Loudoun Valley High School



Vikes Fare Well At District Meet and Qualify 14 For Regional Competition



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The Vikes competed in their District Championships after a long week of snowy weather.  The meet, originally to be held on Friday night, was postponed until Saturday to ensure safety for all athletes, parents, and fans on the roads.  The Vikes, who will be moving down to AA next year, held their ground against the 4 other larger teams in the Cedar Run District.  The meet was met with great success and 14 swimmers will be moving on to regional competition for individual and relay events.

k back.jpgSenior Kelsey Ryan stole the spotlight for the Vikes with 2 wins in her individual events, leaving as District Champ in both the 100 fly and 100 back.  She won the 100 fly in record-setting fashion with a 59.71, as well as a a 101.19 in the 100 back, less than a tenth off her own record.  Teammates Ian Miller and Bridget Shayka bridg breast.jpgalso had fantastic nights, both moving on to regionaian breatss.jpgl competition in two individual events.  Miller placed 8th in the 200 IM (2:24.13), a personal best time, and snagged a 4th place finish in the 100 breast, with a new team record of 1:07.43.  Shayka placmax back.jpged 6th in both the 100 fly(1:15.97) and 100 breast (1:19.76).  Oweaver 2free.jpgther individual event qualifiers for the Vikes included Max Van Vleet and Mark Shayka's 7th and 8th place finishes in the 100 fly, and Kaitlyn Weaver's 8th place finish in the 200 free.

All of the Viking relays for both the men and women will also move on to regionals.  Relay swimmers are Jacques Deaver, Jenny Ryan, Nick Fochtman, Rachel Swan, Sheridan Suminski, Hannah Backman, Noah Holt, and Kendall Blaylock.

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5free duo.jpgBy far one of the greatest swims of the night went to Senior Nikki Godfrey in the 500 free.  She shattered the 8-minute mark, dropping a whopping 20 seconds to finish out her final District competition with a time of 7:51.43.  In the same heat, teammate Junior Maddi Luckman also crushed her time, dropping 11 seconds in her 500 free finishing with a final time of 8:02.50. 

Big congratulations to the entire Viking swim team!  Regionals will be in 2 weeks at the Freedom Center.  (Friday, February 11th, 2011)

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Highlights of the Week (1/31)

New Team Records:

Kelsey Ryan (100 fly 59.71)

Ian Miller (100 breast 1:07.43)

Biggest Time Drops:

Sam Adams                500 free            10 seconds

Amanda Barker           100 breast         4 seconds

Maddi Luckman          500 free            11 seconds

Nikki Godfrey              500 free           20 seconds

Joe Rees                     100 back          5 seconds

Jenny Ryan                  200 IM              4 seconds

Kaitlyn Weaver            200 free            6 seconds

Check out this website for more swim news about the Vikes @ http://vivaloudoun.blogspot.com/search/label/swim

kryan vivaloudoun.jpgCongratulations to Senior Kelsey Ryan who was nominated as a December Cheers Sports and VivaLoudoun Athlete of the Month 

Kelsey is committed to swim with George Mason University in the fall


Vikes Close Out Regular Season 


After a long week of exams, the Viking swim team swam in its last regular season meet for the year against district rival Heritage.  The team swam strong, continuing to make significant time drops as they approach their district meet.

The night started off with fantastic performaces in the 200 medley relay.  The relay team of M. Van Vleet, I. Miller, J. Deaver, and M. Shayka edged out the Heritage team by 0.2 seconds for a win in the event.  The women's team of K. Johnson, B. Shayka, K. Ryan, and S. Suminski came in 2nd place and dropped 3 seconds for a season best time of 2:03.92. 

On the men's side, Senior Oscar Deaver finished 2nd in the 200 free.  The Vikes had 2-3-4 place finish sweeps in back-to-back events of 50 free and 100 fly with Shayka, Miller, and Van Vleet finishing 2nd through 4th in the 50 free.  Van Vleet, Shayka, J. Deaver finished 2nd through 4th in the 100 fly.   The Vikes had a strong showing in the 500 free with 3rd-6th place finishes for N. Gilhousen, S. Adams, J. Smith, and N. Holt.  Ian and Alec Miller finished 1-2 again in the 100 breast for the night.

