USA Swimming Recognizes 8 RMSC Scholastic All Americans

We are pleased to congratulate our athletes for their accomplishment in the classroom and the pool. Timothy, Eli, Olivia, Grace, Kaitlin, Sophia, Andrei, Nathan were selected to the team for the 2017-2018 season by achieving the following:

  • Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 9th, 10th 11th or 12th grade

  • GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year

    • Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point. Grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, computer sciences, visual and performing arts if indicated as academicA grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant. Grades for non-academic courses will NOT be calculated – art, band, choir, orchestra, health, driver education, physical education, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript.

    • There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.

  • Pool Requirements

    • Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2017 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2017 – August 15, 2018) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website. A qualifying time will be available for selection from the SWIMS database during the application process. Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.

  • If you meet these requirements and would like to apply for the 2018-2019 SAA honors please peak with your child’s coach.

Munson and Hjelle Commit to swim in College

Drew Munson from Olney has committed to swim at Towson University.

“I chose Towson because of how welcoming the team and coaching staff were. I am excited to learn and improve in the classroom and in the pool. Can’t wait to be a tiger!!”

Munson swims year-round for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club. In both high school and club swimming he focuses on the longer end of the freestyle range, and yet when called upon, he swims sprints. At the 2018 Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championships in February, Munson competed in the 50/100 free events for Good Counsel. The next week at Metros he swam the 200 free (1:43.89 for 11th) and 500 free (4:39.59 for 5th), both lifetime bests.

Erica Hjelle from KSAC will be a Georgetown Hoya!

Hjelle does her club swimming with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club and has achieved the Winter Juniors standard in her signature event, the 200 breast. She recorded four lifetime bests and made one finals appearance at NCSAs this past summer after notching a trio of personal bests at NCSA Championships in March.

Hjelle is a six-time MPSSAA 4A State Championship finalist representing Sherwood High School. As a junior, she was the 100 breast runner-up and placed third in the 200 IM. She finished fourth in both events as a sophomore and took seventh in the 100 breast during her rookie campaign.

She told Swimming World:

“I am so happy to say that I will continue my academic and swimming career at Georgetown University next year.  I can’t wait to attend such a  phenomenal school and join the amazing team of student athletes.  I could not have done it without the support of my awesome coaches, family, teammates, and friends.  Huge thank you to Coach Leavitt and the rest of the Georgetown Swim and Dive staff for making this possible.  Hoya Saxa!”


RMSC Represents Well at Irish Open

With their swims at the NCSA Junior Nationals last month, Eli Fouts and Ryan Vipavetz qualified to represent Team USA on the NCSA All-American Team in Dublin, Ireland at the Irish Open, held April 4-8.  The team arrived in Ireland on March 31, and was able to tour the Country and see the sights before competing.  In the pool, the American contingent fared very well against the top Irish athletes, with many appearances in finals and many best times, despite the meet being held in long course meters, and the Americans having swam in short course yards all season. 

Ryan placed 3rd in 800 free, 4th in 200 fly in a U.S. Senior National cut and 17-18 team record 2:01.51, 6th in 400 free, 7th in 100 fly, top 16 in 200 free, and was part of the 2nd place 800 free relay.

Eli was 5th in 50 breast in a 17-18 and Senior team record 28.85, 5th in 100 breast, top 16 in 50 free, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 100 fly, and was part of the 2nd place 400 men's and 400 mixed medley relays.

RMSC at NCSA's Shines Bright, Sends 2 to Dublin Ireland

RMSC had a top 10 finish at NCSA Junior Nationals, held March 13-17 in Orlando, FL, scoring over 200 more points than last year.  52 swimmers qualified and made the trip to compete against some of the best 18&Under swimmers in the country, representing over 150 teams and 1540 athletes.

Two of our swimmers qualified to represent Team USA on the NCSA All-American Team on April 4-8 at the Irish Open in Dublin, Ireland.  Eli Fouts qualified by winning the 100 breast (53.55), while Ryan Vipavetz qualified by placing 2nd in 1000 free (9:05.09).  Ryan led the team in scoring with 100 points, had podium finishes with a 3rd in 500 free and 5th in 1650 free, and added a 9th in 200 fly.  Eli also added podium finishes with a 3rd in 50 breast and a 6th in 100 IM, and his 50 breast and 100 breast were 17-18 and Senior team records.

 Eli Fouts - 1st Place 100 Breastroke

Eli Fouts - 1st Place 100 Breastroke

 Ryan Vipavetz - 2nd place 1000 Freestyle  Jacob Rosner 4th place 1000 Freestyle

Ryan Vipavetz - 2nd place 1000 Freestyle

Jacob Rosner 4th place 1000 Freestyle


Also helping our boys to a 6th place team finish: Jacob Rosner made the podium with a 4th in 1000 free, and broke the 15-16 team record in 500 free.  The boys' medley relays also found the podium, with the 400 medley of Jack Rose, Fouts, Alex Colson, and Vipavetz taking 5th, and the 200 medley of Rose, Fouts, Colson, and Ian Mackey taking 8th.

