The cheer from the winners was loud when the Dominion Titans’ girls' swim team was proclaimed Dulles District champions Feb. 8 at the Dulles South Aquatic Center in South Riding.
Their cheer was even louder moments later, when Dominion’s boys’ team were announced as champs for their side of the meet.
The Titan swimmers and coaches bunched together poolside, posing with their trophies.
After Dominion’s boys and girls took second-place finishes at last year’s district meet, taking home twin titles felt sweet.
“This feels fantastic! It’s four years in the making,” said senior Rachel Schlemmer, who won a pair of individual heats and was part of two winning relays. “I think it shows how hard everyone works year after year to get better and better.”
That sentiment was shared across the Dominion swim team.
“I’m feeling amazing right now,” junior Andrew Blusiewicz said. “We’ve been waiting for this all season, even the last few years. It feels amazing.”
Blusiewicz contributed to Dominion’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay, and was a state qualifier in the 200-yard individual medley, coming in 13 seconds ahead of teammate Kyle Schlemmer, a sophomore.
“We’ve had a lot of kids step up this year,” said Blusiewicz, praising various teammates for individual improvements. “They all deserve this trophy.”
Dominion’s relay team of Schlemmer, Ashley Bogushefsky, Natalie Schlemmer and Kelli McMillan repeated as champs in the district’s 200-yard medley race, and won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Titans registered state-qualifying times in both events.
McMillan made states with her 1:55.16 in the 200-yard freestyle, as did Broad Run freshmen Isabel Will and Caroline Atkins.
Schlemmer shined in the 500-yard freestyle, racing to a 5:02.89 to come in 18 seconds ahead of Will. Both made the state cut.
“I’ve been working on my tempo and the power through my stroke for a couple months, and I felt like it really worked well today,” she said.
Dominion head coach Susan Schlemmer said that winning three relays keyed the dual championships.
“The kids have worked really hard all year long, and we’ve been training just for today,” she said. “We really tried to come in here and win both meets. This isn’t a surprise to me. I’m proud of them.”
Broad Run placed second in the girls’ team standings. The Spartans won the 400-yard freestyle relay, and got state-qualifying times in the 200-yard individual medley from junior Lauren Long and senior Morgan Myers.
Tuscarora senior Shelby Gerving won titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.
On the boys’ side, Park View senior Kyle Johnson led the Patriots with victories in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. He made states in both, leading three other state-qualifiers in the backstroke.
Heritage senior Tommy Lees won the 100-yard breaststroke with a state-qualifying 1:00.42, while helping the Pride win the 200-yard medley relay.
Broad Run senior Justin Lee took home a pair of freestyle titles, winning the 100-yard event and becoming the sole state-cut from the 200-yard race.
Up next is the Region 4C meet, set for Feb. 15 at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling. It’s the high school swim season’s penultimate event and preludes the Class 4 state meet.
“I’m hoping we see the same atmosphere and positivity we had today,” Schlemmer said. “Hopefully at regions we can repeat what we did today.”
Dulles District swim championships
Girls team standings
Broad Run, 403
Loudoun County, 345
Park View, 139
Loudoun Valley, 115
Boys team standings
Loudoun County, 321
Broad Run, 297.5
Loudoun Valley, 202.5
Park View, 169
Girls event champions
200 Medley relay: Dominion (Ashley Bogushefsky, Natalie Schlemmer, Rachel Schlemmer, Kelli McMillan) 1:49.40
200 Freestyle: Kelli McMillan (D) 1:55.16
200 Individual medley: Shelby Gerving (T) 2:07.39
50 Freestyle: Ashley Bogushefsky (D) 25.08
100 Butterfly: Rachel Schlemmer (D) 56.00
100 Freestyle: Kelli McMillan (D) 54.27
500 Freestyle: Rachel Schlemmer (D) 5:02.89
200 Freestyle relay: Dominion (Ashley Bogushefsky, Natalie Schlemmer, Rachel Schlemmer, Kelli McMillan) 1:40.51
100 Backstroke: Olivia Brower (H) 1:01.90
100 Breaststroke: Shelby Gerving (T) 1:05.75
400 Freestyle relay: Broad Run (Lauren Long, Caroline Atkins, Morgan Myers, Isabel Will) 3:41.95
Boys event champions
200 Medley relay: Heritage (Jordan Smolsky, Tommy Lees, Sean Kearin, Mikhail Tulupov) 1:39.05
200 Freestyle: Justin Lee (BR) 1:44.57
200 Individual medley: Andrew Blusiewicz (D) 1:54.57
50 Freestyle: Shane Hunter (LC) 22.45
100 Butterfly: Kyle Johnson (PV) 51.83
100 Freestyle: Justin Lee (BR) 47.33
500 Freestyle: Sean O’Brien (LV) 4:38.43
200 Freestyle relay: Dominion (Nick Sibley, Michael Curran, Andrew Blusiewicz, Antonio LaBarbera) 1:31.12
100 Backstroke: Kyle Johnson (PV) 51.27
100 Breaststroke: Tommy Lees (H) 1:00.42
400 Freestyle relay: Loudoun County (Colby Koenig, Shane Hunter, Gavin Wagner, J.P. Vanderloo) 3:21.51