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Chestnut Forks wins Tri-County League all-star swim meet

Tuesday, Jul. 22 | By Jeff Malmgren
Annabelle Sutliff and the Chestnut Forks Blue Marlins won the Tri-County League all-star meet Saturday. --Photo by Adam Goings.
There's no arguing against it this summer.

Chestnut Forks Athletic Club has the best swim team in the Tri-County League.

The CFAC Blue Marlins won the TCL all-star meet Saturday at Fauquier Springs Country Club by more than 500 points, adding that title to a regular season championship they claimed by going 4-0 in dual meets.

Last season, the best team was left up for debate. The Blue Marlins won the all-star meet, but they lost the regular season title to Orange.

"They definitely had the desire to win the [regular season] championship this year," Chestnut Forks coach Cherie Adair said. "It was exciting" to win both titles.

The Blue Marlins won the 2014 all-star meet with 2,121 points, while Orange placed second with 1,572, Fauquier Swim Club took third with 1,129, Fauquier Springs finished fourth with 1,001 and Culpeper Recreation Club placed fifth with 634.

Chestnut Forks’ win was "exciting," but also predictable. The Blue Marlins won most of their regular season dual meets by about 400 points, including a somewhat lopsided win over Orange in their season-opener.

"We came in fully-loaded for that meet," Adair said of the dual against Orange. "We started off with a bang. … It was very exciting in the beginning, but it was kind of anticlimactic" to face the top title contender early in the season.

"After that [season-opener] we knew we had a very good chance of claiming the title," she said. "So we spent a lot of time perfecting stoke technique and developing every swimmer. Then we geared up for the all-star meet."

The all-star meet used a different scoring format this season. Rather than allowing all qualifying swimmers to contribute to their teams' scores, only the top three swimmers from each team in each event contributed to their teams' scores, Adair said.

That somewhat helped limit the advantage of depth that some teams utilized during the regular season. Chestnut Forks, for example, had a large team with 173 kids.

Regardless, the new format didn't hamper the Blue Marlins in the all-star meet. They won 25 of 59 events Saturday and had a trio of boys – Nick Fallows, David Flook and Connor Adair – who each won four individual events while combining for three relay wins.

Individually, Benjamin Young of Fauquier Springs Country Club and Isabel Robey of Fauquier Swim Club had the best performances. With six victories in boys events, Young won more individual races than any other swimmer, while Robey won five girls races.

In the girls 9-10 age group, Robey won the 25-meter butterfly, 25 freestyle, 50 free, 25 breaststroke and 25 backstroke. She also helped the 10-and-under 100 free mixed relay win.

In the 13-14 age group, Young won the 50 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast, 50 back and 100 individual medley.

"Ben is a hard worker, swims year round and has a can-do attitude,” Sharks coach Bob Blashill said. "He [is] fun to work with and is always challenging himself."

Fallows led Chestnut Forks with victories in the boys 50 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 50 back. He also contributed to wins in the 13-18 100 medley relay and the 18-and-under 100 free relay – along with David Flook.

In the 11-12 age group, Flook won the 50 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 50 back. He also helped the 12-and-under 100 medley mixed relay win.

In the 8-and-under group, Adair won the 25 fly, 25 free, 25 breast and 25 back. He also helped the 100 free mixed relay win.

Cherie Adair credited the families with multiple swimmers for helping Chestnut Forks win titles this summer – families such as the Flooks, Sutliffs, Rowzies and Cuccinellis.

"We were strong all the way through,” Adair said. “We had strong families and more coaches [compared to last summer]. … They were outstanding.”

Kaitlin Joyce led the Chestnut Forks girls with three individual victories in the 15-18 age group – 50 free, 100 free and 100 IM. She also contributed to four runner-up finishes.

For Orange, Katie Hofmann had a hand in six victories (mostly 13-14 age group) while Charlotte Samuels had a hand in five wins (mostly 8-and-under). The Otters still didn’t have enough firepower to defeat Chestnut Forks, though.

"It was a very successful year from day one to all-stars,” Adair said. “Hopefully we'll be back again with the same force next year.”