The Lady Vikes also had a great night.  C. Broshkevitch had a 3rd place finish in the 200 IM.  The women also had 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the back-to-back 50 free, 100 fly like the men, with S. Suminski and R. Swan in the 50 free and B. Shayka and H. Backman in the 100 fly.  S. Suminski also brought in a 3rd place finish in the 100 free and teammate K. Ryan finished 1st in both the 100 and 200 free.  The Vikes also had 2nd place finishes in the 100 back and breast, with K. Johnson in back and B. Shayka in breast.

District competition will be next Friday (1/28) at the Freedom Center at 6pm.  Come on out and support your Vikes!! 

Highlights of the Week (1/24)
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New Team Records:

Kelsey Ryan (100 free 58:25; 200 free 2:04.28)

Ian Miller (100 breast 1:08.75)

Women's 200 Medley Relay (2:03.92)

Kelly Johnson, Bridget Shayka, Kelsey Ryan, Sheridan Suminski

Biggest Time Drops:

Noah Gilhousen                500 free        4 seconds

Courtney Halterman          200 free        3 seconds

Noah Holt                        500 free        17 seconds

Kelly Johsnon                   100 back       2 seconds

Luke Kilgore                    100 free          2 seconds

First Time Swims:

Jacques Deaver            200 IM        2:36.15

Luke Kilgore                100 back     1:28.05

Hannah Levi                100 breast   1:47.22

Jennifer O'Neill              200 free       3:04.81

Joe Rees                      100 back     1:30.07



Remaining Season Schedule

1/21    Meet vs. Heritage      Ida Lee                  9pm

1/28    DISTRICTS                Freedom Center     6pm

2/11    REGIONALS               Freedom Center     TBD

2/18    STATES                     Virginia Beach       TBD

Vikes Fall to District Rivals in Tough Competition


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Despite another tough loss for the Valley Vikings, the team girsl100back.jpgheld their heads high and finished the meet with great spirit and enthusiasm.  However, the night was also met with great joy and pride as the Vikes honored their seniors, graduating class of 2011.  The entire team wishes them great success in their future endeavors.

On the women's side, the night started out with a bang as the Lady Vikes won the 200 medley relay (K. Johnson, B. Shayka, K. Ryan, K. Weaver) by over 6 seconds!  Other highlights included Bridget Shayka's win in the 100 breast and 2nd place finish in the 200 IM and Kelsey kelseyfly.jpgRyan's wins in the 100 fly and 100 back.  The 500 duo of Kaitlyn Weaver and Hannah Backman also swam strong, taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively, both with times under 7 minutes.  The team of R. Swan, H. Backman, K. Johnson, and S. Suminski also took a 2nd place finish in the 400 free relay.

On the men's side, Max Van Vleet brought home the only win of the ian.jpgnight for the Vikes in the 100 fly.  Van Vleet also finished 3rd in the 50 free and teammate Ian Miller finished 3rd in both of his individual events (200 IM, 100 breast).  Freshman Noah Gilhousen had a stand out night with a 4th place finish in the 500 free and 3rd place finish in the 100 back.

Come support the mens and womens teams as they compete in their last regular season meet this Friday, January 21st at Ida Lee vs. Heritage at 9pm.max.jpg           coaches.jpg          jimmy.jpg


Congratulations to the Class of 2011 Viking Swimmers:maxsenior.jpg

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Nick Fochtman

Nikki Godfrey

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Bridget Shayka

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(left to right) Kelly Johnson, Bridget Shayka, Kelsey Ryan, Oscar Deaver, Max Van Vleet


Highlights of the Week (1/17)

New Team Records:

Ian Miller 100 breast (1:09.56)

Biggest Time Drops:

Ayca Aramaz          50 free          3 seconds

Madi Luckman        500 free        30 seconds

Oscar Deaver          100 fly          5 seconds

Noah Gilhousen       500 free       17 seconds

Jennifer O'Neill         200 IM          9 seconds

Jenny Ryan             200 free         4 seconds

Vikes Open New Year With Strong Performaces


After a three week break from meets, the Vikes swam very well against Stonewall Jackson last Friday night.  Both the mens and womens team had a strong showing but came out just short of a win.  However, many swimmers had great swims and continue to improve, a great accomplishment as the Vikes enter the 2nd half of their season.  

