- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:57
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Just before dawn in the Cleydael subdivision in King George, there is a figure moving methodically at a rapid rate of a speed. Logging countless hours in the wee hours of the morning has become a ritual for endurance athlete, and NSWC W64 branch head engineer Jay Fitzsimmons.
Long before Fitzsimmons developed a passion for endurance racing, he played football, and basketball with the same interest as every other athlete did. However, long after he entered corporate America as a branch head for a major government agency, the 32-year old endurance athlete could never get rid of the itch to run faster, and longer than anyone else.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:37
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Last week at Cameron Hills Golf Course, the virtues of patience, course knowledge and experience were exemplified through the Hook a Kid on Golf Green Level program. Nine aspiring golfers participated in the King George Parks & Recreation sponsored program this year.
Whether it was playing with family members or in competition, Green level members were required to have some level of golf experience.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:51
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Beach Service Center started the second annual Liberty Cup with a resounding first place finish in the Yamaha Corporate run off division. Amid the thundering sounds of engines, and the booming voice of the water-cross announcer, stood the largest rider-turnout since the Liberty Cup water-cross race made its area debut at the Beach last year.
Apart from Beach Service Center, the only other area water-cross competitor was Novice Ski Stock racer, Kevin Parks, from Frederickburg.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2012 17:36
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The recent 2012 Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai - YMCA Colonial Beach Triathlon Festival, featuring sprint, and international endurance races, brought out the best in outdoor sports.
Hundreds of competitors from around the United States tested their physical boundaries as they embarked on two grueling days battling the elements associated with Colonial Beach.
The first day or sprint portion featured a 750-meter swim in the Potomac River. The swim was followed by a flat 14-mile bike course through the community’s countryside. During their return to the beach, athletes made a swift transition to a 5K race.
- Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 18:07
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The Dahlgren Sharks got off to a strong start, Wednesday, June 27, by defeating the Chancellor Dolphins 335-172. Kicking off the 2012 dual meet swim season at the Dolphins’ 25-meter pool, the Sharks had six triple winners. First place finishes were earned by Caroline Bentz (9) – 25 free (13.76), 25 back (17.28), 25 breast (19.06); Maria Behnke (12) – 50 Fly (31.07), 50 Back (31.75), 100 IM (1:10.71); Nate Wilson (12) – 100 Free (1:01.28), 50 Fly (31.13), 100 IM (1:00.94); Matt Minero (14) – 50 Free (26.09), 50 Fly (28.84), 50 Breast (34.26); Asst Coach Alexandra Bentz (18) – 50 Free (27.56), 50 Breast (38.65), 100 IM (1:12.39), and Asst Coach Christiana Bentz (18) – 100 Free (59.96). 50 Fly (30.34), 50 Back (31.75).
Other first place finishes included Nicholas Pacheck (6) 25 Free); Shea Hennessee (8) 18.40; Bradem Sembower (7) 25 Fly (24.26), Marie Macaluso (8) 25 Back (31.75); Trevor Nease (9) 25 Back (23.03); Veronica DeClute (11) 50 Free (29.50); Gabby Thompson (11) - 100 Free (1:06.13); Jacob Miller (11) 50 Free (27.40), and 50 Back (33.35); Abby Wilson (11) 50 Breast (39.70); Catherin Wilson (14) 50 Breast (36.78); and Bill Owen (15) 50 Fly (27.69). Relay teams for the Sharks scored first place finishes in 13 of a possible 16 relays, as well.
The Sharks have this week off and return the following week (week of July 8) to face two strong competitors in the Patriot Division (Regency Park and Fawn Lake). Come see us swim! If you would like to read more about the team, please check out our website at www.dahlgrensharks.com.
Swimmer of the Week
2012 • July 2-6
The Sharks are off to a great start this season with a solid win over Chancellor last week. That win, in part, was due to the great performances of our next swimmers of the week.
Our girls Swimmers of the Week is a sister act. We’re honoring our swimmers family style, again, this week—congratulations to Skylar, Shea and Sydney Hennessee! The older Hennessee girls, Skylar and Shea, have been on the team since 2008-- Skylar was six years old and Shea was only four at the time. Sydney sat on deck, watching her older sisters swim for two years, before eagerly joining the team in 2010. All three girls have been actively swimming year round with the Rappahannock Raiders—something that has greatly benefitted them as they all have made major contributions to the Sharks. All three girls have fast freestyle times which have earned them the honor of being on the A-relay freestyle teams for their respective age groups. For the 8 and under girls, Sydney is third off the blocks and sister Shea is the anchor on this undefeated freestyle relay team. Big sis, Skylar, swims second on the 9-10 girls A-relay freestyle team, which is also undefeated! Wow, such team work! Individually, this past week, Skylar finished fourth (16.38), and Shea and Sydney finished first (18.20) and fourth (20.41), respectively, in 25 yard Freestyle. In 25 Backstroke, Skylar (19.37) and Sydney (24.45) finished third; and in 25 Breaststroke, Shea finished second (25.85) and Sydney (29.76) sixth. There’s a saying . . . “Third time is the charmer.” Well, all three Hennessee girls are charmers! Skylar, Shea, and Sydney we are proud of all three of you girls! You add so much to our team. Way to go!
Our Boys’ Swimmer of the Week honors goes to 13 year old Harlan Baggett. Harlan has been swimming with the Sharks for six years. He has been showing a lot of improvement this season despite a late start, due to his recovering from a bout with mononucleosis. This past week against Chancellor, Harlan finished fifth in 50 yard freestyle (32.75); third in 50 yard butterfly (36.31), and fourth in 50 yard backstroke (41.25). He has also been swimming on the A-relay freestyle and the 125-yard Graduated relay teams for the 13-14 boys. Harlan has been working hard at practices and it shows in his performances at our meets. Good job, Harlan! We are proud of you!