News and Announcements


Two DC Water Wizards, Bruce Bradford and Gabrielle Faulcon, competed in the Diversity in Aquatics HBCU Celebration Short Course Yards Swim Meet held on Saturday, December 16, in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the meet illuminated the fact that there are 107 historically Black colleges and universities in the U.S., and currently only ONE of them (Howard University) has a swimming and diving program.

Participants at the meet included current students, alumni, and supporters of HBCUs. Bruce Bradford is an alum of Tennessee State University, and Gabrielle Faulcon is a supporter of HBCSs. Both Bradford and Faulcon won first place in each of the events they swam at the meet.

Congratulations, Bruce and Gabrielle!

For more information on Diversity in Aquatics, please visit this link:


The DC Water Wizards sent an energetic and festive squad of 11 swimmers to compete in individual events at the St. James Sweater Weather Short Course Yards Meet at the St. James Club in Springfield, VA, on December 16.

The Water Wizards swam extremely well setting 12 individual team records, breaking 11 established team records and setting 1 team record in a new event. Out of the 36 total individual swims, 28 were season’s best times!

Water Wizards who competed at the meet included:
Karyn Baiorunos
David Diaz
Jean Gossman
Adam Klinger
Arthur Linder Sr.
Joshua Malamud
Undine Nash
Lisa Rarick
Luis Salazar
Robert Sokol
Sally Stoecker


The DC Water Wizards sent a squad of 16 swimmers to compete at the 10th Annual Short Course Meters Solstice Meet at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyd, MD, on November 18.

Water Wizards swam extremely well setting 36 individual team records, breaking 19 established team records and establishing 17 team records in new events. Out of the 53 total individual swims, 39 were season’s best times!

In the team standings, our ladies placed SECOND out of 23 teams with 114 points, and our men placed SIXTH out of 25 teams with 131 points. Our overall team score was 281 and earned our team THIRD place out of 30 teams for the second year in a row!

In addition, two Water Wizards set meet records—our youngest woman and our most senior woman competitors:
KaSandra Kaplan (Women’s 25-29 Age Group) 400 Meter Individual Medley
Yvonne Bell-Vanderhoof (Women’s 75-79 Age Group) 200 Meter Breaststroke

Water Wizards who competed at the meet were:
Yvonne Bell-Vanderhoof
Marvin Blount
Bruce Bradford
David Diaz
Kim Dustin
Shaady Fakhrai
Gabrielle Faulcon
Nevitt Greene
KaSandra Kaplan
Arthur Linder Sr.
Undine Nash
Michylle Padilla
Lisa Rarick
Marques Ross
Luis Salazar
Lawrence Thurston



Registration for the Solstice Meet is now open. Registration for both individual event swimmers and relay-only swimmers closes Wednesday, November 15, at 11:59 PM, or when the meet reaches its capacity of 230 swimmers. Last year registration closed early due to capacity.


Hosted by the Germantown Maryland Masters
Sanctioned by the Potomac Valley LMSC for USMS Inc. Sanction number:103-S006
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841

WARM-UPS: 12 noon. MEET: 1:00-7:30 PM.

On Saturday afternoon, November 18, 2023, Germantown Masters will host the 10th Annual Solstice Swim Meet. Join us as we take shots at fast times for the year! The meet will be held in the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, a pool that has hosted a number of championship meets including the 2022 Washington Metro High School Swim & Diving Championships. There were 7 world records set at our 2021 meet. The pool will be configured as a 25-meter course. The water depth varies from 17 to 7 feet making it a very fast pool.

ENTRIES: Entries are limited to the first 230 individuals. If we reach 230 swimmers prior to the entry deadline, the online entry system will shut down. NO DECK ENTRIES, except for relays (please carefully read the “relays” section below). Due to time constraints, swimmers are limited to five individual events. Remember that your age is as of December 31, 2023 for this meet per USMS rules. Please register using Club Assistant.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: International entries are subject to verification and may require additional documentation. Please submit a copy of your Masters Registration card/letter from your governing body to the Meet Director at Verification is required at the time of online entry.

RULES: Current USMS rules apply. All swimmers must be registered with USMS. If you are not registered with USMS you may register online at

SEEDING: Events longer than 50 meters will be seeded slow to fast with men and women combined. 50 meter events will be split with men and women seeded separately. Please enter with a seed time in SHORT COURSE METERS even if it is an estimate. “No time” entries are not permitted.


