by Cannon McIlnay
The Crozet Gators were able to hold a steady lead, and what looked like a safe one, in the first three sessions of the Jefferson Swim League Championship Meet held at the Fork Union Aquatic Center on July 27-28. On the second day, Fairview Swim Club was able to make a comeback that won them their 22nd straight championship with 1,874.25 points, leaving Crozet in a very close second place with 1,802.75 points.
“This was the closest championship meet in JSL history,” said Crozet Head Coach Doc Remaly after the meet. Remaly has been a coach for Crozet for nine years, and head coach for seven. His hard work and expertise helped Crozet establish their reputation as one of the toughest and most respected teams in the league.
Remaly is retiring this year and moving to Colorado this fall to be closer to his family, leaving the team under new leadership.
Although Coach Remaly led Crozet to countless victories and has trained some of the best teams in the Jefferson Swim League, he considers the highlight of his career at Crozet to be the connection he was able to make with the members of the team on an individual basis.
“To me, my greatest accomplishment isn’t something you can measure. My greatest accomplishment was probably being able to work with the kids, making connections with each one and finding the best way to help them learn,” he said.
He has been a huge influence on many children in the Crozet area and will be missed very much.