The Yorktown-based Coast Guard Blue Dolphin swim team proved to be a formidable force over the recently completed short course season.
In March, CGBD finished third overall at the Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships held at the Collegiate Aquatic Center in Richmond, with the girls winning the Medium Team Division Championship while the boys took second in the Medium Team Division standings.
A couple of weeks later in Christiansburg, the CGBD U14 swimmers finished fourth of 32 teams at the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships.
Virginia Swimming age group state champions BrookLynn Clark and Clayton Whetstine were recently chosen to participate in USA Swimming’s Eastern Zone Select Camp, which will take place this summer at the University of Virginia. This camp features the top 56 USA Swimming athletes from the Eastern Zone, each of whom will have the opportunity to learn from professionals about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy.
CGBD has eight seniors listed on the national team roster, seven of whom have committed to swim at the collegiate level — Menchville seniors Skyler DeWall (Campbell), Chelsea Martellar (East Carolina), Kade Younger (William and Mary); York High seniors Danika Katzer (Tennessee) and Alex Slayton (Virginia Tech), Grafton senior Jaqueline Tinneny (Old Dominion) and Smithfield senior Mike Christou (Randolph College).
CGBD swimmers also swept the Daily Press boys and girls swimmers of the year — Kade Younger for the boys and Alex Slayton for the girls — for the first time in more than 10 years, and many others were named to Daily Press All Stars.
Katzer, Slayton and two other CGBD swimmers, along with York High teammates Megan Gaffney and Alyssa Reilly, swept the 200 medley and 200 free relay honors.
Slayton also received All-Star recognition for her 100 backstroke time and Katzer with her 200 IM and 100 breastroke time.
On the boys’ side, the CGBD swimmers took seven of the 11 All-Star honors.
Kade Younger, along with CGBD swimmers and Menchville teammates Chris Verastek, Cole Younger and recently transferred JJ Barad swept all the Daily Press relay All-Star wins for our area, which includes the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free.
Younger snagged the 100 backstroke nomination, Verastek the 200 IM nomination with CGBD swimmer Nick Talati (Tabb) receiving All-Star status with his 200 free and 100 fly times.
CGBD also earned three honors at Virginia Swimming’s annual all-star celebration, held April 28 in Richmond.
Danika Katzer won Swimmer of the Year for 17-18-year-old girls, Carter Whetstine for 11-year-old boys and Kyleigh Tankard for 13-year-old girls. This was the first time, according to CGBD coach Steve Hennessy, that CGBD has had three swimmers recognized at this event.
CGBD also had 15 swimmers selected for the Annual Virginia Swimming All-Star team: Bernard Kim, Kallyn Buirski, Delaney Cox, Ian Rodgers, BrookLynn Clark, Isabel Marstellar, Nick Barrows, Cooper Muench, Carter Whetstine, Clayton Whetstine, Danika Katzer, Morgan Miller, Alex Slayton, Jaqueline Tinneny and Chris Verastek.
The Coast Guard Blue Dolphins long course season just wrapped up a meet in Newport News, and will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Annual Meet on the Hill before focusing on the championship season in mid-July, when CGBD will prepare for Virginia Swimming’s Long Course Senior and Age Group championships, as well as Junior National competition.
Based in Yorktown, CGBD is a level three Bronze Medal Club as awarded by USA Swimming, that also offers practices in Williamsburg and Newport News.
Jamestown 5, Warhill 0 — The Eagles picked up the win Monday in the Region 4A quarterfinals and were to play at home Tuesday against Great Bridge in the region semifinals.
Jamestown 5, Denbigh 0 — The Eagles’ boys picked up the shutout win in the Region 4A quarterfinals and were to play at home Tuesday against Smithfield in the region semifinals.
Lafayette 16, York 14 — The Rams picked up a narrow win in the semifinals of the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League championships and will play for a title Friday at Virginia Wesleyan University against Cox High School of Virginia Beach.
Jamestown 18, Warhill 10 — The Eagles will play for a Hampton Roads Lacrosse League title Friday at the College of William and Mary after defeating the Lions in the league semifinals.
Smithfield 3, Bruton 0 — The Packers shut out the Panthers Monday in Bay Rivers play.
Jamestown 4, Tabb 2 — Kylie Devine scored twice as the Eagles won their 13th game in a row, holding off the Tigers Monday.
