Woodcroft challenges Parkwood's supremacy in DSSL

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

The Woodcroft Whirlwinds hold a 125-point lead over their closest competitors, the Duke Faculty Club Aqua Devils, after the opening session of the Durham Summer Swim League Championships.

Woodcroft on Friday accumulated 596 points at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Koury Natatorium, where the meet wraps up today.

In other words, the Whirlwinds are positioned to potentially press pause on the Parkwood dynasty.

Parkwood coach Gretchen Van De Carr didn’t appear worried, at all. Her Piranhas have won the DSSL postseason championship for the past decade, and they’re still to be regarded as the swiftest swimmers in Durham until another Bull City squad altogether disrupts their flow.

DSSL president Gary Hollon earlier in the week predicted that Woodcroft and Duke Faculty would make some waves this time around.

Woodcroft’s Nya Folk swam to first place in the girls’ 6-and-under 25-yard breaststroke (30.41), her teammate Avari Clark right behind her (31.26).

Complete results are at durhamsummerswimleague.com.

Duke Faculty’s Emma Miriovsky, 6, finished first in the girls’ 25 freestyle (20.53) and 25 butterfly (23.92). Her teammates were in the mix, too, picking up points here and there, falling in line with their coach’s strategy.

Parkwood is the team to beat, and Duke Faculty coach Margaret O’Brien said the way to catch the Piranhas is to make them pay on Day 1 when the younger kids are in the water, because Van De Carr’s older kids are something special.

“We had, like, three kids in every last heat. We did really well,” O’Brien said. “We’re a little worried about (today). Our only 13-14 boy decided he couldn’t make it, so we’re going to lose a lot of points.”

Duke Faculty overall, though, has some good swimmers between the ages of 11 and 14 who can make some noise, O’Brien said.

“We’ll do fine. We’ll hold our own. But I don’t think Parkwood stands so much of a threat from us,” O’Brien said.

Hope Valley Farms coach Stanley Bass said his Flying Fish put the team in good shape to potentially emerge from fifth place.

“Parkwood is going to be tough,” Bass said. “But you never know. You never know.”

Van De Carr, not being one to sugarcoat the truth, sought to correct what was misrepresented in this newspaper about the Piranhas.

Parkwood has not been the team to beat for the past 20 years – in fact, there was a stretch when Parkwood wasn’t hitting on much, Van De Carr said.

But for the past 10 years, by the time all of the Piranhas had gotten out of the water at the championships, they’d handled their business and claimed the crown.

Van De Carr said her younger swimmers typically don’t carry the load for Parkwood, although they do have the Piranhas in third place and positioned well heading into today’s final session.

Durham Summer Swim League Championships | Day 1 standings

Woodcroft 596

Duke Faculty 471

Parkwood 441

Hope Valley Country Club 278

Hope Valley Farms 269

Fairfield 234

Vance Aquatics 233

Treyburn 194

Black Horse Run 109

Garrett Farms 100

Eno Valley 85

Umstead Pines 72

Hardscrabble 68

Five Oaks 68

Croasdaile 62

Homestead Heights 59