Noteworthy News XXV



SO WHAT WERE THOSE BIG TRUCKS DOING IN THE NEW POOL PARKING LOT? Well, that was the first visible wave of the 50 meter pool expansion process. As some of you may know, Gayton Station was a railway stop. From what we have been told, our fair campus may have been the site of some coal mining, mostly surface mining, but a few shafts appear here and there in the area. So this was some prudent checking on our part to see if any shafts will affect our expansion. Now worries, but a bit of Farmers Insurance commercial moment. We had to pour concrete to fill a shaft when the new pool was built. We know stuff because we’ve seen stuff.


ONE MORE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP LOOMS . . . and that is coming this weekend when NOVA’s 14 and unders hike over the mountains and down to Christiansburg for the State Age Group Championship. Some practices may be altered or canceled as our staff heads out of town. Next week, our older swimmers will be the first wave of a two week invasion of Orlando, Florida for the NCSA Juniors and Age Group National Championship meets.


NOVA’S SENIOR SWIMMERS PUT ON A SHOW THIS PAST WEEKEND . . . at the first ever NOVA hosted Virginia Senior Championships at the Collegiate pool. Fourteen new or re-qualifying swimmers led the NOVA parade this weekend. If you see them, congratulate Courtney Isley, Kelsey Peel, Kaitlyn Gray, Conner Jorgensen, Katie Cooper, Ashley Meyer, Grace Edwards, Graham Boyle, Henry Paulson, Tillie Lewis, Nikolas Lee-Bishop, Colin Whiting, Atesh Camurdan and Maddie Hadd. Team score? First place in Men’s, Women’s and Combined as NOVA powered to a Virginia Swimming Senior Champs record total of 2490 points. Grace Sheble broke team and meet records on her way to wining the women’s high point award. Coach Luke provided some thrills with a first place in the 50 free and some fine relay legs for the men! Fifty eight swimmer made at least one NCSA Junior cut with Patrick Townsend, Grace Sheble, Caroline Sheble, Carter Bristow, Christopher DallaValle, Zack Cram, Lizzie Danforth, Patrick Madden and Nick Viers going six for six!


                Team Scores


              NOVA      2490

              TIDE      1123

              CGBD       750

              757        749

              RAYS       474


NOVA All Time Top Ten Performances




Madison Cottrell  200 breast 10th

DC Hellams       1650 free 5th

Kelsey Peel       100 back 9th

Maddie Pierce     100 back 4th

Megan Pulley       50 free 1st, 100 free 3rd, 200 free 7th, 100 fly                        2nd   

Dain Ripol        200 IM 8th, 400 IM 3rd

Caroline Sheble   100 free 6th, 500 free 9th, 100 fly 1st, 200 fly                         5th, 200 IM 2nd, 400 IM 5th

Grace Sheble      500 free 3rd, 200 back 3rd, 100 breast 3rd, 200                          fly 1st, 200 IM 1st, 400 IM 2nd

Maddie Wallin    1650 free 9th

Sydney Whiting     50 free 3rd, 100 free 4th, 200 free 3rd




Maya Atkins       100 breast 2nd

Caroline Baber     50 free 6th, 100 breast 4th

Carter Bristow    500 free 9th, 1000 free 5th, 1650 free 5th

Mary Cornett      100 & 200 breast 5th

Sarah Malloy       50 free 4th

Annie Sanchez     100 free 8th

Patrick Townsend  200 fly 6th

Matthew Whelan    100 fly 4th




Maya Atkins       100 breast 2nd

Caroline Baber    100 breast 10th

Carter Bristow   1000 free 8th, 1650 free 8th

Sarah Malloy       50 free 9th

Luke Nelson        50 free 2nd, 100 free & 100 fly 4th 

Megan Pulley       50 free 1st, 100 free 3rd, 200 free 7th, 100 fly                        2nd

Dain Ripol        400 IM 10th

Caroline Sheble   100 free 9th, 100 fly 1st, 200 fly 8th, 200 IM                             3rd, 400 IM 8th

