It is with deep sadness that we report that former PVS official, Marie-Beth "Boots" Hall has passed away. Boots was a pioneer as a woman in swim officiating with her service to the sport dating back to before the creation of USA Swimming. In addition to being a long time official in PVS, she was the Officials Chair for many years and a frequent clinic instructor. In 2008, Boots won the USA Swimming Officials Excellence Award (formerly Maxwell Award) for her contribution to local swimming. Boots was a mentor to so many PVS officials and was also the first elected Officials Representative to the PVS Board.
To all that knew her, Boots was a very friendly, but no nonsense official, mentor and friend. She will be missed.
Elections for the 2022-2023 PVS Junior Athlete Representative and PVS At-Large Athlete Representative will take place this month. In order to vote, you must be a PVS athlete in good standing and 13 years of age or older. Only eligible PVS athletes who submit a valid email address will receive ballots.
Voter Registration will take place until 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 13. Ballots will be sent out on Monday, August 15 and must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 19.
Information about the candidates can be found on the PVS Athletes Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/pv_athletes_committee/
Questions can be directed to the current PVS Junior Athlete Representative, JP Vanderloo
Complete Results (from the Eastern Zone)
Information and Application for the 2021-2022 PVS Scholar Athlete Award. Note that this is different than the USA Swimming Scholastic All American program (see below). Athletes must submit their own applications. Questions should be directed to the PVS Scholar Athlete Coordinator Dave DiNardo.
The requirements to apply for the 2021-2022 USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team have been published by USA Swimming. The application deadline is September 6.
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on Sunday, April 10 (in person and virtually). PVS wants to thank Bob Walker and the Stone Ridge School for the use of their facility for the meeting. And, congratulations to those elected to the PVS Board, the Governance Committee, and the Administrative Review Board.
Five Potomac Valley teams made the 2022 USA-S Club Excellence List
Gold - NCAP, AAC
Silver - RMSC, FISH, MACH
Congratulations to the PVS athletes who were named to the 2021 USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team.
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The U.S. Center for Safe Sport has issued a new mandatory policy called MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy). You can read the policy and additional information about the policy on the USA Swimming website.
Also, all adult athletes (i.e., athletes that are 18 years old or older) must complete the Athlete Protection Training. Though it sounds daunting/annoying, the training is quite short and simple. Importantly, adult athletes will not be permitted to compete without completing the training. The requirement is now in effect and the grace period for compliance is July 23, 2019 or 30 days after the athlete's 18th birthday, whichever is later.
I am always on the lookout for more pictures to use on the PVS home page. If you took pictures at any meets and are willing to share them with PVS, please send them to me. They need to be pictures that can be cropped to the 5:2 format. I am interested in pictures of swimmers, coaches, officials and other volunteers that make up PVS. I retain sole discretion on which pictures to use on the website -- Webmaster