Heat waves met Tsunami waves on Saturday as Piedmont improved to 3-0 on the season, beating the Braemar Blasters by a score of 2844 v 2436. Taking to the road in a fierce Blue Division contest, Piedmont’s 400+ point victory extended their current streak from last season to nine consecutive wins – the squad’s longest rally since becoming a member of PWSL’s top division.

In the first meet of the year to break 90 degree early-morning temperatures, both teams were challenged to produce top times. While the Blasters ultimately yielded 20% more swimmers with faster results versus seed, the “on paper” statistic would not translate significantly to point differential. Here, the advantage turned out to be Tsunami consistency – with the vast majority of Piedmont swimmers delivering results that were, if not faster than prior, within microseconds of previous expectations.

It was this stability that resulted in a steady pacing of point accumulation for the Tsunamis during individual events, after an almost evenly distributed relay start to open the match. On head to head battles, the Piedmont team methodically carved out 63% of the Top 10 times, highlighted by dominance from the 15-18 Boys (84% of Top 10 marks) and the 9-10 Girls (76% of Top 10 marks). The final free relays broadened the gap slightly for Piedmont, and cushioned the divisional victory.

All-time record marks were safely tucked away for the morning, as the first heat wave of summer smothered the opportunity for Tsunami club records, and also stilled all league records across PWSL. That said, several Piedmont first place athletes converted top overall league times (in parenthesis below). Blue ribbon Tsunamis against Braemar included: Declan Bengston, Sophia Malinowski, Christian Mulroe, Sammi King, Camille Spink (3), Sebbie Borden, Gannon Maxwell, Sedonah Traister (2), Charlotte Hannam (1), Emma Hannam, Katherine Diatchenko, Audrey Seidl, Alex Diatchenko, Maddie Richardson, Jonathan DeVito, Eric Liao, Brooks Schires, Alyssa Sagle, and Patrick Hooper Jr. All in, these victories accounted for 63% of individual event top marks. Moreover, for the third week in a row, four of the Tsunami relay efforts ranked as the league’s best comparatively.

Tsunami Nation will get no break in the schedule next Saturday as they travel once more to face the Ashland Stingrays. In a battle of two undefeated squads from the top two divisions, Piedmont will look to keep their seasonal record unblemished and win streak alive against a strong Ashland club – all before a return home on July 13th to face Blue Division rival Sudley.

The Braemar Blasters first home meet of the 2019 season was a Division match up against the undefeated Piedmont Tsunamis. Despite the heat, the Blasters swam with a 54% improvement over their seed times, 2nd highest in the PWSL this week. Ultimately, they were unable to hold off the Tsunamis, who remain undefeated, and suffered a loss, final score 2436 – 2844, a 408-point difference.

Braemar showed a lot of team spirit and sportsmanship during the meet. At the beginning of Event 1, which is the 8 & Under Mixed Medley Relay, one of the Piedmont swimmers didn’t realize they were to do a restart and he was almost half way across the pool when one of the Braemar swimmers jumped in to stop him so that he would not go all the way across the pool. Another Braemar member gave their frozen cooling towel to a Piedmont parent that was suffering from the heat.

The Boys 13-14 200 Medley Relay (Event #6) broke their own Braemar record in Week 3. Last week the record had been set at 2:01.50 while this week’s swim set the new record at 2:01.34 The relay team members again were: Leo Sowers 14, Jordan Evans 13, Logan Grant 14, and Alexander Martins 13.

The Braemar 8 & Under Girls had solid performances in all individual events. They outscored Piedmont in each individual event and winning one of the two relays. Additionally, scoring the top 7 of 10 spots were: 8 & Under Girls in Back and 13-14 Boys in Fly. The 13-14 age group also had outstanding performances by taking the top 6 of 10 spots in Boys IM & Breast and Girls Fly. Also, taking the top 6 of 10 spots in Free, was the Girls 15 & Over. Blaster team members recorded 77 “Top 25 Times” in the league for the week. This week 3 of those swims were first-place finishes for PWSL. Braemar swimmers earning those top honors are: Alexander Martins, 13-14 Free with a 27.28, Landon Gentry, 100 IM with a time of 1:01.16, and in 13-14 Breast, Jordan Evans had a time of 32.53.

Sixteen Blaster relay teams placed among the league’s “Top 15 Times” for the week in their events with two teams taking the league’s top place. The team taking the top spots this week is again the Boys 13-14 age group in both the Freestyle and Medley Relays.


In their third meet of the season, the Ridgewood Barracudas saw a victory of more than five-hundred points against the Dale City Frogs.

