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Laurel Hill/Fairfax Station Sports Briefs (July 8-15)

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The SYA Blizzards include, front row, from left, Daniel Cymes, Sean Tillard, Michael Patterson, Mateen Bakhtari, Trystan Martin and Rudy Rodriquez; middle row, Pablo Najarro, Scott Strauss, Amza Saifi, Alex Hale and assistant coach Harry Patterson; back row, coach Jano Cymes, Hayden Aspesi and assistant coach George Strauss.

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Brandon Fabian, a member of the Colonial Swim League’s Barrington Blue Fins, set a 9-10-year-old boys’ 50-yard freestyle record this on Saturday, July 4 with a time of 28.72 seconds.

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On Saturday, July 4, Fairfax Station’s Genevieve Munch won the 11-12-year-old girls’ breaststroke, but the Flyers dropped a 255-147 decision to Chesterbrook.

<b>That Was Fast</b>

A long-standing Colonial Swim League (CSL) record was broken on Saturday, July 4. Brandon Fabian, 10, of the Barrington Blue Fins set a CSL record in the 9-10-year-old boys’ 50-yard freestyle. The White Division speedster rocketed to a time of 28.72 seconds, which was a more than a half-second faster than the previous mark of 29.24. The previous record was set in 1978, a mere 21 years before Fabian was born.

<b>Flyers Fall Short</b>

The Fairfax Station Flyers dropped a 255-147 decision to Chesterbrook on Saturday, July 4. Winning events for the Flyers were Faith Lowery (U-8 girls’ freestyle), Roman Lowery (9-10-year-old boys’ free and backstroke), Molly Rowland (11-12 girls’ free and butterfly), Ashley Weldon (11-12 girls’ back), Genevieve Munch (11-12 girls’ breast), Andrew Pascual (11-12 boys’ fly), Katie Munch (13-14 girls’ free), Meaghan Gallagher (13-14 girls’ fly), Cory Hansen (13-14 boys’ fly), Robbie Munch (15-18 boys’ back), Maggie Rogers (15-18 girls’ freestyle) and Ricky Munch (15-18 boys’ breast).

<b>Lyles Looks Smart</b>

Lake Braddock graduate Kristin Lyles, now a junior on the women’s crew team at the U.S. Naval Academy, was recently recognized as a member of the Patriot League’s Academic Honor Roll. A chemistry major, Lyles had a 3.24 grade-point average during the spring semester. In order to garner eligibility for the academic honor roll, a student-athlete must have a GPA of 3.20 or higher during that semester and earn a varsity letter. Across the Patriot League this spring, 96 women’s crew team members earned the distinction. In 2009, the Navy women’s crew team was 11-4 and finished second in the Patriot League.

<b>Yep, Another Win</b>

Fairfax Station dive team won its second meet of the season on Tuesday, June 30 by defeating Dominion Hills, 54-17. Divers taking top honors for Fairfax Station included Emily Weidner, Tyler Hazard, Andrew Pascual, Teal Schuppin, Zach Monday, Ali Graine and Grayson Williams. Coach Micky Hazard and assistant coach Jenni Brown named Grace Williams and Emily Weidner for the team’s Diver of the Week honor, noting their hard work and dedication as the primary reasons for their collective success this season.

<b>Softball Registration</b>

The Pioneer Softball League is conducting registration for the fall 2009 season. Teams form Aug. 17 and practice starts Aug. 20. The season will run from Sept. 8-Oct. 31. Registration fees are $70 for Rookies (7-8-year-old, coach pitch) and $70 for Minors (9-10, kid pitch), Majors (11-12) and Seniors (13-16). A 10-percent discount will be given to those who register before Aug. 1, and there’s a maximum cost of $250 for families with multiple players. Assessments for players will be held Aug. 8 and 15. For more information or to register, contact director Scott Keith at 703-933-2389 or scott_w_keith@yahoo.com or visit the team’s Web site at www.pbsl.org.

<b>Senior Olympics Registration</b>

Register now for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, which take place Sept. 12-23. Registration forms are available at senior centers and residences or by calling 703-228-3600 (Ext. 9996). Seniors can also download registration forms, rules and other details at www.novaseniorolympics.com. The deadline for registration is Aug. 28; however, early registration is appreciated. Cost is $10 for one event and $1 for each additional event. Last year more than 500 adults competed in 25 events that range from track and field to team line dancing. New this year, too, will be Wii bowling and mini-javelin throw. The track events will be at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington, following the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. A health fair sponsored by Virginia Hospital Center will also take place that day, from 9-11 a.m. All events are open to the public at no charge.

<b>Fastpitch Softball Tryouts</b>

The Virginia Crushers fastpitch softball team will hold tryouts for the 2009-10 (fall-spring) season at Hylton High School in Woodbridge. Tryouts for the U-10 (10 a.m.-noon), U-12 (noon-2 p.m.) and U-14 (2-4 p.m.) teams will be Saturday, Aug 8. and Sunday, Aug. 16. Tryouts for the U-16 and U-18 teams will be Saturday, Aug. 15 (2-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, Aug. 18 (6-8 p.m.). There are no boundary restrictions for the Crushers. For more information, visit the team’s Web site at www.vacrushers.com, call 571-233-0174 or email va.crushers@yahoo.com.