Eli Fouts and Ryan Vipavetz were ranked amoung 18 & Unders, in the top 100 in the world for their 2018 performances with RMSC.
Eli was 57th in the world in 100 Breastroke with a 1:02.90
Ryan was 30th in 200 Butterfly with a 1:59.62.
20 RMSC swimmers and four coaches traveled to Buffalo, NY to compete at the Eastern Zone Long course Senior Championships. RMSC finished 12th combined out of approximately 60 clubs from all over the Eastern Zone (Maine to Virginia), with the girls finishing 8th. The top 32 swimmers in each events made it back to finals, while the top 16 swimmers in each event scored for the team.
Rachel Soubier was our leading scorer with 64 points, as she had top 8 finishes in 200, 400, 800, and 1500 free, and 400 IM. Nia Bowrin was top 8 in 50 free and top 16 in 100 free. Kiera Ceely and Quintin Cheadle were each top 16 in 800 and 1500 free, while Sean Davis was top 16 in 400 IM. Also finishing in the top 32 in individual events were: Kasey Anderson, Jason Doan, Emma Dorsey, Sophie Elliott, Malec Fahmy, Gabriel Fouts, Josh Hernandez, Andrew Loayza, Kylie Morissette, Sophie Sanchez, Katy Wade, and Daniel Wang.
Our team’s highest finish came in the girls’ 800 free relay, where Bowrin, Anderson, Ceely, and Soubier broke the RMSC 15-16 team record with an 8:52.10, finishing 4th. Bowrin, Anderson, Maeve Campbell, and Soubier finished top 8 in the 200 free relay, while Bowrin, Anderson, Sanchez, and Soubier finished top 8 in the 400 free relay. In addition, all four boys’ A relays finished in the top 16, with relays including: Fouts, Hernandez, Diego Morales, Nick Santorelli, and Wang.
RMSC’s National Team recently traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete at NCSA Summer Long Course Junior Nationals on August 6-10. Many of the fastest 18&Under swimmers in the country competed at the meet, representing approximately 120 clubs. 37 swimmers and six coaches made the trip, and the team finished in 11th place. The top 24 finishers scored points for the club, while the top 32 made it back to finals.
Catherine Belyakov led the team in scoring with 84 points, including top 8 finishes in 100 and 200 breast (1:12.21 and 2:36.85) and 200 IM (2:20.72), and a top 16 in 50 breast. Joyce Wu also made the podium with top 8s in 50 and 100 breast (33.15 and 1:12.23), and a top 16 in 200 breast. We also had top 16 finishes by Abby Carr and Molly Benson in 200 fly, Kaitlin Gravell in 400 IM, Sean Santos in 1500 free, and Jane Umhofer in 200 breast. Also qualifying for finals swims with top 32 finishes in individual events were: Ziad Bandak, Zach Bayler, Ryan Gruner, Cody Kim, Alvin Kimwon, Chris Ma, Drew Munson, Maria Sawadogo, Andrei Schwartz, Eamon Smith, Jonik Surprenant, Andie Weitzman, and Pierre Zeineddin. In addition, Toby Barnett broke the 21 year-old team record in 13-14 200 breast with a 2:27.26.
We also had some excellent performances in relays. Our highest finishes came in the boys’ 800 free relay (Kim, Surprenant, Bandak, Munson) and 400 medley relay (Schwartz, A.J. Navaleza, Ma, Munson), both taking 9th. We also had a new team record 4:21.52 in the girls’ 400 medley relay by Sarah Culkin, Belyakov, Carr, and Tia Thomas, as they finished top 16.
Three RMSC swimmers received another special honor: Abby Carr, Joyce Wu and Chris Ma were selected by the NCSA to attend the NCSA training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this September. They earned the selection by having high finishes among 16&Under swimmers in Olympic events.
In addition, Belyakov, Benson, Carr, Gravell, Schwartz, Umhofer, and Wu qualified for the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open (Winter Nationals), to be held this December in Atlanta, GA.
Congratulations to everyone on some fast swimming
Two RMSC swimmers traveled to compete at the highest-level meet in the country, the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships, held July 31-August 4 in Stanford, California. Ryan Vipavetz and Alex Colson got the meet off to a great start in the 200 fly, both qualifying for finals. Ryan finished 19th in a 17-18 team record 1:59.32, and Alex finished 31st in 2:00.56, both clearing the 2020 Olympic Trials qualifying standard. Alex also set a new 17-18 team record in 200 IM in 2:07.47, and recorded a best time in 100 fly in 54.45. Ryan added a best time in 100 fly of 55.39, and also competed in 200, 400, and 800 free at the meet.