The night started with a great win in the boy's 200 Medley relay of Max Van Vleet, Ian Miller, Mark Shayka, and Nick Fochtman.  After a back-and-forth run for the lead, Junior Ian Miller came out 2nd in the 200 IM, with a best time for the season.  Other strong performances for the boys were turned in by Senior Max Van Vleet, with two 2nd place finishes (100 fly, 100 back) and the brother duo of Ian and Alec Miller in the 100 breast, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  The boy's also had a strong showing in the 100 free, with 3rd through 5th place finishes (Kendall Blaylock, Noah Holt, Joe Rees) and again in the 500 free (Noah Gilhousen, Sam Adams, Jake Smith).

On the girl's side, the ladies swam the 200 freestyle relay in winning fashion (Sheridan Suminski, Kaitlyn Weaver, Rachel Swan, Kelsey Ryan).  Highlight of the meet was the 500 freestyle, with Junior Kaitlyn Weaver's 1st place finish in the 500 freestyle, breaking 7 minutes for the first time (yay!), and Junior Hannah Backman finishing in a close 2nd (7:01.66).  Senior Kelsey Ryan was a double event winner (50 free, 100 back) and the girls swept the 50 free with 1st through 3rd place finishes (Kelsey Ryan, Sheridan Suminski, Rachel Swan).  Junior Rachel Swan also clocked in a 2nd place finish in the 100 free and Bridget placed 2nd in the 100 fly.

The Vikes will compete this Friday at Ida Lee at 9pm vs. Osbourn.  Come on out and see the Vikes as they compete in their last home meet of the season and honor their seniors for Senior Night!

 Highlights of the Week (1/10)

New Team Records:

Kelsey Ryan 50 free (26.97)

Biggest Time Drops:

Sam Adams               500 free        17 seconds

Hannah Backman       200 IM          15 seconds

Madi Luckman           200 free        14 seconds

Noah Gilhousen         500 free        13 seconds

Amanda Barker         200 IM           15 seconds

Lady Vikes Capture 1st Season Win



Madi Luckman              Courtney Halterman

The Vikes competed in two more meets this season, Friday against Millbrook and Saturday against Dominion.  The Lady Vikes captured their first win of the season in a close meet against Millbrook, winning by only 2 points (143-141).  

On the women's side, the Vikes consistently placed in the top 5 with only a few wins for the night.  Senior Kelsey Ryan was a double event winner (200 IM and 100 fly).  The women won both the 200 freestyle relay (Sheridan Suminski, Courtney Halterman, Rachel Swan, Kelsey Ryan) and the 400 freestyle relay (Hannah Backman, Bridget Shayka, Kelly Johnson, Courtney Halterman).  The ladies had a strong showing in the 100 back, capturing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spot (Kelly Johnson, Jenny Ryan, Courtney Halterman respectively) and the 2nd through 5th spots in the 100 breast (Bridget Shayka, Cara Broshkevitch, Meagan Solano, Amanda Barker).  Hannah Backman, Courtney Halterman, and Nikki Godfrey also placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 200 freestyle and Kaitlyn Weaver placed a strong 3rd in the grueling 500 free.

On the men's side, the team had outstanding performances, led by Sophomore Mark Shayka with a 1st place finish in the 50 free and Senior Max Van Vleet who clocked in two 2nd places finishes for the night (100 fly, 100 back).  The men's 200 freestyle relay also placed 1st (Max Van Vleet, Ian Miller, Nick Fochtman, Mark Shayka).

The next night the Vikes had a stellar showing against Dominion despite another tough loss.  Fighting off illness, Senior Kelly Johnson was named Valley kelly.jpgSwimmer of the Meet by Coach Dale and Coach Sweatte.  She had a great night with a 2nd place finish in the 100 back (1:12.18), a personal best time, 2nd place finish in the 200 medley relay with teammates S. Suminski, K. Ryan, and B. Shayka, 2nd place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (H. Backman, B. Shayka, K. Weaver), and strong 4th place finish in the 100 fly. The women's side also had great swims by Sheridan Suminski, with a 2nd place finish in the 100 free, two 1st place finishes for Kelsey Ryan (500 free, 100 fly), and a 1st place finish in the 100 breast for Senior Bridget Shayka (1:19.63).

Mark Shayka had another fantastic night with double event wins in the 200 IM (2:28.78) and 100 fly (1:10.63).  Junior Ian Miller captured a 2nd place in the 100 breast with a solid time of 1:10.05.