Grace Sheble      500 free 6th, 200 back 7th, 200 fly 3rd, 200 IM                        1st

Patrick Townsend  200 fly 6th

Matthew Whelan    100 fly 5th

Sydney Whiting     50 free 5th, 100 free 5th, 200 free 6th


Virginia Senior Champs Meet Records


Grace Sheble      200 & 400 IM, 200 fly

Women’s 800 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, C. Sheble, G. Sheble

Women’s 400 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, G. Sheble, Annie Sanchez

First Place Winners


Luke Nelson         50 free

Grace Sheble       200 & 400 IM, 200 fly, 500 free

Patrick Townsend   200 fly

Women’s 800 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, C. Sheble, G. Sheble

Men’s 800 free relay     Cram, DallaValle, Madden, Ripol

Women’s 400 medley relay Svoboda, G. Sheble, C. Sheble, Whiting

Men’s 400 medley relay   Cram, Nelson, Townsend, Ripol

Women’s 200 medley relay Pierce, G. Sheble, C. Sheble, Pulley

Men’s 200 medley relay   Cram, Nelson, Townsend, Ripol

Women’s 400 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, G. Sheble, Annie Sanchez 

NCSA Juniors


Cooper Ackerly         1650 free

Maya Atkins             100 & 200 breast, 50 free

Caroline Baber          100 & 200 breast, 200 IM, 50 free

Sarah Bender            100 & 200 breast, 200 free, 200 IM

Graham Boyle           1000 free

Carter Bristow          200, 500, 1000 & 1650 free, 400 IM, 200                               fly

Morgan Burton           400 IM, 100 fly, 50 & 100 free

Atesh Camurdan          200 free

Danny Chance           1000 & 1650 free

Ethan Choo              100 back

Colin Clements          100 back

Katie Cooper            200 breast

Mary Cornett            100 & 200 breast, 200 & 400 IM

Madison Cottrell        100 & 200 breast, 200 back

Zack Cram               200 & 400 IM, 200 & 500 free, 100 & 200                                back

Luke Daley              100 back

Christopher DallaValle  100, 200, 500, 1000 & 1650 free, 200 fly,                               400 IM

Lizzie Danforth         500, 1000 & 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 & 400                              IM, 200 back

Aidan Duffy             200 breast

Grace Edwards           200 back

Peyton Farmer            50 free

Mark Graff              200 fly

Maura Graff             100 breast, 100 & 200 fly

Kaitlyn Gray            100 fly

Cole Gvozdas            100 & 200 fly, 400 IM

Maddie Hadd             200, 500 & 1000 free, 200 fly

Michael Heinrich        200 back, 100 & 200 fly

DC Hellams             1000 & 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 & 400 IM

Reid Hutcherson         200, 500, 1000 & 1650 free

Courtney Isley          100 free

Connor Jorgensen        400 IM

Nikolas Lee-Bishop      500, 1000 & 1650 free

Tillie Lewis            200 back

Patrick Madden          200, 500 & 1000 free, 100 & 200 back, 400                              IM

Sarah Malloy            100 fly, 200 IM, 50 free

Ashley Meyer            400 IM

Jacob Oberle            100 & 200 back

Henry Paulson           200 IM

Kelsey Peel             100 back

Maddie Pierce           100 & 200 back, 100 & 200 breast

Peyton Proffitt         100 & 200 breast, 400 IM

Megan Pulley             50, 100 & 200 free, 100 fly

Dain Ripol              200 & 500 free, 200 & 400 IM, 200 back

Rebecca Rogers          100 & 200 fly

Annie Sanchez            100 & 200 free

Caroline Sheble         100 & 500 free, 200 & 400 IM, 200 back,                            100 & 200 fly

Grace Sheble            200 fly, 200 & 400 IM, 100 breast, 200                                 back, 500 free

