County Sports

The Jefferson Swim League is divided into three divisions. For a number of years the two Fluvanna County based swim teams have been in different divisions and have not competed against each other. This year the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), nicknamed the Makos, and the Lake Monticello Swim Team (LMST), nicknamed the Sharks, are both in Division II. Accordingly, they were scheduled to meet this year on July 13.

Thunderstorms and rain in the late afternoon forced the cancellation of that meet. It was rescheduled for Monday, July 18. Again, thunderstorms threatened. This time the teams were able to complete an abbreviated meet that ended with the FAST team narrowly ahead by a score of 288 to 254. The meet included the initial relay races and the freestyle and breaststroke events. However, the backstroke and butterfly events and the final relays could not be completed.

The meet began with a series of medley relay races and LMST excelled in these events in the younger age groups. In the mixed 6 and under race, Gavin McAdams, Charlotte Gifford, Landon Kovarik and Lily Cooley carried the Sharks to victory. The same was the case in the boys’ age 8 and under contest, which was won by Brett Hicks, Harrison Williams, Matthew Rea and Aaron Fairbanks. This LMST team won by a razor thin .15 seconds. In the girls’ 8 and under the LMST team of Ann Kraft, Lila Kate Robinson, Emma Pittman and Gracie Shields was victorious.

In the 9-10 age group FAST got its first medley relay win with the team of Cole Gustafson, Josh Hodges, Cole Owen and Jack Johnson. On the girls’ side, it was LMST in first with a team of Abbie Ford, Julia Tomaras, Brenna Rea and Reese Matula.  In the 11-12 age group, FAST took the boys’ and the girls’ medley events with teams of Reese D’Alssandro, Colten Sawyer, Ahmad Woodson and Zach Thurston-Wells and Joey Hagan, Ally Lounsbury, Grace Farist and Megan Farist.

In the 13-14 medley relay events the teams split. LMST won the boys’ event with a team of Gabe Nardone, Logan Milburn, Nathaniel Smith and Jason Dech.  FAST won the girls’ event, with a team of Emma DiFazio, Abby Harlow, Abigail Brown and Gracie McWilliams. The oldest age group in these events is 15-18. There was a split in this age group as well. FAST won on the boys’ side with a team of Mike DiFazio, Aden Johnson, Taylor Odham and Brennan King. LMST won the girls’ medley relay with a squad of Fefe Nardon, Caylyn  McNaul, Morgan Maupin and Zoe Moore.

The freestyle events in this meet started with the boys’ 6 and under 25-meter swim. The Sharks dominated this event taking the first six places. Landon Kovarik finished first and Gavin McAdams was second. The girls’ 6 and under race was also all Sharks with Lila Kate Robinson winning and Ann Kraft second. In the boys’ 8 and under 25-meter event, FAST’s Ivan Patchett was the winner and the Sharks’ Aaron Fairbanks was second. In the girls’ same age group it was FAST that dominated. First place and second place went to Makos’ swimmers Audrey Harlow and Ruth D’Alessandro respectively.

In the 9-10 age group, the freestyle distance goes up from 25 meters to 50 meters. For the boys in this age group it was FAST’s Cole Gustafson in first place and FAST’s Josh Hodges in second. This race finished in a near dead heat, as Gustafson won by .06 seconds. The girls’ side in this age group was not nearly as close. Emily Farist of FAST topped Madison Kovarik of the Sharks by more than six seconds. In the boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle race, FAST’s Reese D’Alessandro was the winner, followed by LMST’s Aiden Kraft. In the girls’ 11-12 race FAST took first and second. Ally Lounsbury was the winner, with Megan Farist in second. The LMST team bounced back to win the13-14 freestyle event behind Hunter Strickland. Luke Gustafson took second for FAST.  In the girls’ 13-14 event FAST took first and second, Abby Harlow and Emma DiFazio finished well ahead of their LMST competition.

The freestyle competition ended with the 15-18 age group. In the boys’ event, FAST took first and second. Aden Johnson won the race and Brennan King was second. Hannah Brown of FAST won the girls’ event, with Caylyn McNaul of LMST in second place.

