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Burke, Fairfax Station, Oakton, Springfield: Four swimmers from Burke club compete at Olympic Trials in Omaha - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Jul 19,2016
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From left, Jasmine Hellmer, Sam Pomajevich, James Jones and Lane Stone from the Burke site of Nation’s Capital Swim Club competed in the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials held in Omaha. Photo by Tim Peterson.

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By Tim Peterson

FAIRFAX, VA. - 1:01.19. For the last year, Oakton resident Jasmine Hellmer has gone to bed looking up at “1:01.19” written on a Post-It note stuck to her ceiling. That time represented the rising Flint Hill School junior’s greatest goal to date: the time standard to qualify for Olympic Trials in the 100 butterfly.

Now 16, Hellmer began swimming seven years ago. Though she said she “tries to have a balance” in her life, she’s progressed in the sport to a high level of commitment in the service of her goals. Hellmer’s group trains at the Burke Swim and Racquet Club eight to nine times per week in the water, plus a handful of on-land workouts for additional strength and flexibility work.

The facility is one of more than a dozen sites for the Nation’s Capital Swim Club, of which Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is one of the more decorated athletes.

“Social life is obviously difficult,” Hellmer said. “I always have to say ‘I have swim practice.’”

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