Swanson Road

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Next events: Saturday/Sunday Night-O/Day-O Combo Jan 7/8 at Little Bennett Regional Park (near Clarksburg MD). See you in 2017!

Orienteers at Swanson Road enjoyed better weather than many expected, with it remaining fairly dry and warm through most of the day. A short period of gale force wind blew a front through, and almost blew away the e-punch tent! But we had a full cadre of volunteers to hold it down as well as the other canopies. Despite the weather forecast and the holiday season Sunday, we had a solid turnout, at 90 participants, and a very friendly gathering.
This was Jane Leggett's first attempt at Meet Directing, and she pulled it off thanks to all the advice, moral support, and willing volunteers from QOC! She'll definitely try it again and invites other newbies to give volunteering a try. There's a job that will suit everyone, and it's a great way to meet people and learn. She wants to recognize Craig Shelden in particular, who went well beyond the duties of course-setter in explaining tasks working with park management and other tasks. Tom Nolan's guidance and humor were also invaluable.
Orienteers appreciated the new map from course setter Craig Shelden. Craig, in turn, said he owed a great deal of his success to Dave Linthicum for his original map - which captured much of the park very well. Diana Todd provided contours and solved the georeferencing problems. Craig asked for and appreciated feedback he received on the map and courses from orienteers -- so thanks to everyone who provided him with input.
During course drafting both Tom Nolan and Francis Hogle reviewed the draft courses and recommended changes to improve them. Prior to the event Rick Oliver and Don Fish both spent time at Swanson Road for on-site course and control reviews for placement and descriptions.
Thanks to Tom Nolan and Suzanne Shelden for their support in setting the controls, and Mike Newman for arranging for the porta-potties.
We appreciated the help with control pick-up from Frantisek Brabec, Charles Carrick, Sam Listwak, Daniel Shelden, Suzanne Shelden, and Courtney Shelden - with special thanks to Frantisec and Sam for retrieving two large groups of controls.
Ted Good also volunteered for control pick-up but instead showed critical flexibility and expertise in successfully retrieving a stranded orienteer. He brought much relief to the parent and the rest of us knowing Ted was on the job!
Lydia Andrews, John Baker, Mike Berry, Glenn Gibson, Jan Merka, Daniel Pike, Courtney Shelden, Suzanne Shelden, Mary Sniekus and Florence Tan provided excellent support in registration, parking management, set-up and clean-up, and keeping the tents from blowing away. In that regard, we discovered that, in addition to those listed above, Diana Aleksieva and Victor Lin make surprisingly good ballast, along with a few others who we've forgotten in the excitement of the moment.
Special thanks to our youngest volunteer, Nicole Aleksieva, for snack management, clean-up, and cash accounting as well.
Amy Louden and Valerie Meyer performed their able duties at e-punch even after the weather brought down their shelter.
Thanks to Amy for her delicious cookies and peanut butter candies -- yum and energy restoring. And thanks to Valerie's husband for filling two tanks with hot water for drinks.
Jon Torrance and Gavin Weise stood ready for beginner's instruction though their talents and willingness were severely under-used.
Mihai Sirbu provided intermediate training. He had a good crowd, though his planned training exercises were blown away by the weather. We'll look forward to another shot at them at another meet, Mihai willing. It may be worth noting that at least three orienteers came to the meet because of the intermediate training.
Apologies to others who may have pitched in but were inadvertently left off the list.


Course Length: 3.1 km

Course Climb: 50 m

Number of Controls: 9

1Isaac MillerQOC39:24
2Nicole AleksievaQOC40:58
3Radka Herndon & VeronikaQOC41:49
4 Seaton Grp 2QOC47:36
5 Seaton Grp 2QOC47:38
6Mira-Nicole GrenierQOC64:35
7William Jr Battle & William III75:32
8Krastyu AleksievQOC75:43
9Valentina TsypnyatovQOC92:30


Course Length: 3.6 km

Course Climb: 105 m

Number of Controls: 11

1Daniel Moton34:08
2Casey Moton36:31
3John BakerQOC37:10
4Alexis MerkaQOC41:14
5Seneca HonzakQOC54:07
6Zoe Huesman62:03
7Joe Huesman68:00
8 Seaton Grp 2QOC68:57
9 Seaton Grp 2QOC69:18
10Lee ToddQOC96:18


Course Length: 4 km

Course Climb: 130 m

Number of Controls: 10

1Isaac Hoenig57:47
2Travis SiehndelQOC60:17
3Christine DohertyQOC64:20
4Stephen DohertyQOC87:50
5Tavia SullensQOC90:29
6Chip & Ayden BeckerQOC104:24
7Caleb WithersPatuxent NJROTC117:20
8Courtney SheldenQOC123:39
9Charles GregorskiQOC141:12
10Paul Sherlock & JamesQOCMP
10Lisa ZantiQOCMP


Course Length: 4 km

Course Climb: 190 m

Number of Controls: 8

1Michael WoodQOC39:48
2Dennis DohertyQOC43:31
3Greg LennonQOC49:18
4Rob WilkisonDVOA54:33
5John J MillerQOC58:07
6Daniel PikeQOC64:01
7Mary SnieckusQOC65:20
8Esben JepsenQOC70:58
9Valerie MeyerQOC72:17
10Daniel SheldenQOC85:49
11Paul CollinsonQOC89:25
12Andy GeraldQOC101:21
13Steve MonesQOC111:13
14Florence TanQOC111:44
15Suzanne SheldenQOC122:35
16Amy LoudenQOC123:34


Course Length: 6.6 km

Course Climb: 230 m

Number of Controls: 12

1Nicholas GrenierQOC60:57
2Tom WellsQOC72:11
3Mihai G SirbuQOC75:03
4JP LandersQOC80:17
5Michael RodriguesPatriots NJROTC80:32
6Jody LandersQOC82:35
7Diana ToddQOC83:00
8Dave ConnollyQOC84:07
9Sam ListwakQOC84:51
10Frantisek BrabecQOC87:59
11Diana AleksievaQOC88:42
12John LandersQOC98:41
13Steve CampQOC108:24
14Michelle SvobodaQOC109:54
15Stephanie CoffinQOC113:22
16John VincentQOC116:43
17Gavin WeiseQOCMP


Course Length: 7.8 km

Course Climb: 260 m

Number of Controls: 15

1Jon TorranceQOC50:28
2Ken Walker JrCSU51:42
3Chris GrossDVOA57:38
4Daniel QuinnQOC62:34
5Eugene TcipnjatovQOC65:07
6Ted GoodQOC66:39
7Videlin AleksievQOC67:25
8Glen GibsonQOC67:30
9Victor LinQOC70:21
10Michael DickeyQOC70:50
11Michael BerryQOC73:37
12Garth Reader & Brandon Petelin74:13
13Tom NolanQOC74:57
14Yuriy BulkaQOC76:38
15Kim JepsenQOC78:36
16Jan MerkaQOC82:31
17Addie NolanQOC84:33
18Frederick HallPatriots NJROTC84:54
19Howie WeinsteinQOC90:00
20Charles CarrickQOC93:48
21David LevineQOC138:28
22Kevin OelschlaegerDNF

Abbreviations: DNF = did not finish, MP = mispunch, NC = non-competitive (usually 2nd course or course setter/vetter), OT = overtime (more than 3 hours or returned after course closing time).