recap: Coaches Long Course

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

With clear skies and large crowds lining the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, nine records were broken at the 2011 MCSL Coaches Long Course meet at Rockville Swim Center. The USA Swimming-sanctioned summer league meet allows for fast times to count for elite qualifying events — including the U.S. Olympic Trials.  MCSL invites the top eight swimmers [...]

The weekend in pictures: Week 4

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The 2011 summer swimming season has passed its halfway point. Check out a selection of photos highlighting the fourth week of action from around the region.

U.S. Olympians in town

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Meet records, medals, Olympians, and all on a Friday at Kingston Chase in Herndon. Elsewhere, MVP Dolphins halted Takoma Park D.C.’s PMSL Division A winning streak.

Division races heat up

Friday, July 8th, 2011

There will be plenty at stake in the fourth weekend of competition for Maryland teams. Chevy Chase Recreation Association battles Kentlands for control of the MCSL’s Division F, while Severn Crossing hosts King’s Landing in a matchup of PMSL Division E heavyweights.

The weekend in pictures: Week 3

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Check out a selection of photos that tell the story of the third week of summer swimming action.

Chesterbrook cruises

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Chesterbrook won in convincing fashion against Oakton, while the PWSL reached its halfway point. Elsewhere, Cedarbrook hung on in the MCSL.

Bethesda makes early splash in MCSL Division A

Friday, July 1st, 2011

In the tough MCSL Division A, Bethesda has started the summer off strong. Elsewhere, Braemar and Sudley will tangle on Saturday in a matchup of PWSL unbeatens.

Guest post: My first swim meet

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Matthias Early, 13, reports on his first swim meet with the Greenbelt Municipal Team, otherwise known as “The Barracudas.”

The weekend in pictures: Week 2

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Swimmers from the Northern Virginia Swim League kicked off their summer season on Saturday, while others across the region continued with their second dual meets. Check out a sampling of photos from the weekend’s best action.

At Parkland, a mitzvah in the pool

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

With midweek meets and a small-but-tight-knit roster, Parkland has earned a reputation as one of the Montgomery County Swim League’s most distinctive summer swim teams.

Nguyens lead Westlake Village

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Denny, Alex, Andrew and Anthony Nguyen each won three individual events to help Westlake Village win at West Laurel on Saturday. Elsewhere, Rachel Danegger broke an MCSL record and the NVSL season got off to a fast start.

NVSL Preview

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Northern Virginia Swimming League has its first meets this weekend, including a number of exciting Division 1 matchups. And a swimming family collides as Tanterra takes on Lakelands in the MCSL.

20 Questions with Clay Miller

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

From the Pooldeck: Clay Miller of Woodley Gardens on his 39 years in MCSL

The weekend in pictures: Week 1

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

In a new weekly feature, check out photos from the opening weekend of summer meets.

Polished PWSL performances

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Team records fell across the PWSL as swimmers enjoyed remarkable first-meet success. MCSL and PMSL swimmers also got back in the pool this weekend.

Summer leagues kick off

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Swimmers from several area leagues (MCSL, PMSL, PWSL, CSL and DCCL) will hit the water this weekend with their first chance of the summer to showcase their improvement since last season. As the new season begins, many familiar faces will be back hoping to build on their past success.

We’re coming back for the summer!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The summer swim season is fast approaching and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be back out covering area swim leagues all summer long with some fresh faces and some savvy veterans anchoring our wide-reaching content.

2010 summer top girls’ times

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Here are the area’s girls’ individual top times this summer

2010 summer season boys’ top times

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Here are the area’s boys’ individual top times this summer (girls coming tomorrow):

Fletcher adds another record at NVSL All-Stars

Monday, August 9th, 2010

2009 All-Met Swimmer of the Year Sean Fletcher set his 17th NVSL record on Saturday atin his final meet, while nearly two dozen swimmers won multiple titles in two season-ending all-star meets.

Record-breaking is a family affair at ODSL All-Stars

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Kaleigh Rosenburg won the family battle of setting league records at last weekend’s Old Dominion Swim League All-Star meet. She set two, and her older brother, Damon, had one.

11-year-old finds challenge is dangerous

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

One of the area’s top younger swimmers, 11-year-old Neal McElhattan had a dangerous experience when he tried to swim 50 meters underwater last week.

Summer swimming takes a new turn in college

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Once most swimmers get to college they no longer swim for local club teams. Does that mean that summers in the pool become more relaxing for them? Hardly.

Records fall as seasons wane

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

With all-star and divisional meets in full swings, times — and records — keep dropping.

Coming down the stretch with an eye on next year

Friday, July 30th, 2010

While teams are looking to finish the season strong, how they perform at Divisional meets could have a big impact on next season.

