It was the <b>Burke Centre Stingers</b> over <b>Franklin Glen</b> on July 5 at the Commons Pool in their third meet and third win of the season, 247-197. Highlighting the day was Matthew Osiecki who broke the 15-18 boys backstroke team record and the rest of the 15-18 boys who swept all their events. Matthew wasted little time as a first-year 15-18 in taking down the backstroke record set by Jon Lowell in 1994 and improving on his 13-14 league record time that he set at All-Stars last year. With a time of 29.39 seconds, Matthew bettered the previous record of 30.34 by nearly a second. Making up the rest of the 15-18 Stingers boys team and helping to take first, second, and third in all their events were Nick Leverone, Cameron Boster, Kyle Bumiller and Peter Fields. The Stingers ended the day with 33 Personal Best ribbons. There were five triple event winners at the meet – Kayse McGough, Johann Shim, Rachel Canty, Matthew Osiecki and Molly Emery.
Under beautiful blue skies, the <b>Greenbriar Dolphins</b> swim team held their annual “Patsy Graham Splash About” on July 1. It was the 20th anniversary of the invitational relay meet that is held in memory of Patsy Graham, a Greenbriar resident, swimmer and coach who died of leukemia. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Patsy Graham endowment at James Madison University. Approximately $55,000 has been raised and contributed to this fund in the past 19 years. This year over $3,500 was raised. Participating teams from <b>Greenbriar, Brookfield, Poplar Tree, Franklin Farm, Chase Club</b> and <b>Tuckahoe</b> competed. The kids even got to cheer on their parents as they swam in adult relay events. Many alumni of the participating swim teams come back each year to swim and cheer on their former teammates. At their end of year banquet each year, the Greenbriar swim team gives the Patsy Graham award to a graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, dedication and love of swimming that Patsy Graham represented.
<b>Fairfax Station</b> continued its winning streak on July 5, defeating <b>Donaldson Run</b>, 239-163. In their last home meet of the season, the Flyers honored senior Michael Jewell, who holds several team records in addition to the 100 butterfly record and several relay records at Fork Union Military Academy, from which he graduated. Winning two individual events for Fairfax Station were Joseph Stedham, Faith Lowery, Genevieve Munch, Roman Lowery, Meaghan Gallagher, Alex Saffran and Robbie Munch. The Flyers won 10-of-12 relays, with the swim by the 13-14 girls medley relay team of Maggie Rodgers, Jordan Parry, Taylor Parry and Caitlin Rider being ranked first place in the NVSL.
In NVSL Division 15 action, the <b>Cottontail Cobias</b> beat the <b>Parklawn Recreation Association</b>, 214 -188. This week's winners in the freestyle were Jenna Spille, Connor Mac Kinnon, Cristiana Pawlik, and Amy Ippolito. In the backstroke events, Jocelyn Smith, Connor MacKinnon, Emma Ager, Emily Clymer, Elisabeth Clymer and Caralynn Pawlik took first place. The breaststroke was dominated by the Cobias with first place going to Caralynn Pawlik, Nicholas Lazaroae, Rachel Moody, Mathew Grammer, Megan Moody and Brett Hockersmith. Elisabeth Clymer, Rachel Moody and Noah Rafii finished first in their butterfly events. The Cobias are very proud of their two swimmers who competed in the USA Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska this week – Ashley Danner (2000-2008) and Andy Brake (1999-2005).
The <b>Burke Centre Penguins</b> swam through the rain to their first win of the season in their meet against <b>Chantilly Highlands</b>. Triple winners for the Penguins were Luke Jones, Matt Jones and Sarah Lynch. Cassie Hoeft and Mary Reynolds were double winners. Also winning events were Vincent Cleal, Jackson Reynolds, Kate Mulvenon, Livi Schmid, Ellen Beauchemin, Maddy Schmid, Tiffany Coad, Amanda Honnold, Hannah Walden, Joe Zanellato and Tyler Ogre.
<b>Kings Ridge</b> hosted their first NVSL home meet of the season on July 5 against <b>North Springfield</b>, beating their opponent, 230-170. North Springfield’s Jorge Arrate’s 9-10 free time of 44.04 seconds and Cassia Kruse 8 and under freestyle time of 20.34 started off the meet. Kings Ridge swimmer Amanda Kendall posted a freestyle time of 27.85. Kyla Cassidy swam her first meet placing first in 8 and under backstroke with a time of 26.06. Mason Izadpanah, placed first in both back 25.14 and breaststroke 31.34 as an 8 and under. 13-14 Rachel Markovich placed first in the backstroke with a time of 42.57 and 8 and under Klara Van Wamelen placed first in the breaststroke with a time of 32.68. 9-10 Elijah King placed first in butterfly 23.97. Jared Berman, 15-18, placed first in backstroke with a time of 35.84. Lillian Weber, 8 and under, of North Springfield had a butterfly time of 22.18 and David Waiter, 15-18, posted a fly time of 31.99.
The <b>Greenbriar Dolphins</b> hosted the <b>Fairfax Frogs</b> in their third NVSL Division 6 meet of the season. Although Greenbriar had some strong races, they couldn’t quite catch the undefeated Fairfax Frogs. Highlights of the meet included the breaking of two long standing records. Jacqueline Clabeaux with a time of 17.20 seconds broke the 8U freestyle record of 17.50 that had been held by former assistant coach Anne Jacobs since 1988. Jacqueline just joined the team this year and had no prior swim team experience. Brian Rothschild, with a time of 35.10, broke the 13-14 breaststroke record held by former Greenbriar swimmer, Phil Levine, who was a swim coach for Poplar Tree and Chantilly High School. Another highlight was the sweep of the 15-18 girls freestyle race by Greenbriar swimmers Leigh Siegfried, Justine Ferrari, and Mara Bealey.