Congratulations to our Olympic Trials qualifiers as they go off to compete in the NCAA this Fall; Alex at Arizona State and Ryan at Virginia Tech.
Long-time teammates Quintin Cheadle and Andrew Loayza are happy to announce their college commitments for the fall of 2019. The two train together at Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club and are also teammates at Col. Zadok Magruder High School and on the Summer League team, Norbeck Hills Swim Club.
QUINTIN CHEADLE – UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Cheadle has verbally committed to the Black Bears and plans to study Business: “I chose the University of Maine because of their amazing hospitality and superior academic outlook. The campus is beautiful and the coaching staff is great. I can see myself growing as a swimmer, intellectually, and as a person at the University of Maine. Go black bears!”
Cheadle specializes in fly and free and recently competed at the Eastern Zone Sectionals in Christiansburg, VA, making multiple finals appearances. He is team captain at Col. Zadok Magruder High School, and finaled at the 2019 Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships (“Metros”).
Top SCY times:
200 fly – 1:55.62
1650 free – 16:32.62
1000 free – 9:50.00
500 free – 4:48.47
Cheadle would have been Maine’s top 200 flyer and miler and third-fastest 500 freestyler in 2018-19. He would have joined freshman Conor Hughes and junior Kevin Kane in the B final of the 500 free at 2019 America East Championships. He would have placed 7th in the 1650 free, just ahead of Hughes, and he would have been an A-finalist in the 200 fly with Kane and freshman Rooster Cardin.
Photo courtesy of the Loayza family
ANDREW LOAYZA – YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA
Loayza verbally committed to the Spartans and plans to study Mechanical Engineering: “I chose York College because it provides me with the best opportunity to succeed academically and athletically. The moment I walked on campus, the coach and team made me feel right at home. I am excited to join such an amazing learning environment. Go Spartans!”
Loayza swims back and free and recently competed at the Eastern Zone Sectionals in Christiansburg, VA. He scored at the Maryland 4A/3A State High School Championships for Col. Zadok Magruder High School.
Top SCY times:
200 back – 1:57.97
500 free – 4:52.00
1000 free – 10:08.44
1650 free – 17:11.77
Loayza would have been the 3rd-fastest 200 backstroker, the third 500 freestyler, and the second miler on the York squad this year. He would have scored in the top-8 of the 500 free, 1650 free, and 200 back at the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Championships. He will overlap two years with Keven Stahl who placed 12th in the 1650 free and 14th in the 500 free at 2019 NCAA Division III Championships. He will also swim one year with backstroker Greg Williams and two years with Connor McIlroy.
Cheadle and Loayza become the 5th and 6th seniors from the RMSC-Olney National Training Group’s class of 2019 to commit to swim in college, joining Natalie Dobrzykowski (University of Delaware), Drew Munson (Towson University), Ryan Vipavetz (Virginia Tech), and Nathan Watts (U.S. Naval Academy).
RMSC has won yet another NCSA Age Group title! Four years ago the National Club Swimming Association began hosting a national level meet for 14 and Under swimmers. Some of the best teams and swimmers from all over the country have been competing in this meet. This year the meet took place in Orlando on March 27-30, 2019. RMSC may have finished second in the inaugural year of this meet back in 2016, but we have gone on to win the team title in three consecutive years in 2017, 2018 and 2019!
Many RMSC swimmers and coaches contributed to this team victory. There were several individual and team highlights throughout the week. Tyler Coapstick placed in the top 8 in SIX individual races. Hannah Carr had a great meet as well! She placed in the top 4 in EIGHT individual events including placing 1st in the 11-12 Girls 100 IM! Adriano Arioti chose to swim TEN individual races and he went on to place in the top eight in all TEN of them including a 1st place finish in 11-12 Boys 200 Butterfly! Additionally,Adriano set a new meet record in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:03.13! Despite being at the bottom of her age group, Elizabeth Chen placed in the top 8 in EIGHT individual races including placing first in the 9-10 girls 200 Freestyle. Elizabeth is only 9 years of age! Andrew Eliason placed 1st in the 13-14 Boys 200 Butterfly. He also placed 2nd in SEVEN other individual races as well as 3rd in 200 Freestyle. Toby Barnett placed 1st overall in TWO individual races (100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke). There were several other swimmers who had multiple top 8 finishes. They are as follows: Seamus Rooney (4 races); Charlie Begin (4); Calix McCormick (4); Isla Bartholomew (3); Alvin Kimwon (3); Rachel Soubier (2); Sarah Eliason (2); Emma Lantry (2) and Wesley Lee (2). There were many additional swimmers who also scored points in individual events contributing to RMSC’s win!
