McLean/Great Falls Sports Briefs

McLean/Great Falls Sports Briefs


The River Bend Boys 8-and-under 100-meter medley relay team of (left to right) John Youngkin, Will Koeppen, Connor Smith and Luke Peele finished first at the Dominion Country Club League (DCCL) 2009 Relay Carnival and set a new league, relay carnival, and team record with a time of 1:27.18 — lowering the previous mark by more than three seconds. They also finished first in the 100-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:18.35.

<b>Swim/Dive Results</b>

The NVSL season concluded for most swimmers this past weekend with the annual end-of-season divisional meets. Here’s a recap of contributed material on some of the times and scores achieved by local swimmers and divers.

The RiverBend StingRays proved they were a force to be reckoned with during the Dominion Country Club League All-Star Meet. Fifty-four RiverBend swimmers were selected as All-Star nominees or alternates and 28 swimmers advanced to finals on Sunday at Westwood. RiverBend earned 58 medals, including 12 of 48 firsts. Will Koeppen broke the oldest record in the DCCL, which was set in 1976 in the 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle with a time of 16.23, and then crushed the 25 fly record with a time of 18.36. Jess Hawken broke both her 15-18 50 free and 50 fly league record times, lowering the mark to 27.44 and 29.37, respectively. Micaela Grassi lowered the club record in 9-10 fly to 16.57. Other first place finishers included: Luke Peele, Emma Grassi, Devlin Wesolowski, Jack Peele and Max Trautwein.

After winning the Division 13 regular season and relay carnival, the Great Falls Rapids team celebrated a winning year at divisionals this past weekend. The following swimmers took home first place plaques: Eric Eichler (Free), Allie Zeidan (Free), Evan Guidi (Back and Fly)), Julia Bullock Back and Fly) Mary Liz Elliott (Back), Alex Hanna (Breast), Marina Smith (Breast), Max Wingo (Breast), Joey Thomas (Fly), Will Kemmerer (Fly and IM) and Ty Kovacs (Fly). The Rapids will be represented at this weekend’s all-stars meet by Julia Bullock (Back and Fly), Annie Kemmerer (Fly), Mary Liz Elliott (Back and IM), Max Wingo (Breast) and Will Kemmerer (Fly and IM). The Rapids owe their terrific year to fine swimming, terrific volunteers, and will especially miss the following senior swimmers: Maggie Kovacs, Alex Williams and Katie Wingo.

The following swimmers for the Highlands Whomping Turtles set new team records at divisionals on Saturday:

Diego Cruzado, 8 & Under Boys 25 M Backstroke with a time of 19.34

Claire Collins, 11-12 Girls 50 M Freestyle with a time of 30.11

Jayme Katis, 15-18 Girls 50 M Freestryle with a time of 28.28

Sarah Wilcox, 15-18 Girls 50 M Backstroke with a time of 32.81

Charlie Putnam, 15-18 Boys 50 M Backstroke with a time of 27.25

Chuck Katis, 15-18 Boys 50 M Breaststroke with a time of 30.06, and the Boys 15-18 100M IM with a time of 59.93

Double winners for Highlands were Diego Cruzado and Chuck Katis.

The Washington Golf swim team continued its winning ways on July 21, taking top honors (324 points) in the CCSDA Division A Championships held at Congressional Country Club. Leading the charge with two first place finishes were Richard Gentry and Mason Nassetta. Single wins were contributed by Ryan Baker, Daniel O’Berry and Peyton Nassetta. Gentry and Peyton Nassetta set new team records in the 8-and-under fly events and Baker added a new record to the boards in the boys’ 12-and-under backstroke. The junior medley relay teams of Erin Stuver, Kirby Nassetta, Alston Offutt, and Peyton Nassetta and Richard Gentry, Ryan Baker, Ian Stuver, and Grant Welch took top honors, as did the boys graduated free relay team of Richard Gentry, Grant Welch, Ryan Baker, Daniel O’Berry, and Brian Murphy. The team concludes its season this week with the C.C.S.D.A. Swimming Championships, which features all 15-member clubs of the league.

Langley Club boasted 11 division champion swimmers and broke eight team records at its Saturday divisional meet. There were four double winners, including Isaac Peress (9-10 free, back), Jinwon Bailer (9-10 Fly, IM), and Nathan Johnson (11-12 back, breast). First place finishes were also posted by: Jack Hoeymans (8&u free), Tatiana Bennett (9-10 free), Elena Shklyar (9-10 IM), Schuyler Bailar (13-14 IM) and Meghan Overend (15-18 free). The team also broke eight team records at the meet: Isaac Peress (9-10 back) with a time of 36.59, Jinwon Bailar (9-10 fly and IM) with times of 16.46 and 1:23.29, Elena Shklyar (9-10 IM) with a 1:29.60, Nathan Johnson (11-12 back) with a 34.42, Katie Robinson (11-12 back) with a 35.93, Schuyler Bailar (13-14 IM) with a 1:14.00 and Meghan Overend, who broke a 40-year-old record with a time of 30.89.


Great Falls Soccer League is looking for motivated girls interested in playing Division 1 soccer, with ODSL as a U-14. (Players must have a birthdate of 8/1/1994 or younger.) Call Fusion’s Head Coach Krisztian Mikoczi at 703-969-4335, or Asst. Coach Tom Klein, at 703-915-0115.

The Great Falls SHARKS 14U & 12U girls fast-pitch travel

softball teams are having tryouts Thursday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 22, at Nike Park #6. Visit the Web site for further details or send an email to or