July 21, 2021 | Josh Barr

Families and Friends Will Be Watching Olympics from Afar

As many of the best athletes in the world descend on Tokyo to compete in the Olympic Games that begin on Friday, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream will feel much different this year. Because while the Olympic crowd is typically full of family and close friends celebrating the accomplishment and cheering on their loved […]

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July 19, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Stone Ridge Swim Coach ‘Blessed’ to Have Trained Olympians Ledecky, Bacon

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda held a pep rally for two of its alumnae who are swimming for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. MyMCM talked to Bob Walker, head swim coach of Stone Ridge Gators, about his experience coaching Katie Ledecky, who graduated in 2015, and Phoebe Bacon, […]

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July 16, 2021 | Josh Barr

MCPS Teacher Headed to Tokyo Olympics to Compete for Dominica

There were mornings when Thea LaFond could sense students peering through the gymnasium doors, waiting for the bell to ring so they could attend class. A few watched – some in awe – as their teacher worked her way through the weight room, pounding serious iron. “You lift a lot of weight,” one said. Another […]

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July 7, 2021 | Josh Barr

Six with Strong Ties to County to Compete in Tokyo

Six athletes with strong ties to Montgomery County will compete for Team USA in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Combined, the six athletes look to add to previous wins that already includes nine Olympic gold medals and one silver. The group includes two of the world’s most notable athletes, a pair of wrestlers with […]

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June 17, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

Bethesda Native Andrew Wilson Makes Big Splash Qualifying for Olympics

Andrew Wilson, a Bethesda native and Emory University graduate, became the first ever Division III swimmer to qualify for the Olympics as a member of team USA Monday night. Wilson, 27, qualified by finishing second in the final of the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Congratulations to former #NCAAD3 student-athlete […]

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June 17, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Ledecky Wins 200, 1500 Meter Events at Trials

Katie Ledecky won two very different races Wednesday at the U.S. Swim Trails in Omaha, Neb. She won the 200 meter freestyle and the 1500 meter freestyle. The latter event was a first for the women. It will be making its Olympic debut for the women this year in Tokyo. GOAT.@katieledecky won the 200m freestyle and […]

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June 14, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

Keeping Up With Katie: Ledecky Celebrates Graduation Day Creatively

Five-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Katie Ledecky had to miss her graduation day at Stanford University due to a prior engagement: the US Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. So she and two of her fellow graduating teammates got creative. A happy @Stanford graduation day from Omaha 🥰🌲 #Stanford2021 #SwimTrials21 #GoStanford pic.twitter.com/MCbXDo7re4 — Katie Ledecky […]

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June 4, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Summer’s Here and County Pools are Open

It’s summer, and Montgomery County pools are open to county residents for three-hour sessions. Reservations are no longer required. However, they are encouraged and will provide priority admission. The number of county residents and pool pass holders permitted at any of the county pools depends on pool capacity. Reservations can be made eight days in […]

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April 15, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Swimming Pools Can Now Operate at 50% Capacity

Montgomery County has relaxed its COVID-19-related swimming restrictions. As of April 14, pools can be operated at 50% capacity. Also, as of April 1, two swimmers have been allowed in each lane. The number of swimmers permitted is determined by the size of the facility. Half of total occupancy is permitted, and Councilmember Hans Riemer […]

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March 4, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

Keeping Up With Katie: One Year Later, Ledecky Reasserts Dominance

In her first full meet in almost a year, five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky picked up right where she left off, winning the 1500 meter freestyle at the Pro Series event in San Antonio by more than 21 seconds. The 1500 meter freestyle is Ledecky’s most dominant event. She owns the ten fastest times […]

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