As always, our relays played a big role in our success as well! RMSC fielded 12 relays that took first in the meet as well as 5 relays that placed second. Additionally, RMSC set new meet records in the 9-10 Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Isadora Feltrin, Paige Henry, Mckenna Carswell, Elizabeth Chen), 11-12 Boys 200 Freestyle Relay (Calix McCormick, Cedric Chen, Adriano Arioti, Tyler Coapstick), 11-12 Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Tyler Coapstick, Adriano Arioti, Liam Sheeran, Calix McCormick), 11-12 Boys 400 Medley Relay (Adriano Arioti, Tyler Coapstick, Quinn Marchionini, Calix McCormick) and the 13-14 Boys 400 Medley Relay (Toby Barnett, Justin Yi, Andrew Eliason, Aidan Dewey).
Finally, RMSC set a few new team records as well! The combination of Amy Qin, Sydney Allen, Sarah Eliason and Nina Allen set a new team record in the 13-14 Girls 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.85. Maya Quiroga, Isadora Feltrin, Paige Henry and Elizabeth Chen set a new team record in the 9-10 Girls 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 4:10.76. Adriano Arioti, Tyler Coapstick, Quinn Marchionini and Calix McCormick set a new team record in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:57.42. And finally, Andrew Eliason set a new team record in the 13-14 Boys 50 Freestyle with a time of 21.31. Congratulations to our new team record holders!
It was an exciting meet and a great team victory for RMSC! Bring on summer!
Duke University has received a new verbal commitment from Gaithersburg, Md. breaststroker Catherine Belyakov beginning in the 2020-21 season.
Belyakov swims year-round with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club and owns a pair of U.S. Open cuts with three additional Winter Junior standards. She most recently competed at NCSAs where she finished 10th in both the 100/200 breast and achieved four new lifetime bests. She competed in four events at Winter Nationals in November and capped off her long course season with three top-6 finishes at NCSA LCM Championships. Also competing for Quince Orchard High School, the NISCA All-American has won the 100 breast and 200 IM the past two seasons at the Maryland 3A/4A State Championships.
She told Swimming World:
“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Duke University. I am beyond thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches and teachers! #GoDuke”
Her best times include:
100 breast – 1:01.67
200 breast – 2:14.69
200 IM – 2:01.41
400 IM – 4:22.27
100 fly – 54.44
Belyakov will make an immediate impact when she arrives in Durham as a member of the class of 2024. Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go, she would’ve scored in the C-final of both breaststroke events at the 2019 ACC Championships.
RMSC’s National Team recently travelled to Orlando, FL to compete at NCSA Junior Nationals on March 19-23. The meet featured approximately 1500 of the fastest 18&U swimmers in the country, representing nearly 200 clubs. Each event was fiercely competitive, often featuring over 200 swimmers, and occasionally over 300. The top 24 finishers scored points for the club, while the top 40 made it back to finals. 51 swimmers and six coaches made the trip, and the team produced some of our best results in several seasons, culminating with the Boys receiving a new banner for finishing 2nd with 659 points. Combined, the team finished 5th overall with 793 points, and both Boys and Combined were over 200 point improvements from last season.
Many of the best swims in this team effort came on relays, where for the first time in many years, all five Boys A relays made the podium (top 8). The quartet of Steven Mendley, Timmy Ellett, Alex Colson, and Ryan Vipavetz finished 2nd in the 200 Free Relay and 6th in the 400 Free Relay. Colson, Ellett, Connor Din, and Vipavetz finished 4th in the 800 Free Relay. Andrei Schwartz, Ellett, Colson, and Mendley took 4th in the 400 Medley Relay and 5th in the 200 Medley Relay. Our depth also showed through as two B relays added points with top 16 finishes: the 800 Free Relay (Mendley, Marrick Golladay, Cody Kim, Bobby O’Donnell) and the 400 Medley Relay (Max Casey-Bolanos, Zach Bayler, Chris Ma, Vipavetz).