Brianna Behm had a goal and two assists, and Anya Keurajian also scored for Jamestown.
Warhill 3, Jamestown 2 — The Lions held off the Eagles Monday in a low-scoring pitchers duel.
Warhill’s Kara Greene struck out 14 batters while allowing just three hits, a walk and two runs. Greene also drove in one of the Lions’ three runs.
For Jamestown, Madalyn Morton gave up just two hits and five walks and struck out six, allowing three runs, none earned. The Eagles were hurt by six errors.
Grace Harper, Taylor Nicholson and Madison Richardson had hits for Warhill, with Nicholson driving in a run.
For Jamestown, Paige Richardson went 2-for-3, with Tara Rowden getting the Eagles’ other hit. Hailey Holland went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Lafayette 6, Poquoson 5 — The Rams got a two-out double from Brieanna Gillen in the bottom of the seventh to bring home Julia Jones with the winning run in a Bay Rivers win over the Islanders Monday.
Jones drove in three runs and also scored three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Gillen went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Paola Territo drove in a pair of runs for Lafayette. Indiyah Jones also had a pair of hits and a run for the Rams.
Tabb 15, Bruton 2 (5 innings) — The Tigers had a trio of five-run innings in topping the Panthers Monday.
Megan Hicks went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Morgan Louke also had an RBI for Bruton, but the Panthers were only able to muster three hits.
Bruton 11, Poquoson 8 — Four Panthers had at least two hits, and Hannah Miller and Sarah Tracy each had two RBI in their win over the Islanders Friday.
Megan Hicks went 3-for-4 and Miller, Tracy and Jordyn Turnstall each went 2-for-4 for Bruton.
Jamestown 3, Lafayette 2 — Madalyn Morton allowed just three hits and struck out six, and the Eagles got a walkoff single from Tara Rowden as the Eagles held off the Rams Friday.
Lindsey Sander, Rowden and Morton all drove in runs, with Sander and Rowden each picking up a pair of hits. Morton, Hailey Holland, Kaylee Dawson, Izzy Luna and Emily Morgan also had hits for the Eagles.
Casey Cole, Paola Territo and Eme Kinney each had hits for Lafayette, and Julia Jones had an RBI. In the circle for the Rams, Avery Hicks allowed just three earned runs, scattering nine hits.
Warhill 7, York 1 — Taylor Nicholson hit a three-run homer, stole two bases and scored three times as the Lions topped the Falcons Friday.
Kaylee Giles also drove in two runs for Warhill, and Dajanera Wallace and Samantha Hams each had two hits.
Kara Greene was a standout in the circle, allowing just three hits and an unearned run while striking out 13.
Warhill 3, Jamestown 2 — Riley Motley went 3-for-3, and Blake Sawyer and Brandon Robertson each drove in a run to help lead the Lions over the Eagles Monday.
Luke Grundl also had a pair of hits, and Sam Rochard allowed just three hits and two runs in six innings on the mound, striking out five for Warhill.
E.A. Woolwine had two hits and an RBI for Jamestown, and Ryan Pastirik also had an RBI.
Lafayette 12, Poquoson 2 (5 innings) — The Rams scored in each inning and picked up the win Monday over the Islanders.
Geo Rivera allowed just two hits and two unearned runs in five innings, striking out nine and walking two for Lafayette.
Osvaldo Torres and Sutton Perozek each drove in three runs for the Rams, and Jack Nice had three hits. Chase Smith and South McDowell had two hits apiece for Lafayette.
Poquoson 10, Bruton 0 (5 innings) — The Islanders ended the game against the Panthers early with a steady stream of runs Friday, including three in the fifth to clinch the 10-run win.
Bruton mustered just two hits, from Darian Brooks and Johnathon Salmeron.
Jamestown 9, Lafayette 1 — The Eagles broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to pick up the victory Friday over the Rams.
E.A. Woolwine pitched all seven innings for Jamestown, allowing just five hits, a walk and a run while striking out four.
Spencer Pietruszynski had a hit, drove in two runs and scored twice, and Matt Lansford had two hits for the Eagles.
Jack Nice and Sutton Perozek had a pair of doubles for Lafayette, and Ricky Sullivan hit a solo homer.