Arlington Sports Briefs

Arlington Sports Briefs

<b>Yorktown Boys Soccer Ranked by ESPN</b>

Members of the Yorktown boys soccer program were disappointed with losing in the Northern Region semifinals for the third straight season, but the Patriots received national recognition for their efforts in 2010.

Yorktown finished the season ranked No. 22 in’s Fab 50 poll of the best prep soccer teams in the country during the spring of 2010. The team that knocked the Patriots out of the playoffs, McLean, was ranked No. 19.

Nine of the top 50 teams were from Virginia, including No. 1 Frank Cox, the AAA state champion from Virginia Beach. Battlefield (Haymarket) was No. 14, Stone Bridge (Ashburn) was No. 18, Blacksburg was No. 24, Deep Run (Glen Allen) was No. 27, Patrick Henry (Roanoke) was No. 49 and Mills Goodwin (Richmond) was No. 50.

Yorktown finished the season with a 14-3-3 record, winning its fourth consecutive National District championship under head coach David Wood.

<b>Overlee Beats Tuckahoe</b>

The 2010 NVSL season kicked off with the Overlee Flying Fish welcoming the Tuckahoe Tigers back to Division 1. Overlee greeted Tuckahoe with a slew of fast times and several record-breaking swims to claim a 256-146 victory. The win moved the Overlee dual meet win streak to 22 as they look to claim their fifth consecutive Division 1 title and 27th overall.

In the Tuckahoe meet, Overlee claimed event victories in 33 of the 50 events. The boys were particularly dominant as they won 22 of 25 events and outscored the Tuckahoe boys by a 157-44 score. Each age group on the boys’ side outscored their Tuckahoe counterparts. The 33 event victories included 25 individual event wins, eight relay wins, seven double winners, and seven sweeps.

Sweeps by the 13-14 boys and the 15-18 boys in the freestyle events led the way to a 55-35 Overlee lead. The 8-and-under boys and the 15-18 boys swept their backstroke events to help stretch the lead to 113-67. In the breaststroke events, the 9-10 boys and 13-14 boys added sweeps and the lead grew to 171-99. The 15-18 boys claimed their third sweep of the day in the fly events and Overlee went into the relays with an insurmountable 216-126 lead. Eight relay wins completed the morning and then both teams had pizza on the deck.

With their three sweeps, the 15-18 boys proved to be most dominant age group and won 36 of the 41 points available. They were followed closely by the 13-14 boys who claimed 35 of 41 points. The other age groups outscoring their Tuckahoe opponents were the 8-and-under boys (26 of 32), the 9-10 boys (33 of 41), the 13-14 girls (27 of 41), the 11-12 girls (26 of 41), and the 11-12 boys (22 of 41). Overlee had seven double winners: Brady Almand (11-12 boys free and breast), Ryan Baker (11-12 boys back and fly), Suzanne Dolan (11-12 girls free and back), Matthew Essig (15-18 boys free and back), Nick Pasternak (9-10 boys free and fly), Robert Ridgeway (8-and-under boys free and back), and Rachel Robertson (13-14 girls back and breast). Single event winners for Overlee included John Aldinger (9-10 boys breast), Nicholas Brooks (15-18 boys fly), Emma Day (9-10 girls fly), Jonathan Day (9-10 boys back), David Emson (13-14 boys free), Jason Henley (13-14 boys back), Paul Kinsella (8-and-under boys breast), Michaela Morrison (11-12 girls breast), John Murphy (13-14 boys breast), Kayle Park (9-10 girls breast), and Kaitlin Wolla (15-18 girls fly).

