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Falls Church Area Pools Dominate Swim League

Through two weekends of Northern Virginia Swimming League divisional meets, Falls Church area boasts some of the best pools in the area.

Lee Graham Pool, competing in Division 2, and High Point Pool, in Division 4 of the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL), both sit atop their respective standings at 2-0, rolling through their first two meets with relative ease.

With swimmers competing at groups ranging from eight-and-under to the college-aged, the depth of both squads have shone through early this summer season.

In Lee Graham’s latest meet last Saturday at McLean, the Dolphins scored victories up and down their roster, using a late surge by their relays to ultimately tally a 226-176 win. Out of 50 events in the lengthy meet, Lee Graham won 27.

Notable winners for the Dolphins included Ryan Fry, who totaled three victories in the eight-and-under age group, winning the 25-meter freestyle and backstroke by over a second in each race, in addition to racing as the second leg of the winning 100-meter freestyle relay.

Additionally, Billy Kilgallin won the 50-meter freestyle and breaststroke in the 13-14 division and teamed up with Michael Southern, Daniel Reinfurt and Freddy Crawford to take first in the 200-meter relay for mixed age.

On the girls side, both Cynthia Temeles and Logan Coulson Moore won four races, taking first place in the 50-meter freestyle and backstroke in their respective age groups. Both were members of the winning 200-meter freestyle mixed age relay team and each led their age groups to victory in the 100-meter medley relay.

This depth up and down the roster should prove critical to Lee Graham’s success in the future, according to Dolphin swimmer Jeff Williams.

“When you get in the upper divisions, it’s absolutely important to have depth,” Williams said. “You can’t have a weak age group, especially in some of the relays. Fortunately for us, the eight-and-unders have done very well this season. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be in such a high division.”

Other notable winners for the girls included Sarah Polzer, who won the 50-meter breaststroke and butterfly. Natalie Leake (50m breast), Susha Stone (50m free), Katherine Delta (25m free) and Maddie Cherry (50m free) rounded out the first-place finishers for Lee Graham.

Individually on the men’s side, Freddy Crawford (50m free), Lucas Cherry (50m back), Asher Marr (25m breast), Brandon Alexander (50m breast) and Ben Southern (50m fly) also took first-place finishes for Lee Graham.

Lee Graham also dominated the relay portion of the meet, taking first in the 100- and 200-meter medley relays as well as the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter mixed-age freestyle relays.

“Since first place in relays are worth five points and second place are worth none, the meets come down to the relays in the end,” Williams said. “There are 12 relays in all, so if you win eight that’s a pretty big swing in points.”

Across the city, the Division 4 High Point Dolphins also hold a 2-0 record, helped by a 229-173 victory over Orange Hunt at High Point on Saturday.

Beginning with the short freestyle events at the meet’s start, High Point won with more ease than its six-point victory over Sully Station the week prior. The Dolphins took seven out of the first 10 races, including sweeping the first three places in the 9-10 girls and 11-12 boys age groups.

Kelley Frank, a rising senior at George Mason High School, was a four-race winner for the Dolphins, taking first in the 50-meter freestyle and butterfly and helping the 200-meter mixed-age freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay teams to victory.

Eight-and-under competitor Sigrid Elson took first in the 25-meter freestyle and breaststroke, while Hunter Perrot (50-meter breast and free), Matthew Shaheen (50m breast and free) and Lachlan Flatin (25m breast and free) were also two-time individual champions.

The 100-meter freestyle relay team of Sharrer, Flatin, Matthew Moschella and Gavin Bock won by over 20 seconds for the eight-and-under age group.

Though both High Point and Lee Graham are atop their respective standings, the two squads will face off for Falls Church bragging rights in a non-division match-up on July 13 at Lee Graham. Even though the meet is not scored, it should bear a particular amount of weight for some swimmers who raced under the George Mason colors in the winter.

“We have so many rivalries against [Lee Graham’s] older kids,” said High Point’s Karen Hamill, a rising senior at Mason. “We’ve been swimming in the NVSL for about eight or nine years together, but somehow they always manage to beat us. We’ve always wanted to beat Lee Graham. We’re pretty excited for it because it’s always fun to swim against people you know.”

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