Notes from the Deck: July in the DMV

By Reach for the Wall Staff

What a busy month July has been & there’s still 1 week to go! With the Olympic swimming events starting tomorrow morning (our time), feel free to give us a shout out/tag us if you’re having a watch party or want to share some good news from your weekend meets! Our main social media sites are: @rftwdmv on Twitter, on Facebook.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the big happenings from July in the Summer leagues, PVS and beyond:

July 5th: Prince William Swim League (PWSL) held their annual ‘Stars and Stripes’ meet at the Bridlewood BWaves pool. A full accounting of the meet can be found at the Bridlewood site.

Stars and Stripes Meet Logo Courtesy Bridlewood BWaves website

Bridlewood also employed the streaming the system developed by OCCS and provide a quality view of the races for those that couldn’t be there in person: Stars and Stripes Meet

July 7th: NVSL held their annual Relay Carnival which was competed by division and hosted at a pool within each division. NVSL published the following on their site by NVSL President Jen Sayasithsena:

Last week there were 17 successful division relay carnivals. Our thanks to the meet hosts and the many officials and volunteers who helped run each meet. Congratulations to all swimmers who participated. An extra special congratulations to the top-19 relays who qualified for All Star Relays. While the meet will not be held this year, qualifying relays will be given patches and awards based on their seed.  

We are also happy to recognize the top-6 teams based on results from a virtual All Star Relay Carnival. Trophies will be awarded to these 6 teams.
The top-6 teams by score are: 

  1. Overlee Flying Fish  711 
  2. Chesterbrook Swim Team  628 
  3. Donaldson Run Thunderbolts  608 
  4. Tuckahoe Tigers  602 
  5. Fair Oaks Sharks  469 
  6. Highlands Swim and Tennis Club  444

July 10th: MCSL Held their annual Coaches Longcourse Invitational. We were able to attend that event and highlight some of the amazing swims in our post: MCSL hosts their mid-summer Long Course Classic

July 15-18: Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) held their trio of Longcourse Championship Meets, with the 14 & Unders swimming at the freedom Center in Manassas, the Senior/Open Age at Claude Moore and the Junior’s also at Claude Moore. While the 14 & Under and Senior meet were trials/finals, the Junior meet was a timed final event. Unfortunately at each venue, the heat and humidity provided an additional challenge to not only the swimmers but also the pool operators as they had a difficult time maintaining the air quality. The swimmers persisted and many had great performances- Congratulations!!

July 17th: The summer leagues held their 5th week of dual meets. In the MCSL and NVSL, these were the final dual meets of the season before the Divisional showdowns. PWSL will have 1 more week of meets before they hold their Divisional championships July 31. Here’s the rundown of the division leaders in each league:

Division1: Tuckahoe
Division 2: Langley
Division3: Fair Oaks
Division 4: Kent Gardens
Division5: Old Keene Mill
Division 6: Lee Graham
Division 7: Pinecrest
Division 8: Dunn Loring
Division 9: Little Hunting Park
Division 10: Springboard
Division 11: Canterbury Woods
Division 12: Rolling Hills
Division 13: Cottontail
Division 14: No one undefeated- Poplar Tree & Fox Hunt both 4-1
Division 15: Parklawn
Division 16: Lincolnia Park
Division 17: Village West

Division A: Rockville
Division B: Flower Valley
Division C: Clarksburg Village
Division D: River Falls
Division E: no one undefeated- Potomac & Old Farm both 4-1
Division F: Mohican
Division G: Little Falls
Division H: Seven Locks
Division I: Calverton
Division J: Tanterra
Division K: Twin Farms
Division L: New Mark Commons
Division M: no one undefeated- Hillandale & Waters Landing both 4-1
Division N: James Creek & Diamond Farms both went 4-0-1
Division O: Carderock Springs

Prince Mont:
Division A: Hawthorne Country Club
Division B: Adelphi
Division C: PGP Killer Whales
Division D: West Arundel Swim Team
Division E: West Laurel
Division F: Prince George’s Council
Division G: Prince George’s Parks and Recreation
Virtual Division: Whitehall Pool and Tennis

Prince William (Current Leaders, 1 week to go):
Blue: Piedmont Tsunamis
Red: Braemar & Dominion Valley both 4-1
White: Wellington Dolphins
Yellow: Westridge Waves
Green: Meadowbrook Makos
Black: Southbridge Seals
Orange: Old Bridge Breakers
Purple: Lake Manassas

July 19th: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland held a pep rally in honor of their two Olympic qualifiers, Katie Ledecky, class of 2015 and Phoebe Bacon, class of 2020. NBC sent a crew to document the event:

A few behind the scenes shots that didn’t make it to the video footage…Stone Ridge classmates Caitlin Hofmann and Ava Brooks with Olympic Trial qualifier Erin Gemmell

Stone Ridge student and Olympic Trial qualifier, Eleanor Sun, also getting interviewed during the rally!

Stone Ridge Head Coach Bob Walker with the three interviewees from the NBC Footage- Cameron House, Maddie Simmons and Addison Mostofi

One thought on “Notes from the Deck: July in the DMV

  • Jul 25, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Another dominant performance at Divisionals by the Rockville Rays.


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