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A steady climb

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 A unique aspect about the outdoor summertime swimming and diving leagues is how some teams are moved up or down after each season depending on win-loss records.

 If a team wins a division, it likely will move up one or two spots, maybe three. The opposite can occur if a team finishes last in a division.

The hottest winning swimming team in the Northern Virginia Swimming League that has been on a steady climb in recent summers are the Old Keene Mill Ospreys of Burke. Since finishing 0-5 in Division 13 in 2014 and falling to Division 15 for the next summer, the steady rise began the next season for Old Keene Mill.

The Osprey finished second in Division 15 that summer with a 4-1 mark, climbed one spot to Division 14 the next year, finished second again at 4-1, then won Division 13 at 4-0-1, resulting in a jump to Division 11 in 2018.

The success has only continued since then for the team, which had climbed all the way to Division 3 by this summer, where the Ospreys won another title with a 5-0 mark.

The big question now is will Old Keene Mill rise all the way to mighty Division 1 next summer? A lot is factored into such a rise, but that big jump could indeed happen.

 Dating back to 2015, the Old Keene Mill team has a 31-3-1 overall record, including 14 straight victories, and 5-0 marks the last two summers in Divisions 3 and 5. The team also finished 5-0 in 2018 and 4-1 in 2019. So that’s 19-1 in four seasons. The 2020 campaign was not held because of the pandemic.

 The Ospreys will only rise again next summer to Division 1 or 2. Where will that be?

 We’ll see what happens.

– Dave Facinoli


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