By Contributor: Jim Riley
The Southbridge Seals fell to 1-1 after a loss to the Dale City Frogs during Southbridge’s home opener June 23. Despite Dale City entering 50 percent more swimmers in the meet than Southbridge and being ranked a division higher, the Seals remained competitive throughout taking first place in 33 out of 47 individual events and in nine relays. In the end, the Seals came up short with 2370 points to the Frogs’ 2733.
The Seals had 25 swimmers record 55 Prince William Swim League “Top 25 Times” for the week including Kayley Benway who recorded the fastest time in the league for the Girls 11-12 50M Fly. Fourteen Seals relay teams posted “Top 15 Times” for the week as well.
Southbridge swimmers continue to rewrite the team’s record books this season with five of them breaking 11 team records this week including Owen Howery (Boys 13-14 50M Free / 50M Back); Lindsay Juhlin (Girls 13-14 50M Free / 50M Back / 50M Fly); Hunter Howery (Boys 15-18 100M IM / 50M Back / 50M Fly); Ainsley Juhlin (Girls 15-18 50M Back / 50M Breast); and Jordan Mumford (Girls 15-18 50M Fly).
Seals Head Coach Greg Giovinazzo said, “Our kids really showed up against a very talented Dale City team and competed well even though we didn’t have nearly the same number of swimmers as they did. We were able to make our presence felt and kept things much closer than one might have expected on paper.”
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. This year, the Seals have moved up into the PWSL’s Black Division and will face off against Old Bridge and Stonewall Park for the division championship July 28 at Stonewall Park. Founded in 2009, they have won division championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.