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County Sports

Swim meetThe Lake Monticello Sharks are approximately 150 swimmers strong this year, according to Coach Carly Csapo. On Wednesday (June 21), the Charlottesville City Swordfish were on hand at the Lake Monticello pool for the first scored meet of the season. The Swordfish brought in at least as many swimmers. The pool area was a mob scene and cars were parked everywhere.

The Swordfish got off to an early lead and held onto it throughout the meet, ultimately winning 575-481. The opening events of the meet were the boys’ and girls’ 8 years old and under freestyle 100-meter individual medley (IM) relay. The Swordfish won both relays, scoring 10 points for each win to five points for second place finishes by the Sharks. In the third event, the boys’ 9-10 IM, the City team took first and second, so their team scored 12 points, while the Sharks only scored seven. After three events, the City team led 32-17.

In event four, the girls’ 9-10 100-meter IM, the Sharks broke through the City team’s dominance as Anna Amato swam a strong time of 1:45.89 for second place. In the following event, the boys’ 11-12 IM, the Sharks got their first win as Jackson Hopkins won by better than seven seconds, finishing in 1:38.22. In the girls’ 11-12 IM, Julia Tomaras was second for the Sharks. Hunter Strickland won the boys’ 13-14 IM for the Sharks. In the boys’ age 15-18 IM, Jason Dech was second for Lake Monticello; in the girls’ event in this age group FeFe Nardone was second. Add a comment

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Tournament championsThe weather was nearly perfect for golf on the weekend of June 10-11. Thirty member-guest teams were divided into five six-team flights. The combined handicap of the team members determined the teams’ flight. In each flight, teams played each other in nine-hole matches. Teams played three matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday for a total of 45 holes for the weekend. Under this format, each team plays a single match against all the other teams in the flight. Every hole counts one point for best gross score on the hole and one point for best net score.

Using this format every hole is important, as a team wins, loses, or halves a point in the gross and a point in the net on each and every hole. The outcome of a match can be determined on any hole. This can be shown by the fact that in determining which team went to the tournament ending shoot-out, in one flight, the difference in overall points between the teams in contention was one-half of a point. A single missed putt anywhere along the way could cost a team a half a point.

Each flight has a winning team for overall best gross score and a winning team for overall best net score. If one team has the top score in the gross and the net, the team with the second best net score is declared the net score winner in that flight, so that two teams in each flight are winners. After all the scores are tabulated, there is a shoot-out to determine the winning team for the entire tournament; one team from each flight goes into the shoot-out. In each flight, the overall score of the gross winner and the net winner are compared and the team with the highest total gross score and net score combined goes to the shoot-out. If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is. And it gets more complicated. Add a comment

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Pickleball players ready for servePickleball is reportedly the fastest growing sport in the United States. You can now play this fast-moving, but not overly-taxing, sport in Fluvanna County and at Lake Monticello. The game is played on a downsized tennis court and folks are playing it indoors at Carysbrook and outdoors at the Lafayette tennis courts at Lake Monticello.

This game is becoming very popular with retirees because players can get some exercise and can work up a sweat, but they do not have to do a lot of running or lunging. Pickleball is played with a plastic wiffle ball that is about the size of a softball. The ball is volleyed with a solid wooden racquet, like a paddleball racquet. Add a comment

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Palmyra women embrace karate

Karate enthusiasts Cindy, Renae and MaryRenae Chiovaro, Mary Elizabeth Allen and Cindy Girard have taken a stand (or a sparring stance) to improve their health – an effort that requires sheer physical stamina and mental grit.

The Lake Monticello residents joined the growing number of women who have learned to successfully fend off attackers and get in great physical shape by training in martial arts.

“I go straight from work to the dojo every day,” said Chiovaro, whose physical trainer at the gym encouraged her to practice karate to increase her body’s fluidity. “It’s something that doesn’t come easily for me and I love the challenge. It builds confidence.” And while she’s there for the workout, Chiovaro is increasingly glad she is able to learn ways to defend herself.

“Everybody should know how but especially women,” she said. Add a comment

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Lauren KirbyA birthday party was the beginning of an equestrian career.

Fluvanna High School junior Lauren Kirby wanted to have her 10th birthday party at Susan White’s horse farm on Central Plains Road. After that day, she was hooked.

“She literally started riding and never stopped,” White said. “That’s how she’s so good.”

Good enough to best more than 13,500 youth equestrians to place third in the nation at a recent competition. Add a comment

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