In the boys’ 8 and under breaststroke event, Ivan Patchett of FAST won by an impressive ten seconds. His teammate James Johnson was second. Similarly, in the girls’ event, the Sharks also had a dominate winner. Lila Kate Robinson finished seven plus seconds ahead of teammate Emma Pittman. In the 9-10 age group, FAST took first and second in the boys’ race and first in the girls’ race. Cole Owen and Josh Hodges touched first and second and Emily Farist was a winner. Julia Tomaras of the Sharks was second in the girls’ race.

The 11-12 age group in the 50-meter breaststroke was dominated by FAST swimmers. Ahmad Woodson and Colten Sawyer were first and second on the boys’ side, while Ally Lounsbury and Joey Hagan were first and second in the girls’ event. In the 13-14 age group, Luke Gustafson of FAST was first and Noah Amato of the Sharks was second. The Makos were dominant on the girls’ side with Abigail Brown in first and Gracie McWilliams in second.  In the 15-18 age group, Aden Johnson and Taylor Odham finished first and second for FAST. In the girls’ race, Morgan Maupin and Caylyn McNaul were first and second for LMST. This race was a near dead heat with Maupin winning by .05 seconds.

In the one backstroke event that was completed, the 6 and under boys’ event LMST had the first six finishers. Gavin McAdams was the winner and Jacob Devane was second.

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The undermanned Post 2003 Fluvanna American Legion team traveled to Albemarle High School on Friday, July 15. At one point, it looked like they had a major upset brewing.  A four run top of the seventh gave the Fluvanna squad a 9-6 lead over Albemarle Post 74. Unfortunately the Fluvanna team, which Coach Eric Miles said has been devastated by injuries this summer, had to finish the game with infielders pitching. The Albemarle team, which was the higher seed, and featured some serious hitters, came roaring back, scoring six in the bottom of the seventh and six in the bottom of the eighth for a convincing 18-9 win.


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The FAST swim team traveled to the Glenmore neighborhood on July 6 to compete with the Glenmore Country Club team in what would become one of the most exciting swim meets of the summer.

Swimmers, coaches, and parents alike braved high temperatures, but the heat did not stop the participants from enjoying themselves and improving their times. Across the board, nearly every FAST swimmer who swam in the meet posted a time improvement. The night was exciting for spectators as well, with the 15-18 age group relays being decided by fractions of a second. Races like these relays are what all FAST swimmers live for.

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The Lake Monticello Sharks were defeated by the City of Charlottesville Swordfish by a score of 440-610 on July 6. While it was a tough night against the Division II team, the Sharks can be proud of the growth and improvement the swimmers showed.

The Sharks won the 100-meter freestyle relay with a 6 and under team of Lila Kate Robinson, Jacob Devane, Landon Kovarik, and Jack Pittman. Robinson also touched for the win in the 25-meter freestyle and grabbed third in the 8 and under 25-meter breaststroke, beating her previous time. Devane had a good meet, with a second in the 25-meter backstroke and a time improvement in the 25-meter freestyle. Kovarik took second in the 25-meter freestyle.


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In a very close swim meet on Wednesday (June 22), the Fluvanna Aquatics Sports Team (FAST) was defeated in its first scored meet of the season 505-517 by the Charlottesville City Swordfish. In a meet with 80 events and over 1,000 points to be distributed, a 12-point difference is a tiny margin of victory.

The last eight events of the meet were the freestyle relays, four age group races for boys and girls. The FAST team went into these events with a slim two-point deficit. Ten points are awarded per race for the winning team and five for the other team. The City swimmers won five relay races and the FAST swimmers won three. As a result, the City swimmers totaled 65 points in these eight races and FAST totaled 55 points for a difference of 10 points and a 12-point overall margin of victory for City.

