April 10, 2019
NOTEWORTHY NEWS XXIX
WELCOME BACK FROM SPRING BREAK . . . and on-we-go to the long course season opening in earnest this weekend. Meet deadlines for other long course meets will come fast and furiously so please check the website for entry deadlines.
NOVA SWIMMERS RETURNED HOME FROM THE SHORT SEASON’S FINAL MEET . . . . , the NCSA Age Group Swimming Championship featuring teams from across the country. NOVA finished third in the men’s and third overall, with the women’s team claiming 4th place. Leading the way was Eric Lambert who broke three individual team records and two state records in the 100 back and 200 IM.
New NOVA Team
Eric Lambert 50 fly, 100 back, 200 IM
Eric Lambert 11-12 100 back, 200 IM
NOVA All-Time Top Ten
8 & U
Gareth Hollender 50 back 1st, 50 free 5th, 100 free 3rd
Gabbie Carvalho 50 free 10th
Charlie Harrington 100 back 2nd, 50 back 6th
Valentina Linkonis 100 free 10th
Amelia Chen 50 free 5th
Alex Gertner 50 fly 7th, 50 & 100 breast 4th
Eric Lambert 50 fly, 100 back, 200 IM 1st, 50 & 200 back 2nd, 100 free 3rd, 50 & 100 breast 4th
Ben Gordon 500 free 4th
Emily Kantner 100 breast 4th, 200 breast 8th
Emily Kantner 100 & 200 breast
Ben Gordon 500 free
Eric Lambert 100 & 200 IM, 50, 100 & 200 back, 100 free, 50 fly
Valentina Linkonis 100 free, 100 IM
Lauren Armstrong 200 free AA
Brooke Bailey 100 & 200 fly AAA
Bill Belcher 50 fly AA
Emily Berger 200 IM BB
Brady Bever 100 IM AA
Gabbie Carvalho 100 IM AAA
JD Chen 50 free A, 100 & 200 back AA
Joseph Conner 50 breast AA, 500 free, 200 back AAA
Eleanor Cribbs 200 fly, 200 IM AA
Elizabeth Cribbs 200 IM, 50 back AA
Jack Dickerson 100 free, 200 breast, 100 IM AA, 50 free AAA
AnnMarie Frink 200 back AAA
Alex Gertner 200 IM, 50 fly AAAA
Ben Gordon 200 free, 200 IM AAAA
Charlie Harrington 200 free AAA
Cullen Harrington 50 back AA, 100 fly, 100 IM AAA
Mary-Stuart Hawkins 50 back AA, 100 breast AAA
Erik Julian 100 IM A
Kate Kuhlen 50 fly A, 200 back AA
Nicholas Kuriger 200 breast, 200 IM AAA
Eric Lambert 50 & 100 breast AAAA
Gabi Linkonis 50 back AA
Bella Little 50 fly AAA
Aidin Muminovic 200 IM AA, 100 IM AAA
Audrey Paulson 100 breast AA
Tyler Peat 100 back, 100 fly AAA
Ethan Salser 50 & 100 fly AA
Elle Scott 100 fly, 50 free AA, 50 fly AAA
Nathan Szobota 200 IM AA
Adele Wheatley 50 fly AA, 200 IM AAA
Catherine White 100 free A
100% Best Times
Joseph Conner Charlie Harrington
Elle Scott < :30 50 fly
Catherine White < 1:00 100 free
Alex Gertner < 1:00 100 back
JD Chen < 1:05 100 back
Emily Kantner < 1:05 100 breast
Elle Scott < 1:10 100 fly
Bill Belcher < 1:10 100 back
Erik Julian < 1:20 100 IM
Tyler Peat < 1:20 100 fly
Eric Lambert < 2:00 200 back
Eric Lambert < 2:05 200 IM
Emily Berger < 2:20 200 free
Eleanor Cribbs < 2:20 200 fly
AnnMarie Frink < 2:20 200 back
Nicholas Kuriger < 2:20 200 IM
Emily Berger < 2:40 200 IM
Jack Dickerson < 2:40 200 breast
SWIM-A-THON ENVELOPES HAVE ARRIVED . . . and are available in the lobby. In addition, the coaching staff will be handing out envelopes after practice. We do have a certain pride in this yearly exercise. We have been #1 in the country and we are always finishing in the top echelon. Winning the #1 spot means that the club wins the right to spin a wheel to win a visit from an Olympian later in the year.
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.
SOME OF OUR COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS HAVE MADE DECISIONS . . . and 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. Our latest additions are Claire Evko and Conner Jorgensen, enrolling in the fall, respectively, at University of Lynchburg and Virginia Military Institute as students and athletes. As a student, Claire will arrive as the recipient of two academic scholarships; as an athlete, she will be part of a start-up program as Lynchburg puts swimming back on their athletic map. Conner, I sure hope that VMI pool is warmer than it used to be!! More to come, I am sure, and NN will let you know as soon as it knows!!
Colin Clements William & Mary
Mary Cornett Penn State
Zack Cram North Carolina State
Chris DallaValle Duke
Sally Ennis Washington & Lee
Claire Evko University of Lynchburg
Mark Graff Vanderbilt
Maura Graff William and Mary
Reid Hutcherson Villanova
Conner Jorgensen Virginia Military Institute
Quinn Keatley Roanoke College
Tillie Lewis NYU
Alli Lovell University of the Cumberlands
Patrick Madden Denison
Iain Moore Franklin & Marshall
Alexa Owen University of Virginia
Peyton Proffitt William and Mary
Clara Rodriguez University of Virginia
Michael Senter Randolph-Macon College
Ethan Spencer DePauw University
Laney Van Lenten Washington & Lee
Nicholas Viers Duke
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.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS/SPRING TIME MEANS THAT NOVA SWIMMERS EMERGE INTO DAYLIGHT . . . and that some will be playing outside as they await pick-up. Drivers beware; parents beware. Please advise your children to stay on the NOVA grounds in front of the building where more traffic exists.
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 handicapped 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 !
OUR LOST BUT NOT FOUND . . . is one unmanned store with some customer friendly store hours, generally 4:45 AM to 8:30 PM M-F with generous weekend hours available as well. Its business cycle is unusual. Inventory grows and grows until the invisible hand of the marketplace sweeps all away to the waiting hands of Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Towels, suits and water bottles are inventory staples but jackets, boots and umbrellas are not unknown! Feel free to stop and shop and claim what is yours. Look for all that inventory currently hanging on the bleachers in the competition pool to be finding a new home by the end of the week.
A TIMELY REMINDER: As parents, we all hope our children do well in school and that means a steady diet of “A’s” and correct answers. Success is what we want them to embrace. While we want them to do the same in athletics, it is worth noting that the path to success in sports is littered with failure. LeBron fouls, Bryce Harper strikes out, Messi misses. Failure and/or mistakes are constants in all sports. It is part of the passage to success. Some failures are absolutely the key to great future success. So stay patient during the process: it’s sports, not school. NOVA’s coaches understand that DQ’s, missed turns and their kith and kin are learning moments!
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.
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. That proved to be true once again after a long calm!! We now have 39 countries and counting! Exchange student Varin Schefte breaks our South American streak by hailing from the land of the Midnight Sun, Norway. Don’t hold out on us regarding your point of origin if you’re not on this list!
E-mail Coach Geoff with any additions. I suspect we will have an amazing NOVA tapestry when we are done - if we ever get done!!!