Chesterbrook comes up big at the right time

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The place was packed. Old swimmers came out to cheer. Chesterbrook didn’t disappoint, turning in its best performance of the season in its biggest meet.

Sudley keeps rolling along

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Sudley might be difficult to find based on its location, but the Seahorses can almost always be found atop the Prince William Swim League.

Plombon makes a fundraising splash

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Vienna Woods swimmer Sarah Plombon has conducted a fundraiser this summer to help pay for a “sprayground” that is scheduled to open next year. The facility will be tailored to children with special needs.

Record times in the pool … and on the road

Monday, July 19th, 2010

On the same day, you have the Potomac Valley Swimming Long Course Championships as well as a dual meet against your team’s biggest rival. Which meet do you choose? For a couple of Rockville Rays, there wasn’t a choice. Do both.

Olney Mill showers its seniors

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Summer swim teams find different ways to honor their recently graduated team members. At Olney Mill, the seniors receive laundry baskets full of items they can take to college.

Pepper spices up MCSL record book

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Five meet records fell Tuesday night at the MCSL Coaches’ Long Course Invitational, an annual event, including one that had stood since 1986.

MCSL swimmers take the long way

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Montgomery County Swim League competitors will test their endurance Tuesday night in the Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet, in which event lengths are doubled. Ten meet records fell last year.

A CSL tie and undefeated match-ups in the NVSL

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Chantilly Highlands and Ashburn Village swim to a tie in the CSL, and four meets that pitted 2-0 teams in the NVSL go a long way toward determining a division champion.

Standing the test of time

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Megan Kenna Sharkey bested one of the two oldest MCSL records on the books, and she may break the other. We take a look at some of the oldest summer league records and the allure of league-marks that endure.

Divisional races intensify across the area

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Division races heat up quickly in the summer season, where winning a close meet in week 2 could turn out to be the difference between a division title and second place.

Upsets abound in week 3 in PWSL

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Lower division teams toppled their upper division foes in four PWSL meets this weekend, close meets continue to occur in the PMSL and another strong swim by Carderock Spring’s Charlotte Meyer sets up a showdown between undefeated swimmers next week in MCSL’s Division J.

Promoted teams adjust to tougher competition

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Top divisions in the NVSL, MCSL and Prince-Mont Swim League welcomed new teams into the fold for the 2010 season. It’s a welcome promotion for each club, but competing with some of the area’s fastest doesn’t come without growing pains.

Swimming notebook

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A handful of new league records were set this weekend, including a few by some of the youngest members on summer swim teams, and Palisades’ Katie Ledecky extended her success in 2010 to the summer season.

Relay drama highlights NVSL openers

Monday, June 28th, 2010

As the NVSL opened its summer season, several meets came down to teams’ success in various relays with some going down to the wire and other clubs breaking records as their relay squads determined the outcome of the meets.

NVSL opens while others adjust for Week Two

Friday, June 25th, 2010

While the NVSL prepares to kick off this weekend, other leagues like the MCSL and DCCL are preparing for their second weekend of meets, with coaches around the area adjusting lineups and swimmers beginning to get into the rhythm of the summer season.

Swimming notebook

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Swimmers prepare for the first NVSL weekend as well as a long-course meet for their clubs. Curl-Burke’s Kaitlin Pawlowicz and Andrew Gyenis do well in open water competition and a clinic brings two Olympians to Ashburn.

Close meets highlight opening weekend

Monday, June 21st, 2010

As the opening weekend of summer swim kicked off for leagues across the area, several meets in those leagues came down to just a few points — highlighting the importance of every swimmer and every place in each event.

Swimmers ready to dive into 2010 season

Friday, June 18th, 2010

It’s commonplace for community pools to hold pasta dinners and pep rallies on Friday nights and those surely will begin tonight as the 2010 summer season finally gets underway.

Send in and post your pictures, suggestions

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

With just a few days left until the opening weekend of summer swimming, we at reachforthewall.com are reaching out to you the readers for help. With so many pools across so many leagues throughout the entire area, you can help us recognize your community and your team. A major key to coverage this season will depend on photographs, please post them on your team wiki pages and/or send them to info@reachforthewall.com and our reporters will be able to use those pictures to supplement articles when they write about that pool.

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.

Getting ready for summer

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Until the summer league season starts up, we at reachforthewall.com will be considering ways to make this site more user-friendly and accessible, and finding ways so that more readers begin consistently writing stories, shooting videos and taking photos to be posted on team pages and to be displayed the homepage. If you or anyone else you know would be interested in contributing content for this summer contact us at info@reachforthewall.com. No prior experience is necessary. And, beginning in June we will once again have results from all of the region’s major summer swim leagues, NVSL, MCSL, Prince Mont, PWSL, DCCL, CSL, CNSL, ODSL and CCSDA. If your league is not on this list and would like to be contact us at info@reachforthewall.com.

