Congratulations to the PVS athletes selected to attend the USA Swimming 2023 National Select Camp
It is with deep sadness that we report that former PVS General Chair (2011-2013), Riley Eaton passed away on August 4. In addition to all his contributions to PVS, Riley was a coach with RMSC for over 40 years, a middle school teacher at Hyattsville Middle School and a leader throughout the swimming world. On a national level, he served for nearly 20 years as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the National Club Swimming Association. In the Potomac Valley LSC, Riley served as an HOD at-large delegate, senior chairman, and general chairman. In 2014, Riley was presented with a USA Swimming Life Membership for his years of dedicated and exemplary service to the LSC and most importantly the athletes. Riley coached literally thousands of young people, many of whom grew to love the sport as much as he did and have gone on to their own careers in coaching. He will be sorely missed on so many levels.
Obituary for Riley. A life celebration is planned for the future.
August 2-5, 2023, Richmond, VA
Congratulations to the PVS Zone Team for finishing 2nd in the meet!
Information and Application for the 2022-2023 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 application deadline is October 15.
The requirements & instructions to apply for the 2022-2023 USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team have been published by
The requirements are still a Winter Jumior National qualifying time and 3.5 Grade Point Average.
The application process has changed this year, so check that webpage for instructions.
The application deadline is September 6.
June 15-23, 2024, Indianapolis, IN
Congratulations to the 10 PVS athletes who have already qualified for the Trials. Congratulations also to those former PVS swimmers who have qualified for the meet. PVS will be well represented.
Get more information about the Trials including ticket sales on the USA Swimming website.
June 22-25, Colby College, Waterville, ME
Maine Swimming is hosting the first Eastern Zone Leadership Retreat at Colby College on June 22-25. This retreat is geared toward swimmers who are interested in becoming more involved in governance within Potomac Valley and beyond. The retreat will include both long and short course swimming (including a meet!), informational workshops, speakers and other activities to engage athletes in what it means to get involved in their LSC.
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on Sunday, April 16. Congratulations to those elected to the PVS Board and the Governance Committee.
Four Potomac Valley teams made the 2023 USA-S Club Excellence List
Gold - NCAP
Silver - AAC, RMSC
Bronze - MACH
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.
Her obituary has been posted.
Congratulations to our new Athlete Representatives. Samantha Gilbert is the new Junior Athlete Representative (two year term) and Andrew Char is the new At-Large Athlete Representative (one year term). Their terms will begin September 1.
PVS thanks Sophie Elliott for her two years of service as a PVS Athlete Representative.
The Potomac Valley team finished in fourth place.
Complete Results (from the Eastern Zone)
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.
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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