Parker Stevens          100 back

Ethan Stoltz           1650 free

Sophie Svoboda          100 back, 50 free

Patrick Townsend        100 & 200 fly, 200 & 400 IM, 100 & 200                                 back

Nick Viers              100 & 200 breast, 200 & 400 IM, 200 fly,                           200 back

Maddie Wallin           500, 1000 & 1650 free, 200 back, 200 IM

Zach Wassmer            500, 1000 & 1650 free, 400 IM

Matthew Whelan          100 & 200 fly, 50 & 100 free

Colin Whiting           100 & 200 fly

Sydney Whiting           50, 100 & 200 free

Gracie Wielar           200 free, 100 fly, 200 back

Women’s 800 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, C. Sheble, G. Sheble

                         Bender, Bristow, Burton, Hadd

Men’s 800 free relay     Cram, DallaValle, Madden, Ripol

                         Laming, Hutcherson, Camurdan, Lee-Bishop

Women’s 400 medley relay Svoboda, G. Sheble, C. Sheble, Whiting

                         Pierce, Bender, Pulley, Malloy

Men’s 400 medley relay   Oberle, Viers, Whiting, Paulson

Women’s 200 medley relay Pierce, G. Sheble, C. Sheble, Pulley

Men’s 200 medley relay   Cram, Nelson, Townsend, Ripol

Women’s 400 free relay   Pulley, Whiting, G. Sheble, Annie Sanchez

Men’s 400 free relay     DallaValle, Camurdan, Hutcherson,                           Whiting


