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Kent Gardens, Tuckahoe stand 4-0 and atop NVSL swim divisions

Teams have clinched a share of championships
Tuckahoe's Andrew Pelaez swims a boys. backstroke race.

With comfortable home victories the morning of July 6, the Tuckahoe Tigers and Kent Gardens Dolphins each improved to 4-0 to clinch at least a share of their division championships in the Northern Virginia Swimming League 2024 summer season.

The teams can win the titles outright and finish 5-0 by winning their final regular-season matches July 13.

In those July 6 meets, Tuckahoe defeated the Highlands Whomping Turtles, 264-156, and Kent Gardens downed Wakefield Chapel, 236.5-183.5.

For Tuckahoe, the Division 1 crown is its second in a row and third in four seaons, with a second last summer. The team last won two straight division crowns at any level in 1957 and 1958 according to NVSL historical records.

Kent Gardens finished 2-3 last summer in Division 2. This summer's division championship is the team's fourth in seven years.
  For Tuckahoe in its July 6 win, double race winners were Caroline Van Riper, Daniel Klett, Hunter Zipperer, Grant Nielsen, Danielle Hughes, ViVi Passos-Androvic and Catherine Hughes. Single winners were Grant Nielsen, Kyle Koay, Caleb Gorelik, Riley Pelaez, Hugo Haggard, Max Waisberg, Trevor Newgen, Isaac Bell, Liam Laudier, Victor Rodriguez, Fiona Bayer, Lucas Zhao and Bella Cota-Robles.

Tuckahoe's boys age 9-10 medley relay of Klett, Rodriguez, Andrew Pelaez and Oli Waisber set a new NVSL record of 1.07.59.

For Highlands, double winners were Beckett Roth and Rio Walther. Single winners were Gigi Dent, Emma Dewhirst, Evan Farley, Annabelle Pearce, Madeline Roche, Mackey Tolar, Emilia Vayra, Luke Zemek and Peter Zemek.

Leading Kent Gardens in its July 6 win were double winners Caroline King, Aaron Kuang, Libby Bamberger, Andy Li, Emma Bui, Sophie Fredericks and Sloane Nguyen. Single winners were Leo Wu, Anna King, Nora Jia, James Wittman, Lilia Buonforte, Sully Yoo, Aaron Jia, Hadley Nguyen and Harrison Weinstock.

Also in Division 1 on July 6, the visiting Chesterbrook Tiger Sharks (3-1) defeated the Overlee Flying Fish, 230-190.

Double winners for Chesterbrook were Ezra Landsman, Maddox Cory, Cameron Parkhomenko and Katherine Talbert. Single winners were Matthew Rose, Henry Couchara, Brendan Neal, Edison Tan, Finn Grundhoefer, Emma Maher, McKenzie Cory, Keira Gutierrez, Gabby Gallaher and Mara Wilson.

* In Division 2 of the NVSL on July 6, the Langley Wildthings (3-1) defeated visiting Crosspointe (3-1), 212-208, to tie for first place. 
  Also in the same division, the Oakton Otters (2-1-1) tied host Hunt Valley, 210-210, to remain in contention for the title with one match remaining and the McLean Marlins (0-4) lost to the High Point Hippos, 228.5-191.5. 

Double winners for McLean were Calista Link, Kate Shumate, Owen Zhou, Nathan Lee, Emily Lipsey and Janni Weeks. Single winners were William Thomas, Caroline Wager, Daniel Vladimiroff, Lennox McDowell, Isabel Vanegas and Christina Lee.

For Langley, double winners were Bryce Eaton, Celina Feng, Shoshana Fen, Hunter Ashworth, Ella Mueller, Henry Rossman and Felix Yu. Single winners were John Alms, Amiya Bagla, Sophie Alexandrova Bailey, Divya Pai, Evan Poulos, Henry Singleton, Luca Sanchez and Kira Thornton.

Feng set a team record (16.89) in the girls 8-under freestyle and backstroke (20.49).

* In July 6 NVSL Division 5 action, the Cardinal Hill Cardinals (2-2) lost to visiting Pinecrest, 232-188.

Double winners for Cardinal Hill were Ziva McHenry, Anika Patel, Kayden Chen, Emma Watts and Emmett Sanderson. Single winners were Brooklyn Brabender, Calvin Butler, Eric Chen, Margot Jue, Sonya Rooney, Phoebe Yamada, Fiona Antoniuk, Megan Dean, Xander Jahshan, Oliver Jashan, Mishi Roper and Keenan Shora.

* In Division 6 of the NVSL, the Hunter Mill Sharks (1-3) lost to Fairfax Station, 233-187, July 6. Double winners for Hunter Mill were Cash Pecoraro, Andrew Rose, Abigail Roth, Ava Roth, Alexandra Samsot, Andrew Sartore and Charles Stipanovic. Single winners were Conley Aykward, Natalie Floyd, Adrienne Jenks, Isabella Mancoske and Elyse Rosade.

* In Division 12 of the NVSL, the Shouse Village Sharks (3-1) defeated the Great Falls Rapids, 259-160, July 6.

Double winners for Great Falls were Simon Bermudez, Jenna Wang, Colton Maender and Evelyn Sanders. Single winners were Reid Peoples, Juliana Strom, Luka Beslic, Belle Walke, Sophia Daniels and Damien Beglis.

Bermudez set a new team record of 26.30 in the boys 15-18 backstroke.