NVSL Swim News & Information
Division Sportsmanship AwardsThu, 8-25-2016 | Kelly Parry
The award is presented annually to one team in each division that best exemplifies the principles of good sportsmanship as embodied in the NVSL Standards of Conduct. The divisions' teams vote for the award with each team casting three ballots: one vote from the Team Representative, a second from coaches, and a third based on a vote of the 13 & over team members. NVSL Division Sporstmanship Awards were awarded at all Divisionals. The teams receiving the awards are the following:
Division: 1 -- McLean 2 -- Mount Vernon Park 3 -- Lee-Graham 4 -- Virginia Run
5 -- Cardinal Hill 6 -- Riverside Gardens 7 -- Mansion House 8 -- Hollin Meadows
9 -- Camelot 10 -- Sully Station II 11 -- South Run 12 -- Brookfield
13 -- Stratford 14 -- Woodley 15 -- Parklawn 16 -- Newington Forest
17 -- Pinewood Lakes
Congratulations to our 2016 Sportsmanship Award recipients.
2016 NVSL Scholarship RecipientsSat, 8-13-2016 | Kelly Parry
Sandy Kendall - MacDuff Scholarship
Sandy has been a member of the Homes Run Acres swim team for the past 13 years. She has been to All Star meets on several occasions and has been selected as her team’s MVP multiple times. Sandy is a recent graduate of the Falls Church HS where she was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. As a member of her Varsity Cross Country Team, swim, soccer, and indoor/outdoor track and field HS teams she was selected as a captain for her swim team and an all conference and state athlete in a number o fother sports. Sandy attended the ALA Virginia Girls States, a mock government program, where she was elected to the House of Delegates. In addition, she served as a junior coach, lifeguard, camp counselor, and participated in numerous HS clubs (robotics and technology). Sandy will be attending Duke University in the fall.
Kristen Chase - Presidents' Scholarship
Kirsten is a 13 year member of the of the Burke Station Swim team. She has been the female high point scorer for her team and holds several pool records. Kirsten has served as both an assistant coach and an off season conditioning coach for the Burke Swim team. She is highly regarded by coaches and parents alike as a leader and a role model. Kirsten attended Lake Braddock Secondary School where she was a member of the swim and outdoor track and field teams. As an accomplished vocalist, Allison held lead roles in school musical and theater productions as well as sung the National Anthem at many A/B meets. She was selected to participate in the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program and West Point Leadership Conference representing her HS. Kirsten will be attending Elon University in the fall.
Maureen Duesterhaus - Spirit Scholarship
Maureen has been a member of the Greenbriar Swim team for the past 15 years. She is admired on her team for her spirit, leadership, and dedication to the sport and has received several awards through her pool and community . She has been involved in coaching with the team for the past four years as a developmental coach and the head coach for the winter program. Maureen developed and coordinated several fundraisers for worthwhile health foundations. Maureen attended Bishop O’Connell High School where she was a member of the swim team and was involved in numerous extracurricular activities including: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Spanish Society to name a few. She peer tutored in Spanish and mathematics. Maureen will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.
Ashley Weldon - Joan Olson Scholarship
Ashley has been a member of the Fairfax Station Swim team for the past 13 years. She has earned several team and coaches awards and attended several relay and individual All Star meets. She served as the Head Mini Team Coach for her team. Ashley created and coordinated several biathlon fundraisers at her pool in supportof several worthy foundations. Ashley attended Robinson Secondary School where she swam for the swim team for four years, qualifying for district finals in two of these years. She was a member of National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, and a member of the school’s literary magazine as well as the school’s Chamber Orchestra. Ashley worked as a lifeguard and assistant managerofher pool and as a religious aide at her church. Ashley will be attending University of Virginia in the fall.
Breaststrokers Shine at Muggy All StarsSat, 8-6-2016 | Paul Parry
At Little Rocky Run today, three breaststrokers set NVSL records before the oppressive heat appeared to drain some energy from later swimmers.
Blake Madsen of Poplar Tree started off the meet by breaking his own record from last week, becoming the first 8 and Under in league history to break 20 seconds in the Breast. Blake's 19.77 was an impressive drop from his 20.15 the week before.
Emily Makin of Mount Vernon Park touched the wall in 34.84 seconds in the 11-12 Girls 50m Breast. She broke the old record of 34.88, held jointly by legends Lindsey Ertter (1995) and Ashley Danner (2003).
Jacquee Clabeaux of Greenbriar then took over Ashley Danner's final NVSL record, touching in 31.62 in the 15-18 Girls 50m Breast. Ashley's old record was 32.01 set in 2007. Jacquee also holds the NVSL 9-10 Girls 50m Breaststroke record.A big thanks to ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff of Little Rocky Run for allowing the meet to finish before the storms arrived!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll see you in 2017!
NVSL Records Set in Division 1, 2, 3, and 4 Individual ChampionshipsTue, 8-2-2016 | Paul Parry
At the Division 1 Individual Championships at Tuckahoe, Courtney Watts of Highlands Swim broke Isabella Rongione's 9-10 Girls Freestyle 2010 record of 29.78, touching the wall in 29.58. She then doubled up Isabella's 2010 1:13.86 IM record, swimming 1:13.20.
At the Division 2 Championships, Johnny Bradshaw of Hamlet also pulled a double record-break, setting league records at his home pool in both the 11-12 Boys Breaststroke and Individual Medley. His 32.99 Breast broke his own record of 33.07 set two weeks prior, and his 1:05.56 in the IM bested Peter Makin's 2014 record of 1:05.92.
The same day Peter Makin of Fairfax lost his 11-12 IM record, he set a new one in the 13-14 Boys IM. His 59.50 at the Division 3 Championships at Vienna Woods was the first time in league history that a 13-14 boy broke one minute in the 100 IM. The previous best of 1:00.29 was held by Andrew Seliskar, who finished 7th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 IM last month.
Finally, at the Division 4 Championships at Virginia Run, Blake Madsen of Poplar Tree broke the 8 & Under 25m Breaststroke record, touching in 20.15. Evan Ingraham set the previous record of 20.48 last year.
Watch for Peter and Blake as they attempt to break their own records at this Saturday's All Star meet at Little Rocky Run.
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