In the opening event of the meet, the FAST Makos got off to a good start, as the boys’ 8 and under team of Ivan Patchett, James Johnson, Landon Mayhew and Brayden Johnson swam to victory. In event three, the boys’ age 9-10 individual medley (IM), the Makos’ Cole Owen and Finn Thompson took first and second, respectively. In the girls' 9-10 IM, FAST’s Emily Farist was the winner. She was 12 seconds better than her closest competitor. In the boys’ 11-12 IM, FAST took first when Ahmad Woodson won easily. After two wins by the Swordfish, the Makos bounced back in the girls’ 13-14 IM with Abigail Brown winning and Emma DiFazio taking second. In the boys’ and girls’ 15-18 age group IM the Makos could only manage second place finishes by Mike DiFazio and Hannah Brown.

In the girls’ 8 and under 25-meter freestyle event, Audrey Harlow was second for the Makos. In the boys’ 9-10 50-meter freestyle, Josh Hodges won and Cole Gustafson was second for FAST, gaining 12 points for their team. In the scoring of these meets, first place is worth seven points and second place five. Only the first two finishers for a team count. So if a team takes first and second, the opposition team scores four points for third and three points for fourth, as long as it has two swimmers finish.

In the girls’ 50-meter freestyle, Emily Farist was the winner for the Makos. FAST took first and second in the boys’ age 11-12 50-meter freestyle. Ahmad Woodson was first and Colten Sawyer was second.  In the boys’ age 13-14 50-meter freestyle Luke Gustafson was the winner for the Makos. In the same age group for the girls’ the Makos also won, as Abby Harlow beat her closest competition by four seconds. The age 15-18 freestyle was a strong category for the Makos. Mike DiFazio and Jonathan Corbin were first and second for the boys and Hannah Brown was first for the girls.

Next up were the breaststroke events. Ivan Patchett was second for the 8 and under boys.  Josh Hodges was first for the 9-10 boys. Emily Farist was first for the 9-10 girls. They won by approximately six and eight seconds, respectively. Colten Sawyer was the winner in the 11-12 boys’ breaststroke race, and Luke Gustafson was the winner in the boys’ 13-14 breaststroke event. In the 13-14 girls’ event, Abby Harlow was first for the Makos and Abigail Brown was second. In the oldest age group breaststroke events the Makos took second place: Aden Johnson for the boys and Kayla Cordera-Wells for the girls.

In the 8 and under backstroke the Makos took two second places: Ivan Patchett for the boys and Audrey Harlow for the girls. Cole Owen and Cole Gustafson finished first and second for the Makos in the boys’ age 9-10 50-meter backstroke. The same was true in the boys’ 11-12 backstroke as Ahmad Woodson and Reese D’Alessandro finished one and two. In the girls’ event in the 11-12 age category Grace Farist grabbed a second-place finish. Backstroke was a strong event for the FAST team with the DiFazios leading the way.  In the girls’ 13-14 age group, Emma DiFazio was first and Abigail Brown second for FAST, and Mike DiFazio was first in the 15-18 boys’ event.  In the 15-18 girls’ event, Hannah Brown was first and Bridget Bossong was second.

The final individual event of the meet was the butterfly. In the 8 and under event, Landon Mayhew was second for the Mako boys and in the girls’ 8 and under, Audrey Harlow was first. In the 9-10 age bracket, Cole Owen won the butterfly event. In the boys’ 11-12 age group, Reese D’Alessandro was second. In the 13-14 age group, Luke Gustafson won for the FAST boys and Abby Harlow won for the FAST girls, with Emma DiFazio in second. In the 15-18 age group the FAST swimmers finished second in both races. Jonathan Corbin was second for the boys and Anna Hurdle was second for the girls. The freestyle relays followed, and the Swordfish hung on to win the meet by winning five of the eight relays.

The FAST team is coached again this year by Coach Coz (i.e. Cosimo DiFazio). The coach emphasizes improving times and competing in good spirit. The team website notes that “Swimming for the Makos is not about winning, it is about learning values and always trying to do your best. We focus on sportsmanship and team spirit.” Nonetheless, every race does have a winner, as does every scored meet, so that is what we report.

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