Blue Dolphins swim well at state long course meet | Community sports news

The Coast Guard Blue Dolphins 13-14 girls relay teams put on a show by breaking two state records at the Virginia Swimming Long Course Age Group Championships Thursday through Sunday in Christiansburg.

Alexandra Slayton, Chelsea Marstellar, Rachel Rymer, and Maddie Morello put their names in the record books by winning the 200-meter medley relay in 2 minutes, 6.16 seconds. That bettered the previous record of 2:06.72 set by Poseidon in 2010.

The Blue Dolphins also broke the state record for the 13-14 girls 200 freestyle relay but they had to settle for second place. The team of Emma Freiling, Slayton, Marstellar, and Morello posted a time of 1:52.25 that beat TIDE's 2012 record of 1:52.69, but Poseidon topped the Blue Dolphins with a time of 1:51.90 to become the new record-holder.

In the individual competition, Jessica Beattie stood out for the Blue Dolphins, taking first place in the 13-14 girls 400 individual medley in 5:14.17. She also placed second in the 200 IM and fourth in the 200 backstroke.

South Eastern Virginia Aquatics also made a strong showing, led by Chris Verastek. He won the 100 breaststroke (1:16.73) and 200 breast (2:50.00) and placed second in the 50 free and 50 breast in the 11-12 boys competition. SEVA's only other individual winner was Jenna Thompson in the 50 free (28:45) in the 11-12 girls.

Chad Stickle, in the 13-14 boys, placed among the top-4 in six events, headed by a second in the 200 free.

Alyssa Reilly excelled in the 10U girls, taking seconds in the 400 free and 200 IM and placing among the top- 5 in five other events.

Evan Lynch led the Williamsburg Aquatic Club with a stellar performance among the 11-12 boys. He won the 200 free (2:08.16), had seconds in the 400 free, 400 IM, and 200 back plus a third in the 100 back and a fourth in the 200 IM.

Joelle Vereb, 13-14 girls, raced to the 100 fly title (1:05.23) and finished third in the 100 free.

Senior Champs swimming

Amanda Carner and MaryElizabeth Warhol each posted U.S. Open qualifying times to lead the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins to a third-place finish in the women's division at the Virginia Swimming Senior Championships July 18-21 in Richmond.

Carner, who swam for the University of Tennessee this past school year, notched her Open qualifying time in winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:55.10. She also placed third in the 400 freestyle, fourth in the 200 IM, and sixth in the 200 backstroke.

Warhol, who will swim for Auburn this upcoming season, earned her USO cut in winning the 100 back in 1:03.81. The 2013 York High graduate also placed second in the 200 free and 200 back.

In the individual women's points race, Carner finished third with 80 points and Warhol fourth with 79. Carter Kale, 15, of the Williamsburg Aquatic Club finished sixth in the men's points race with 71, topped by fourth places in the 800 and 1,500 free.

NOVA of Virginia Aquatics swept the men's, women's and combined team titles.

The Blue Dolphins led Peninsula teams with their third place for the women, sixth for the men, and fifth in the combined team category.


Michelle Bozarth, 31, of Hampton finished fifth in the women's Elite Open Division at the highly-competitive Giant Eagle Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Bozarth, a physician assistant at Riverside Regional Medical Center, was timed in 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 19 seconds for the 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. Her best showing came in the swim, placing second in 17:15.

Earlier this month, she topped all females in the Tidewater and Colonial Beach sprint triathlons. In June she also won the Jamestown International Triathlon.

Semi-pro football

The Virginia Crusaders, 3-0 to open the Mason-Dixon Semi-Pro Football League season, are expected to face a tough challenge Saturday night on the road against the 2-0 Palmetto (S.C.) Hurricanes.

The Crusaders, defending league champs, are coming off Saturday's 86-0 home-opening demolition against the North Carolina Stallions at Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg. In that game, Shawn Jackson hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Andre McGlone in the opening minutes, and the rout was on.

In their opening two games on the road, the Crusaders edged the Camp LeJeune Bulldogs, 21-14, and then the Tri-County Crusaders 55-6 in Trenton, N.C.

The Peninsula-based Crusaders play their next home game at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 against the always-tough Wilmington Tigers.


With seven major national titles on their resume, the Virginia Legends should be the team to beat in the Busch Classic Women's 23-and-under Tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Williamsburg.

The Legends have won five 23-U ASA national titles and recently won their second consecutive USSSA Women's National Championship July 12-14 in Troutville.

With a Peninsula-based coaching staff headed by Hampton's Bobby Wills, the Legends went 5-0 in the USSSA Tournament. They defeated Rowdies Mizuno 8-0 in the championship game.

Offensively, the team was led by the University of Maryland's Lindsey Schmeiser, who hit six home runs in the five games. Eight members from that championship team will be playing in the Busch Tournament, including Schmeiser and five players from Virginia Beach -- Emily Murphy, Haley Ward, Heather Dunning, Miranda Paul and Kayla Bailey.

Other top teams in the event are the Williamsburg Starz, Richmond Ruckus, and Rowdies Mizuno.

The Legends will play four games in pool play on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., 11:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on Longhill Road. The top teams advance to the single elimination part of the tournament on Sunday, with the finals set for the afternoon at Kiwanis.


This is turning into a memorable golf season for B.J. Maben of Hampton. On April 27-28, he won the Old Dominion Amateur by two strokes after several near-misses in the past. Then on July 19-21 he came out on top in the Greater Hampton Amateur at The Woodlands for the first time.

It was a sweet victory for the Apprentice School assistant golf coach. Last year, he tied for second at the par-69 Woodlands.

This time, he prevailed with rounds of 66-65-69 for a 200 aggregate and a one-stroke victory over Allen Barber (68-68-65) and former champ Mike Askew (65-72-64) in the 54-hole event.

Maben took a three-stroke lead with his second-round 65, then simply held on for the victory the fnal day.

Prior to this summer, the 2004 Kecoughtan graduate had won only one other local major, the 2006 Warwick Amateur.

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