Success a Treat for Schwee
Suzanne Schwee celebrated with her family and her favorite frozen yogurt after her standout performance in the Potomac Valley long-course swimming championships July 22 to 25 at George Mason University.
Having won six individual events and swimming on five first-place relay teams, the revelry and treat -- Cotton Candy-flavored yogurt -- were well deserved.
"She is the best swimmer in her age group in the entire Maryland, Virginia and D.C. area," said Curl-Burke Coach John Flanagan, who heads the Tyson's Corner branch of one of the area's top swimming clubs. "She participated in junior nationals this year, and I'm hoping she'll compete in senior nationals next year."
Schwee, 14, won the 400-meter individual medley, 200 IM, 100 and 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle. She also swam a leg on the winning 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays. She turned in the fastest leg in every event except the 400 medley.
Though Schwee said her performance was her best showing yet in a competitive meet, it's not the first time she has done well against the area's top competition.
In the spring, Schwee won five individual events in the Potomac Valley short-course championships.
At the long-course event, "my mind was there and I was performing, so that's why I did so well," said Schwee, who qualified for junior nationals in her best event -- the 200 fly -- and the 200 IM. "I was really excited about how well I did, and my whole family was there."
Schwee said she is also excited about starting school at Stone Bridge, where she plans to join the varsity swimming team and also pursue cheerleading.
A Scholarship for Foddrell
Dwayne Foddrell entered his senior football season at Fauquier with hopes of earning a collegiate scholarship. His dream came true earlier this month -- just not in the sport he expected.
Foddrell accepted a full track and field scholarship offer from Long Beach City College, a two-year junior college in California.
"This is definitely different from where I thought I'd be," Foddrell said. "But I'm excited about it."
Foddrell played in only four football games last season after he was hindered by a lingering ankle injury and frustration from it that decreased his effort. He had rushed for 1,125 yards as a junior.
He said he believed that his football days were over when the season ended. But his plans to participate in a different sport were spurred after he was persuaded to run track this past spring by teammate Luke Renick.
"Luke and [sprint coach Chris] Sheppard talked me into running," Foddrell said. "They told me that something good could happen for me because of my talents. So I gave it a shot."
Foddrell helped Fauquier to its first Virginia AA title in any sport, anchoring the winning 4x100 relay team and placing fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. He said he expects to run each of those events, plus the 400, at Long Beach. He also plans to walk-on to the school's football team his second year.
"I'd love to move on to a Division I college for football," said Foddrell, who reports Aug. 14. "That's really my sport. But a lot of that depends on how I do in track. If it turns out real good for me, then who knows? Maybe track will be my future instead."
-- WILL TOUSSAINT
and ANGELA WATTS