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Nick Fochtman                         Noah Holt

Highlights of the Week (12/13)

New Team Records:

Ian Miller    100 breast (1:10.05)

Kelsey Ryan     200 IM, 500 free (2:18.51; 5:30.91)

Women's 200 free relay (1:57.06) 

Sheridan Suminski, Courtney Halterman, Rachel Swan, Kelsey Ryan

Biggest Time Drops:

Sam Adams           500 free      14 seconds

Amanda Barker       200 IM        6 seconds

Kendall Blaylock     200 free      6 seconds

Kendall Blaylock     100 breast   6 seconds

Cara Broshkevitch   200 IM        6 seconds

Jaques Deaver        100 back     3 seconds

Joe Rees                100 free       3 seconds

Jimmy Utt               200 free      4 seconds

Vikes Open Season With Tough Losses


Last year the Loudoun Valley High School had one of their best swim seasons since the school entered the AAA Cedar Run District, qualifying a relay team and two individual swimmers for states.  The Vikes also had a record number of athletes qualify for the Northwestern Regionals meet.  With the opening of the new Western Loudoun school, Woodgrove High School, the team lost some key swimmers to the new school.  However, despite a drop in size, the Vikes held their own this weekend starting the season with impressive swims from a young and developing team.

The Vikes opened their season with a tough loss against district rival Battlefield High School at the Freedom Center Friday night.  Despite the loss, the Vikes had many phenomenal individual and relay performances.  The women's team opened the night with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with Senior's Kelly Johnson, Bridget Shayka, Kelsey Ryan, and Sophomore Sheridan Suminski.  Senior Kelsey Ryan swept the 100 fly (1:00.47) and 100 back (1:01.64) clocking in the only other wins for the Vikes that night.  Top performances were also turned in by Senior Bridget Shayka who grabbed a second place finish in the 100 breast (1:20.56) and the men's 200 freestyle relay team second place finish (Max Van Vleet, Jacques Deaver, Nick Fochtman, Ian Miller).

The Vikes fared much better against Heritage on Saturday night with close losses on both the men's and women's side.  Senior's Max Van Vleet and Bridget Shayka finished first in the 50 free and 100 breast respectively and Senior Kelsey Ryan was also a double winner (200 IM and 100 fly).  The women's team snagged a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (Rachel Swan, Kaitlin Weaver, Cara Broshkevitch, Bridget Shayka).  Senior Kelly Johnson also had a great night with a second place finish in the 100 back (1:16.34) and Junior Ian Miller with a second place finish in the 100 breast (1:11.34).

Look for the Vikes this weekend as they compete against Millbrook on Friday (Meet TIme: Ida Lee 7pm)and Dominion on Saturday (Meet Time: Claude Moore 5:45 pm).


Senior Oscar Deaver            Mark Shayka and                Senior Nikki Godfrey

in 100 fly                           Jake Smith in 200 IM                   in warmups

Highlights of the Week (12/6)

Regional/State Qualifiers:

Kelsey Ryan 100 fly, 100 back

New Team Records:

Kelsey Ryan 200 IM

Biggest Time Drops

Kendall Blaylock       500 free      32 seconds

Kaitlin Weaver          500 free      6 seconds

Jenny Ryan               200 IM        6 seconds

Cara Broshkevitch    100 breast   3 seconds

Madison Luckman     200 free      9 seconds



 Vikes Swimming Under New Leadership

Valley Swim Team Welcomes Two New Coaches for the 2010-2011 Season

 After last year's head coach Kent Bailey accepted the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange grant to teach in Hungary, new coaches were needed for the Valley Swim Team.  This year the team brought in two new coaches, both coach dale.jpgwith prior swimming experience and they are very excited for a great new season!

Head Coach Dale Bostwick hails from Loudoun County, graduating from Stone Bridge High School in 2004.  She competed all 4 years for SBHS and then continued her swimming career at the University of Richmond. Coach Bostwick is currently finishing her graduate School Psychology Degree program at JMU, on internship in the area.

coach.jpgAssistant Coach Cindy Sweatte also grew up in the area, graduating from Robinson High School in Fairfax and continuing to the University of California, Irvine.  She is a competitive open water swimmer and triathlete.  Coach Sweatte is also a teacher in the Loudoun County Public School district.  This is her 1st year teaching at Loudoun Valley and 4th year in the county.  She teaches 9th grade pre-AP World History.

Both coaches are excited for a successful 2010-2011 swim season.



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