Community swimming

Chad Stickle (left) and his coach, Tim Mousetis, of the SEVA Seahawks display their Virginia Swimming awards plaques at the Midtown Aquatics Center on Friday. Stickle was selected the 2010-11 Swimmer of the Year for the boys 11-12 age group and Mousetis was named the Age Group Coach of the Year. (contributed / November 7, 2011)

The Peninsula scored a sweep of the Virginia Swimming Coach of the Year honors.

Jack Bierie of the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins was honored as the 2010-11 Senior Coach of the Year and Tim Mousetis of South Eastern Virginia Aquatics was named the Age Group Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season at the Virginia Swimming awards banquet Oct. 2 in Richmond.

Two of Bierie's swimmers, Amanda Carner and Maryelizabeth Warhol, qualified for the 2012 Olympic trials. Carner qualified in the 200-meter backstroke and 400 individual medley and Warhol in the 200 back.

They were the first high-school age trials qualifiers for the Blue Dolphins since 2000.

Carner, Warhol and Charley Bowles also qualified for the Long Course Junior Nationals in Palo Alto, Calif., in August.

During the short-course season, nine of Bierie's swimmers qualified for the Junior Nationals. His students also broke 19 SC team records and 18 LC marks.

Concerning Bierie's selection, CGBD head coach Steve Hennessy said: "I believe he won the honor this year not just for his accomplishments but also because of how much his leadership elevated our senior swimming program. ... The recognition is long overdue."

Bierie has been a member of the Blue Dolphins' staff since 2006 after a stint with Typhoon Aquatics.

Mousetis, 29, said he was a little surprised to win the age group coaching award for the second year in a row.

"That's pretty tough to do," he said.

Mousetis was happy to see Bierie win the Senior coaching honor.

"He was my coach during high school and we both coached together at Typhoon and with Coast Guard. He's done a lot for Virginia Swimming and it was pretty neat to share the coaching honors with him," Mousetis said.

Mousetis, who joined the SEVA staff in 2009, was instrumental in taking the age-group program to new heights this past season. The Seahawks won the regional SC championship for the first time in its 11-year history and during the LC season, the Seahawks had their highest finish at the State Age Group Championships, placing second.

Mousetis also played a key role in the development of Chad Stickle, the 2010-11 Swimmer of the Year for the boys 11-12 age group.

At the LC Championships, Stickle won five individual events, including a record in the 200 IM, and swam on two winning relays.

"As a 12-year-old, he was the most dominant swimmer in the state and a runaway choice for the Swimmer of the Year in his age group," Mousetis said.


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