MCSL Divisionals Shake Down

It was a record breaking day in the MCSL and a scorching hot day in the DMV.  With most of the top 14 and under swimmers also competing in Age Group Champs at the University of Maryland this past weekend, there was a whole lot of swimming going on – and some tired kids and parents on deck.  Despite the heat and exhaustion, we saw some wicked fast swims in the MCSL.

Walking into the Upper County Pool one couldn’t help but hear “We’re All In This Together” (High School Musical) blasting from the DJ booth before the start of the championship meet for Division A.  As summer swim winds down, it is a great reminder that we (swimmers, parents and kids) are in this together.  It’s hard to believe it’s over.  Well, there is always next weekend…

A Division

It should come as no surprise that Rockville won their 9th Division A championship.  They went undefeated in their season and won the relay carnival.  The Rays brought their A game to the A division championship meet – they have not only fast swimmers but a lot of depth in all age groups. Stonegate didn’t give up easily though, coming in second by 141.5 points.  Tally Ho brought some celebs, unbeknownst to Phoebe Bacon and Matthew Hirschberger, there was a gaggle of 8 and unders snapping photos of the Olympic Trials returning swimmers.  It was fun to see Phoebe and Matthew in an MCSL meet inspiring future generations.  Tally Ho was right on the heals of Stonegate, a 37.5 point gap was all that separated the second and third place spots.  Tilden Woods beat Germantown by three points in their dual meet so the 11 point spread at divisionals was easily predicted.  Upper County came in sixth but gave it a tremendous effort.   Upper County and Tilden Woods will be missed – Bethesda and Country Glen welcomed.

A Division Graduating Seniors
A Division Graduating Seniors

The famous Upper County DJ, Gabe Ado, was quite busy giving the graduating Seniors a proper send off and announcing all of the records – team, pool and MCSL.  

Records are as follows:

Event 3 Boys 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
Rockville Rays 1:48.87  Edskes, Bouke; Jeang, John; Treichel, Karl; Tang, Jason POOL record
Tallyho Foxes  1:50.82  Rothstein, Andy; Flood, Jack; Feyerick, Brett;  Hirschberger, Matthew TEAM record; Stonegate Serpents  1:51.88S Dowdall, Kaelan;  Stanton, Aaron; Ott, Brady; Brown, Miles TEAM record.

Event 4 Girls 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
Tilden Woods Dolphins 2:04.19 Nugent, Celine; Piepol, Ashley; Lopez, Nicole; Drill, Maya TEAM and POOL

Event 9 Boys 13-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle
Feyerick, Brett Tallyho Foxes  25.05 TEAM

Event 10 Girls 13-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle
Bacon, Phoebe  Tallyho Foxes 28.25 POOL and TEAM

Event 11 Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Freestyle
Wolfson, Josh 12 Tallyho Foxes  27.90 POOL
Nachod, Benjamin 12 Germantown Torpedoes 28.34 TEAM

Event 13 Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter Freestyle
Hirschberger, Matthew Tallyho Foxes 54.20 POOL and TEAM

Event 15 Boys 13-14 100 SC Meter IM
Feyerick, Brett 13 Tallyho Foxes 1:01.76 TEAM
Li, Alan 14 Rockville Rays  1:02.11 TEAM

Event 16 Girls 13-14 100 SC Meter IM
Bacon, Phoebe Tallyho Foxes  1:05.85 MCSL, POOL and TEAM

Event 21 Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter Backstroke
Horikawa, Nozomi, Tilden Woods Dolphins  58.18 POOL

Event 22 Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Backstroke
Nugent, Celine, Tilden Woods Dolphins 1:05.95 POOL

Event 25 Boys 13-14 50 SC Meter Backstroke
Feyerick, Brett Tallyho Foxes  27.37 POOL and TEAM

Event 27 Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter IM
Edskes, Bouke 18 Rockville Rays  59.22 POOL
Ellett, Timmy 15 Tilden Woods Dolphins  59.63 POOL

Event 28 Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter IM
Nugent, Celine  Tilden Woods Dolphins  1:06.90 POOL and TEAM