 400 Medley Relay - Rose, Fouts, Colson, Vipavetz

400 Medley Relay - Rose, Fouts, Colson, Vipavetz


Our girls were led by Hannah Kannan, who scored 70 points, and broke team records in 17-18 and Senior 50 back, 100 back, and 50 fly.  Olivia French added a podium finish with an 8th in 50 fly.

Others scoring points for the club by finishing top 24 in individual events were: Catherine Belyakov, Alex Colson, Timmy Ellett, Grace Giddings, Kaitlin Gravell, Andrei Schwartz, and Nathan Watts.  Contributing to top 24 scoring relays were: Zach Bayler, Catherine Belyakov, Kate Cosgrove, Alex Colson, Connor Demitz, Maya Drill, Eli Fouts, Hannah Kannan, Ian Mackey, Jack Rose, Jacob Rosner, Andrei Schwartz, Audrey Tirrell, Kai Vilbig, Ryan Vipavetz, and Cece Zhao.


Thanks to the Riley Eaton Foundation for its generous contribution in helping to make the trip possible.

USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp Roster

RMSC's Tia Thomas and Sean Santos have been selected for the National Diversity Select Camp.

Throughout this camp, athletes who are members of minority populations will be encouraged to become leaders in their swimming communities. There will be pool training, motivational and educational sessions and team-building activities. The swimmers’ coaches have also all been invited to attend.

To be eligible for selection, athletes must represent a minority group population that makes up less than 10% of the current USA Swimming membership. The swimmers must be between 14 and 16 years old on the first day of camp and must not have already attended a Diversity Select Camp.

There is also a time component to selection. These swimmers must have achieved at least one Diversity Select Camp time standard, found here. The times are current AAAA National Motivational Times for the 13-14 age group.

Congratulations Tia and Sean!

RMSC Alumni Novak and Alaniz making a mark in the NCAA

RMSC Alumnus Brennan Novak, a Junior at Harvard won the 500 freestyle on 2/22 in a conference meet record time of 4:13.34.  Yale’s Yale’s Kei Hyogo took it out in 1:39.69 to set the pace up front, but Harvard’s Brennan Novak chased him down on the back half. Novak dropped another 8 tenths from his own Ivy League Record, which he set in this morning’s prelims.  

February 6th -  Florida State’s Griffin Alaniz was selected as the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week. Alaniz posted two NCAA provisional times at the Auburn Invite against three top 20 squads. The sophomore from Rockville, Maryland, faced off with his Seminole teammates against No. 3 Florida, and Alabama and Auburn, both tied for No. 16. Alaniz won the 200 back with a time of 1:43.37, and placed second in the 400 IM, clocking a 3:49.68.

Weather Alert - Sunday, February 4th, 2018

All County facilities are closed until 12pm on Sunday February 4th, 2018.  Due to the threat of inclement weather the County has made the decision to remained closed during the weather event.

All morning practices as GISC, KSAC, MLK and OSC are CANCELLED.

The Gender Blender Mini Meet at KSAC is CANCELLED

Rockville Swimmers please contact the facility or your coach for your practice schedule.

Afternoon Practice Monday, January 8th

Montgomery County Recreation has made the decision to cancel ALL programs after 2:00pm today.  There will be no RMSC practices today at GISC, KSAC, OSC and MLK

Rockville Swim and Fitness Center: All Practices that begin at 3:30 pm or later will be cancelled due weather and road condition concerns. If you are in NTG, please use your best discretion as to your attendance for 3:15 pm practice. If you feel unsafe driving, please stay home.


All Practices that begin at 3:30 pm or later will be cancelled due weather and road condition concerns. If you are in NTG, please use your best discretion as to your attendance for 3:15 pm practice. If you feel unsafe driving, please stay home.

RMSC's Suzannah Mill's will be a Towson Tiger!

“I chose Towson University because I loved the team, the campus, and it didn’t take long for me to feel at home. I can’t wait to be a tiger!”

Mills heads to Towson from nearby Laurel, Maryland. She swims for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club. Primarily a backstroker, her best times include:

  • 50 Back 29.06
  • 100 Back 58.53
  • 200 Back 2:05.04
  • 500 Free 5:01.00
  • 200 Free 1:53.91

Suzannah joins an already talented group of returning swimmers.  She has what it takes to make an immediate positive impact in practice and at meets.


RMSC's Grace Giddings Commits to UPenn.

“I’m super excited to announce my commitment to swim at The University of Pennsylvania! Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all the support! Can’t wait to be part of such an amazing and inspiring team! Go Quakers!!”

Giddings is a USA Swimming All-American from Sherwood High School and Rockville Montgomery Swim Club who specializes in the longer end of the freestyle range, as well as IM. She was runner-up in the 500 free (4:56.33) and took sixth in the 200 free (1:54.63) at the MPSSAA Class 4A/3A State Swimming Championships last February, helping Sherwood attain a second-place team finish in the girls’ meet. She achieved her best times in the 200/500/1000 free at the NCSA Spring Championship. She capped off a successful long-course season with new PBs in the 200/400 free and 200/400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 16:50.25
  • 1000 free – 10:00.25
  • 500 free – 4:54.24
  • 200 free – 1:54.47
  • 400 IM – 4:31.37
  • 200 IM – 2:09.31