After a 1-year interruption, the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) hosted their showcase event- ‘Coaches Invitational Lengthy Course Meet’ Tuesday on the Rockville Municipal Swim Middle. After a day of sweltering warmth, the solar started to drop under the tree line and the swimmers had been again in a well-known venue. The Coaches Invitational Meet has been held on the 2nd Tuesday in July courting again to 1974. This meet supplies a possibility for the top-8 ranked swimmers in every particular person occasion to compete the identical variety of lengths within the 50 meter pool. As in prior years, the meet got here with loads of anticipation and pleasure. The night time began with a rousing rendition of the Nationwide anthem performed by Hadriel Dayanim from Flower Valley. Hadriel has been a swimmer with the Flower Valley Frogs since he was in kindergarten. He’s an everyday Nationwide Anthem performer for the crew’s house meets. He’s a rising eighth grader on the CES Jewish Day Faculty in Rockville, MD.
There have been fairly a couple of storylines to observe throughout the meet, first the addition of the 19 yr outdated occasions offered a reunion sort environment for these swimmers as they competed for delight towards their friends, with lots of the occasions swum mixed gender. Subsequent the variety of data damaged, we had some anticipation that Adriano Arioti and Andrew Vanas would make a run on the document board, however didn’t anticipate 6 data and a number of other different shut calls! Additionally seeing the variety of siblings competing throughout the age teams was an fascinating side, this yr there have been 13 households (that we might inform) that had 2 or extra swimmers qualify for the meet. In all there are 298 particular person swimmers that certified, of these, 162 certified for 2 occasions (Prime 10). Of those who certified for two occasions, 9 of them had been ranked 1st coming into the meet:
Adriano Arioti (Rockville)
Toby Barnett (Flower Valley)
Catherine Bu (Tally Ho)
Madeline Inman (Damascus)
Carly Sebring (Damascus)
Brian Sunjaya (Germantown)
Andrew Vanas (Washingtonian Woods)
Grace Zettler (Potomac)
Julia Zettler (Potomac)
There have been 72 groups represented, with the next groups having essentially the most swimmers: Rockville: 37 Nation Glen: 17 Wildwood Manor: 15 Woodley Gardens: 13 Potomac: 13 Bethesda: 13 Connecticut Belair: 12 Flower Valley: 12
The meet kicked off with the IM races, beginning with the 12 & Beneath Boys. As anticipated it was a backwards and forwards race with Kirk Morgan (Seven Locks) leaping out to an early lead, and the sector coming again on the breaststroke leg. On the end it was Stonegate’s Jack Dawson taking the win in 2:31.80, adopted carefully by Mile Dulac (Glenwood), Trevor Donley (Calverton) and Kirk Morgan. The ladies 12 & Beneath 200 IM was equally thrilling as three women fought to the end with Tally Ho’s Catherine Bu touching 1st in 2:41.20, Annabel Cai (Nation Glen) 2nd in 2:41.73, and Rockville’s Annabel Sha in third in 2:41.88. Out of the gate we noticed the children got here ready to compete & weren’t deterred by the climate nor the 1-year layoff from this occasion! The following race up was the 13-14 200 IM and Adriano Arioti (Rockville) left little doubt he was there to go after the document. He was aggressive the primary 100, touching the wall after backstroke in 1:00.46, then break up a 36.82 in breaststroke, coming house in 30.80 to complete in 2:08.08, whereas it was barely off his greatest time, it was adequate to smash the prior document by over 4 seconds!
The ladies 13-14 200 IM race was not and not using a dramatic end as nicely. Andrea Dworak (Forest Knolls) had constructed a commanding lead all through the race, an effort that was an excessive amount of for her swim cap. Undecided precisely when her cap departed, however the remaining 25 of the race her hair was flowing freely & Campbell Scofield (Montgomery Sq.) was closing quick. It was a contact/contact end & Andrea took the win in 2:25.42, Campbell second in 2:25.64. The 15-18 Boys race was a wire-to-wire win for Toby Barnett (Flower Valley). He and Liam McDonough (Northwest Department) had been pushing one another the primary 100, however Toby broke it open on the breaststroke leg and shutting out the freestyle leg, profitable in 2:08.95, Liam touching 2nd in 2:10.32. Sophie Duncan (Bannockburn), contemporary off competing at USA Swimming Olympic Trials Wave II, took command of the race throughout the backstroke leg and by no means seemed again. She powered by to complete in 2:16.63, nicely below the prior document of two:17.10 set by Phoebe Bacon in 2019, Catherine Belyakov (Quince Orchard) took 2nd in 2:19.50.