Time Standard Improvements


Caroline Baber           100 breast AAAA

Charlie Boykin           200 IM, 100 breast AA

Graham Boyle             200 & 1650 free AAA, 1000 free AAAA

Anderson Broughton       200 back AA, 100 fly AAA

Megan Burton             400 IM, 50 free AAAA

Atesh Camurdan          1000 free, 200 fly AAA, 200 free AAAA

Ethan Choo               100 back AAA

Colin Clements            50 & 200 free AAA

Katie Cooper             200 IM, 100 free AAA

Mary Cornett             100 breast AAAA

Madison Cottrell         200 fly AAA. 200 breast AAAA

Luke Daley               100 fly AA, 200 free AAA

Christopher DallaValle   200 fly, 200 free AAAA

Lizzie Danforth          500, 1000 & 1650 free AAAA

Grace Edwards             50 free AAA

Peyton Geiszler          200 fly AA

Kaitlyn Gray             200 IM AA, 100 & 200 fly, 200 back AAA

Cole Gvozdas             100 fly AAA

Kaila Hewitt             200 back AAA

Kayla Hobson             100 breast AAA

Reid Hutcherson         1000 free AAAA

Courtney Isley           100 free AAAA

David Jobe               100 back AA

Conner Jorgensen         200 back AAA

Alex Kaplan              200 breast AA

Brian Kwon               100 back AA

Nikolas Lee-Bishop       500, 1000 & 1650 free AAAA

Tillie Lewis             500 free AAA

Patrick Madden           100 free AAA

Streett Martin            50 free AAA

Dominic Mistretta        200 breast AA

Gracie Mueller          1650 free AAAA

Jacob Oberle              50 & 200 free AAA, 200 back AAAA

Henry Paulson            200 breast AA, 100 free AAA

Kelsey Peel              100 free, 100 & 200 back AAA

Maddie Pierce            100 & 200 breast AAA

Peyton Proffitt          100 breast AAAA

Megan Pulley              50 free AAAA

Kaysea Ramsey            200 breast AA

Gabby Ramus             1650 free AA

Dain Ripol               200 IM AAAA

Clara Rodriguez          200 & 400 IM AAA

Sophia Rodriguez        1650 free AA

Avery Rogers             200 fly AAA

Abby Russell             400 IM, 1650 free AAA

Liam Ryan                200 breast AA, 100 breast AAA

Annie Sanchez               200 free AAAA

Ethan Spencer            100 & 200 breast AAA

Parker Stevens          1650 free, 200 fly AA, 400 IM AAA

Ethan Stoltz            1650 free AAAA

Conrad Tan               200 breast AA

Max Trias                100 free AA

Lauren Underwood         200 fly, 200 back, 200 IM AAA

Nicholas Viers           400 IM AAAA

Maddie Wallin            500 free AAAA

Zach Wassmer             500 & 1000 free AAAA

Matthew Whelan           100 free AAAA

Colin Whiting            100 fly AAA

Sydney Whiting            50 free AAAA


100% Best Times


Graham Boyle           Carter Bristow      Madison Cottrell

Madiso Cottrell        Luke Daley          Kaitlyn Gray

Alec Harrison          Alex Kaplan         Streett Martin

Dominic Mistretta      Luke Nelson         Jacob Oberle

Henry Paulson          Kelsey Peel         Amanda Pendleton

Kaleigh Seitz          Caroline Sheble     Lauren Underwood

Maddie Wallin          Sydney Whiting          



Barrier Breakers


Luke Nelson              <   :50        100 fly

Ali Kallman              <  1:00        100 fly

Sydney Whiting

Sydney Whiting           <  1:50        200 free

Patrick Madden           <  1:50        200 back

Jacob Oberle             <  1:50        200 free

Davis Jobe               <  2:00        200 back

Brian Kwon

Graham Boyle            

Anderson Broughton

Atesh Camurdan           <  2:00        200 fly

Amanda Pendleton         <  2:30        200 breast

Nicholas Viers  

Nicholas Viers           <  4:00        400 IM

Morgan Burton            <  4:30        400 IM

Ashley Meyer

Maddie Wallin            <  5:00        500 free

Lizzie Danforth

Peyto Proffitt           < 10:30       1000 free

Ethan Spencer

Cameron Adams

Reid Hutcherson          < 16:00       1650 free

Patrick Madden

Conner Jorgensen         < 16:30       1650 free

Graham Boyle             < 17:00       1650 free

Maddie Wallin

Ethan Stoltz

Parker Stevens

Cameron Adams            < 17:30       1650 free

Abby Russell             < 18:00       1650 free

Sophia Rodriguez         < 19:00       1650 free

Gabby Ramus


OUR COACHING STAFF’S EXPRESSED GOAL . . . is to answer e-mails promptly. If promptly isn’t possible because we are on-deck, working out, or out to dinner, for example, we aim to answer inside a 24 hour cycle. That 24 hours or less goal applies to the M-F workweek and some coaches extend that to include Saturday AM. A weekend e-mail may not get answered until Monday; a vacation e-mail may not get answered until a staff member returns from vacation. When we are on-deck or at a meet, that “prompt” response cycle may also be interrupted. Hope this clarification helps.     


AS NOTED, WE HAVE NEARLY FINISHED THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON SEQUENCE . . . and I hope this ever-shortening blurb has been a bit of a Virgil for your tour through this exciting time.


MARCH . . . is sometimes a coach’s cruelest month especially those who coach swimmers destined for the State or National championship meets. First, the state meets:


           3/1-3/4      Virginia State Senior Champs

           3/8-3/11     Virginia Age Group Champs


Then it’s off to the land of Far Far Away (actually Orlando, FL.  


          3/13-3/17    NCSA Juniors, Orlando, FL

          3/21-3/24    NCSA Age Group, Orlando, FL


NOVA normally concludes the short course (25 yd) segment of the season with the 2 day NOVA Short Course Send-off March 30-31st but due to it falling on the Easter weekend, we are going in a different direction and hosting a mid-April long course meet at the Collegiate pool. We encourage all swimmers to kick off their long course season at this meet!!


Remarkable advances are often made by swimmers who immerse themselves in the championship season. The acts of qualifying for a meet, then participating in it often change the trajectories of swimming careers. You must be present to win these sometimes astonishing advances!