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All-star winners

BOYS
18&U 100 free relay
Tristan Boyd, David Flook, Christopher Kiser, Nick Fallows; CFAC; 58.72

8&U 25 fly
Connor Adair, CFAC, 21.91

9-10 25 fly
Tristan Boyd, CFAC, 18.74

11-12 50 fly
David Flook, CFAC, 34.08

13-14 50 fly
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 31.14

15-18 50 fly
Nick Fallows, CFAC, 30.18

8&U 25 free
Connor Adair, CFAC, 18.31

9-10 25 free
Matthew Rogers, Orange, 16.71

11-12 50 free
David Flook, CFAC, 31.81

13-14 50 free
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 27.56

15-18 50 free
Nick Fallows, CFAC, 27.77

9-10 50 free
Corey Burke, FSCC, 38.31

11-12 100 free
David Flook, CFAC, 1:10.91

13-14 100 free
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 1:00.23

15-18 100 free
Nick Fallows, CFAC, 1:02.95

8&U 25 breast
Connor Adair, CFAC, 25.42

9-10 25 breast
Matthew Rogers, Orange, 23.45

11-12 50 breast
Jake Goldman, CFAC, 42.44

13-14 50 breast
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 36.29

15-18 50 breast
John Marquis, Orange, 34.64

8&U 25 back
Connor Adair, CFAC, 22.28

9-10 25 back
Corey Burke, FSCC, 20.88

11-12 50 back
David Flook, CFAC, 37.82

13-14 50 back
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 37.20

15-18 50 back
Nick Fallows, CFAC, 33.26

14&U 100 IM
Benjamin Young, FSCC, 1:12.63

15-18 100 IM
John Marquis, Orange, 1:11.33

13-18 100 medley relay
Nick Fallows, John Kiser, Thomas Flook, Jeremiah Poff; CFAC; 1:02.59

GIRLS
18&U 100 free relay
Charlotte Samuels, Hannah Haney, Megan Hofmann, Caroline Marquis; Orange; 1:02.50

8&U 25 fly
Charlotte Samuels, Orange, 19.51

9-10 25 fly
Isabel Robey, FSC, 19.13

11-12 50 fly
Caroline Austin, CFAC, 37.95

13-14 50 fly
Katie Hofmann, Orange, 33.62

15-18 50 fly
Caroline Marquis, Orange, 33.09

8&U 25 free
Charlotte Samuels, Orange, 18.21

9-10 25 free
Isabel Robey, FSC, 17.46

11-12 50 free
Claire Sutliff, CFAC, 33.56

13-14 50 free
Katie Hofmann, Orange, 31.37

15-18 50 free
Kaitlin Joyce, CFAC, 30.30

9-10 50 free
Isabel Robey, FCS, 38.24

11-12 100 free
Savannah Roda, CFAC, 1:14.42

13-14 100 free
Katie Hofmann, Orange, 1:06.66

15-18 100 free
Kaitlin Joyce, CFAC, 1:06.21

8&U 25 breast
Charlotte Samuels, Orange, 24.47

9-10 25 breast
Isabel Robey, FSC, 21.78

11-12 50 breast
Peyton Talomie, FSCC, 45.21

13-14 50 breast
Jenna Faulconer, Orange, 42.80

15-18 50 breast
Amanda Bengston, FSCC, 39.16

8&U 25 back
Charlotte Samuels, Orange, 24.03

9-10 25 back
Isabel Robey, FSC, 21.00

11-12 50 back
Savannah Roda, CFAC, 40.32

13-14 50 back
Katie Hofmann, Orange, 35.48

15-18 50 back
Katie Stipe, Orange, 34.97

14&U 100 IM
Katie Hofmann, Orange, 1:17.05

15-18 100 IM
Kaitlin Joyce, CFAC, 1:16.49

13-18 100 medley relay
Katie Hofmann, Caroline Marquis, Megan Hofmann, Katie Stipe; Orange 1:04.86

MIXED
8&U 100 free relay
Ethan Brown, Annabelle Sutliff, Lana Barkovic, Connor Adair; CFAC; 1:21.81

10&U 100 free relay
Isabel Robey, Jess Seaborn, Elayna Caron, Mikey Goltry; FSC; 1:12.21

12&U 100 medley relay
David Flook, Jake Goldman, Savannah Roda, Claire Sutliff; CFAC; 1:11.71

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