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Swim Briefs: Overlee Flies Past Fairfax Station Flyers

The Fourth of July holiday weekend found the NVSL teams holding their second meets of the summer. Overlee hosted the Fairfax Station Flyers and used team depth and balance from young to old (18 years is old in the NVSL) and on both the boys and girls sides to claim a 271-131 victory. The girls won 20 events and scored 138 points while the boys added 19 event victories and 133 points. The 39 event wins included victories in 11 of the 12 relays. With this victory, Overlee improved its dual meet record to 2-0 and is tied with Chesterbrook for the early Division 1 lead.

The Flying Fish flew to an early 64-26 lead after the freestyle events, with the 15-18 girls adding an exclamation point with a sweep. The 13-14 boys added the other Overlee sweep of the meet in the backstroke as the lead was stretched to 118-62. Fairfax Station fought back in the breaststroke events, but Overlee still outscored FS 49-41 and built a 167-103 lead. The Flying Fish proved to have the dominant flyers and took 49 of 72 butterfly points and went into the relays with a 216-126 lead. The momentum carried over into the relays as Overlee won the first eight relays and 11 of 12 in all.

In the balanced Overlee attack, eight age groups outscored their Fairfax Station opposition. The 13-14 boys led the way by winning 36 of 41 points. The other age groups outscoring their Fairfax Station opponents were the 9-10 boys (33 of 41), the 15-18 girls (32 of 41), the 13-14 girls (31 of 41), the 9-10 girls (30 of 41), the 11-12 boys (27 of 41), the 11-12 girls (25 of 41), and the 8U boys (19 of 32). Overlee had six double winners: Ryan Baker (11-12 boys free and fly), Suzanne Dolan (11-12 girls free and back), David Emson (13-14 boys free and fly), Nick Pasternak (9-10 boys free and fly), Rachel Robertson (13-14 girls back and breast), and Kaitlin Wolla (15-18 girls free and fly).

Single event winners for Overlee included John Aldinger (9-10 boys breast), Brady Almand (11-12 boys breast), Katie Bennett (15-18 girls back), Nicholas Brooks (15-18 boys fly), Emma Day (9-10 girls fly), Jonathan Day (9-10 boys back), Liam Emson (8&under boys free), Jason Henley (13-14 boys back), Katherine Lundy (11-12 girls fly), John Murphy (13-14 boys breast), Brenna Neuman (8&under girls breast), Torey Ortmayer (15-18 boys free), Kayle Park (9-10 girls breast), Izzy Pasternak (13-14 girls free), Ellie Ridgeway (9-10 girls free), and Kayla Rusby-Wood (13-14 girls fly).

The assault on the record board continued. Ryan Baker added the 11-12 boys 50 fly team record to his resume when he posted a time of 31.46 seconds to break Charles Thompson’s record of 31.50 set in 1981. This also broke the pool record of 31.85 set in 1984 by John Anderson from Rutherford. The first relay record of the summer was broken by the 9-10 boys 100 Medley relay team of Jonathan Day, John Aldinger, Nick Pasternak, and Sam Ellison with their time of 1:11.50. This took nearly one second off the record time (1:12.49) that was accomplished twice the 1990s. The former record holders were the 1996 team of Rafi Swann, Cooper Day, Paul Gibson-Reinemer, and Scott Tsuchitani and the 1998 team of Chris Woolston, Brian Yost, Scott Frantz, and Will Brislin.

Overlee hits the road July 10 and travels to Vienna Aquatic Club for its next NVSL meet.

<b>Baker Breaks Record in WGCC Win</b>

The Washington Golf and Country Club Lightning Bolts defeated Columbia, 321-142, on June 3 in their second Division A dual-meet of the season. The defending Country Club Swimming and Diving Association league champion Lightning Bolts extended their record to 2-0 this season.

Ryan Baker set a new team record in the boys 12U 50-meter backstroke with a time of 31.24 seconds. He broke the record he had set just a week earlier.