PERUSE OUR LIST OF COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS AND YOU WILL NOTE THE PRESENCE OF SOME IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLS . . . . We are delighted to announce the following future destinations. Our rule here is simple: gotta know before a name is added to this list. So here’s what we currently know. If you know and we don’t, stay calm and drop me a line. I just learned that Drew Acquaye will be attending UNC!! Happy to add any new decision-makers (NCSA insider joke!).


Maya Atkins             Virginia Tech

Caroline Baber          Washington & Lee

Brennan Branch          Randolph-Macon

Carter Bristow          University of Virginia

Ian Densley             Roanoke College

Grace Edwards           Boston College

Cade Elliott            Washington University in St. Louis

Maddie Hadd             Georgia Tech

Ana Kuzemka             George Mason

Sarah Malloy            Texas Christian University

Streett Martin          Loyola of New Orleans

Lauren Meeker           Virginia Tech

Ashley Meyer            University of Richmond 

Rebecca Rogers          William and Mary

Annie Sanchez           Campbell

Nori Sanchez            Barton College         

Kayleigh Seitz          Oklahoma Christian     

Sophie Svoboda          Air Force Academy

Patrick Townsend        University of Tennessee

Maria Vinson            Roanoke College

Matthew Whelan          Duke

Gracie Wielar           Villanova


We will aim to have some of the pictures from the senior signing event posted on the lobby TV’s so that the entire team can connect a name with a face.


THE COACHING STAFF IS ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE THE MEET ENTRY PROCESS . . . both for parents and for our meet management folks. Each meet entry is posted and coaches strongly request that parents either accept or decline a meet entry. We do aim to accommodate late entries whenever possible but that means extra work for our meet entry team. So please let us know your intentions for meets listed for your swimmer’s training group.  Just log in, find the appropriate meet and let us know your intentions. The coaching staff will also often send reminder e-mails as meet deadlines approach.


PARENTS BE ADVISED THAT CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE THE BUILDING ARE NOT UNDER THE SUPERVISION . . . of any NOVA staff member.  If your child plays outside and that is OK with you, please remind them that ours is a “trafficked” parking lot and that swiftly darting young children should be wary of the driving lanes.  On the other hand, we are asking that all parents be especially vigilant when you enter our parking lot.  On a slightly related note, please respect the handicap parking places.  I know folks like to use these spaces for picking up swimmers but they are there to provide easy access for handicapped or special needs swimmers and visitors.  We appreciate your support !


DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN NOVA? FRIENDS WHO SEEM INTERESTED?  We stand ready to evaluate any and all who have summer swim team level abilities.  Evaluations are quick, easy and free. Interested? E-mail Drew or Geoff. We can take care of most swimming levels somewhere in our program.  From lessons to Masters, NOVA is a full service swimming organization, the best in Richmond and in Virginia.  Modesty forbids us to say more so we’ll stop with that minor bragging.


BEFORE DONATING ELSEWHERE . . . check with the staff to see if NOVA has a need. For example, re-doing your kitchen? Have a decent refrigerator? Consider taking the tax write-off and helping NOVA. We have three such refrigerators here at NOVA but we are always looking to update. Thanks !


WE HAVE THE NOVA FLAT HAT BULLETIN BOARD . . . that traces, through pictures, the travels of NOVA families and their NOVA caps. I thought it would be fun to see NOVA’s international bloodlines. Here is the rule: only parents and children count. So parents or children have to be first generation here in the United States.  Here’s what we have gathered - I suspect we have more. 33 countries and counting! Don’t hold out on us regarding your point of origin!                                                   China      Russia    Poland     Korea                              Japan      India     Colombia   South Africa                       Iran       Turkey    Sri Lanka  The Philippines                    Australia  Canada    Singapore  Serbia                             Armenia    Cambodia  Germany    Czech Republic                     Latvia     Burma     Seychelles Bosnia & Herzegovina               Bangladesh Venezuela Ireland    Switzerland                        Italy      Brazil    England    Mexico                             Cuba                                        


E-mail Coach Geoff with any additions. I suspect we will have an amazing NOVA tapestry when we are done.





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