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July 22, 2015

Thunderstorms knock Brookside out of pool meet

Photos/Geoff Keating
Brookside's Katie Heenan dives into the pool during Saturday's meet against Victory Lakes in Prince William County Swim League meet. Heenan and teammate Peyton Helou along with Helena Nefferdorf and Camilla Brizzi won the girls (15-18) 200-meter freestyle relay. VLSC beat the Hurricanes by 586 points.
Mark Fallin prepares to swim the backstroke in the boys (9-10) 100-Medley relay. Teammates included Matthew Quarry, Damien Sirisena and Carter Horvath.
Camilla Brizzi, a West Virginia Wesleyan rising sophomore wins the girls (15-18) 100-Medley. Brizzi ages-out of the PWSL after this season.
Ten-year-old Nora Keating watches the storm pass by the Brookside Pool, hoping the meet will continue Saturday morning.
By Chuck Jackson
Sports Editor

Mother Nature dealt Brookside not one but two punches Saturday morning in its meet with Victory Lakes.

In the end the weather won – along with the Piranhas, who took a 586 point win over the Hurricanes in an abbreviated meet.

Two hours behind after an 8:30 a.m. thunderstorm raged through the eastern part of Fauquier County swimmers huddled away from the Brookside Community pool not knowing whether the Prince William Swim League meet would continue.

Events began again around 10:30 a.m., but as afternoon approached and the pool needed to open for subdivision families, the relays went by the wayside.

Victory Lake won 37 of 67 events. More importantly the Piranhas took multiple under points in all events.

But the Hurricanes still produced solid wins.

Connor Webb won the 15-18, 50-meter free, back and butterfly for the Hurricane boys.

Peyton Helou, Katie Heenan, Helena Nefferdorf and Camilla Brizzi teamed to win the 15-18 200-freestyle relay.

They recorded a time of 2:01.02. Brookside beat the Piranhas by 2:25 seconds.

Heenan, Brizzi, Helou and Allison Baccus won the 200-Medley relay (2:18.72), almost three seconds faster than Victory Lake.

“Both of our relays not only won, but we dropped time and it's been a long time coming,” Heenan said. “This was actually the first meet that we had our entire freestyle and medley. The next step is getting the records in both relays. We’re really close.”

A rising sophomore swimmer for West Virginia Wesleyan, Brizzi won the 50-free with a time of 28.78 seconds and the 50-fly.

“Camilla is a phenomenal swimmer and we will miss her next year (when she ages out of the league),” Heenan said.

A perfect example of how weather affects swimmers came from Heenan.

She won the 50-back (34.62) before the thunderstorm erupted but settled for a sixth-place tie with Baccus in the 50-free after the forced break.

Less than two seconds separated the next six swimmers in the freestyle after Brizzi.

“I was happy with my (backstroke time) but I wasn't thrilled,” Heenan said. “That's my strong race, so I was happy I won, but at this point I want the record.

Shauna Plesmid owns the Brookside record (33.08) from a 2008 swim.

“For the past two summers including this one I've been flirting with the record. I'm less than a second away and I know I can break it. I just have to be patient and put more time in the pool.”

A busy summer may be stalling her progress.

“I didn't perform as well as i could of in the 50-frees,” Heenan said. “That was a combination of not coming to enough practices and it was the first event after the weather delay.”

Baccus won the 50-breaststroke.

“Overall it was an excellent meet and I am very excited to see how the last couple meets will play out,” Heenan added.

The Hurricanes have one more meet scheduled Saturday when the Brookside and Meadowbrook teams travel to Lake Manassas for a tri-meet.

All 24 Prince William Swim League teams will participate in eight divisional meets Aug. 1.

Brookside, a member of the Yellow division will compete against Dale City and host Wellington that day.
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