Relays MUST be submitted through Club Assistant by the relay entry deadline of November 17, 2023.
Changes in swimmer line-up will be accepted on deck.
If there are open lanes in a heat, you may request a relay deck entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
No new heats will be established to accommodate relay deck entries.
Entries and swimmer line-up changes will be accepted for the 200 meter medley and free relays and the Crescendo Relay until the start of the meet.
Entries and swimmer line-up changes will be accepted for the 800 meter relay until 4:00 PM on the day of the meet.

FEES: $6 per event plus a $15 meet surcharge. No charge for relays.

AWARDS AND RESULTS: Awards will be given for first through third places for individual events only. Results will be posted to SwimPhone after the meet. All results will be submitted to USMS for Top Ten and other records consideration.

FACILITY: The Germantown Indoor Swim Center is an indoor 25 meter, 8-lane pool with non-turbulent lane lines. The pool has full electronic timing. Two lanes in a separate pool will be available for warm-up/warm down at all times prior to and during the meet. Concessions are not sold on the premises so please plan accordingly. The length of the competition course without a bulkhead is in compliance and on file with USMS in accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 106.2.1.

LODGING: Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 20025 Century Blvd Germantown, MD 20874, is less than 4 miles from the pool. Call 301-916-0750 to book rooms, or click here.

DIRECTIONS: Germantown Indoor Swim Center is 30 miles from Washington, 50 miles from Baltimore, 133 miles from Richmond, 150 miles from Philadelphia, and 95 miles from Harrisburg. The pool is about 4 miles west of Exit 15B on I-270.

From I-270 take exit 15B onto MD-118 S/Germantown Road for about 2.5 miles. Turn right on Richter Farm Road. Go about 0.6 mi to Schaeffer Road, and turn left. Continue on Schaeffer Road to the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Central Park Circle. Turn left to stay on Central Park Circle, and the Swim Center will be on the right.

PARKING: Free parking, with sufficient space for all competitors and spectators, is available at the pool.

MEET MERCHANDISE: Solstice short sleeve Unisex T-shirts can be ordered when you register until November 4th. A limited number will be available for purchase at the meet.

Meet Director: David Robinson:
Entry Chair: Steve Wright:

10-minute break between events 13 and 14
Event 10 (400 IM) is limited to 3 heats (24 total swimmers)
Warm-ups begin at 12 noon in the competition pool. Two lanes in non-competition pool will be continuously available throughout the meet for warm-up/warm-down.
Session 1
Warm-ups start at 12:00 PM
Meet Session starts at 1:00 PM
#     Sex   Event
1     Mixed 200 M Free
2     Mixed 100 M Breast
3     Mixed 200 M Fly
4     Women 50 M  Back
5     Men   50 M  Back
6     Mixed 100 M IM
7     Mixed 100 M Free
8     Women 50 M  Fly
9     Men   50 M  Fly
10    Women 50 M  Breast
11    Men   50 M  Breast
12    Mixed 100 M Back
13    Mixed 400 M IM
Session 2 – After 10-minute break
Meet Session is estimated to end at 7:30 PM
#     Sex   Event
14    Mixed 200 M Free Relay
15    Women 200 M Free Relay
16    Men   200 M Free Relay
17    Mixed 200 M Medley Relay
18    Women 200 M Medley Relay
19    Men   200 M Medley Relay
20    Mixed 200 M IM
21    Women 50 M  Free
22    Men   50 M  Free
23    Mixed 200 M Back
24    Mixed 100 M Fly
25    Mixed 200 M Breast
26    Mixed 800 M Free Relay
27    Women 800 M Free Relay
28    Men   800 M Free Relay


Registration for the Water Wizards annual program with the Department of Parks and Recreation is open online at:

The program is listed as “Water Wizards Swim Team – A064” under both the “Competitive Swim” and “Senior Aquatics” tabs. Registration is open for swimmers aged 18 and up.

Please select one of the two locations to register as your main site. You will be allowed to participate at both sites while registered at only one location. (Registration at both sites and paying two fees is not required to swim at both pools.)

DPR has a process for offering decreased rates to qualifying families. That process can be accessed using the “Reduced Rates” button near the top of the main page just above the heading for the Aquatics programs listings.

Please reach out to Coach Lu ( if you have any questions or need assistance with navigating any part of the registration process.


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