Week 1 Recap: Overlee vs Highlands

On Saturday morning (6/24), the Flying Fish traveled to Highlands Swim and Tennis Club in McLean for the first meet of the 2017 season. In what has become an annual early season matchup that tended to serve as a stress-free ‘run through’ for swimmers and coaches adjusting to summer competition, this year featured a much more competitive match up between the two pools, with a final score of Overlee winning 229-191.

Highlands has been in Division 1 since 2012, finishing in 5th place with a 1-4 record each of the past five seasons. Nonetheless, the Whomping Turtles have managed to avoid relegation from the top division, all the while allowing their talented swimmers to fill out across all the age groups, where they previously were limited in depth. This year’s meet saw competitive races in all four strokes for nearly every age group.

On the other hand, Overlee displayed a few common early season deficiencies that many teams struggle initially with, including limited legal 8-under breaststroke and butterfly swimmers, less than aggressive flip turns in freestyle and backstroke, and waning closing speed. However, with the seemingly endless school year severely cutting into practice time, and many athletes finishing their spring seasons for other sports, the team pulled together a true group effort to complete the victory. While many races seemed to just slip away from the swimmer in lane 4, the support staff in lanes 2 and 6 readily picked up necessary second and third places to bolster the point total throughout the meet. Ultimately, the Flying Fish were too much to handle, heading into the relay portion of the meet needing to win only three of the twelve races remaining.

The 15-18 girls led the way in this meet, dominating the individual events by scoring 35 of 36 possible points, and winning their 200 medley relay by an entire length of the pool. Though still developing a true identity and role on this years team, the 13-14 boys vastly outperformed their seeded expectations, stealing points across the board, and completing their day with a big come from behind win in their 100 medley relay. The four 10-under age groups showed a lot of promise, and given their tendency to make the largest amounts of improvement over the course of the 5 week NVSL season, I would be willing to put money on these kids to be far more competitive with the rest of the division in coming weeks!

Of other significance, Overlee has won their first meet of the season for 14 straight years–a streak dating back to 2003, which is by far the longest of any team in Division 1!

See some of the videos of races from the weekend below, and be sure to follow our Instagram account (@OVL_Boosters) on race day for more up to the minute videos and announcements. The Flying Fish travel to McLean for another exciting meet, featuring some of the best individual swimmers in the area going head to head. Check back later in the week for a week 2 preview, as well as more exclusive conversations with Overlee coaches and swimmers!

Boys 11-12 50 Free: Tommy Weber is narrowly edged out for first, while Luke Aslaksen picks up a needed 3rd place

Boys 13-14 50 Free: Ryan York Blows away the field to pick up first with Ian Vroom sneaking in for second in lane 2, and Tommy Shipley narrowly missing 3rd by 2 tenths!

Girls 9-10 25 Fly: Aida Young and Michayla Eisenberg grab second and third place in a competitive race

9-10 Boys 100 Medley Relay: An exciting come from behind freestyle leg by Evan Ingraham, capping off a great race started by Billy Weber, Rory McNamara, and Luke Aslaksen!

Girls 9-10 100 Medley Relay: Great fly leg by Michayla Eisenberg to set up Charlotte Wilhite for the win, with Grace Callahan and Aida Young keeping them in the race on the front half

Boys 13-14 100 Medley Relay: Matthew Kress, Tommy Shipley, Henry Poutasse, and Ryan York round out an incredible day with this commanding performance!

Girls 13-14 100 Medley Relay: Alexis Lee, Sophia Grabman, Kate Bailey, and Alice Bruce never look back in this one, leading wire to wire!

15-18 Boys 200 Medley Relay: Though just narrowly being edged out by three tenths, this was probably the race of the day with both teams evenly matched in a very deep age group, with superstars in all four strokes! Well done Nick Pasternak, Paul Kinsella, Jonathan Day, and Sam Ellison!

15-18 Girls 200 Medley Relay: After only allowing 1 point all day long, the senior girls finished off the meet with a blowout performance, stretching their lead to an entire length of the pool! A clinic by Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Ellie Ridgeway, and Michaela Morrison!

18-Under Boys Mixed Age Relay: Well fought by both teams, but Ryan York’s 3rd leg was to much to handle, setting up Sam Ellison for the win–led off by Tommy Weber and Evan Ingraham

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One thought on “Week 1 Recap: Overlee vs Highlands

  1. Beautiful weather & fabulous swimming by our beloved flying fish. Congrats to The Team & to Andrew on his 1st OVL win!

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