With the completion of the 2018 NVSL regular season, the time has come for announcing our All swim Ninja team. Using best times from this season, we have composed 1st and 2nd Team, as well as Honorable Mention, selections for each age group and gender. While many athletes who made our preseason list performed up to expectation, we were excited to see several new names make the final team selection. Because summer swimming is a true team sport, we thought it was important to make our selections based on how athletes performed during the regular season where they competed to score points to win meets. We want to congratulate all the athletes for working hard and making our job of creating these lists a difficult process!
See which athletes landed on our NVSL All Swim Ninja team and why:
- Anthony Grimm (Fair Oaks): Anthony just finished arguably the most impressive individual season in NVSL history. While leading his Fair Oaks Sharks to a D4 championship, Grimm led the league in all 4 individual events, setting the league record in each event as well. To top it off, Grimm anchored the league fastest Mixed Age Relay and also set the league record in the 100 IM this past weekend at D4 Divisionals. To make it all the more exciting, Grimm is only 16–it is hard to chose a race to showcase this unprecedented dominance, so here is his 50 breast from week 4, where Anthony swam his league record time of 27.57:
- Ryan Soh (Chesterbrook): Ryan had a terrific season leading the Tigersharks to their 4th straight NVSL championship. Soh had the 2nd fastest back and fly, and also posted the 6th fastest 50m free. Soh will swim for Emory next year.
- Ben Denman-Grimm (Vienna Woods): At 15, Ben was the 2nd fastest 50 freestyler this summer, putting up an impressive 23.91.
- Paul Kinsella (Overlee): Kinsella broke the NVSL record in 50 breast in week 1 before going off to Navy–despite only having one weekend to perform, he still finished with the 2nd fastest time in the league by well over a second.
- Thomas Outlaw (Chesterbrook): Outlaw was the 3rd fastest freestyle and butterfly swimmer this summer, helping to break the NVSL record in the 200m Medley relay.
- Ryan Mathis (Chesterbrook): Mathis had the 4th fastest back, 6th fastest breast, and 10th fastest free, playing a critical piece for the Tigersharks this summer.
- Ben Charles (Highlands): Charles had the 3rd fastest breaststroke behind the two fastest swimmers in the event in league history. Charles also had the 4th fastest fly in 2019.
- Jack Galbraith (Vienna Aquatic): Galbraith had the 6th best fly and the 3rd fastest back in the NVSL this summer, and will return to William and Mary in the fall.
- Adam Janicki (Lee Graham): Janicki had the 5th fastest back and 7th best fly in 2019
- Andrew Hale (Rolling Valley): Hale had the 5th fastest breast and 8th fastest free this summer
- Sean Conley (Donaldson Run): Conley swam the 5th fastest free and 9th fastest back
- Daniel Gyenis (Fox Mill Woods): Gyenis put up the 6th best back and 8th best fly in 2019
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- Alexandra Dicks (Hunter Mill): Dicks had a great summer at the bottom of the age group, leading the league in 50 free with a 27.06. She also put up the 4th best backstroke and 6th fastest fly on the summer.
- Anna Keating (Vienna Aquatic): Keating proved her breaststroke prowess this summer by delivering not only the top time on the summer but also the best performance in NVSL history with her swim this past week at Divisionals. Anna also put up the 9th best 50 fly of the season.
- Sarah Boyle (Virginia Run): Sarah swam the best backstroke of 2019 with a 29.54, and also had the 4th fastest fly for the Riptide.
- Sydney Harrington (Mantua): Harrington led the Marlins to a D6 championship with her league-best 50 fly, which was a full half-second faster than the next fastest athlete. Harrington also swam a 27.44 50 free which was good enough for 5th.
- Katie Mack (Hamlet): Mack has been a dominant force in this league for sometime–Katie was versatile for the Green Feet this summer, showing the 2nd best fly, 4th fastest free, and 5th fastest breast of the summer. She will swim for NC State this fall.
- Kayle Park (Overlee): Kayle finishes her NVSL career with another season of great performances, including the 2nd fastest breast and 8th fastest free as well as a league record in the 200m Medley Relay.
- Kate Bailey (Overlee): At 15, Bailey had the 2nd fastest 50 free, and 5th fastest fly in the NVSL–it will be fun to watch Kate and Alexandra Dicks compete for the next few years in these events.
- Jillian Johnson (Chesterbrook): Johnson stepped up big for the Tigersharks, bringing the 3rd best backstroke and butterfly in 2019.
- Jordan Buechler (Walden Glen): Jordan had the 6th fastest fly and 10th fastest free
- Mary Kate Reicherter (Overlee): Mary Kate swam the 2nd fastest backstroke in the NVSL
- Katherine Helms (Crosspointe): Helms had the 3rd best freestyle in the league at 27.35
- Gabby Perotti (Chesterbrook): Perotti had the 3rd best breast in 2019
- Caroline Flint (Tuckahoe): Flint had the 8th best free and 10th best fly this summer
- Brynn Curtis (Cardinal Hill): Brynn swam the 4th fastest breaststroke of 2019