Individually, Ryan Vipavetz led the team with 120 points. He won the 1000 free (9:07.56), made the podium with top 8’s in 500 free and 200 fly, was top 16 in 200 free, and top 24 in 100 fly. Alex Colson also cracked the 100 point mark, featuring 1st place finishes in 100 fly (47.32) and 200 fly (1:45.40), top 16 finishes in 100 IM and 400 IM, and top 24 finishes in 50 free and 200 IM. Timmy Ellett was top 8 in 200 IM and 400 IM, top 16 in 200 back and 100 IM, and top 24 in 100 breast and 200 breast. Steven Mendley was top 16 in 50 fly and added top 40 finishes in 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free. Chris Ma was top 16 in 100 fly, top 24 in 200 fly, and top 40 in 50 fly. Andrei Schwartz was top 24 in 50 back and top 40 in 100 back. Also adding top 40 finishes were: Zach Bayler, John Clado, Sean Santos, and Pierre Zeinnedin.
On the Girls’ side, Catherine Belyakov was our top scorer with 60 points. She had top 16 finishes in 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, and 100 IM, and a top 24 in 200 IM. Kaitlin Gravell had top 16 finishes in 1000 free and 400 IM, and a top 40 in 200 breast. Joyce Wu was top 24 in 50 breast and added a top 40 in 100 breast. Also adding top 40 finishes were: Molly Benson, Abby Carr, Sarah Culkin, and Sophia Ryan.
The Girls scored points with top 24 finishes in the 800 Free Relay (C.Belyakov, Benson, Natalie Dobrzykowski, Ryan), 200 Medley Relay (Kate Cosgrove, C.Belyakov, Carr, Benson), and 400 Medley Relay (Ryan, C.Belyakov, Carr, Benson). Also contributing to top 40 relays were: Anastasia Belyakov, Moshelle Borjigin, Meaghan Doyle, Katie Gould, Alli Marney-Bell, and Tia Thomas.
Once again, we appreciate the generous contribution from the Riley Eaton Foundation to help make this trip possible. The National Team will next be in action at Long Course NCSA Junior Nationals in Indianapolis this August 6-10.
Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club’s Natalie Dobrzykowski has committed to study and swim for the University of Delaware in the fall of 2019 in the class of 2023.
“I chose the University of Delaware because of the welcoming team, coaches, and academic opportunities. I can’t wait to be a Blue Hen!”
Dobrzykowski is a senior at Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, where she is captain of the swim team. She recently competed at the 2019 MPSSAA 4A3A State Championships and placed 2nd in the 100 free (52.05) and 4th in the 100 back (58.89). Both times were personal bests.
In club swimming, Dobrzykowski increased her training load for her senior year and moved up to Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club’s National Training Group in April 2018. She had a successful long course season last summer, improving in all her events and landing three top-16 finishes at the Eastern Zone Senior Long Course Championships.
Dobrzykowski would have been the 2nd-fastest 100 freestyler and 200 backstroker, the third 200 freestyler, and the 6th 100 backstroker on the Blue Hens’ squad this year.
Top times include:
100 free – 52.05
200 free – 1:52.70
100 back – 58.89
200 back – 2:04.37
Rockville Montgomery Swim Club’s mixed 11-12 relay team of Hannah Carr, Calix McCormick, Tyler Coapstick, and Amy Qin took down two short course 11-12 mixed free relay NAG records at the 2019 Potomac Valley 14&U Junior Olympic Championships last weekend.
In the mixed 200 free relay, Carr led off in 25.53, McCormick split 23.94, then Coapstick went 23.71, and Qin anchored in 24.20 for a final time of 1:37.38. The previous record of 1:38.43 was from 2018.
In the mixed 400 free relay, Qin led off in 53.42, then Carr split 54.29, then McCormick went 52.35, and Coapstick anchored in 51.23 for a final time of 3:31.29. The previous record of 3:58.08, was set in 2017.
Rockville Montgomery Swim Club’s Nathan Watts has committed to the Naval Academy for this coming fall. - You can view the article here
“The opportunities the Academy provides both academically and athletically are unlike any other. The team and coaching staff are phenomenal and I am excited to be joining the Brigade of Midshipmen. Go Navy! Beat Army!”
500y free – 4:36.10
100y free – 9:25.82
1650y free – 15:44.74
Watts excels the longer the distance. The Rockville High School senior is the defending 500 free champion after his winning performance in the event last year at the Maryland 4A/3A HS Championships, where he was also 10th in the 100 back. Last summer, he finished 5th in the 1500m free at the 2018 Eastern Zone Championships.
Watts is a 2017-2018 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, and is captain of the Rockville High School Swim Team.
The Rockville Montgomery Swim Club proudly invites all alumni, parents and friends of RMSC to a 50th Anniversary gathering. Held at the Social Hall of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre on the grounds of the Rockville Mansion (603 Edmonston Drive Rockville MD 20851) on December 28th from 7pm - 11pm.
