Swim Team Updates


Welcome to the 2014 Thunderbolt swim season!

Welcome to the 2014 Thunderbolt swim season! Donaldson Run will be swimming in Division III of the NVSL this season. It is a competitive division and we look forward to some high energy A-Meets. We also have 5 exciting B-Meets along with some fun social events scheduled this season.

Personally, I would also like to introduce Sue Annis. Sue is joining our team as the other Swim Team Representative. Together we hope to successfully bridge the gap between swimmers, parents, coaches and the NVSL. If you have questions, we will have answers.

Sue and I are pleased to announce that we have a new Head Coach, Phil Caslavka, to lead our team along with many familiar faces returning to be our Assistant Coaches. We will spotlight them all over the coming weeks.



Registration for the 2014 swim season is now open!

Please go to https://donaldsonrun.swimtopia.com to register.

There is a link on almost every page to begin the short registration process. We are using a new site for registration and communication. Swimtopia will allow us to quickly communicate to the team and also manage volunteer activities during the upcoming season. Very soon, we will also offer merchandise like swim suits and gear for the team. The site is a living work in process and we will be updating the site regularly.

As you register, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lew Sawyer at 703.930.5383 or by email at LewSawyer@gmail.com.



First practice for the Thunderbolts is May 12th. Our Ice Cream Social to meet the coaches and Representatives is on May 18th. Thundersquad (6 and under swimmers) practice begins on May 27th.

Meets /Events Schedule: https://donaldsonrun.swimtopia.com/swim_meets

Practice Schedule: https://donaldsonrun.swimtopia.com/practice



Lew Sawyer

cell/text: 703-930-5383

email: lewsawyer@gmail.com

Sue Annis

cell/text: 703-855-0387

email: sueannis001@gmail.com



If you know of any families that would enjoy being apart of our team, please forward this email along to them. Our goal is to get as many swimmers and their families involved.


Lew Sawyer & Sue Annis

Donaldson Run Swim Team Representatives


Swim Team Registration

Our goal is to open registration for Swim this weekend, March 16th.

We are in the process of configuring a new registration system for our Swim Team. As with all new technology and systems, things are taking a little longer than expected.

We will be sending out a notice to all past swimmers and their families when the new site and registration is open for business

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 703.930.5383.


Lew Sawyer


Start of 2014 Season Updates

Updates after this one cover the 2014 Thunderbolts season.

Updates prior to this one cover the 2013 season.


Divisional Shirts by Main Event Sportswear

We are glad to be able to provide personalized apparel at your event this Saturday! Your swimmers will get to choose from a variety of shirts (solid and tie dyes), hoodies, sweatpants. Below you will see the design for the event. This is one of your options, but we have so much more! You can add your pool’s logo to the shirt for $4. You can also choose from the 20 different swims designs we carry. Finally, you can also personalize your apparel with our black lettering. Add a name, nickname, event to the shirt so you have a one of a kind shirt!


You choose the apparel, the design and we make it for you on the spot!


We accept cash, Visa/Master and Discover.


2013 Divisional Championships Parking and Logistics

Donaldson Run Swim Team is pleased to host the individual championships for Division III.  Here is some information regarding parking and logistics.

Please see the Directions page for information on how to get to Donaldson Run and surrounding roads.

Swimmer Drop Off

The swimmer drop off is located at the main entrance of the Donaldson Run parking lot. Please do not turn into the lot. Once you have dropped your swimmer, proceed to the loop at Potomac Overlook Park and return out Marcey Road to Military Road. At the light, take a right onto Military Road and a left into the Church of the Covenant Parking lot (lower level). Church of the Covenant parking is located at 2666 Military Road.


Each Division 3 team will receive a LIMITED NUMBER of "Reserved" parking passes at the team rep seeding meeting on Wednesday.  No other vehicles will be allowed to use the main parking lot at Donaldson Run.  On street parking is not allowed on Marcey Road near the entrance of Donaldson Run parking lot because it interferes with two way traffic.  Parking is not allowed in front of Marcey Creek Townhouse development or on the grassy shoulders of Marcey Road.  There are a few spaces controlled by Arlington County in front of the tennis courts; but the circle controlled by Potomac Overlook Park will be off-limits because of events the park is hosting that day as well.  You are welcome to park on Randolph Road near the back entrance to Potomac Overlook park, designated by a small Park sign and balloon, and walk through the woods to Donaldson Run.

Pool Layout 

View/download this pool layout (pdf) to find location of team areas, restrooms, first aid, spectator areas, etc.


Spectator seating is on the grassy slope adjacent to the pool. Parents and spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, or towels to sit on the hill.


Breakfast items will be served during warm-up at divisionals starting at 7:30 am. Lunch items will be served at the snack bar at 11 am.