Mary Teresa Boland has found two new sources of motivation, the first as a spectator and the second as a competitor.
Boland attended the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach, Calif., and was awed by the exploits of her cousin, 50-meter freestyle winner Gary Hall Jr., and the other world-class swimmers she saw.
When she came back, Boland posted a confidence-boosting time in the 50 breaststroke in the Old Dominion Swim League championships on Wednesday.
The Olympic trials "were an amazing experience," said Boland, a junior at Loudoun Valley and the Virginia AA champion last winter in the 200 breaststroke. "It was really neat to see so many world records broken."
Inspired by the Olympians, Boland returned this week and competed with the Broadlands Piranhas, one of her two club teams. She won the 50 breaststroke (in an ODSL-record 37.71 seconds) and 100 individual medley (1 minute 16.04 seconds).
"I was pretty pleased with my time in the 50 breast. That 37 got me excited," Boland said. "I've been training really hard, and it thrilled me that my training is starting to pay off."
The Piranhas won the girls' title, as well as the overall championship. Erica Swanson of the Belmont Sharks was the only other girl in the 15-to-18-year-old division to win two events, finishing first in the 50 free (30.90) and 50 back (34.56).
The Sterling Park Seahawks, thanks to three individual titles by Kevin Tyler, finished second in the boys' overall standings. Tyler won the 50 free (28.55), 50 butterfly (30.97) and 100 IM (1:11.66).
Kelley, Home on the Range
Nicklaus Kelley made himself more than comfortable on his home course Thursday, winning the Bill Ray Junior Invitational with a 1-under-par 71 at Loudoun Golf and Country Club.
"I played there [Wednesday] with my dad . . . and had something like six birdies," Kelley said. "That's when I started feeling good about my putting."
A senior at Loudoun Valley, Kelley continued a good summer season with a two-stroke victory on Thursday.
Kelley also has qualified for the Virginia State Golf Association's junior amateur.
Joe Monte (1-over 73) was the overall runner-up and winner of the 14-to-15-year-old division. Recent Stone Bridge graduate Dan Hebert was second to Kelley in the 16-to-18-year-old division with a 4-over 76.
-- DREW VANESSELSTYN