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July 8, 2015

Blue Marlins go undefeated winning 2nd league title

Photos/Chuck Jackson
Fauquier Swim Club's Isabel Robey and Chestnut Fork's Janey Olohan battle it out in the girls (11-12) 50-meter butterfly event.
Jake Goldman swims for Chestnut Forks in the boys (11-12) 50-meter fly.
Young swimmers from both teams stay in a bullpen prior to their races. It prevents chaos and allows the meet to finish on time.
Proper diving technique in the girls 6 and under 25-meter freestyle comes with practice and experience.
By Chuck Jackson
Sports Editor

Superior strength combined with exceptional swimming technique propelled host Chestnut Forks to a decisive victory Tuesday night over Fauquier Swim Club.

The 251-point margin of victory gave the Blue Marlins an undefeated Tri-County regular-season record (4-0) and their second consecutive league championship.

Chestnut Forks won 770-5 to 519.5.

The Blue Marlins won 42 events to just 14 for Fauquier. More impressive, the multiple seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths gave the home team the extra points needed for the victory.

“It was a great meet against the Frogs tonight, Blue Marlins head Coach Cherie Adair said. “They have super sportsmanship and a very talented team.”

Coach Adair said she and her staff saw personal records and stroke technique as the biggest factors in the win.

She added it went up and down the age spectrum of swimmers - some as young as six up to age 18.

“One of the advantages of a larger team is swimmers learn to really race,” Coach Adair said. “Tonight the swimmers took advantage of every race they had.”

The Blue Marlin girls won by 147 over their FSC counterparts while the boys beat the Frogs by 95 points.

“Our team came together to clinch the championship title,” Coach Adair said. “Personal best times and stroke technique improvement have been our main focus for the season. This team of Blue Marlins have exceeded all the coaches’ expectations.

“It’s been a fantastic season.”

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