"This is where the dreams begin."

Kerstin Severin, one of the event organizers.

Kerstin Severin, one of the event organizers. Ryan Dunn


Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis and Kelly Ginieczki.

Josh Davis, who won three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and two silver medals at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, said about the Herndon event: “This is where dreams begin and champions are made as they take pride representing their neighborhood and their city. … Of the 4,000 summer league swim championships going on this month, this is one of the best ones in the country.”

Swim Team Chairperson for Kingston Chase Pool Kelly Ginieczki assisted in the event’s program. She said, “I have been team representative for 10 years, and this is our fourth year hosting the Herndon Olympics. About 350 of the fastest swimmers from nine teams with pools located throughout Herndon attended this year and some records have been set this morning.”

“This is our 34th annual Herndon Olympics,” said event organizer Kerstin Severin. “It was first created in 1980 by Joe Smith, head coach of the Herndon High swim team at the time. It is a good opportunity for the kids and everybody to get some exercise. It was also a way for the swimmers in different leagues throughout Herndon to come together and compete before entering high school.”