Even though this was the first meet of the summer, the Overlee record books took a hit as several long-standing team records were broken. Nick Pasternak’s 32.43 in the 9-10 boys 50 free broke the oldest record on the board. The previous record (32.60) was held by David Smith and was set in 1963 (an NVSL record at the time). The next oldest record to fall was in the 11-12 girls 50 free where Suzanne Dolan swam a 28.78 to break the 1984 record (29.03) of Erica Bledsoe. Two records from 1992 fell. Ryan Baker swam a 31.58 in the 11-12 boys 50 back to top Adam Bronstein’s time of 33.48 from 1992. This also broke the pool record previously held by Eric Nasakaitis from Hunter Mill (33.62 in 2005). The final record of the day fell when Kaitlin Wolla swam a 29.83 in the 15-18 girls 50 fly to break Stephanie Bower’s record time of 30.13 from 1992. This also broke the pool record of 29.87 set by Katie Radloff from Donaldson Run in 2007.

There will lots of Flyers when the Flying Fish host the Flyers from Fairfax Station on July 3 for the next Saturday meet.

<b>Offutt, Baker Break WGCC Records</b>

The Washington Golf and Country Club Lightning Bolts, the defending champions of the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association (CCSDA), defeated Congressional Country Club in their first Division-A dual meet of the season on June 24. After trailing for much of the meet, the Lightning Bolts finished strong and eked out a 251-236 victory.

Alston Offutt broke the team’s 13-14 girls 50-meter breaststroke record — a record that had been held since 1983. Ryan Baker broke two records — the 11-12 boys 50-meter backstroke and the 11-12 boys 50-meter butterfly.

In addition to these impressive performances, Offutt and Baker were also winners in other events at the meet. Baker won three events and Offutt won two. Other double winners were Angus Ricks, George Cranwell, and Richard Gentry. Single winners included: Sarah DiMeglio, Jillian Johnson, Grayson Offutt, Mike Poppalardo, Ian Stuver, Kirby Nassetta, Amanda Didawick, and Drew Wallace.

With upcoming meets against Division-A rivals Columbia, Edgemoor, and Kenwood, the Lightning Bolts hope to continue their winning streak. The team won all of their meets last summer as they took home the CCSDA Championship — their first since 1956.

<b>5K Race to Benefit Gulf Efforts</b>

Clean Water Network is partnering with Pacers and the Gulf Restoration Network to hold the Run for the Gulf 5K at Bluemont Park in Arlington at 7:30 p.m. on July 16. The race will benefit clean-up work in the Gulf region.

Participants may register online at through noon of July 16. On-site registration (cash or check only) will be accepted from 6-7:30 p.m. on June 16. Registration cost before noon of July 16 is $25. On-site registration (race day after 6 p.m.) is $30. D-tag disposable timing tags will be used.

<b>D.C. United to Host Summer Camp</b>

D.C. United will run a week-long soccer camp at Washington-Lee High School as part of the club’s 2010 Summer Camp schedule. The camp, intended for players of all skill levels ages 7-14, is available in both half-day and full-day sessions and runs from July 5-9.

The half-day session runs Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon, and the full-day session lasts from 9 a.m.- p.m. The full-day camp includes a guest instructional and autograph session with D.C. United’s Jaime Moreno on July 6.

In addition, participants in all camp programs receive an official D.C. United Camp ball, an official camp t-shirt, a ticket voucher to a D.C. United regular season home match with other camp participants, and discount offers on D.C. United ticket packages.

D.C. United offers summer camps for players of all skill levels, from beginner to elite athlete.

Fees for the camp will be $295 for the full-day program, and $195 for the half-day program. For more information regarding camp registration or curriculum, visit the D.C. United summer camp page at or contact Greg Steininger at 202-587-5468 or

<b>Summer Pool Hours</b>

The summer schedule for Arlington Aquatics Centers (Yorktown, Washington-Lee and Wakefield) begins June 28.

The Yorktown pool is open from noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 5:30-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays. July 4 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 5 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sept. 7 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Washington-Lee pool is open from noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 5:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Fridays and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays. July 4 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., July 5 holiday hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sept. 7 holiday hours are from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Wakefield pool is open from noon-6 p.m. on Sundays, 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays. July 4 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 5 holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 7 holiday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m.