Food, Beer and Wine will be available.
There will be a $20 charge for this event.
We are greatly looking forward to celebrating what is in our opinion, the greatest program that the City and County have ever had.
We look forward to catching up with generations past, recent and parents of the current team members.
See you on the 28th -
While RMSC was in Greensboro NC at USA Swimming Winter Nationals fellow team member Jorge Otaiza ventured to his home country of Venezula for some competition of his own.
Jorge broke the National Record in the 100M Butterfly in a time of 55.92. On his way to victory in the 50M Butterfly he broke the RMSC team record with a time of 25.75, eclipsing the old mark of 25.92.
Jorge also finished first in the 50, 100 Freestyles as well as the 200 Butterfly. Narrowly missing the RMSC Team Record in the 50 Free.
Congratulations to Jorge.
A small yet fierce group of RMSC swimmers headed down to Greensboro NC to compete at USA Swimming’s Winter National Championships.
RMSC finished a combined 7th place with the Men’s team finishing 6th overall. The Men were represented by Alex Colson (15pts), Jacob Rosner (2pts) and Ryan Vipavetz (44pts).
Ryan leading the way is RMSC’s newest National Champion winning the 200 Butterfly in a RMSC Team Record of 1:59.43. The swim was also a pool record as well as an Olympic Trials qualifying time. They say there is strength in numbers, RMSC had 3 swimming in the 200 Fly that night. Alex Colson finished just behind Ryan in a 2:01.55 which earned him a 4th place finish and Jacob Rosner achieved a 21st place finish with a 2:07.76.
Alex Colson also swam in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. Finishing 27th and 35th respectively.
Jacob Rosner also competed in the 800, 400, 200 freestyle events. Finishing 15th in the 400 free with a time of 4:02.57. Jacob had a very consistent showing finishing in the top 21 in 3 of his 4 events (20th, 15th, 21st).
Ryan qualified for Olympic Trials 2 days prior to his National Title in the 400 Freestyle in a team record 3:56.67 placing 6th. He was also 8th in the 800 Free and swam the 100 Fly (39th), 200 Free (34th).
RMSC’s ladies were represented by Catherine Belyakov, Kaitlin Gravell and Joyce Wu.
Kaitlin Gravell was able to score 3pts in the 400IM on her way to a RMSC Team Record 4:54.56 and a 14th place finish. She also swam in the 200IM and 200 Breastroke.
Catherine Belyakov competed in the 200IM, 100Fly, 100 and 200 Breastroke events. With consistency in her races, placing in each event from 30th-39th.
Joyce Wu, our youngest competitor at age 14 swam in the 100 and 200 Breastroke. Finishing in 47th (100BR) and 57th (200BR) we certainly will be watching Joyce continue to hone her racing skills as we head in the RMSC’s Holiday Invitational.
Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed at Winter Nationals. With a National Champion and Olympic Trials qualifier, RMSC is looking forward to see what our athletes are made of heading into the rest of the season.
You can see all of the Finals events on the USA Swimming Website or on USA Swimmings YouTube Page
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 academic. A 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.
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.
“I chose Virginia Tech because of the superior coaching staff members, such as Coach Sergio Lopez and Coach Josh Huger, who have made me feel that Virginia Tech is a new home. In addition, the team has one of the best cultures I have see [sic]; their inclusiveness is one of a kind. Not only is the team on the path to greatness, but so are my academics at such a school. I am super excited to become a Hokie!”
Vipavetz hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and attends Good Counsel High School in Olney. He was selected to The Washington Post’s 2018 Winter All-Met team for boys’ swimming and diving after winning the 200 free (1:39.14) and having the area’s fastest 500 free (4:26.91) at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School League championships.
Swimming with his club team Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club, Vipavetz broke a 4-year-old meet record in the 200m fly at 2018 NCSA Summer Championship, taking nearly 2 seconds off his entry time to go 1:59.62. He finished 3rd in the 400 free, 7th in the 1500 free, 15th in the 100 fly and 16th in the 200 free, and he took home new PBs in the 50/100/200/400/1500 free and 50/100/200 fly. At the 2018 NCSA Spring Championship he placed 2nd in the 1000 free, 3rd in the 500 free, 5th in the 1650 free, 9th in the 200 fly and 26th in the 200 free.
400 LCM free: 3:56.79
500 SCY free: 4:22.45
200 LCM fly: 1:59.62
200 SCY fly: 1:46.65
200 LCM free: 1:53.73
1000 SCY free: 9:05.09