Community sports notebook: Williamsburg Aquatic Club's Kostelni wins one race, places second in two at state long-course meet

Correspondent

Several local teams took part in the Virginia Swimming Long Course Senior Championship last weekend at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Individually, Christopher Kostelni of the Williamsburg Aquatic Club fared best. Kostelni won the 400-meter freestyle (4 minutes, 3.75 seconds), while placing second in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle.

Joelle Vereb of the 757 Swim team was the other local individual winner. Vereb captured the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.32, narrowly defeating teammate Jenna Thompson by 17-hundredths of a second. Both swimmers qualified for the Phillips 66 National Championships, which will be held at Stanford University from July 31-Aug. 4.

Vereb was also third in the 50-meter freestyle.

Brooke-Lynn Clark from the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins placed third in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.59. Two Dolphin relays, the boys 800-meter freestyle (Nick Talati, Austin Clark, Cameron Mateer, Conor Sokolowsky) and 400-meter medley (Clayton Whetstine, Flynn Crisci, Clark, Talati) finished third.

Among local teams, the Dolphins fared best, placing third in the combined team standings with 934.5 points. The women were third with 548, and the men’s team placed fourth with 386.5. 757 Swim’s women were fourth overall (358 points), and 757 Swim was sixth among combined teams.

High school basketball

With the conclusion of Monday’s and Tuesday’s playoff games, the final four teams are now slotted for the Heritage Summer League, whose playoffs will be completed Wednesday evening.

In Monday’s action, fifth-seeded Norcom defeated No. 12 Grafton 56-37 to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals. In the other matchup, No. 6 Woodside beat No. 11 Peninsula Catholic 60-41.

In Tuesday’s quarterfinals, the top four seeds — all of which had first-round byes — advanced. No. 1 Kecoughtan beat No. 8 Landstown 31-22, No. 3 Lakeland outlasted Norcom 49-43, No. 2 Hampton ousted No. 10 Lafayette 46-31, and No. 4 Bethel edged No. 6 Woodside 41-40.

The semifinals will be played at 6 and 7 Wednesday, with the championship game taking place at 8:30.

Football

The All-American Bowl “Best of the Best” women’s football game will be played Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, located at 2044 Landstown Centre Way.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Admission will be $10 at the gate, or $5 with discount vouchers, which are located at several local businesses in the area. All military (active and veterans), first responders (with ID), and youth football players (with team jersey) will be admitted for free.

The “Best of the Best” program is built to provide unity through the love of football and giving back to the community. American Football Events Team USA shows this unity of love by sharing and providing time with children at hospitals, adult day programs and kids’ camps.

On Saturday morning, the American Football Events Team USA players will provide a free kids’ football camp from 9-11 a.m. at the Sportsplex stadium. More information can be found on the team website at afeteamusa.com.

Kickball

Signups have begun for the fall session of the Kickball League of Hampton Roads. On the Peninsula, there will be both a corporate (Tuesday) and social (Thursday) league in Newport News.

Teams must register by Aug. 12, and each team is guaranteed 10 games plus playoffs. For more information, please visit the league website at www.kickballhamptonroads.com.

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