Event 31 Boys 9-10 25 SC Meter Breaststroke
Quach, Harrison 10 Stonegate Serpents 18.03 POOL

Event 33 Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Breaststroke
Nachod, Benjamin 12 Germantown Torpedoes  34.78 POOL

Event 36 Girls 13-14 50 SC Meter Breaststroke
Elliott, Sarah 14 Germantown Torpedoes 35.84 TEAM

Event 37 Boys 15-18 100 SC Meter Breaststroke
Stanton, Aaron 15 Stonegate Serpents 1:07.71 TEAM

Event 38 Girls 15-18 100 SC Meter Breaststroke
Piepol, Ashley 17 Tilden Woods Dolphins  1:15.20 TEAM

Event 40 Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Butterfly
Zalalutdinov, Darya 8 Stonegate Serpents  17.89 TEAM and POOL

Event 44 Girls 11-12 50 SC Meter Butterfly
Opipari, Annabella 12 Tilden Woods Dolphins 32.41 TEAM
Zeng, Megan 11 Germantown Torpedoes  32.72 TEAM

Event 45 Boys 13-14 50 SC Meter Butterfly
Feyerick, Brett 13 Tallyho Foxes 27.02 POOL

Event 46 Girls 13-14 50 SC Meter Butterfly
Bacon, Phoebe 13 Tallyho Foxes 28.10 POOL, TEAM and MCSL

Event 47 Boys 15-18 50 SC Meter Butterfly
Edskes, Bouke 18 Rockville Rays  26.11 POOL and TEAM

Event 50 Girls 14 & Under 175 SC Meter Freestyle Graduated Relay
Germantown Torpedoes  1:54.22G Feng, Jessie, Elliott, Sophie, Li, Jacqueline, Chrobak, Emma TEAM

It would be fun to know the record for the most records set.  A Division 2016 certainly set the bar high.  Congrats to all.

B Division

20160724 -002 DivisionalsGoing into the Division B championship meet, Bethesda trailed Country Glen in the overall division standings by 2 points despite BE winning all 5 of their dual meets. How is that possible?  (Bethesda might want to practice relay starts next year so they don’t have so many DQ’s and come in last in A Relay Carnival…).  Woodcliffe closely trailed Country Glen and Bethesda going into the championship meet given that the Wahoos won A Relay Carnival, setting up an interesting showdown between Bethesda, Country Glen and Woodcliffe at Divisionals.

On Saturday, the stars on each team showed up and did what they were supposed to do to help their team: win their respective races. Lots of Connecticut Belair pool records were set, which is pretty cool given Connecticut Belair’s storied history as one of MCSL’s original 6 members in 1958.  With respect to individual pool records, Bethesda’s Kate Hallmark (12) set 4 pool records (100 IM, 50 free, 50 back and 50 fly), and Connecticut Belair’s Griffin Alaniz set 3 pool records (100 back, 100 IM, 50 fly).  Two Country Glen 10 year olds each set 2 individual pool records: Samir Elkassem in 50 free and 25 breast; and Livia Venditti in 50 free and 25 back.  Woodcliffe’s Anna Li (10) also set 2 individual pool records in 25 breast and 25 fly.   And, Bethesda’s Hannah Kannan set 2 individual pool records in 100 back and 50 fly.

In addition, the following swimmers set individual pool records:20160724 -033 Divisionals

– Bethesda’s Nikita Bityutskiy in 50 back;

– Connecticut Belair’s Meghan Morin (8) in 25 breast;

– Connecticut Belair’s Lindsay Tanner (17) in 100 IM

– Northwest Branch’s Max Casey-Bolanos (14) in 50 back;

– Woodcliffe’s Max Chen (12) in 50 free;

– Woodcliffe’s Noah Garvey (16) in 100 breast;

– Woodcliffe’s Cole Hilton (10) in 25 breast;

At the end, Bethesda’s breadth and depth across age groups carried the day, giving the Barracudas 1st place at Divisionals and enough points to win Division B (and make up for the egg that they laid at A Relay Carnival). Woodcliffe out touched Country Glen for 2nd place at Divisionals, but it wasn’t enough to pass Country Glen for 2nd place in the final division standings. Connecticut Belair, who did a great job hosting both Divisionals and Relay Carnival at their awesome pool, finished 4th in Divisionals and in the overall division standings.