Transferring on the the Freestyle occasions, the sister duo from Potomac, Grace and Julia Zettler notched wins within the Ladies 8 & Beneath 50 Freestyle (Grace) and the Ladies 9-10 100 Freestyle (Julia). Within the Boys 11-12 100 Freestyle race, Andrew Vanas (Washingtonian Woods) was the subsequent swimmer to hitch the document breakers membership as he blazed to a brand new meet document of 57.35! He broke Brett Feyerick’s document (58.89) from 2015 & was 5 seconds away from the sector!! Kyle Wang (Regency Estates) took cost of the 13-14 Freestyle race flipping on the 50 in 26.14, a full second forward of the competitors. He elevated that benefit by splitting 28.0 on the 2nd 50 to win in 54.14 and setting a brand new document, surpassing the prior document of 54.25 that was set by Matt Thomas in 2007! Within the women 13-14 100 Freestyle race, Andrea Dworak (Forest Knolls) stored her cap on and secured her 2nd win of the night time in 59.21, simply forward of Isla Bartholomew (Wildwood Manor) who completed 2nd in 1:00.17. Within the 15-18 Boys race, Everett Oehler (Woodley Gardens) took his shot on the document and swam a managed race, splitting 26.25, 28.63, 29.57, 29.24 to the touch in 1:53.69, simply .06 shy of breaking the document. Within the women 15-18 race, Jillian Berger (Little Falls, additionally competed in USA Swimming Olympic Trials, Wave I) and Maren Conze (Garrett Park) had been face to face with Jillian hitting the 150 with a slight lead and sustaining it to the end. Jillian touched first in 2:04.88 to Maren’s 2:05.14, in one other thrilling race!
The Backstroke occasions began with wins within the 8 & Beneath by Rory Rawson (Mohican) and Annabel Robey (Rockville). Julia Zettler obtained her 2nd win of the night time within the 9-10 women Backstroke, within the subsequent occasion, the boys 11-12 100 Backstroke, Griffin Oehler (Woodley Gardens) gained the occasion, making this the second sibling duo that gained occasions! Elizabeth Chen (Stonebridge) handily gained the women 11-12 race, then Brig Barnett (Flower Valley) took the highest spot within the 13-14 Backstroke race, making it the third sibling combo to win an occasion!! 13-yr outdated Virginia Hinds (CCRA), fended off Nadia Thomas (Merrimack Park) and Alisa Daniel (Forest Knolls) to take the highest spot within the 13-14 women Backstroke race and within the 15-18 Boys race, Noah Rutberg (Regency Estates, additionally competed in USA Swimming Trials Wave I) held on to win, warding off a charging Liam McDonough (Northwest Department) 2:07.98 to 2:08.11. Sophie Duncan (Bannockburn) took management of the race from the beginning and broke her second document of the night time, surpassing the document from 2013 by 1.5 seconds, ending in 2:15.87!
After a brief break for warmups, the breaststrokers took to the pool, beginning with the 8 & Unders. Brian Sunjaya (Germantown) spoiled Mohican’s Rory Rawson bid for a second win and obtained a second win for himself having additionally gained the 50 freestyle earlier, touching simply forward 51.79 to 52.20. Grace Zettler (Potomac) obtained her 2nd win of the night time within the women 8 & Beneath race and Somerset’s Dylan Reilly obtained a win within the boys 9-10 race. Kenmont’s Audrey Decatur swam her first occasion of the night time & got here away with a win within the Ladies 9-10 race. Luc Dionne (Previous Georgetown) took the highest spot within the boys 11-12 race and Catherine Bu (Tally Ho) surged to her second win of the night time within the women 11-2 race, besting the filed by nearly 2 seconds. Within the boys 13-14 race, Tyler Coapstick (Westleigh) touched third on the 50 and charged house to take the win over Stonebridge’s Jason Lee. The Ladies 13-14 race was nearly a repeat area from the 11-12 race held in 2019, with 6 of the 8 qualifiers within the race. As in 2019, it was a battle between Isla Bartholomew (Wildwood Manor) and Cameron Home (Daleview). In 2019 Isla took the win by .04 seconds, nonetheless tonight, in an exhilarating race, Cameron was capable of finding the wall first, out-touching Isla 1:13.78 to 1:13.84. Maybe the identical group will get collectively subsequent yr and double the space? Neo Matsuyama (Seven Locks) and Dylan Danaie (Nation Glen) stored the gang buzzing as they went backwards and forwards over the subsequent 4 lengths of the pool, with Neo hitting the wall first, in 2:24.35 to Dylan’s 2:24.50.
The Butterfly races kicked off with Tyler Bolgiano (Regency Estates) and Sydney Chang (Higher County) profitable the 8 & Beneath occasions. The 2 9-10 races had been shut finishes, with Daniel Fry (Robin Hood) profitable the boys race by .19, adopted by Ellery Thomas (Chevy Chase Recreation) profitable the women race by .42! The 11-12 races had been 2-person showdowns, the place the boys race was gained by Kirk Morgan (Seven Locks), as he held onto his quick begin and out touched Andrew Vanas (Washingtonian Woods). Within the women race, the sector was fairly even on the 50, with Elizabeth Chen (Stonebridge) and Caitlin Groves (Potomac) ending 1-2, simply .13 seconds aside. Adriano Arioti hit the pool for his second race and second document of the night time as he powered by the 13-14 boys 100 Butterfly race. He was pushed all through by Kyle Wang (Regency Estates) and touched the wall in 57.26, besting the document set in 2009 (57.75) by Jack Conger. Campbell Scofield (Montgomery Sq.) and Hailey Hammond (Little Falls) additionally had an in depth race , with Campbell profitable in 1:04.21 to Hailey’s 1:04.92. Everett Oehler captured his second win of the night time in 55.88 and Sarah Culkin completed her night time robust with a 1:01.93, greater than a second forward Eleanor Solar (Wildwood Manor) who touched in 1:03.07.
The tagline on this system for the night time learn “A Triumphant Return”, and in our estimation, it was true…the spirit, competitors, sportsmanship and performances had been all triumphant. Thanks for offering the chance for the meet to occur.