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With arguably the best feeder swim system in the entire area, King George High School has always based their success on the Dahlgren Sharks and Eden Estate Eels that swim competitively out of the Rappahannock Swim League (RSL). The long history associated with both teams has made area swimming both exciting and fulfilling for the King George community. While the Sharks are celebrating their 45th anniversary, the Eels are equally as excited about their 29th year in the RSL.
During the summer, both teams no longer compete against each other, because they swim in different divisions. While the Sharks swim in the Patriot Division, the Eels compete in the American Division.
In the summer of 1982, the RSL went through a period of transition when it announced the
formulation of the American and National Division. Ten years later, with the league constantly the growing, the RSL included A-B-C scoring during finals championships — and in 1994, the RSL featured each respective division with separate dual-meet and finals scoring. Between 2004 and 2008, the RSL consolidated its divisions from four to three, and finally back to four (American, National, Patriot, Battlefield).
Last season, after losing every dual meet in the season, the Eels pulled off an upset in the finals to narrowly beat Ferry Farm 698.5 to 671.5. The victory also coincided with the King George YMCA’s first time ever hosting a RSL championship final.
Looking back through the years, both local teams have enjoyed a long history of success in RSL. While the Sharks have won 15 dual championships in three different divisions, including one finals championship in 2004, the Eels also boast a long history of championship achievement. Including last season’s finals championship, the Eels have won two finals championships (1999, 2010), and five dual meet championships. From 1972 to 1982, College Heights dominated the RSL with 10 dual championships in a row. With 21 dual meet championships, College Heights has won more championship than any team in RSL history.
The last time both teams swam against each other was in 1992 when both teams swam in the National Division. In that year, the Sharks finished second with 613 points, while Ferry Farms captured first place with 805.5 points. The Eels placed sixth with 453.5 points. RSL representatives for King George include Becky Gallamore (Dahlgren) and Heath Taylor (Eden Estates).
Leonard M. Banks