Story and Pictures Contributed by: Kirsten Ly, Jim Riley, and Brenten Gilbert
Meet Results 6/24:
- Sudley 2967.5, Kingsbrooke 2275.5
- Stonewall 2881, Veterans Park 1968
- Dale City 3058, Montclair 1979
- Southbridge 2666, Urbana 1588
- Ben Lomond 1816, Westridge 2032
- Ridgewood 3095.5, Old Bridge 1945.5
- Braemar 2714, Bridlewood 2559
- Virginia Oaks 2587, Lake Manassas 1809
- Wellington 2586, Meadowbrook 2498
- Ashland 2588.5, Piedmont 2701.5
- Lake Ridge 2525, Victory Lakes 2704
- Brookside 3021, Dominion Valley 2101
SEALS IMPROVE TO 2-0 ON THE SEASON
Coming off a Week 1 victory, the Southbridge Seals looked to continue their winning ways in their June 24 match-up with their former Purple Division colleagues, the Urbanna Otters. The smaller Urbanna team showed a lot of heart, but were unable to overcome the effort put up by the Seals who improved to 2-0 on the season. Southbridge holds sole possession of first place in the Prince William Swim League’s Orange Division which also includes Montclair and Stonewall Park.
Southbridge set eight new team records, among them are Owen Howery (50 Free / 100 IM / 50 Breast), Lindsay Juhlin (50 Back), Parker Juhlin (25 Fly), Sam Kayne (50 Breast), Jordan Mumford (50 Free), and Caila Sullivan (50 Free).
The Seals had six triple winners – Dominick Giovinazzo, Arielle Grabowski, Hunter Howery, Owen Howery, Ainsley Juhlin, and Parker Juhlin. Six more swimmers recorded their first event win of the season including Chloe Balas (25 Breast), Aaron Hall (50 Fly), Alyssa Giovinazzo (100IM), Kristen Hamblin (100IM), Jason Letsen (50 Back), and Keeli Mann (50 Fly).
The Seals had seven relay teams make “Top 15 Times” and 16 swimmers record 37 “Top 25 Times” for the week in the PWSL.
“Looking at the results it was very impressive to notice that nearly every swimmer cut time and established new personal bests in various events,” Seals head coach Greg Giovinazzo stated. “Its great to see that their hard work is paying off in the pool.”
Southbridge travels to Virginia Oaks for its next meet July 1 against the Sea Devils.
The Seals are the official swim team of Southbridge on the Potomac located in Southbridge, Va., and includes swimmers from the Southbridge, Potomac Shores and other surrounding communities in southeastern Prince William County. They previously won the Prince William Swim League’s Purple Division championship in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 before moving up to the Orange Division this year.
Bridlewood BWaves vs. Braemar Blasters
Leading into the weekend, all the talk was of Tropical Storm Cindy and whether or not Saturday’s meets would be able to take place. By the time Friday night rolled around, however, the outlook was clear and it was time to focus on the challenge ahead for the BWaves: hosting the reigning three-time league champion Braemar Blasters.
Outmanned by almost fifty swimmers, the BWaves took it all in stride and set out as usual, notching a lead after the opening relays. The BWaves would go on to place in the top 15 for all 19 relays, including 7 top times in the county, but alas, the numbers were not in their favor overall and they fell about 150 points short of upsetting the Blasters. The final score was 2714 to 2559.
The BWaves swimmers posted faster times in about half of their events and even re-wrote four team records set just last week. The 13-14 Boys relay team of Stephen Gilbert, Will Ossenfort, Stephen Verosko, and Blake Eyre bettered last week’s marks in both the 200m Medley (2:08.15) and 200m Freestyle relays (1:55.44). The new standards are 2:07.64 and 1:53.56, respectively. The 9-10 Girls relay team of Ella Cypher, Maecy Wells, Madalyn Witt, and Makenzie Witt just missed last week’s team record in the 100m Medley relay, but successfully bettered their 100m Freestyle relay by 0.76 seconds, notching a new best time of 1:05.65.
Grant Eyre took another hundredth of a second off of his 8&U 25m Backstroke record (now 22.45 seconds) and Maecy Wells laid claim to another legacy record in the 10&U Girls 100m IM recording a time of 1:24.07, erasing a record of 1:24.39, which has been the standard for the past 8 years. Also worth noting, visiting swimmer Will Cumberland of Braemar lowered the league record in 15-18 Boys 50m Backstroke, with a new best time of 26.88 seconds.
In the midst of all the time improvements and an exciting meet overall, the BWaves also recognized senior Kylie Stronko, who is heading to the Air Force Academy later this week and celebrated her last splashes on Saturday. Fittingly, Kylie posted the top time in the 15-18 Girls 50m Backstroke, her signature stroke.
The BWaves head to Sudley to swim another Blue Division team next week, while the Blasters face off against Division rival Piedmont
Dominion Valley Sharks vs. Brookside Hurricanes
On the road for the second week in a row, the Dominion Valley Sharks headed out Warrenton on Saturday to swim against the Brookside Hurricanes. The Hurricanes were wonderful hosts and a challenging team, but the Sharks prevailed with a final score of 3,021 to 2,101.
Several Sharks set some new team records:
- Ryan Maynard set new records in the Boys 9-10 Free and Boys 9-10 Fly
- Savannah Nash set a record in Girls 15-18 100 IM
- Ryan Maynard, Hansuh (“Caleb”) Cho, Cole Woodson, and William (“Callum”) O’Shea set a new record in the 9-10 Boys Freestyle Relay
Great job to all of our swimmers!