The Lightning Bolts showed their depth with wins in multiple events in every age group, multiple sweeps, and top relay finishes. Triple winners were Baker (12U boys 100-meter IM, 50-meter back, and 50-meter butterfly); Amanda Didawick (18U girls 100-meter IM, 50-meter breaststroke, and 50-meter butterfly); Drew Wallace (18U boys 100-meter IM, 50-meter breaststroke, and 50-meter butterfly); and Angus Ricks (8U boys 25-meter free, back, and breaststroke). Double winners included Jillian Johnson (8U girls free and butterfly) and Alston Offutt (14U girls 50-meter free and breaststroke). Single winners were Grant Welch (10U boys 25-meter free); Olivia Shipley (18Under girls 50-meter free); Nick Knise (18U boys 50-meter free); Amanda DiMeglio (8U girls 25-meter backstroke); Julia Green (10U girls 25-meter backstroke); Richard Gentry (10U boys 25-meter backstroke); Caitlyn O’Berry (14U girls 50-meter backstroke); Will McMahon (14U boys 50-meter backstroke); Mason Nassetta (18U girls 50-meter backstroke); Sarah DiMeglio (8U girls 25-meter breaststroke); Grayson Offutt (10U girls 25-meter breaststroke); Faith Palmer (12U girls 50-meter breaststroke); George Cranwell (12U boys 50-meter breaststroke); Tommy Ricchetti (8U boys 25-meter butterfly); Olivia Tripodi (12U girls 50-meter butterfly); and Kirby Nassetta (14U girls 50-meter butterfly).

Relay victories were also posted in the 14U girls 100-meter medley (Julia Green, Alston Offutt, Tripodi, and Jillian Johnson); 14U boys 100-meter medley (Richard Gentry, Christophe Gerlach, Will McMahon, and Angus Ricks); 18U girls 100-meter medley (Mason Nassetta, Jacqueline Green, Caitlyn O’Berry, and Cate Barrett); 18U boys 100-meter medley (Ryan Baker, George Cranwell, Drew Wallace, and Grant Welch); and the 18U boys 200-meter freestyle relay (Angus Ricks, Grant Welch, Ryan Baker, Will McMahon, and Drew Wallace).

WGCC will take on their Division-A rivals Edgemoor this week as they hope to continue their winning streak.

<b>DRRA Loses to Wakefield Chapel</b>

The Donaldson Run Recreation Association swim team lost to Wakefield Chapel 203-199 on July 3.

Brian Meade (13-14 boys free, fly), Lydia Carpenter (15-18 girls free, fly) and Ellie Belilos (13-14 girls free, fly) were double winners for DRRA. Peter Ballen (15-18 boys free), Henry Love (13-14 boys back), Andrew Walker (11-12 boys breast), Jack Storrs (13-14 boys breast), Gregory Crosswell (15-18 boys breast) and Billy Cowden (15-18 boys fly) were single winners. DRRA swept in 13-14 boys free (Meade, Christian Tiernan, Andrew Fleckenstein), 13-14 boys back (Love, Stephen Klem, Storrs) and 15-18 boys breast (Crosswell, J. Stewart Brown, Scott Ballen).

DRRA won five relays: 13-14 boys 100-meter medley (Bryan Meade, Storrs, Tiernan, Fleckenstein), 11-12 girls 100M medley (Sarah Brooks, Olivia Cox, Tessa O’Hara, Margaret Saunders), 15-18 boys 200M medley (William Tarkenton, Crosswell, Cilly Codwen, Ballen), 15-18 girls medley (Shelby Tarkenton, Ann Carpenter, Carly Hinkle, Lydia Carpenter) and the girls mixed age 200M medley (Saunders, Julia Fayer, Ellie Belilos, Carpenter).

<b>Dominion Hills Falls to Fox Mill</b>

The Dominion Hills Warriors competed against Fox Mill Estates on July 3, losing 212-190. Double winners included Grayson Jazwick (boys 9-10 50M free and 25M fly), Jacob Larsen (boys 11-12 50M back and 50M breast), and Sophia Moses (girls 11-12 50M back and 50M fly).