Some January Meet News!!!


January Meet Highlights


SNOW had many athletes swim in several meets in January, both locally and out-of-state. Everybody raced well and got a lot out of the experience. Here are the event winners for each meet in January:


MAKO Winter Invite @ GMU, Jan 6-7

 Payton Masten, 8&Under 25 Free, 25 Breast;

Ken Chang, 10&Under 50 Breast;

Elena Wigglesworth, 12&Under 200 IM;

Sally Burkley, 13&Over 100 Breast;

Shelby Gerving, 13&Over 200 IM, Open 200 Breast;

Alex Lamb, 13&Over 50 Free;

Tommy Lees, 13&Over 100 Breast;

Janika Perezous, 13&Over 100 Free, 100 Back.


January Distance Meet @ Lee District, Jan 7

Rachel Schlemmer, 15&Over 1000 Free;

Also of note, JP Vanderloo achieved one of the rarest feats in all of swimming at this meet: he went “The Trifecta” in his mile, going his best times in the 500, 1000 and the 1650 Free- all in the same race. He finished 3rd overall in the mile. Congratulations to JP!


January Jumpstart Meet @ Greensboro, NC, Jan 12-15

Our first trip down to NC for this prelims-finals meet saw some spectacular racing across the board. Event winners included:

Noah Dyer, 11-12 50 Fly, 100 IM;

JP Vanderloo, 12&Under 500 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 100 Breast;

Gavin Wagner, 13-14 100 Back;

Sam Oliver, 15&Over 500 Free.

Also swimming well for SNOW (some of whom were traveling for the first time) were:

For the Girls: Carly Burns, Erica Olsen, Marisol Sims, Kathlyn Buckley, Isabel Elias, Samantha Crusan, Ariel Indrisano, Eva McCurry and Payton Masten. For the Boys, Ken Chang, Parker Nyhuis, Ali El-Assar and Juan Reano all swam well. Thanks to all the SNOW families who traveled down to Greensboro on a holiday weekend; good prelims-finals racing is hard to find, and it make s difference for our athletes to be exposed to it. A special thanks goes out to Lynn Oliver for making all the hotel arrangements and Sarah Olsen for officiating all weekend.


IMX @ UMD, Jan 26-28

The annual IMX Meet took place at the University of Maryland. This unique meet format has athletes from across the Eastern Zone compete in every event across three days of racing. Final rankings in each age group are determined by adding “Power Points” from each event together for a final score. Top 20 finishers for SNOW included JP Vanderloo in the 12 Year Old Boys (16th overall), and Colin Lewis, who was 15th overall for 14 Year Old Boys. Also swimming well for SNOW were Maggie Tran, Kaitlyn Estes, Micaela Perezous, Melody Moore, Paul Moore and TD Medde Witage. Congrats to all SNOW athletes who swam in the IMX!


Dulles District Championships, Jan 27 @ Claude Moore (non-USA Swimming meet, not affiliated with SNOW)-

Event winners from SNOW included:

Rachel Schlemmer, 200 IM, 100 Fly;

Rita Frie, 50 Free;

Daphne Bernal, 100 Breast;

Colin Hughes, 200 Free, 500 Free;

John Rossbach, 100 Fly.


Potomac District Champs, Jan 26 @ Claude Moore (non-USA Swimming meet, not affiliated with SNOW)-

Event winners from SNOW included:

Missy Cundiff, 50 Free;

Janika Perezous, 100 Free, 100 Back;

Shelby Gerving, 100 Breast;

Jack Moore, 100 Free, 200 Free;

Sam Oliver, 500 Free;

Luay Hilmi, 100 Back


Congrats to all the SNOW athletes who swam so well and won events at each of these meets! We’re looking forward to more great racing in February at our February Qualifier on February 10 at Claude Moore.


Thanks for being a part of SNOW, see you at the pool!