Noteworthy News XXIX

NOVA Coaches
Apr 10, 2019


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 Record
Eric Lambert          50 fly, 100 back, 200 IM

Virginia State Record
Eric Lambert       11-12 100 back, 200 IM

NOVA All-Time Top Ten Performances
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 

NCSA Junior Cuts
Emily Kantner        100 & 200 breast

First Place Winners
Ben Gordon           500 free
Eric Lambert         100 & 200 IM, 50, 100 & 200 back, 100 free, 50 fly     
Valentina Linkonis   100 free, 100 IM

Time Standard Improvements
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

Barrier Breakers
Elle Scott               <    :30      50 fly

Adele Wheatley

Catherine White          <   1:00     100 free

Kate Kuhlen

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

Elle Scott

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

Valentina Linkonis

Eleanor Cribbs           <   2:20     200 fly

Cole Owen

AnnMarie Frink           <   2:20     200 back

Kate Kuhlen

Nicholas Kuriger         <   2:20     200 IM      

Emily Berger             <   2:40     200 IM

Aidin Muminovic

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!!

Maggie Baham      Allegheny College
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! 

Czech Republic


Seychelles Bosnia & Herzegovina
South Africa
Sri Lanka
The Philippines

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!!!