The following Barracudas placed in the league’s top ten in their individual events: Quinn Sullivan (9-10 Freestyle, Back), Carter Grendysz (9-10 Freestyle), Gracie Harper (9-10 Freestyle, Medley, Fly), Aiden Grendysz (11-12 Freestyle, Back), Carter Brown (13-14 Freestyle, Back), Angelea Flores (13-14 Freestyle, Medley, Back), Aris Runnels (15-18 Freestyle, Medley, Breast), Jasper Estes (9-10 Medley, Back, Fly), Andrew Bolz (13-14 Medley, Back, Fly), Kira Runnels (13-14 Medley, Breast), Alexander Wong (9-10 Back), Samuel Mussie (9-10 Back, Fly), Connor Laing (11-12 Breast, Fly), Liam Hopkins (13-14 Breast), Ally Haeske (13-14 Breast), Janik Seedorf-Grygo (8 & Under Fly), and Jaden Huynh (8 & Under Fly).

SUDLEY 2,781.5, BRIDLEWOOD 2,482.5

On a very hot and humid day, the Sudley Seahorses again emerged the victors and remain undefeated in the 2019 Summer Swim season by defeating the Bridlewood Bridlewaves.

The Seahorse relay teams continued to help lead the team to victory. The 8 & Under Girls 100 Meter Freestyle Relay Team finished with the 3rd best time in in the PWSL this week with Samantha Utley, Sloane Phythian, Regina Pennefather, and Avila Mantooth.

The 9-10 Boys 100 Meter Freestyle Relay finished 2nd in the PWSL with Jake Moats, Thomas Tritle, Shane Hudson, and Mark Linares. The 9-10 Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay finished 3rd in the PWSL with Jake Moats, Angelo Chierico, Mark Linares, and Shane Hudson. The 11-12 Boys 100 Meter Medley Relay finished 2nd in the PWSL with Nicolas Chierico, Nathan Luevano, Landon Craft, and Luke Mantooth.

The 11-12 Boys 100 Meter Free Relay finished 2nd in the PWSL with Landon Craft, Luke Mantooth, Nathan Luevano, and Nicolas Chierico. The 13-14 Girls 200 Meter Medley Relay finished 3rd in PWSL with Delaney Palenscar, Stella Chierico, Ashlyn Solenberger, and Jamie Cornwell. The 13-14 Girls 200 Meter Freestyle Relay claimed 1st place in the PWSL this week featuring Delaney Palenscar, Stella Chierico, Mary Pennefather, and Jamie Cornwell. The 15-18 Boys 200 Meter Medley Relay team of Steven Butler, David Grinstead, Jack Houser, and Benjamin Huffman finished 2nd in the PWSL.

The 15-18 Boys 200 Meter Freestyle Relay team of David Grinstead, Jack Houser, Benjamin Huffman, and Steven Butler finished 2nd in the PWSL. In one of the most exciting and competitive races of the day, the Seahorse 13-14 Boys 200 Meter Freestyle Relay team of Conner Utter, Jake Gaston, Peter Davis, and Benjamin Cooper edged out the Bridlewaves team by 0.08 seconds with the PWSL 2nd best time of the week.

The Seahorses had several outstanding individual performances. Steven Butler had an outstanding meet again with 1st place finishes in the 15-18 Boys 50 Meter Back and 15-18 Boys 50 Meter Fly and 2nd best time in the PWSL in the 15-18 Boys 50 Meter Freestyle on Saturday. Mark Linares finished 1st in the PWSL in the 9-10 Boys 25 Meter Fly.

Jamie Cornwell finished 2nd in the 13-14 Girls 50 Meter Freestyle and 3rd in the 13-14 Girls 100 Meter Individual Medley. Nicolas Chierico finished 2nd in the 11-12 Boys 50 Meter Back. Sloane Phythian swam the 3rd best time in the PWSL this week in the 8 and Under Girls 25 Meter Back. Delaney Palenscar finished 3rd in the PWSL in the 13-14 Girls 50 Meter Back. Nathan Luevano had the 3rd best time in the 11-12 Boys 50 Meter Breast and Benjamin Cooper finished with the 3rd best time in the PWSL this week in the 13-14 Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke.

Next week the Seahorses travel to Braemer to take on the Braemer Blasters in a Blue Division matchup.

During the opening relays, Bridlewood took a slight edge, placing first in 6 of the 11 events on the strength of three upsets based on seed times. The give and take of these first events, however, proved a fitting template of the rest of the meet, which felt like much like a tug-of-war at times. The BWave girls were dominant, claiming first place in 6 of their 8 relays and 21 out of 24 individual events, but Sudley kept the meet balanced with a majority of first place finishes on the boys’ side. It was clear that the meet would come down to team depth and, impressively, only 29 points would go unclaimed when all was said and done. 