** Thanks to Danee Alaniz for the great photos above of Division B’s championship meet.

G Division

The G division meet featured a match up of two early members of the Montgomery County Swim League. That’s right. Both Bannockburn and Daleview were among the 4 teams that joined MCSL in 1959, the second year of the league, to combine with the original 6 teams to form a 10 team league.  Besides Bannockburn and Daleview, Wheaton Woods and Wheaton Haven also joined the league in 1959.  The original 6 teams that came together in 1958 were Cedarbrook, Connecticut Belair, Garrett Park, Glenwood, Kensington Heights (now called Kenmont) and Merlands.

These 10 teams formally established MCSL, and all 10 are considered charter members of the league. All were assigned a single letter as their abbreviation. That is why if you look at the results of Divisionals, there is a B for Bannockburn and a D for Daleview while all the other pools have two or three letter abbreviations.

Several neighboring pools were not far behind. Both Mohican, Merrimack and North Chevy Chase joined MCSL in 1961, according to MCSL records. Palisades (also in G division this year) joined in 1970.


Alas, the host team, Daleview emerged victorious after a back and forth battle with Little Falls and Westleigh. The excitement around the pool never wavered throughout as the margin between first and third hovered around 20 points. Outstanding performances were turned in from the following swimmers with multiple wins:

Bannockburn: Andrew O’Brien (4 wins), Sophie Duncan (3 wins), Emmett Conroy (2 wins), Darby LeFaivre (3 wins), and Shifra Eskin (2 wins)

Little Falls: Hailey Hammond (3 wins)

Westleigh: Evan McLaughlin (4 wins), Tyler Coapstick (3 wins)

Daleview: Sammie Grant (4 wins)

Lake Marion: Kenneth Afolabi-Brown (3 wins)

In a showing of sportsmanship, Daleview owes a huge thank you to Potomac Woods, as they provided two replacement lane lines for ones that snapped in the week prior to the meet. Overall the Division G championship provided a hard fought and spirited swim meet, with all attendees appreciating the culinary selections.

H Division

Division H is an amazing division as it includes both Scott Witkin (MCSL President) DSC_0120 3 (533x800)and Eric Smith (MCSL automation head).   

Both take their roles for MCSL and Division H very seriously (and with smiles-see photos included).  

As expected, our meets ran so smoothly from an “Officials’ rulings” perspective and accurate with times and points.  IMG_7271



This year’s Divisional meet was at North Creek, and to say they were great hosts is quite an understatement, as there was a plethora of parking, covered areas for timers and swimmer, offerings of water and iced tea every 5 minutes to keep everyone hydrated, and an officials break and feeding space that was not only air-conditioned…but with seating for all and food that you would only receive at a friend’s garden party.

Division H has some of MCSL’s and PVS’s fastest swimmers as showcased in yesterday’s Divisional meet.  There were some exceptions due to the Age Group Meet that is occurring this week(end) as well.  Swimmers such as Jacob Lindner (Lakelands-NCAP) and others were not at Divisionals due to their busy Age Group commitments.

The meet was exciting with close swims, DQ’s, false starts, and amazing time drops which brought an upset or two. The final results are as follows:

North Creek – 849 Points;  Clopper’s Mill Marlins – 845.5 Points;  North Chevy Chase Sharx – 811 Points; Olney Mill – 731 Points;  Merrimak Park Maniacs – 718 Points;  Lakelands Lionfish – 654.5 Points

Below includes the top finisher of each event swam at this meet:

Boys 15-18 100 SC Freestyle
Sam Tarter(17) North Creek  North Creek Team Record

Boys 15-18 SC IM
Sam Tarter(17) North Creek North Creek Team Record

Boys 13-14 50 SC Butterfly
Niles Egan(14) North Chevy Chase (RMSC) North Creek Pool Record

We would like to include an update from each division.  Please email us at with a complete divisional update and we will include it.

Next up All-Stars.


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