<b>Burke Centre Penguins</b>
Colonial Swim League’s Burke Centre Penguins’ four-year dual meet winning streak came to an end on June 21 in a loss to a strong Ashburn Village team. In defeat, the Penguins still had many individual winners, including Nathaniel Coad (8 & under breaststroke), Luke Jones (9-10 freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly), Matt Jones (11-12 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly), Matthew Honnold (11-12 breaststroke), Sarah Walden (13-14 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly), Hannah Walden (15-18 freestyle and backstroke), Sarah Lynch (15-18 breaststroke and butterfly), Joe Zanellato (freestyle and backstroke) and Tyler Ogren (15-18 breaststroke). On June 28, the Penguins bid farewell to two of its swimmers in their final meet before departing to attend service academies. Kyle Browne, a Penguin since 1996, placed 6th twice in the VHSL AAA State meet in the 100 breaststroke. He will attend the Naval Academy where he will row. Colin Weaver was a Penguin since 1997 and was co-captain of Robinson swim & dive this year. He will attend the Coast Guard Academy where he will swim and play in the jazz band.
<b>Burke Centre Stingers</b>
In a down-to-the-relays meet at South Riding on June 28, the Burke Centre Stingers won both mixed age relays to capture their second win of the season. The boys mixed age relay team of Caleb Hicks, Clinton Schwartz, Johann Shim, and Nick Leverone and the girls mixed age team of Kayse McGough, Jenna Steinbicker, Katya McGough and Molly Emery are both currently ranked fourth in the league. In the age group relays the Stingers' boys won three: 8 and under (Josh Daniels, Tyler Strong, Nick Longo, and Jared Hayes), 9-10 (Sean Poling, Caleb, JP Boland and Weslee Richmond) and 15-18 (Matthew Osiecki, Kyle Bumiller, Nick, and Peter Fields). The 9-10 boys are currently ranked first in the league. The 13-14 girls won their relay (Taylor Nutt, Samantha Stallings, Katya, and Courtney Orvig). The 9-10 boys and 15-18 boys stood out by winning all their events. Overall, the Stingers produced 102 Personal Bests for the day.
<b>Barrington Blue Fins</b>
Michael (14) and Ricky (18) Herrmann set Colonial Swim League records back-to-back on the same day in the 13-14 50-yard backstroke and the 15-18 50-yard backstroke. The 13-14 record was previously set in 1983 and the 15-18 record was set in 2005. The Blue Fins, however, lost to Hayden Village, 221-214.
Somerset-Olde Creek hosted Kings Ridge in both team’s second meet of the season. Kings Ridge beat Somerset-Olde Creek, 239-156. Wilson Friestad from Kings Ridge, started off the meet with a 1st place finish in the 8 and under 25-meter freestyle with a time of 19.15 seconds. Tyler Speaks jumped in to place 1st in 8 and under 25-meter backstroke with a time of 29.61. Kings Ridge’s Andrew Mendoza brought the crowd to their feet with his amazing come from behind finish in the boys 9-10 100-meter medley relay with a time of 1:49.98.
In the second week of the NVSL season, the Greenbriar Dolphins beat the Lakevale Estates Dolphins, 202-200, in Division 6 action. With many exciting close races, only two points separated the teams going into the relays. Christina Gonzalez, Kelly Updike, and Jessie Rayder from Greenbriar swept the 11-12 girls backstroke race. The 15-18 girls of Greenbriar – Stephanie Nguyen, Kacey Norwood, and Emily Duesterhaus also swept their backstroke race. Brian Rothschild from Greenbriar broke the 13-14 boys butterfly record with a winning time of 29.63 seconds. The winning Greenbriar relays were – 8 and under girls freestyle relay (Jacqueline Clabeaux, Julia Kim, Rachel Scherbenske, Tara Hackett), 9-10 boys medley relay (Owen Gentry, Sammy Miller, Mitchell Maison, Drew Brewer), 13-14 boys medley relay (Brian Rothschild, Andrew Duesterhaus, Nicholas Li, Wills Johnston), 15-18 boys medley relay (Kevin Nguyen, Andy Kurtenbach, Mitch Phillips, Michael Bealey),15-18 girls medley relay (Kacey Norwood, Allison Shaw, Stephanie Nguyen, Leigh Siegfried) and the mixed age boys free relay (Alex Strait, Owen Gentry, Brian Rothschild, Mitch Phillips).
<b>Fairfax Club Estates</b>
In their first NVSL Division 9 meet of the year, Fairfax Club Estates beat Poplar Tree, 227-175. Double winners for Fairfax Club Estates include – Victoria Lewan (50 freestyle and 25 butterfly), Daniel McGuire (50 freestyle and backstroke), Miles Oakley (50 backstroke and butterfly) and Sean McShea (50 backstroke and butterfly). Double winners for Poplar Tree include – Elizabeth Hall (50 freestyle and backstroke) and Katie Dingman (50 freestyle and butterfly).
<b>Fairfax Station Flyers</b>
Fairfax Station Flyers beat the Oakton Swim and Racquet Otters, 228-174, in both team’s first NVSL meet of the season. Surging to an early lead, Meaghan Gallagher and Maggie Rodgers led sweeps in freestyle by the 11-12 girls and 13-14 girls. Other Flyer freestyle winners were Dwyer Neal, Joseph Rodgers, and Alex Saffran. Winning backstroke were Joseph Stedham, Faith Lowery, Roman Lowery, Ashley Weldon, Katelyn Winkler, Alex Saffran, Maggie Rodgers, Erik Hansen, and Maggie McGraw. Breaststroke winners included Joseph Stedham, Genevieve Munch, Bailey Williams, Erica Narel, Bo Ilgenfritz, Jordan Parry, Erik Hansen, and Kaylyn Gallagher. First place finishers in fly were Roman Lowery, Ashley Weldon, Joseph Rodgers, Jordan Parry, Michael Jewell, and Taylor Parry.
In the second meet of the year, the Flyers’ 8 and under boys set the tone for a 250-152 win over Vienna Woods on June 28 with a sweep in the 25-meter freestyle by Joseph Stedham, Nicholas Chestnut and Caleb Royce. Winning two blue ribbons in individual events were Joseph Stedham, Faith Lowery, Genevieve Munch, Roman Lowery, Ashley Weldon, Taylor Parry, Erik Hansen and Michael Jewell. Other first-place finishers in individual events for Fairfax Station were Nicholas Chestnut, Caitlin Rider, Kaylyn Gallagher, Alex Saffran, Meaghan Gallagher, Maggie McGraw, Jordan Parry, Patrick Hesse and Cory Hansen. Undefeated Fairfax Station will host Donaldson Run this coming Saturday.