Monday Pool: All Stars

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The summer league all-star meets provide a unique opportunity for the top-tier swimmers from across the league to compete directly against each other. No more duals, no more checking the Internet to compare times, just straight-up competition. Here are some of the highlights from the MCSL and PMSL individual all-star meets that were held this weekend.

Monday Pool

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

And thus the summer season ended for thousands of young swimmers across the DC-metropolitan area. Local leagues held their divisional meets Saturday, as teams jostled for next year’s divisional placement and local pride. Records throughout the area fell as swimmers saved their best for last, while fighting it out for first.

Best Posts of the Month

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Today, reachforthewall.com turns one month old. We launched June 22, and since then, we’ve received lots of submissions on our wiki-style Team Pages. We’ve featured many of them on the left sidebar on our home page, under “Updates and Best Posts,” but on our one-month anniversary, we’d like to highlight some of the best submissions we’ve received thus far.

Monday Pool

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The final weekend of regular season summer swimming was highlighted by another nail-biter in the MCSL’s most heated rivalry, Rockville vs. Tilden Woods. Plus, the PWSL’s Sudley Seahorses, who won their 68th consecutive meet Saturday and wrapped up their 10th undefeated regular season. But the team needs to win its divisional championship, which will be at Sudley next weekend, to shore up an unprecedented 10 years without a loss.

Records Fall at MCSL Coaches Invitational

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

MCSL’s Coaches Invitational Long Course meet featured many new records and a Hall of Fame ceremony honoring league founders, coaches, volunteers and swimmers who helped shape the league in its early years.

Making the Most of Lessons Learned

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Devin Truong’s parents made him learn to swim after he nearly drowned in a Florida pool four years ago. Now he’s one of the best young swimmers in the country.

Monday Pool

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Last weekend might have been a little slow due to the holiday, but this weekend was anything but. A “friendly rivalry” meet between D.C.’s only two summer league swim teams (which also happened to be a key PMSL A Division contest), an “almost impossible” tie meet in the MCSL, and closely contested meets from the PWSL and CNSL are all included in today’s roundup of the weekend’s meets.

Monday Pool

Monday, July 6th, 2009

While some leagues took a break this holiday weekend, MCSL and PMSL competed at full speed on Saturday. There was plenty of red, white and blue to be found at pools in the region, as teams celebrated the Fourth of July before the meet and a win (hopefully) after.

For Old Georgetown, It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Swimmers from Old Georgetown Pool in Bethesda gave up weekly doughnut days to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which they donate to a Washington organization that feeds the city’s poor.

Bridlewood To Celebrate Fourth With A Bang

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The Bridlewood Bridalwaves, a team in the Prince William Swim League, will celebrate the Fourth of July with a charity fund-raiser involving about 700 kids from nearly all 24 of the PWSL teams.

Summer Leagues: Not Just for Swimmers

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Summer swimming is becoming a popular way for high school athletes to stay in shape for fall, winter and spring sports. The low-impact total-body exercise, they say, provides a more enjoyable and thorough workout than running in the blistering summer heat.

Monday Pool

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Meets across the Washington metro area Saturday were marked by fast times and close final scores. Nine meets were decided by fewer than 12 points. Upper County of MCSL and Belair Swim and Racquet of PMSL were among the teams to eke out close victories.

A week after meets across the region were canceled, halted or just plain miserable during a tremendous thunder storm, weather was not a factor for meets on Saturday.

Here’s how some local teams fared when they were only competing against each other, and not Mother Nature.

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Teach Your Children Well

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Local summer swim leagues rely on their teenage team members to help train the next wave of talent. Joanna Ladas and Julie Pinero, from Strathmore Bel Pre of the PMSL, are two who came up through the team’s developmental program and are now giving back to it.

Weekend Roundup

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Rain affected almost all of the meets in the region this weekend. Though many were canceled, some teams were able to get their swims in or partially in before the storms set in. Here’s a look at some of the action from Saturday.

Montgomery County Coach Has Influenced Generations of Swimmers

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Joe Flaherty has been coaching teams in the Montgomery County Swim League for 34 years. He’s taught countless swimmers in that time, always challenging them to “Have an impossible dream, dare greatly to achieve it and don’t quit until you do.” Those students have now become coaches, parents and board members in MCSL, sprinkling Coach Joe’s lessons throughout the league.

The Nation’s Talent Pool

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

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.





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