Posts from ‘Summer’
Saturday’s individual all-stars marked a historic day in NVSL history when the final seven of the 43 records broken in 2014 were achieved.
NVSL all-stars marks a historic day for Johnny Bradshaw and the league.
Fourteen-year-old Eli Fouts broke out at this year’s all-star meet with his first all-county victories and a pair of league records.
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.
Seven league records were broken on Sunday at the 2014 MCSL individual all-star meet at Rockville.
Janet Hu and Paul O’Hara took down the NVSL records in the 15-18 butterfly and freestyle on Saturday at Virginia Run.
NVSL releases early psych sheet for 2014 NVSL All-Stars.
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, Adi Kambhampaty set league records on Saturday during the division 1 championship meet at Tuckahoe.
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.
A final preview of Montgomery County’s divisional meets.
We asked summer league swimmers what makes area leagues so awesome, and this is what they said.
Hamlet’s Johnny Bradshaw, 10, set a league mark for the fourth time this season during the Green Feet’s meet against Vienna Aquatic.
Chesterbrook’s Jaya Kambhampaty takes down Philip Hu’s record in the 13-14 boys’ 50-meter backstroke.
Justin Singletary, 10, set a league record in fly and helped the Fairfax Frogs break the boys’ mixed age relay record on Saturday.
The final week of dual meets in Montgomery County can make or break a team’s championship chances. Who will survive?
See what #NVSL #relays looks like through the lens of Twitter.
This week’s reader submitted photo of the week comes to us from the Northern Virginia Swim League’s Sully Station.
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.
Montgomery County’s best will step onto the blocks at Tuesday’s 2014 Coaches Long Course Invitational Meet in Rockville.
Sam Gollob, 14, posted the second-fastest time area history while breaking the 13-14 breast record.
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.
Olympian and world-record holder returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records.
Johnny Bradshaw, 10, takes down record in 50-meter backstroke.
Battle between unbeatens in division O; Calverton confident heading into decisive meet with Old FarmFriday, July 4th, 2014
Washington Woods and Wheaton meet Saturday with 3-0 records and hopes of leaving division O for good.
The backhalf of the MCSL season is upon us. Who can make the final push to win their division title?
It’s a Dolphins versus Dolphins video highlight reel showdown via the web. Probably the first of its kind.
The Barracudas pulled out a two-point victory over the Rays behind the strength of their 11-12 and 13-14 girls on Saturday.
Five NVSL records were set on Saturday, including two relay records.
Max Cruz, 12, set two NVSL records on Saturday.
Jacqueline Clabeaux and Max Cruz set NVSL yards records during Greenbriar’s meet at Holmes Run Acres.
*Ding, Ding* Round two in the NVSL takes place Saturday morning with plenty of close meets and even closer races to watch.
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.
Two MCSL communities join together to support their members in need.
Jennifer Luong, 10, set two records in Week 1 of the 2014 CSL season.
We all know swimming highlights are the best highlights, but summer league highlights might be even better.
Johnny Bradshaw and Max Cruz took down a pair of 12 and under records Saturday in the NVSL’s Week 1.
Vienna Aquatic and Lakevale Estates tied Saturday morning to kick off the 2014 NVSL season.
The MCSL schedule wasted no time this season in getting to potential division-deciding meets.
Summer league swimming returned to Montgomery County this past weekend with seven meets decided by less than 10 points.
Manchest Farms beat Darnestown in Week 1 and posted the best highlight video of the summer so far.
After a quiet first week, Prince William swimmers rewrote the record books in Week 2.
Get ready for Week 1 of the MCSL season with our divisions preview.
Who are the top 12 and unders to watch this year in the Montgomery County Swim League?
Photo gallery from the Week 1 of the Prince William Swim League, featuring Victory Lakes at Braemar and Piedmont at Wellington.
Who will be the top junior swimmers in the Prince William Swim League this year?
Fourteen records went down this weekend at the Rockville Municipal Pool during the 2013 MCSL All-Stars. [Gallery Inside]
Top times from the first week of divisionals and the final week of dual meets.
Chesterbrook wins second consecutive NVSL division 1 championship.
The McLean Marlins upset Overlee and Chesterbrook to win the 2013 NVSL All-Star Relay Carnival.
In the fifth week of summer league competition, teams continue to strive towards divisional supremacy in the NVSL, MCSL and PMSL.
The MCSL family comes together each year to celebrate fast swimming at the annual MCSL Coaches Long Course Invitational. [Complete results]
Division championships and league records are on the line this Saturday as teams enter the heart of the summer league season.
Check out the last two weeks of summer league competition as seen through the eyes of parent photographers.
A look back at week one of competition, including
The Demons got a tough-love welcome from the Serpents in week one of the 2013 MCSL season. [Gallery inside]
Our preview of the 2013 MCSL summer swimming season.
Our writers are excited for another great summer swim season in the DMV!
Wrap-up of all the action from the 2012 MCSL All-Star weekend.
Pictures and summaries from the week ending 7/14 from all across the DMV.
Picture of the week from the MCSL’s week six divisional championships.
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.
Four league records fell on Wednesday night at the NVSL All Star Relay Carnival at Lincolnia Park.
After going undefeated for three years, the Kingfish are swimming in their league’s most competitive division, defying stereotypes about the sport.
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 wins final meet of the season to move to 5-0 in Division C.
Previewing the top match-ups for the meets taking place this weekend, 7/14, in the NVSL and MCSL.
Jack Conger set two of the seven records that were broken on Tuesday night at the 2012 MCSL Coaches’ Invitational Long Course meet.
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 3Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Recaps from week two and three of summer league action.
The Northern Virginia Swimming League has its first meets this weekend, plus an near-annual rivalry meet between MCSL opponents in week two.
Checkout snapshots and summaries from the first weekend of summer league swim meets in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia regions.
Sixth-seeded Little Falls take down second-seeded Damascus on the first weekend of MCSL competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Countless team records and a handful of NVSL records fell Saturday at divisonal meets across the league. And All-Stars is yet to come.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
Check out a selection of photos that tell the story of the third week of summer swimming action.
Chesterbrook won in convincing fashion against Oakton, while the PWSL reached its halfway point. Elsewhere, Cedarbrook hung on in the MCSL.
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.
Matthias Early, 13, reports on his first swim meet with the Greenbelt Municipal Team, otherwise known as “The Barracudas.”
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.
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.
From the Pooldeck: Clay Miller of Woodley Gardens on his 39 years in MCSL
In a new weekly feature, check out photos from the opening weekend of summer meets.
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.
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.
Here are the area’s girls’ individual top times this summer
Here are the area’s boys’ individual top times this summer (girls coming tomorrow):
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.
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.
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.
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.
With all-star and divisional meets in full swings, times — and records — keep dropping.
While teams are looking to finish the season strong, how they perform at Divisional meets could have a big impact on next season.
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 might be difficult to find based on its location, but the Seahorses can almost always be found atop the Prince William Swim League.
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.
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.
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.
Five meet records fell Tuesday night at the MCSL Coaches’ Long Course Invitational, an annual event, including one that had stood since 1986.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and our reporters will be able to use those pictures to supplement articles when they write about that pool.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Update: Md. Mom, Girl Killed by Tree Limb Recalled for Friendliness Swimming was pushed aside Saturday for the Chevy Chase Recreation Association Stringrays. The team and community were dealt a blow Friday night when 7-year-old team member Sloane Murray and her mother Kelly were killed at approximately 7:20 p.m. after a large tree limb fell [...]
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.
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.
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 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.