As the day progressed, the Bridlewaves felt the strain and Sudley took full advantage of their size and strength as they steadily drew closer to their eventual victory. Outmatched by thirty six swimmers, the BWaves kept the meet close and fought the growing deficit, before eventually succumbing to the numbers. Sudley took the win, with a final score of 2781.5 to 2482.5, sealing the meet with wins in six of the eight closing relays. 

On the records front, the 11-12 age group continued their assault on the BWaves record book. Paul Querijero updated the mark for the Boys 50m Butterfly event, besting his 33.37 from week one with a new time of 32.89 seconds. Once again, the 11-12 Girls re-broke their records in both relays as Cordelia Simms joined the Madalyn Witt, Maecy Wells, and Makenzie Witt to shave another two tenths of a second off their medley record (now 1:05.38) and Ella Cypher joined the trio for the freestyle relay, dropping a new record time of 58.13 seconds. (Both relays were #1 in the county once again). Maecy Wells also laid claim to the 11-12 Girls 100m IM record, besting the standard of 1:17.21 with a new time of 1:16.94. 

The BWaves will be hosting the Fifth Annual Stars and Stripes Invitational on Thursday, July 4th. With events beginning at 8:30, this all-star meet will showcase the top swimmers from Ben Lomond, Dominion Valley, Kingsbrooke, Virginia Oaks, Wellington, and Bridlewood in a unique, fun meet that will include medal podium presentations and a trophy for the winning team. Next Saturday, the BWaves will head to Dale City, while Sudley will travel to Braemar for a Blue Division Showdown.

OLD BRIDGE 2,628.50, BEN LOMOND 1,891.50

the Old Bridge Breakers faced the heat over the weekend and continued their strong season with a victory over the Ben Lomond Flying Ducks 2628.5 - 1891.5. Highlights included 10 year old Alexander Kitta breaking a team record in the 50 meter breast. Tiana Brooks, 12, also continued to re-write the Breakers history books by breaking the team record in the 50 meter butterfly. The Breakers also honored high school graduate David McCranie, who swam his final meet of the year for the team.

Breaker winners included: Freestyle – Timothy George (Boys 8 & Under), Connor Bragdon (Boys 9-10), Jaelyn Irvin (Girls 9-10), Natan-Mael Gray (Boys 11-12), Ally Zobel (Girls 13-14), McCranie (Boys 15-18) ; Individual Medley – A. Kitta (Boys 10 & Under), Alena French (Girls 10 & Under), Gray (Boys 11-12), Anna Fetchko (Girls 11-12); Backstroke – Timothy George (Boys 8 & Under), Ava Irvin (Girls 8 & Under); A. Kitta (Boys 9-10); Jordan Rhodes (Girls 9-10), Connor Sigman (Boys 11-12), T. Brooks (Girls 11-12), Nayarit Bartlett (Girls 13-14), McCranie (Boys 15-18), Isabella Carr (Girls 15-18); Breaststroke – Miles Smith (Boys 8 & Under), Julia Kitta (Girls 8 & Under), A. Kitta (Boys 9-10), J. Irvin (Girls 9-10), Thrace Bartlett (Boys 10-11), Zobel (Girls 13-14), I. Carr (Girls 15-18); Butterfly – Rafael Osorio (Boys 8 & Under), J. Kitta (Girls 8 & Under), Anne Marie Cabrales (Girls 9-10), Gray (Boys 11-12), Brooks (Girls 11-12), Zobel (Girls 13-14), McCranie (Boys 15-18).

Relay winners included: Medley – Mixed 8 & Under (Ava Irvin, T. George, M. Smith, J. Kitta) Boys 9-10 (Timothy Smith, A. Kitta, Thomas Hutchinson, Bradgon), Girls 9-10 (J. Irvin, Cabrales, A. French, Mariana Osorio), Boys 11-12 (C. Sigman, T. Bartlett, Joshua Gold, Gray), Girls 13-14 (Zobel, N. Bartlett, Ellie Lowry, Maia Lowry), Boys 15-18 (Cade Jolley, Joshua Davis, McCranie, Matthew Fields), Freestyle – Boys 8 & Under (Osorio, M. Smith, Mark French, T. George), Girls 8 & Under (Katelyn Coaxum, Addy Mardeusz, A. Irvin, J. Kitta; Boys 9-10 (Bragdon, T. Hutchinson, Timothy Smith, A. Kitta), Girls 9-10 (J. Irvin, A. French, Lyric Romero, M. Osorio), Boys 11-12 (Gold, David George, Gray, T. Bartlett) Boys 13-14 (J. Smith, Davila, Labenow, N. Davis), Girls 13-14 (Zobel, N. Bartlett, E. Lowry, M. Lowry), Boys 15-18 (Fields, Jolley, Davis, McCranie); and Girls 15-18 (Taylor Ford, Ava Carr, Lili Gomez, I. Carr).

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