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Alexandria Sports Briefs: Chinquapin Swimmer Breaks 34-year-old League Record

Chinquapin swimmer Ronan Lauinger broke the Colonial Swim League’s 34-year-old record in the boys’ 8U 25-yard breaststroke on July 7.

Chinquapin swimmer Ronan Lauinger broke the Colonial Swim League’s 34-year-old record in the boys’ 8U 25-yard breaststroke on July 7. Photograph submitted

The Chinquapin Wahoos, the only public swim team in the City of Alexandria and the Colonial Swim League, came away with a two-point win on Saturday, July 7 over the Sugarland Run Dolphins. The swim meet also featured a record-breaking performance by Wahoo Ronan Lauinger.

Lauinger broke the CSL's 8U boys’ 25-yard breaststroke record with a time of 19.21 seconds during a home meet at Old Town Pool, located at 1609 Cameron St. in Alexandria. The previous record of 19.80 was set in 1978. Lauinger is also the current league leader in the boys’ 8U 25 free with a time of 17.34, and the boys’ 8U 100 IM at 1:40.17.

Wahoo teammate Emil LaSida sits atop the league in boys’ 8U 25 fly, while the boys’ 8U 100 medley relay team, consisting of Bennett Logan, Lauinger, LaSida and Simon Taylor, is also first in the league with a time of 1:27.54.

The CSL, founded in Northern Virginia in 1962, consists of 24 swim teams divided into four divisions based on competitive strength. The Wahoos compete against other teams in the Gold division at Saturday "A" or dual meets as well as Wednesday evening developmental "B" meets.

The Chinquapin Wahoos are part of the Recreation Department Sports Section in association with the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center the Aquatics Division. Unlike the five other private clubs and neighborhood association pools that it swims against, the Wahoos draw their 130 members from all neighborhoods within the city.

The remainder of the season pits the Wahoos against the Saratoga Stingrays at their pool in Springfield on July 14, and the Glen Cove Pirates at home at the Old Town Pool on July 21. All Saturday meets start at 8 a.m.

Adult Sports Fall Team Registrations Open

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Sports Section is accepting registrations for the fall 2012 adult sports co-ed and men’s programs. Registration will run through Aug. 19 for the for teams in co-ed softball, co-ed soccer, co-ed volleyball, co-ed kickball and men’s softball. The seasons will run September through mid-November.

Anyone interested in registering may obtain a packet at the department’s Website at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation, pick up a packet from any of the neighborhood recreation centers or contact the sports office at 703-746-5409.

Youth Volunteer Coaches Needed

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is seeking volunteers to coach youth baseball, softball, field hockey, swimming, track and field, rugby, summer basketball and football. Criminal history background checks are required. Interested persons should call the sports office at 703.746.5402 or emailmac.slover@alexandriava.gov or Tamika.coleman@alexandriava.gov.

Alexandria Titans Youth Tackle Football Registration

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Centers, Playgrounds and Youth Sports Division is accepting registrations for the Alexandria Titans youth tackle football program. Teams are formed in the following weight divisions and participate in the Fairfax County Youth Football League: Anklebiters; 75 pounds; 85 pounds; 95 pounds; 110 pounds; 125 pounds; and 150 pounds. Participants will be weighed and assigned to teams according to their weight and age. This program is for participants ages 7-16.

Registration fee is $30. All participants must have a Division of Motor Vehicles identification card upon registration. The Sportsmanship and Equipment Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 (anklebiters and 75), Saturday, July 28 (85 and 95) and Saturday, Aug. 4 (110, 125 and150). The Alexandria Titans Football Camps (free for Titan players only) will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at George Washington Middle School.

The Alexandria Titans Youth Football Booster Club is looking for sponsorships for the 2012 season. For more information or to register online, call the Sports Office at 703-746-5402 or go on the Recreation Department's web site at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Community Open Play Days and Nights

July is National Park and Recreation Month in Alexandria and throughout the United States. The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is celebrating "Rock Your Park" by offering free Community Open Play Days and Nights throughout the summer at Ben Brenman Soccer Field and Four Mile Soccer Field. We will be providing the opportunities for families, friends and neighbors of all ages to come visit our fields to exercise, play soccer, lacrosse, touch football, rugby, Frisbee and more.

Play days will be held at Ben Brenman Field (4800 Ben Brenman Drive) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Play days will be held at Four Mile Soccer Field (3700 Commonwealth Avenue) on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Play days are for city residents only and are on a first-come, first-served basis.



Lil’ Titans Youth Flag Football

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Sports Section is now accepting registrations for the Lil' Titans Youth Flag Football program. This developmental program is for participants ages 5 and 6. League age is determined by the age of the participant as of Oct. 1, 2012. Teams are formed by recreation districts. Registration fee is $60. All participants must be residents of the City of Alexandria. Games will be held on Saturday afternoons in September and October. The league is limited to a maximum of 100 registrations. For more information, call the sports office at 703-746-5402 or go on the recreation department's Website at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation for the registration forms or to register online.

Girls’ Volleyball Program

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Sports Section is accepting registrations for the girls’ volleyball league for ages 9-14. League age is determined by the age of the participant as of Dec. 31, 2012.

The league is designed to develop the basic fundamentals and further the development of the skilled players. Teams will be formed in the 9-11- and 12-14-year-old divisions. Practice begins mid-September with practices on Sunday afternoons and games on Thursday and Friday nights through December. The registration deadline is Sept. 7 and is limited to a maximum of 120 participants. The fee is $40 and participants must be a resident of the City of Alexandria. There will be a clinic for the girls registered. For additional information, call the Sports Office at 703-746-5402 or visit alexandriava.gov/recreation for the registration forms or to register online.

Youth Cheerleading Program

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Sports Section is now accepting registrations for their youth cheerleading program for ages 5-16. Age is determined by the age of the participant as of April 30, 2013.

Learn the basic cheerleading skills and techniques. Teams are formed at the neighborhood recreation centers. There will be three divisions: pee wee (ages 7 and under), youth (12 and under) and junior (16 and under).

Registration will take place until Sept. 7. Submit a registration form to a neighborhood recreation center or mail the form to the sports office at 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

There is not a registration fee, but there will be fees associated with the program such as competition fees and uniforms.

Teams will compete in two Alexandria Invitational Competitions in December and April as well as perform at recreation center programs and youth sporting events.

For more information, call the Sports Office at 703-746-5402 or visit alexandriava.gov/recreation for the registration forms or to register online.

Register Early for Senior Olympics

Registration is open for the 2012 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, to be held Sept. 15-26. Participants can register online by going to www.nvso.us and signing up to compete in more than 40 events that will take place at 18 different venues throughout Northern Virginia. Registration forms are also available at senior centers, community centers and senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721.

NVSO is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Senior adults 50 years of age by Dec. 30, 2012 residing in a sponsoring jurisdiction are eligible to compete. Deadline to register is Sept. 1. The fee is $12, which covers multiple events. There are additional facility fees for golf and bowling. Most events are divided into age categories and some by gender. Winners will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals after each event.

Events include badminton, volleyball, cycling, track and field, swimming, diving, tennis, table tennis, golf, miniature golf, 10-pin bowling, Wii bowling, pickleball, bocce, racquetball, scrabble, cribbage, duplicate bridge, bunco, horseshoes, men’s 3-on-3 basketball, men’s and women’s basketball free throw, team line dancing, yo-yo tricks, eight ball pool, Frisbee throw, softball hit and throw, football throw and Mexican Train dominos.

NVSO is sponsored by the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William.